Wednesday, December 31, 2008

looking back and beyond

annus mirabilis, annus horribilis - this has been both and will always be remembered with (very) mixed emotions: a year which saw my work here recognised and respected by the subject who inspired it, yet which also saw me increasingly alienated from sections of the online musical community/-ies... which saw me evolve my work and then fail to carry on with it, beyond a certain point (for the time being) - a year, above all, which began with unexpected news and in many ways culminated with the birth of our daughter, yet which right at the end saw us put to sleep our beloved first dog. there has been more (di)stress crammed into this one year than i thought possible and i'm very glad to see the back of it.

so i want to look forward and beyond really, rather than back (though there has been plenty of that over the last 24 traumatic hours, and i'm sure there's more soul-searching in the post... as if there is anything else, with me around)... the blog will continue, albeit it might well take a while to get going again in the new year - next post will be my continued statement of intent explaining a bit more about what form i expect the blog to take, and where i am still going with the braxtothon, such as it is(n't). meanwhile i have had precious little time to listen to anything meaningful lately, but did fill my ears with the 1978 solo köln concert within the last few days - or the first part of it; the first four pieces contain so much music in themselves that it felt like an entire concert's worth of material just there. once again, i know there is work for me to do concerning this man's music and i'll be heeding the call in the year(s) to come.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


sorry, i use the net so little these days that there was no point in keeping my r-share account going, so... all links (i think!) to music files on here are currently dead. (i will try and re-up graz '76 and the pisa improv trio at least, early next year.)

believe it or not, that's about it for now... there is another post on the way, a renewed statement of intent for the future - lately i have been unable to direct my energies in this direction at all, and all the writing (and much of the listening) has dried up... but it's not going to dry up permanently. more to follow on this. c x

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