Monday, 7 February 2011

Whole lotta nothin'

Hello stranger!

A return to a usual blog here, hope you're doing well, after the 2,000 milestone, this thing still seems to be snowballing, so I thought I'd post something while I had literally nothing to do, this whole "musical break" thing isn't what it's cracked up to be, I think half of my problem is that I'm still a bit frazzled from last night's awesome Superbowl!

Yes indeedy readers, I'm not so much a supporter of a specific team, nor an American, however, I thoroughly watching NFL games, and after last years Colts/Saints Superbowl, hopes were high for 45, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers, and 2 very good friends of mine came over to my place to watch it, we got a pizza, I made my own nachos, we had pretzels, coke and watched what turned out to be a damn close game until around 4am, it was fantastic, I honestly couldn't have thought of a better way to spend Superbowl sunday, laughs were had, we were stuffed with stupid amounts of junk food, though just for the record, I do not condone the half time show, it might have been the worst thing I've ever witnessed on television...

But thanks Rich & Rob, I had a great laugh, here's hoping it goes ahead next year...

So yeah, how're things? not so bad right now I suppose, this musical break is troubling me though, I feel somewhat lost, and when I try to learn something I can't keep up and lose interest, I can't even think of writing, because I have no reason to write, so I'm in a difficult spot, what do I do now? I don't know, as long as I do not turn into a recluse who rambles philosophically in the third person all the time, then I suppose that's good, I need to re-discover the fun I was having with music a few years ago, how I'll do that, I don't know, a few offers have rolled in, I'm going to a couple of auditions, I'll see if I feel the vibe's going on, if so, who knows what might happen, maybe something might kick off, maybe not, only time will tell I suppose!

So, what do you make of that new side bar on the left there? snazzy eh, I made it myself!

I have ventured onto the web phenomenon that is Twitter, and it's so much fun to see the rich and famous (Sir Alan Sugar and Piers Morgan, I'm looking at you!) taking pot shots at each other, along with hearing breaking news, before the news people get a hold of it, it's pretty cool and as the sidebar says @LukeClarkeBlog, the most inventive hashtags get featured in the blog!

I've got 13 followers, I feel well special!

So, last night I was saddened to hear of the passing of guitar legend Gary Moore, known mainly for his work with Thin Lizzy, I personally preferred his solo work and collaborations with blues guitarists, he was an extremely talented individual, who sadly passed away yesterday, on holiday in Spain, age 58, no age at all is it really...I'd never been a huge fan to be honest with you guys, however, I was always a fan of the thick tone he managed to achieve and how emotive he managed to play, so there really isn't much I can say, except thank you Gary.

I bet the line-up at the Great Gig In The Sky is awesome these days...

For now, that's me done, I'll blog again soon!

Your Pal
Luke Clarke

1 comment:

  1. Ado Luke.

    With the whole 'musical break' thing...

    I've not been out of a band since 2004, thanks largely to The Fakes, but I've been in and out of a few different bands, and when I think about why I'm not in those bands anymore, it's either because the band literally couldn't do it anymore, or I couldn't find the motivation to do it. I might blog that up some time, but Crashpoint's the only one that's really relevant to you, which I think was six of one and half a dozen of the other. In actual fact, I agreed with Cj to call it a day because I'd run out of money, but after that Christmas - in fact probably before then, it's more likely to be when J left - we'd lost something, our creative spark, and we never really got it back. Writing songs felt forced and horrible, and even though you're a nice guy and I like you as a friend, I don't think we work all that well together musically. I figured that would be it for me in terms of bands, but here I am trying to do a gig every week, doing the rounds with my acoustic guitar, trying to keep Perception together, and yes, I'm still in the Fakes.

    My point is, with music such an integral part of both our lives, it is sometimes difficult to deal with, and all but impossible to abandon all together. It's not easy when you're not really sure what to do next, and I would know. I have a reflective personality, as you've seen from my blogs, but for the record I literally mean I do what I've got to do first, and then think about how it went and what I'm going to do next time. Teaching has helped - one of the things I have to do now is have a goal and think about where I'd like these kids to be at the end of the term. I suggest you try something like that. Think about where you want to be and what you want to be doing in, say, a year or 6 months, that you're not doing now, and then think about how you're going to make it happen. With me, I want a damn sight more people listening to my music at the end of the year and the only way that's going to happen is if I keep doing gigs; I can't afford a recording. So I'll keep doing gigs.

    Have a think about what you want to do. It doesn't have to be major - you'll only end up kiking yourself when you fall short of the mark - but having somewhere to go will make all the difference when it comes to deciding how to get there.

    Keep at it mate...