Every so often, there’s a lull in activity as a freelancer, or indeed as any musician or band. And there’s often not much you can do about it, except cast the net a bit wider as you look for wanted ads. These are the points when, perforce, you take stock a bit and catch up on what it would be nice to do when you’re not chasing round in circles.
Chasing round in circles is not particularly going away. I write this at five past seven in the morning, sitting on the bus from Oxford to London in order to spend the day in a voice recording studio with my desk job (in the control room not the live room I hasten to add). Then I’m going to go on to a Filthy Spectacula practice / guitarist auditioning session, stay overnight on our bassist’s (sorry, the Dreadful Helmsman‘s) boat and go back for another day’s studio supervision … then back to Oxford for some sleep and a String Project practice (sadly not in that order) … then probably back into London (maybe not) for a string quartet rehearsal. That takes me up to about lunchtime on Wednesday.
However, there’s nothing particularly new on the horizon; nothing getting booked in at the moment. So I’m going to be doing some new demo recordings with better audio quality (maybe even – whisper it – better playing from yours truly) and some revised repertoire choices, looking at the promo situation again, contacting some more potential hirers. All of which should mean my web presence is a bit more dynamic and interesting than maybe it’s been in the last little while.
In the meantime, here‘s a video of the String Project last Friday, playing a jazz arrangement of mine. Solos (in order of appearance): Ben Mowat (vln), me (vln), Wulf Forrester-Barker (bass).