Updated: Oct 27, 2018
Struggling to get the things done that I need to do for 'Plectronica.' Have been sorting through some of the new backing tracks I've created but decided to dump some of them, particularly the ones I'd intended to use for 'Orchestra Futura's' set.
I've just now completed anotuher back-track for 'Orchestra Futura', as yet it's untitled, but I think this one might be ok. There's no opportunity to rehearse so I'm keeping these trio tracks very simple, at least in terms of their chord progressions. All are basically drone tracks with the occasional shift in key but with several decorative elements and lush sounds to compensate for their harmonic simplicity.
Also have a few new tracks to place somewhere in my solo set. Which ones and where they'll go is still to be decided. This stuff takes time and is made even more difficult because of the 'one-off' nature of these concerts. It's not like putting a regular touring set together and going out on the road for several months of the year and having the material burned into your brain. These once a year concerts are like starting over again every time. A new set, new numbers, new running order, and the re-learning of how the live equipment works and what guitars and sounds are needed for the chosen set list.
Various other distractions have robbed me of valuable time too, not least the domestic issues with gas boilers, car MOTs and so on, but with duties for Cherry Red's reissue of 'Sunburst Finish' as well.
Did a 'phone interview with 'Classic Rock' magazine yesterday. The journalist who interviewed me was Rob Hughes. It was a pleasant interview but, to be honest, I've long lost the knack of presenting myself as some sort of rock n' roll God in these things. I'm perhaps somewhat too dismissive of my past achievements for my own good. Living in the present rather than my more commercial Be Bop Deluxe past can create frustrations from time to time. Be Bop Deluxe is both a blessing and a curse, I'm afraid. But it can't be undone.
Got to travel to Wakefield to help my Mum tomorrow. The usual weekly trip to the supermarket in Wakefield. Always good to see her and help as much as we're able. I still call her twice every day to make sure she's ok.
A short list needs to be made next for the 'Plectronica' set...then a running order, and then take the backing tracks over to Fairview for John Spence to master.
After that I really must try to make a start on artwork. Several drawings to create and frame and so on. Plus, I now have a guitar donated by Mike Robinson of Eastwood Guitars which I'm to decorate and put up for auction at 'Plectronica' to benefit 'Sara's Hope Foundation' charity, (which I've supported for some years now.)
As always, not enough hours in the day, and not enough energy available to me at this time of life, especially with my various health issues. Never mind...try to do the best I can. It will be what it will be...