Today is the first day of my official retirement (from teaching). So far it has consisted of nothing but phone calls to HMRC to sort out tax state pension and national insurance queries. I’m wondering what I should do next. Look for employment? Go self employed? Take a break and sort out the long list of jobs that require doing around the house?
Meanwhile, I’m still deleting school files and shredding school documentation. Looking forward to creating some music. At least I don’t face a 7.45 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. day with added marking when I get home – big smiley 🙂 .
Just five working days left now before I retire from teaching. I don’t know what I’ll be doing next, I’ll need to find paying work but I intend that whatever I do, I will have time for playing in a band. Hopefully, something proggy and with a broad sound palette. To start: perhaps some jam session attendance?
I paid a visit to Cardiff today and tried a PRS SE guitar. It was very nice if a little ‘toppy’ (though that may have been the Marshall amp I tried it through). I couldn’t be sure if it was as good as my pair of Japanese ’81 Ibanez Blazers. I plugged the guitars in when I got home and also A/B ed them against the Vintage AFD and the Yamaha SG1000 that I have been using to practise, just to see how they fared.
Conclusion: When I begin selling gear after I retire from teaching, I’ll be keeping the Ibanezes and selling my other electric guitars. The Blazers have a lower action and ‘faster’ neck than my other electrics and have both a ‘rib cutaway’ and an ‘arm bevel’ that my other guitars lack.
I’m listening to more and more ‘Prog rock’ though I’m not sure that’s a good thing 🙂 and hoping to find/establish a suitable band to perform with. I wish I’d kept the third (pictured left below).
John Mitchell. Copyright: Cheesestring. Source: Wikipedia.
Please take what I say below with a pinch of salt.
I’ve never been a prog rock fan. When I was studying for my A levels, most of the sixth formers were raving about Yes and Genesis and I remained unimpressed – all of the changing time signatures and key modulations annoyed me as did the (generally) pretentious fantasy inspired lyrics.
I bought the excellent Frost*‘s “Falling Satellites” yesterday and loved it. I also had the opportunity to pick up the It Bites “The Tall Ships” album but didn’t – a huge mistake as I later found out it’s deleted. I must have a copy as it includes the excellent “Ghosts”. I’m also looking to buy the Lonely Robot album.
And so, I am now something of a Prog rock fan and actively seeking prog rock albums and seriously considering buying tickets for Prog rock concerts. What a revolting development! 🙂
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