||It's been a funny old month here in deepest, darkest
Duffield. I turned 41. I received some long-awaited good news. I locked myself out of my
house and had to shimmy up a drainpipe and pour myself in through a tiny upstairs window.
Bracken developed ulcerated ear canals and has become very well acquainted with the
vet, who thankfully he adores. None of this however has anything to do with music, so I
shall get to the point!
Freezing weather more befitting an Arctic Winter has put me well
and truly in 'hibernation mode', which basically consists of me eating lots of hot, stodgy
food and wanting to curl up on the sofa until the sun comes out again. Don't get me wrong,
I love the snow. I love the whole picturesque 'ooh look, it's white and pretty and sparkly
out there!' thing. However, I'm not a huge fan of sub-zero temperatures, mainly because
they stilt my creativity. It's not easy to compose when your fingers are like icicles!
So, not a lot of music has been written lately, although I have done some more work on
'Zahira', the bonus track for the forthcoming reissue of Shadow of the Wind. I've also
been toying with the idea of writing an extended - and somewhat epic - orchestral version
of 'And She Held the Moon', the original version of which was my contribution to After Midnight, last year's
excellent compilation album from AD Music.
The other thing I've been doing a lot of this month is drooling uncontrollably at the
thought of the forthcoming Lumina sample library from ProjectSAM. It will probably
bankrupt me, but so be it. I absolutely have to have it! I've linked to the official
trailer below - how gorgeous does that sound? Want, want, want!
Trailer for 'Lumina' by