“Simply take the road ahead”
January 11, 2015. No comments.
I’ve just been listening to an inspiring ‘Desert Island Discs’ on BBC Radio 4. Not someone I’d heard of before, but a woman who has clearly followed her passion, overcome difficulties and lived with persistence, gratitude, and faith.
It’s a timely message for the second week of January – especially if your fresh new year perspective and good intentions are beginning to fade. But even if you eased into work again with a little reluctance, a nasty cold, or it took a while to gear yourself up to the challenges ahead…don’t worry, there is still another 51 and a half weeks left. Some things just take their time.
Perspective ’tis a wonderful thing. Like the moment outside the studio last year sitting in the sunshine hearing an early mix of ‘Black Fly’ floating out the door. Why? Because I remember the moment I wrote the song and how different life was then.
I had just returned home from a festival, with only my new banjo for company (a banjo approved by Leon Hunt who ended up recording much of the new record). I had taught myself a few chords, and was sitting on the sofa in my little garden flat thinking I’d like to learn a song I can play on my new instrument, but feeling too lazy to actually get up from the sofa and find one to learn, so I wrote one instead. At that time life was not quite working out as I had hoped, so I suppose I wrote it for myself as much as anyone else. Just me, a banjo, and a song.
I couldn’t have imagined that one day I would record it for my new album – an album that supporters of my music helped to pay for – played by some of the UK’s finest musicians – being mixed by Stephen W Tayler at Real World Studios. The sort of day I might have a chat with Robert Plant over the washing up, or cheekily try to off-load the old sofa in the back of my van on an unsuspecting band…Thinking about it now, it was probably the sofa I was sitting on when I wrote the song!
Wherever we may find ourselves as the year gathers steam, it’s anyone’s guess how things are going to end up. Or where we are going to find ourselves along the way. Hopefully in the sunshine, feeling grateful and thinking life is rather wonderful.