As an artist, and I'm sure a lot of you can relate, one can suffer from extreme self doubt and lack of confidence.
Let me elucidate: just now I did everything in my power to procrastinate from updating this blog. I washed the dishes, folded the laundry, vacuumed and mopped the floor because for some damn reason I'm terrified of checking into the "office" so to speak. This is my BUSINESS after all. What the hell is wrong with me right? I should be excited to get on with the next project, and sure enough, they are all lining up to greet me!
A couple of gigs in July with my leading lady Dandelion Jackson and her troupe of mischievous minstrels Blunderbuss, a three week tour in the UK and Europe in Aug/Sept, and a couple of new recordings that are due for release by the end of the year! What's to complain about you might ask??
You're absolutely right. Nothing.
So, I must take a minute to be thankful for the year that has transpired. The summer solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere is when the Sun reaches its zenith, the height of its power, so in kind I would like to acknowledge my heightened powers and accomplishments since Solstice 2016.
Last July I released my long awaited full length album "Hymns for Her." It was a painstaking process, but one that ultimately fulfilled a long time dream. I couldn't be more pleased with how it's being received and am truly grateful for everyone who has helped make the dream a reality.
The "Drunk Poets" phenomenon is just getting better and better and I'm delighted to see how it has brought the English and Japanese community together, and has also been a wonderful opportunity for international guests to come and share their poetry too.
Similarly, the "Open Acoustika" open mic (see image above) is also becoming richer and fuller, and a place to experience "musical therapy" once a month. Thank you to everyone who visits regularly and especially to those who are finding their voice and their confidence.
Persons of Note
Jakey Slater - for his engineering prowess and patience and for teaching me the art of music production.
Samm Bennett - for his powers of percussion on the recordings and on stage, and also for being the co-host with the most at "Drunk Poets See God."
Morgan Fisher - for his masterful organ playing on the album and on stage, recording in his studio and for facilitating my upcoming London show.
Kaoru Arai-Colucci - for her beautiful harp playing on the album and on stage.
Robert Moreau - for his powers on mandolin on the album and on stage, and also for helping with the album artwork and layout.
Jeff Curry - for his badass bass playing at both the Launch and Revival Concerts.
Kelly Haavaldsrud - for her friendship and support, providing the "Moonflower" image on the album and her beautiful back up vocals at the Revival Concert.
Shathani Buckley - for her wonderful vocals on both the album and on stage.
Helen Lewis - for her friendship, sound-boarding, support and practical monitoring.
Jamie Lee Reed - for her friendship, helping maintain my sanity with yoga and video footage of the Launch Concert.
Dylan Hunter - for his love and support, for his career advice and for his powers of violin on the album and on stage.
Tomio Watanabe - for his love and support and for being the ultimate Master of Bar Gari Gari where I get to play and have the best fun!
Phew! It feels good to acknowledge all the Earth Angels in my life who believe in me and what I do. Thank you to YOU, the fans, friends and family who are also cheering me on. It helps to know you're out there and I am so glad you are a part of my life.
I hope you take the time to consider your accomplishments this year, and those who have helped you realise those dreams. We're all in this together aint we?? Have a most wonderful Solstice everyone!
Many Blessings xx