I’ve been off this thing for quite a while now but that’s not to say that I have not been busy. Coming soon is a new and more integrated website with all my shenanigans attached to it, if you’re interested of course. My band Supersmall released it’s CD (finally) and the response was above and beyond what we expected. You can check out the shows we are booked for on our website along with all our news and updates at www.supersmallmusic.com
Despite all the band work I’ve managed to keep at the writing whenever I can. A recent trip to Phoenicia upstate meant we were isolated in the woods with no cell phone coverage or Internet. I got stuck into a few chapters of something I’ve been working on while sitting on the balcony listening to the river that ran through our property and occasionally looking up into acres of dark forest around us. It was some long overdue peace and quiet. It was our first vacation in a long time just the two of us. Being married to a writer means we spent a lot of our days in silence tapping out our ideas on our laptops and then celebrating our efforts over cold beers at night. We even spent Sunday with a realtor checking out cabins for a possible future purchase. To be honest, I was afraid I might never want to leave.
Marisa’s illness has pretty much left us and normalcy has returned. It was understandably an incredibly stressful time but I have my wife back and that’s all that matters now. Shock Horror: I lost ten pounds in my latest efforts to get in shape and have even managed to cut back on the beer a little (Phoenicia being a recent exception). I know, it’s a crazy world. Even more insane is that I’ve ran a few 5K’s and have not died!
Family came to visit, I had music and storytelling shows and I even had a short story published online on my favorite comedy website (but I posted about that already). So this year is definitely turning out to be a very productive one. In September two of my favorite folk, Georgina and Rory are coming with us to Montauk. There are no words to explain how much we are looking forward to that.
And that’s that. As I’ve said, I started this blog as a writing exercise so I was feeling guilty about, well, not writing on it. I thought I’d write this on my lunch break at work. I got caught out in the thunder storm just now so I’m typing this with a towel around me trying to dry off.
Soon I’ll set up the new and improved website and mothball this one. I hope you’ll like it, yes you, my legions of fans and army of admirers.
I’ll leave you with a little picture I took on Monday at Jones Beach. I had the day off and drove to the beach and read/wrote/ate peanuts all afternoon. Just looking at it calms me. That’s the thing about writing (music or stories) – you can really make your workspace as beautiful as you like.
I recently found an old journal I kept while backpacking for over a year after I left college. It contained a mixture of handwritten entries, ticket stubs, worn out maps and printed emails. I don’t know if there was any other reason why I kept journals other than the fact that I just liked writing them. I remember the moments I often enjoyed most were siting in an Internet cafe writing long emails to friends back home detailing all I had been up to. I’m glad I did now because as I read through them, I realize just how much I had forgotten.
Below are parts of a long email I sent home. It’s funny reading back on it now ten years later, especially as I had no memory of it until now.
May 13th, 2002
I just thought i`d let you know that I’m still alive! After leaving Cambodia we went back to Bangkok for a little while as we had split with Stephen*. After we met up we traveled down to Kuala Lumpur, it took about 25 hours so we were all a little tired.
Malaysia is a hell of a lot better than anywhere we’ve been so far. It’s a lot cleaner and the people are very friendly. You still get a few places where it’s a bit dodgy. Two nights ago we went out for food and Stephen and I were checking out a restaurant. It looked okay, it was cheap. I wanted to see the kitchen**. As the guy was showing us a curry they were making, a huge rat ran out from behind the cooker and ran across my bare feet! (I was wearing sandals). Not good. The last thing I remember leaving the restaurant was the guy shouting and laughing after us “Hey! Where you from? You don’t have rats in your country too?”
I bought a hammock to use in Bali. When we stopped off at Koh Samui, which is an island on the east coast between Bangkok and Malaysia, I was hopping to use it. It was so hot
I couldn’t find the energy to string it up!***
*My best mate Stephen and I stayed up singing Karaoke in a small seaside village in Cambodia the night before we were to get a boat and train back to Bangkok. The next morning Stephen was so hung over we had to leave him behind and wait for him in Thailand to catch up.
** A habit I got into from being in some very poor areas was to check the kitchen before deciding to eat there or not. It would be a good indication on how you would spend your night, peaceful in bed with a full belly or talking to God on the big white telephone.
***It was the first time in my life I was subjected to heat greater than that produced from a large sweater or radiator. There was a lot of things I couldn’t do because of it, mostly physical activity.
Plans for the weekend include writing out the music for ‘This Grenade Will Love You’. This will be difficult as I have no idea what key it’s even in. I de-tuned my guitar as an experiment to “find” new sounds/music and the song wrote itself in about 10 minutes. A strange and rare happening but I like it. I’ve never played it live or to anyone outside of Supersmall. It has a country folk feel to it. Anyway, I’ll need two guitars to get it done, one de-tuned and one in correct tuning.
I’m also working on a new song. I’ve been very productive lately and I want to get as much done while I’m in this space. I have the melody, first verse and chorus complete. It’s currently titled “It’s Just The Way It’s Meant To Be”. It’s an odd folk song about obsession, maybe it will work, maybe it won’t.
I also need to rewrite a song called Refractory Space. Daniela gave me lyrics to work into a song and when it was completed I had ventured too far from the point of the song, so I got to reign it back a bit. I like the melody so if the song doesn’t work out I’ll keep the tune for another day.
Next rehearsal is this Thursday. The aim is to get two other songs finished.