Monday, 7 January 2013

2013: The Best is Yet to Come?

Sorry that I haven't been around for a few days; I've been in the studio with Marcus. As you can see, it's been a knackering few days that has put years on us both. A diet of curry/fish and chips/kebabs/red wine didn't help.
We also had no kitchen or running water; most bands split over 'musical differences'; Marcus and I nearly buckled because I kept throwing coffee grounds and tea dregs down a sink that had not been connected. I wondered why my toes were permanently soggy whilst Marcus wondered at my parents marital status at my birth... I also broke his favourite mug...
Domestic catastrophes aside; the good news is that, apart from the inevitable fretting over the small stuff, I think that we've finished 'In Cassidy's Care'.
Is it any good?
Too be honest, I'm so close to it that I cannot hear it a the moment; all I'm hearing is high hat patterns, cymbals and vocal edits...
It'll take a while before the judgmental myopia clears.
At that point I'll decree it awful and demand a re-record; then I'll be calmed by the balmy Cliffe and realize that all is well.
Meanwhile, I need to catch up on my Albums for Life list and also attend to writing some stuff to describe the sessions and detailing the production of the forthcoming album for those interested.
In the meantime... I've given no thought to resolutions for 2013 so I'm doing it this second...
Mmm; I now that I should drink less booze/coffee
I should watch less TV
I should read more
I should learn how to use my mobile or sling it
I really should stop saying 'cool'
I should be less protective over my paint job (a long story)
I should visit my parents more
I should write my brother and sister more
I should wear those shoes and clothes that I'm saving for funerals
Etc, etc, etc...
Funny, as I'm writing this, Terry, my Dad, just emailed me this.
The usual stuff but a timely reminder that the platitudes survive because they are ultimately good wisdom...
Terry (that's not him pictured) writes:

Written by a 90 year old
This is something we should all read at
least once a week!!! 

Make sure you read to the end!!!
Written by Regina Brett (below), 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio.

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote
the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most
requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so
here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5.Don't buy stuff you don't need.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with yourself. You can take it.

9. Save for things that matter.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow..

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

29.. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. People love you because of who you are, not because of anything you did or didn't do..

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

42. The best is yet to come ...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.


  1. Album in the can... great news! Can't wait to hear the results. Sounds like the studio's a wee bit cramped. How did you manage to squeeze the 40 piece orchestra in there?
    Also, what's up with that photo? Either that's one huge noggin, or is Marcus Mini-Me? Speaking of big heads... Have you seen this clip? Eric and I howl at Mike Myer's Scottish father parody...

  2. We always did have a problem with perspective...
    Excellent clip!

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