||It's been a funny old month. As those who know me well will
be aware, October is always a bad month for me, in terms of sad anniversaries and other
stressful stuff. And, as those people will also know, I battle with all kinds of mental
crap at the best of times, but October in particular is the one month that usually has me
wanting to throw myself under the nearest bus.
So it's been somewhat ironic that it's
been an incredibly productive month! First and foremost, it gives me immense pleasure to
announce that 'Zahira' - the bonus track for the re-issue of Shadow of the Wind - is finally
done. Yes, really! I just need to tweak it a bit, mix it, and send it off to AD Music (who
will hopefully like it enough to release it!) Assuming that all goes well, this means that
the album will be re-released as soon as possible. I know that AD Music have a pretty
hectic release schedule for the rest of this year, so I can't give an exact release date.
But the track is done. Yay, and stuff!
The bizarre thing is, I actually did 4 tracks for this re-release. That's what's taken
me so long! And yet none of them were 'right' except this one. I can only hope that you
agree with that when you hear it - which will be on the next website update, because by
then it will have been tweaked and mixed until I'm actually happy with it... or as happy
as I ever get with my work. That's no mean feat considering that I'm never 100%
happy with anything I do!
In other news, I - along with many of my fellow AD Music colleagues - spent a lot of
last month editing existing work for a new production music library. Keep your fingers
crossed that they accept my (our) work! It could help enormously in terms of finance. Much
as it would be wonderful to do music just for the pure love of it, the fact is that I (and
every other musician I know) still have to pay rent, heat my home and buy groceries!
I've saved possibly my favourite news until last. Jon
Richards and I have been discussing a collaboration for some time now, and it's
reaching a point where we're both ready to give it a go. I can't wait for this! Apart from
the fact that Jon is a lovely guy, his music is very much like mine in terms of emotion
and melody. I really believe that our combined efforts will yield something that's rather
special. Watch this space for more news on this!