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.
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.
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.
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).
I’m loving Ursula le Guin’s “Earthsea Quartet“. I’m only in the third chapter but I’m already fascinated by the characters, the narrative and the style. Ged reminds me of Rosemary Sutcliff’s version of Cú Chulainn. I’m hoping that, at some point, he returns to his master, the Mage Ogion, to finish his apprenticeship.
The fascination of Rumi has worn off, at least for a while though I’m not sure why and I wish I’d bought the Everyman edition of the poems of Emily Dickinson (happy stuff, I know) that I’d seen in Waterstone’s for just £3.00. I’ve been doing some proper drawing stuff for the first time in 30+ years and to say that I’m out of practice / skills is an understatement.
On a blog level, thanks to everybody who has visited, commented, followed etc. to get the blog to 18,000 visits.
“Diolch yn fawr iawn”.
I’ll be adding a new page later today. It will be a glossary / dictionary of interesting words from different languages.
Came back from a visit to Bristol with copies of Ursula Le Guin’s “Earthsea Quartet” and another Rumi poetry volume, this time on the theme of love. Looking forward to bedtime when I can started on the Le Guin book(s). I’ll be using the Rumi as inspiration for lyrics for some of the new and old (remixed) Earth Balm tracks.
I’ve given the Nvidia Iray renderer in Daz studio a good couple of months now and even bought an Nvidia graphics card on the strength of what the render engine offered. However, I have to confess that I love Reality and Luxrender more. Both give great results but i love the latest Reality interface and functionality. As it turns out, the upgraded graphics card has also been a bonus for Reality / LuxRender rendering.
On the music and art front. I’ve been able to get lots done whilst also painting the external woodwork, some family trips out and even some schoolwork! I’ve returned to my old Sony Acid Pro software (with which almost all of the original Earth Balm tracks were created) for sketching out musical ideas. I still have Cubase and Native instruments for actual sequencing.