I drove down to Canterbury this morning in the company of photographer Jonathan Stewart, to visit Greg Fitzgerald’s rurally-located studio once more.
A further trip to the wilds of deepest Kent today, visiting Greg Fitzgerald’s studio near Canterbury. A very productive session resulted in the basics of a new song, The Girl I Never Had, benefitting from a layering of acoustic and lead guitar parts.
The latest session with Greg Fitzgerald saw the recording yesterday of the lead vocal for ‘Head above Water’, a revised mix of ‘Promises at midnight’, plus the first performance of ‘The girl I never had’, the lyric for which was completed early this morning.
The spring 2021 issue of The Musician magazine is being dispatched in print format to members this week and also included with this edition is an insert containing the Motions for Conference and the call for Conference Delegates.
I was interviewed last week by Roger McCormick for Brooklands Radio and the show was broadcast this evening. I was joined online by long-term colleague Ian Smith of Frusion and Fizzion International Music Agencies, and we discussed in-depth the issues facing working musicians looking to tour Europe in the future.
A very pleasant in the company of family and friends. First, I met my nephew Steve in Kingston-upon-Thames, and we walked along the riverbank discussing plans and ideas for the artwork of my album.
Another fulfilling day working on songs for the album. This time progress was made via the guitar, arrangement and initial lead vocal for ‘Promises at midnight’; an additional brief electric guitar solo for Quids in; approved mixes of Caring soul and Nashville, Tennessee; plus tweaks to the mixes of ‘Girl on the Train’ (guitar) and ‘In the comfort of strangers’ (lead vocal).
Two visits to Greg Fitzgerald’s studio in Canterbury have resulted in excellent progress for my new album. The 11th December produced a lead vocal for Caring Soul, plus parts for a number of the nine tracks we have worked on so far.
The Musicians’ Union, Equity and Bectu are collectively calling on the government to exempt theatre productions from the Tier 3 regulations and to allow them to open to socially distanced audiences.
I completed an online disability awareness course today in the company of MU colleagues from across the UK. I made mention during the day of my stepdaughter Lisa, who was born profoundly deaf.
The winter 2020 issue of The Musician is being dispatched in print format to members this week. This the first print edition since the spring, and we lead with an eight page feature summarising the Union’s work since the initial lockdown was implemented in March.
It was a pleasure to join the AGM of the excellent Jazz Archive this evening. An engaging range of subject matter was discussed, with two items relating to the MU proving of interest to the Trustees.
I joined the ‘Up The Albert’ online event this evening, which featuring a magical line-up of host Chris Difford, his Squeeze writing partner Glenn Tilbrook, the beguiling Emily Barker, plus rising star, local performer Katy J Pearson.
John Smith, my former colleague at the MU and currently PPL Chair, has today been awarded an OBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. A richly deserved honour, John served as the Union’s General Secretary from the winter of 2002 through to the summer of 2017.
The MU’s recent survey of musicians has a prominent feature in The Guardian this morning. This follows our media campaign launch produced in conjunction with the team at our excellent PR agency, Kindred.