Its time to take a few looks back, and a big look forward
It’s coming to the end of January and already Christmas and New Year seems like a distant memory. The frost has been trying its best to invite itself into all of our lives over the last week here in Northumberland. It’s a cold but beautiful sight and the mornings are now being filled with magical winter skies above my little hometown of Bedlington each morning and evening.
The morning cold soon shocks you wide awake and the little early morning walks on the school runs with my little ones, wrapped up in scarves, gloves, hats and hoods, paints beautiful pictures on the Journey.
2019 is well and truly into motion now and its always about his time of the year I start thinking about the year before and wondering about what the new year will bring. The beginning of a year is also the perfect opportunity for reflection on one’s life So why not get it down in my little blog! Not all of it as I don’t want you to get too bored along the way, but slipping little pieces into my little home of ramblings here.
2018 was a great year, filled with both ups and downs of life to balance things out. My life isn’t all as rosy and wonderful as people sometimes perceive it to be and neither would I have it that way. Balance is the key for me as the light wouldn’t be as bright without a little darkness along the way. A big ray of light for 2018 and one of my biggest life events coming to the end of the year was, of course, asking my beautiful partner in everything, Maria (or Curly as you may know her) to marry me. She said Yes by the way hahha phewwwwwww, So I already have an amazing year of planning, excitement and hopefully a fantastic wedding day marrying my little curly soul mate. Its a massively important part of life for Curly and it has been a great journey with her getting to this stage of in our little humble lives.
If you haven’t already managed to watch the sneaky video I filmed of the proposal then you can check it out below!
My musical life has been as fun and as interesting as ever. I get to travel a lot and meet so many great people on my adventures with all the musical projects I’m involved in. There was a lot of new music created and also released throughout the year and there is a whole lot more to come in 2019. I’ve managed to play some amazing venues across the country and been involved in some amazing events. Recording and producing some of the brilliant, local musicians in the Shagnut Studio is always great fun for me too and its a very rewarding and exciting part of my life.
Sure, sometimes a musicians life can be very tiring physically and mentally and some parts of the music industry and gigging life can be completely and utterly bonkers but… I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love creating, writing, recording and performing! Music definitely has been and always will be a part of my little path through life forever.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
So what am I looking forward to and what do I plan on working on through the year ahead, 2019?
Of course, our wedding will be one hell of a day and that will be a big priority this year. We don’t have a date set as yet but hopefully, that will come along soon and we are hoping to Marry this year.
Then as always, and as I mentioned earlier, music is always my little buddy who chugs along through life with me. No matter what is happening, its always there to get me through whether it be good, bad, happy or sad times. There’s a song in there somewhere hahaa!
So naturally, 2019 will be filled with more music. I have a great little new musical branch off in life coming in 2019 which I’m really, really excited about but il let you know about that in another blog once everything falls into place and I know it’s all working out. I also have lots of new original music coming out this year with all my projects and musical ventures. My solo Shagpile material, We Steal Flyers, the band Growing Robots and of course with my lovely wife to be Curly and our little Rings True project.
I’m also looking forward to getting more involved in local events that are coming up this year and hosting more music nights for other musicians to be a part of like The River Bank Sessions in Morpeth, Northumberland. I started this night with the support and help of The Riverside Lodge at the end of 2018 and had the amazing Johnny Dickinson give it a good kickstart in life. Hopefully, the night will go from strength to strength throughout this year and will turn into a great little home of live music and musicians.
My YouTube channel is another place in which I want to put in some more time, effort and life into building and creating more. I slowly started falling out with it over the last few years as they have gone through so many changes, which in turn have caused problems in the music category within youtube and the support for musicians just isn’t there like it was. But, things change and I’ve decided to try and put some more time into it again and push more music in there. I see so many people sharing and still watching a lot of my music and videos through that platform. This is why my new little ‘Stripped & Out There’ series has been born this week. I will write about this in the next blog post and explain a lot more about it and where it has come from though.
I guess I should stop here and continue in the next post as my butt and hands have gone numb and I’m pretty sure your eyes are getting tired reading all of this. Part 2 will be along soon enough…
Thank you if you took the time to read through my ramblings and I would like to personally wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous and positive year ahead with lots of Amazing Adventures Always!