I’m back home after spending the whole morning, recording with the band, doing multiple ‘takes’ and pieces etc… it was an eye opener for sure! I’ve never seen so many microphones, bits of cable and bits of foam!!
I can’t wait to hear the finished article, but we have a lot more work to do. We’ll be recording at our re-hearsals over the next few weeks until we have enough material. Then it’s press time! Hehe…never thought I’d see the day where I end up on a CD!
So, let’s recap? Ambitions achieved and things I’ve done…hmmm….
Well, I guess most memeorable moments for me, are when I was in the Cheshire County Youth Brass Band, and also the County Youth Choir; with the band I’ve had the honour of accompanying the Celloist Steven Isserlis, and also Peter Skellern. With the choir I have taken part of Jean-Michelle-Jarre’s ‘Chronologie’ tour back in 1992 and also worked with Barry Manilowe at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester.
I’ve boogied with some of the cast from Hollyoaks and Coronation Street at an after show party following the opening night of ‘Oh What a Night’ in Manchester (my Uncle Chris is the author) – go Chris!!
Then things go a little quiet as I try to become professional, i.e. I work loads to pay the mortgage, then more recently I commission a march to be written for Frodsham Silver Band with my dad’s help. It was presetned to them in time for the Centenary Year, it’s called “Sandstone Centenial”
Then shortly after that I move to New Zealand from the UK. Start a new life, and start playing with a new band, Pelorus Trust Wellington Brass Band, and went with them to Australia this Easter just gone, to win the B Grade Nationals…..and now we are working on a CD!
In amongst all of that I have written a lot of poetry between 1999 and 2004 and have been published in over 12 anthologies in that time; not to mention being nominated for Amateur International Poet of the Year two years running, in fact in 2003 I made it to the semi-finals.
So…..what’s left to do? I guess I could pull my finger out and finished working on a Novel I’ve been writing on and off since I was at university; working title – “The Chronicles of the Son”…I’ve still got time The great JRR Tolkien took years to write his masterpieces; so I ain’t gonna rush mine, as I want a masterpiece too…I’m still not sure whether it’ll be publish worthy, but it’ll be read to my little munchkins one day, when I have a family.
I guess you could say, I’m one of those ‘almost’ famous people. I’ve tried stuff, but never quite been in the right place or the right time, to make it to the BIG TIME! and to be frank – thank goodness! Else I might not have experienced the wonderful things I have in my life so far.
We all make choices in the paths we take through life, sometimes at the expence of many an opportunity; the important thing I reckon and is kinda the moral to this post, is to choose without regret. That’s a foothold into yesterday, that slows your progress into tomorrow.