Yes it’s been a long time since my last post here. A very long time. I’m not happy about that, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes. We all get sidetracked/busy/complacent about things we want to or should do. This blog is a great example of that.
I had started and then stopped a number of blogs in the past for the exact thing I did here — not making the blog an ongoing concern. So bad Jamie. But I’m back now and (hopefully) I’ll be (somewhat) more consistent with my posts. That’s the idea at least.
So… what have I been up to? Well lots and lots of different stuff. I suppose the BIG news is that I formed a band with singer/keyboardist Wendy Irvine and drummer Dave Patel. We’re called Sixteen Different Minds and we’re just finishing up our debut album. The record is called Dancing Castles and stylistically it’s a mix of folk and pop. I could probably throw a few more genres in there, but I’ll let you decide exactly were to place this band. If you’re interesting in taking a listen to the band, check out the Sixteen Different Minds website.
I’ve also continued playing mandolin. I truly LOVE the instrument! I don’t have nearly the facility on the mando that I do on the guitar, but that’s okay… I’m absolutely enjoying the challenge. I’ve mainly been playing classical music on the mando and I’m currently working on Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite #1. It’s a incredible amount of fun and I’m learning a lot.
I’ve also started thinking about my next solo record. Over the last year or so, I’ve written quite a bit of new music, but I’m not sure where I want to go in terms of a production or style point of view. For me, liking so many different styles and ways of making music is both a good and bad thing. That said, I do have an inkling of a concept of an idea of what might work for my next record. Clearly it’s not clear where I’m going musically speaking and I suppose to some degree this has always been my artistic process. And I suppose I like it that way.