Back to the Chalk Face

Unable to spend time on WordPress or Twitter at the moment as I’ve gone back to teaching, just a few days a week to begin and, after such a time off I was not as good as I would have liked!

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Bandcamp files

I have some 20+ audio ready files to begin the Earth Balm Bandcamp page. They are mastered at ACC levels ready for Bandcamp’s audio processing. I’ve almost finished the artwork for the cover of an EP of 5 tracks. They are not really representative of the majority of my tracks but they served as a quick and easy way in to give me the kick that I needed to start again.

More when the tracks are uploaded and ready.

Thanks for reading.

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Books and She Moved

I keep meaning to start writing proper reviews of books. I was going to begin with Terry Pratchett’s “The Last Hero” hardback ‘picture book’ which I managed to get for £2.99 in Swansea’s Oxfam.  The many and rather magnificent illustrations seemed to have a profound effect on TP’s prose (or perhaps my way of reading was altered by the format) and I took a while to adjust to the experience. After adjusting, the book really was a riot and the illustrations really did enhance the reading experience. Before I could write a review, I began reading “Thief of Time” and that novel is proving so enjoyable that I haven’t had the inclination to write the review. Still, all in good time eh?

I began writing an Earth Balm arrangement of “She Moved Through the Fair” recently but abandoned it and have instead completed a solo guitar arrangement in the altered Csus2 tuning. It’s not the best tuning for a Mixolydian melody but I was able to use some of the ideas in my arrangement of “Lisa Lân” to accommodate the flattened seventh.

Next…

I thought that I might start taking my time and make a proper effort with the blog. Perhaps re-organise and give all posts a structure and may be even rename – take out the ‘Music’ from the title as it’s as much about books (and children’s in particular) as is it about Music.

Thoughts?

 

Photograph of meself on the North Yorkshire Moors.
‘Tis I, on the North Yorkshire Moors.

York, and a new beginning

I returned to York this past weekend . It’s a beautiful place and it was as hard as ever to leave my son behind for his final degree year. More so because it’s become very obvious that he’ll almost certainly settle there permanently.

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Unusually, I made the journey back alone. I’d taken quite a few of the CDs that inspired my love of World music and played them at a suitable volume for the 5 hour trip (a lot of traffic problem en route). I hadn’t played the music for some 10 – 15 years but can see where a lot of the early Earth Balm tracks and general sound originated. If I haven’t already done so, I’ll create a page listing some of these CD albums and, if they are still available, create links to Amazon etc. “Sacred Ceremonies” and “Hemisphere No More” were the two stand-out CDs.

One of the significant things for me, was that I had time to think about a new name for my music to replace Earth Balm.

I’ve also managed to load up the Mac Pro with the software I need and already use.

 

Bigger Picture

I’m off to this even today: https://event.bookitbee.com/6295/the-bigger-picture-y-darlun-mwy/.

The course includes:

•    Looking at the career pattern for creative self-employment
•    Deciding when and how to go self-employed
•    Time management and work options
•    Business basics
•    Money – National Insurance, tax, keeping and submitting accounts
•    Marketing and networking

I’ve been very much looking forward to this first step in my musical rebirth since I first found out about it. Which post again tonight.

 

Kelvin L Smith

I took a trip down to my parents today and discovered a tape cassette of tracks that I had recorded back in 1991 with Kelvin L Smith guitarist and ambient musician. I’ve lost contact with Kelvin even though I live just a few miles from him. Work commitments mean that I am virtually a recluse as far as local musicians and music go. It’s very much like Bill Nelson’s current work with Pink Floyd-like touches. My guitar work is very major / minor pentatonic but it’s a good prelude to the Earth Balm work in many ways. I’ll be archiving it to the Mac shortly (whilst I work on school planning of course).