In short, I'm 31 years old and have realized that my life has fallen into patterns of habit and repetition that are drawing some of the vibrancy out of it. This coming summer I have two months off work, July and August (I currently work in a special school for children with autism) and I am going to use those months as constructively as possible to rediscover some of the magic in life and, more to the point of what I am doing on this blog, to let my writing reflect this rediscovery. I am also going to do a lot more personal writing, (a 'shitload' to use one of my favourite crude terms), but it might not be as music based as before. I've drawn back on music writing responsibilities elsewhere too.
So maybe expect a bit more personal stuff. Of course, funnies (when it comes to my style I realised a long time ago that I find it hard to write in a sustained serious tone and perhaps never will), and (who knows?) stuff that will veer a little further into fiction.
There will also be some small material about depression and alcohol addiction (both of which I've had a bit of a past with). I am keen to write about these things in a sideways fashion that steps outside misery lit cliché. If I cannot manage that, then I will continue to shy away from these topics which, in my experience of reading about them elsewhere, have sometimes made me want to tear my hair out at the tropes and psychobabble people fall back on. Although, a friend of mine recently sent me something she is writing along those lines that bucked these pitfalls beautifully.
In saying all of this, there will be music. There will always be music. There are albums I want to write about, but I guess for me to keep my writing fresh, as much for me as for any reader, I want to start exploring other avenues a little more. I have a sneaking feeling that not everybody who comes here comes for the music any more, as some of the posts of mine that have generated the most kind and varied comments are those that do not address music directly. I'm going to pull a sly stroke though. Watch me pull it right now and let you in on a secret. Whenever I add an MP3 to the end of a post it means the majority of the traffic for that post comes through the hype machine. Sweet, hah?
MP3: Sam Cooke-A Change is Gonna Come