Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A QUIET 2011 SO FAR...

In lieue of a boring mailer, here's some updates on what's been happening with me in the last few months, and a few reasons why I haven't bothered blogging since mid-April:

1. I produced Melanie Lowe's new album I Choose Me in Durban, and we mixed it with Jake Odendaal in Joburg. It took a while, and it's only just started seeing the light of day now, but it's done.

2. I produced Melanie's friend Krystle Temmerman's EP "Closer To The Fire", which came out very quickly after Jake mastered it.

3. I had a great run of solo acoustic shows at this year's Festival of Arts in Grahamstown.

4. I've played a number of rock and solo acoustic shows around the country, including a few with the esteemed Barry van Zyl.

5. I jammed with with Just Jinger in Durban, the unforgettable Alistair Coakley in Joburg and with Ard Matthews at this year's Mr Price Pro.

6. I got to play guitar on Ernie Smith's upcoming album, as well as two songs on Natalie Rungan's newest album "This Is Me". I also played on Canadian Randal Arsenault's record and on ex-Idol Lize Heerman's yet-to-be-released album, both produced by the legendary Brian O'Shea.

7. I recorded three new full-band and 19 new acoustic demo's for my next record.

8. The video for "Maybe (Just Maybe)" was shot in Durban and finally released.

9. "Come Out Fighting" was nominated for a South African Music Award in the Rock Album category.

10. I read a lot of books, taught a lot of politics, stared aghast at TV news, stopped believing in a lot of nonsense, walked on a lot of beaches, watched a lot of Monty Python, started liking a lot of things for the first time, stopped saying sorry, drove a lot of miles, bought a lot of Tom Waits CD's, laughed a lot, marked a lot of test papers, bought a lot of books, sang along to  a lot Goon Show songs with my kids...

All in all, a relatively quiet few months.

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