Today, is my birthday, my 37th to be precise, but am I any the wiser for it?
Many things have happened over the last year in my personal life, work life and musical life. Probably the most significant was becoming a grandfather back in November.
Another notable part of this previous year was my decision to stop building hardware synths. After three people/companies had come forward and offered help with bringing Tempest/Defender to the market, and each one subsequently falling by the wayside, I do begin to wonder if thereâ€™s any point. Thereâ€™s also the cost of building and developing a hardware synth, which is nothing short of astronomical. Couple this with the cost of manufacture, distribution and marketing, there really isnâ€™t much cake left to share after. Not that money is important to my synth building activities, but not having any does limit what you can develop and build.
Iâ€™ve decided to focus on my music more than I have been. Since picking up bass and guitar Iâ€™ve rediscovered my love for writing and playing music, something that had been gradually fading.
For my birthday Jessie, my wife, bought me a rather beautiful leather music journal to keep my ideas and tunes in. Something I shall always treasure and value.
Iâ€™ve also learned a lot about writing, partly from writing these blog entries and also because of a work colleague reviewing and correcting my posts, which I appreciate greatly.
Iâ€™ve learned a lot over the last year, and I think to a large extent Iâ€™ve mellowed a little and become a little more tolerant (especially of other motorists) and a little more accepting of other people.
Letâ€™s see what the next year brings.