I love how the gift of music and songwriting can help unlock emotions and enable us to be honest. I love how there are no boxes surrounding it. If I could describe my year in song, in the main it would take on the form of a steady pace, in a consistent major key, probably as nice background music. I have had a good year -nothing spectacular, thankfully no tragedy, good family and chill-out times, with a sense of my foundations continuing to be strengthened. It would probably have an interesting bridge section as September arrived and my youngest started school (!) -the song would definitely take on a new shape here as things were pretty up and down for a while! But it would even out again with more energy than at first, as I have definitely been a lot busier. Opportunities have continued to increase with new friends being made along the way and new openings have come into my life in other ways, too. As we approach Christmas and thankfully for myself- a sense of winding down, it has been good to take a moment to review and contemplate my year! My prayer for you is that however your year has been, may you know hope and faith in ever increasing measure.
A SPECIAL 'ANCHOR': A new EP, a new website, a new track video, some wonderful appointments [gigs] and a fantastic new bass player… There have been some 'anchor-type' moments (as I like to call them) over the years and my recent aquisition of a bass player is one of those moments I'd like to share with you.
April... I pick up my husband's book to see what he is reading. I don't normally look at what his latest digest is, but I just happened to one particular morning. He was reading the biography of Pete Townshend from The Who. I remarked to myself how I wouldn't mind reading it myself (one day, once I have got through the myriad of other books awaiting my attention!). Later that afternoon, I open my emails and find I have an email from... a Pete Townsend! I look -I stare -and think "no -it can't be…!"
I was right.. It wasn't Pete Townshend from The Who, but Pete TOWNSEND from Nuneaton! -A town in the historic county of Warwickshire well known for being awarded 'Best Market Attraction in Britain', by the National Association of British Market Authorities in 2010 (rock on :))
Pete was asking me if I was still after a bass player. I had forgotten I had even posted an advert!! But yes -blessCross Rhythms- I had put an ad on their forum and he had got in touch after stumbling across it. This made me take notice that perhaps I am meant to continue in this music venture after all…
Pete is an amazing bass player, but so much more. He is a support in all ways one would hope for. He is a husband to Ruth, a dad to his grown up kids and also an author -very comedic at that! Please visit his websitewhen you have a moment and get to know this remarkable man. I feel a book coming on… :)
So... Pete joined myself and my husband Ween on my first solo recording project, my ep entitled "Trinity".