Today is the day I send my new record off to be mastered… it’s been a couple of years in the making and it always feels cathartic to get to this point. It’s a very different record for me; hugely inspired and influenced by electronic music, intensely (and, for me, occasionally uncomfortably) personal, and (although it features a handful of wonderful musicians), a far less collaborative affair.
I haven’t been as communicative via the online channels for a couple of years. The first reason for this is that my life has opened up in new ways (I got married last weekend…! We had the best time).
For the last five years or so, I have been doing a lot of work with music in education and communities, gradually finding my place within that world and working out my strengths and weaknesses. Towards the end of last year, I came across the work of Nordoff and Robbins again – the UK’s largest music therapy charity. The work they do, delivering music therapy, is mind-blowing. After a lot of reading and a lot of thought, I decided to apply for a place on their two-year training programme; to train as a music therapist. To my astonishment, I was given a place.
So – I have the enormous privilege of training on one of the most revered music therapy training programmes in the world, and on one that – I know – aligns with a lot of my feelings about people and music. They are a truly forward-thinking organisation and I am very excited to be getting involved.
Whilst this feels like a whole new chapter in my life, I continue to feel that everything I do with music is more similar than it is different. In light of this, I have asked the wonderful folk at Appetising Development to build me a brand new website. The idea of the website is to integrate everything I do across education, communities, my work as a trainee music therapist, my own songs, and producing other artists’ material too; to look at music from above. I think there’s a lot to be learnt from doing that. The centrepiece of this website is a brand new blog.
Social media has never really worked for me. I am someone who likes nuance (as you will be able to tell if you’ve read this far) and social media does not facilitate that. So – later this year, my new blog, which will be integrated with my mailing list, will become my sole way of connecting with you folks. I hope that, through this, I can build a meaningful community of people interested in music across a variety of disciplines.
In a few months time, I’ll be back in touch with some brand new music.
Catch you soon!