So I got a new job. It was quite a busy one. And so my priorities had to change a bit. I started to write a few songs – and I even finished one – that fit the brief. But there wasn’t the time to dedicate to it in the way I’d have liked.
I still managed to play some amazing music at my 50th birthday party. A roundup of some songs that meant loads to me, with my friends Des on bass, Steve on drums and Pete on guitar. We were supplemented by a whole host of singers and guest musicians to play the following:
- Scissor Sisters – I don’t feel like dancin’
- Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
- Smokey Robinson – Tears of a Clown (with real bassoon)
- Groove Armada – Song 4 Mutya
- Talk Talk – Life’s what you make it
- Abba – Dancing Queen
- Kylie Minogue – I should be so lucky/Can’t get you out of my head (a medley we joined together in the most horrendous way with Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer’s Star Cycle, and a bit of Blue Monday)
- Madness – It Must be Love
- Dubious Brothers – Yes Man
- Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
- Phil Oakey/Giorgio Moroder – Together in Electric Dreams
- Divine Comedy – National Express
- Paul Williams/Bugsy Malone – Good Guys/You Give A Little Love. (You know, the bit at the end when they’re all covered in splurge gun stuff and custard pies)
It looked like this. The Red Lion in Leytonstone was an amazing venue.
So I was a bit musicked out after that. Although I really loved the suit.
And then we went on a massive holiday around America. Which the kids didn’t always fully appreciate.
And then the pandemic hit. And I was working on Brexit things from the bottom of my garden. So I couldn’t talk about tons of stuff.
The money I saved on coffees went into modular synthesisers. Which are wonderful and exciting and delightful, and a total distraction from the day-to-day of staring at a computer screen. But not great for actual songwriting.
Eventually some normality resumed, by which time I had a new job to get used to – with a new boss – as Head of Product. We’d just moved to a matrix structure, and I spent a lot of time being the first person to hit the challenges and changes this would bring about. I also had to work out what the job was, with said new boss who was also working out what her job was at the same time. This period was just a wonderful collaboration, but soooo much going on – ergo still no new music.
I did manage to get to SXSW in the spring though. Seeing the likes of Self Esteem from about four feet away was just incredible.
And finally, as is the way with these things, I was able to replace myself with a civil servant who’s now doing great things while I’m on “special projects” for a few months of handover.
And at the end of December I start the next chapter. Which means it’s time to restart this blog all over again as I think through who and what I am.