Tuesday, 26 May 2009

I Hit The Ground..Bang Bang

It's fair to say, 2009 has been a car crash for me so far.

Things have gone from great, to catastrophic in a matter of 5 months, its a harsh realization that NOTHING lasts forever, and it's come in the form of everything that could go wrong, going wrong at once, one after another, whether its fate coming to get me for all the good i've had in the last couple of years I don't know, those in the know will know what's going wrong.

January I was at my happiest, now here we are in May, and I'm at my most miserable, as quickly as i pick myself back up, I get cut down, I'm finding myself with too much time to think, 20 odd hours a week standing at the till, the hours I have left, I spend writing music or playing games or something along those lines, with the past haunting me, constant reminders of memories I honestly want rid of, as Emo as these thoughts might sound, it's because a shadow was cast, for me, today, I found out that today was the day "The Music Died" the news was brought to me by a close friend, it's tragic what's happened, and I can only hope there is a calling for him in another life, Thanks for Everything mate...

However, on a lighter note, I'm finding myself coming up with new ideas and stuff on Guitar, I've found myself plugging in more often, full pelt playing along to songs, learning new stuff, writing new riffs and chord progressions, using everything to its full potential, i'm working on a new track as we speak and I've a vague idea of some lyrics, which would make them the 2nd set i've ever written ! Ha!

Yesterday I had a great conversation with a person I haven't spoken to in a long time, a certain Emma Simpson, Lead Singer of my former band Crashpoint, I havent spoken to her in person since i left the band last September, it was an emotional evening, and not much was really said, however we always had great dynamics between us both, coming up with belters like, Keep Your Distance, In A Dream &  You Gotta, we had a good chat, just like old times, no doubt i'll speak to her again soon...

in the meantime, my guitars done enough weeping for one night...

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Hey again folks,

Welcome again, so whats going down around here?

My sisters used all £20 of my Dads phone credit, the internal disc drive on my iMac has gone, i've had to cancel my holiday with Scott & Peter Groves and I haven't slept very well in a while, but hell, I'm still going :D, Is there any other way guys?

I'ts 2am, Monday morning, officially of course, after the recent events, Sunday evening I had the pleasure of having a quick drink with Mr.Richard Lee, Bassist in our band, we discussed life, friends, and music, but mainly music, after about 7 years, he's been a good pal since day one, he also gave me a great album, Live Rust by Neil Young, and it was a nice evening in general, had a couple, had a BIG BURGER but, thats beside the point...

It's been a while since i split with my Girlfriend, but, i've had chance to rethink my way of life, not in a religious sense, no , where I should go from here, Musically, Mentally, Physically, and it's been a long time since i've been able to think this clear, if it wasnt for people like Rich and the dozens of guys out there who've been around to chat to, id've been lower than a barry white album.

All I know for sure is that i need to progress musically and just lately, i've seen my guitar practice go up ten fold, which is good, and personally, i'm feeling the benefits...
However, I need to save for the upcoming two weeks in Great Yarmouth in August, but a couple of nice guitars have caught my eye, so maybe i'll be able to save enough to sort out both :D

It's late, i'm here with some black coffee listening to The Beatles' belter "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and i can't help but think, even though this year hasnt been that great so far, theres still hope, not just for me, but for everyone in a rut, with a bit of determination, we need to leave the past behind and get on as best as we can, if we succeed, its all good, if we have friends and family to rely on when we need them, albeit a small chat or a lengthy discussion, were bound to get through any hardships, heads high, rising above the troubles of the past

I'll leave on what Craig Scott said as he signed off...

"It's Been a Rough 'un, Thanks"

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Aftermath In Final Stages

Hey Everyone.

A Quick Update from the home studio, for the last year or so, i've been working on and off a project called Aftermath, which is me essentially messing about with a couple of chords, but it's gone from that to a form of ambient guitar music, I haven't heard, its had alot of of effort put into it, theres still some chopping and changing to be done, re recording of one or two sections, but altogether it forms its own little improvised symphony thing, and so far i'm very proud of what i've achieved, when the recording process is done, i'll polish them up one more time, get a final copyright, then if people want it, drop me a line, i can send you a zip, but if you'd prefer a jewel case, i've struck a deal with a friend to get some of those done too, leave it long enough, i may even put some of the videos on a DVD, but thats aiming a little high...

So many styles and instruments have been used on this piece, consists of about 6 parts, all have similar vibes, and it's all been recorded here in my bedroom studio, i'll be interested to get peoples views on it when it's done, were talking about a 30 minute full play time, for now, heres the cover as a sneak peek!

I'll keep you all posted, i'll work as much as I can on the project!

Take care

Thursday, 7 May 2009

A Fresh Start

Welcome, Welcome To My New Blog Page!...It's Safer Here

Yes, Again, welcome to the all new 2.0 version of The Tank Blog, it all began over on MySpace, but as desolate as MySpace is becoming, it seemed to make more sense to bring it on over here, with the depth of my readers being on Facebook, I can link direct to this page...

The current readers know what they are in for, but what about new readers?

Well, normally, I Offer this insight into my life, I'm an Eplieptic Musician- turn- Shop Floor assistant, with a few lung problems, but i don't let it get to me, what can readers expect this year?

A Wealthy 14 Day blog from EVERYWHERE i go in Gt.Yarmouth this year, with pictures from where i'm writing from, stories of my Family & Friends, my insight on modern topics, albums, films, games the lot, Essentially I'm not your average 18 year old, as most will say, but now i've reached a section in my life where i can be ready for a fresh start and an overhaul of everything to get it all going

thats all for now, i'll post saturday or something :D

Take Care