A new chapter... (8th September 2014)

Brett playing at Art in the Gardens, Sept 2014Early start as usual, but with one mad exception. I'm not going into work  this morning! It feels a bit naughty, as I have done no ground baiting whatsoever, as so many people do at work. You know, the croaky voiced and puppy eyed thing those idle malingerers do when they tell you how poorly they are feeling as a prelim to going off sick. A farce that is interrupted by a miraculous recovery when the conversation interests them, and then a slow slip back into the act afterwards, followed by 3 days off leaving every bugger else to pick up the pieces. Well, my time off is legitimate as I have gone part time in order to do more music work. I've waved my son off to school this morning and now I am beginning a bit of a new chapter in life. Teaching guitar, ukulele, writing songs for people and commissions for businesses and trying to get more gigs. I need to establish a new routine quickly as this could end up with me noodling on the guitar in front of wall to wall Top Gear reruns on Dave - bloody tempting, but there are bills to pay. Yesterday was the start of it really. A beautiful day in the Botanical gardens, Art in the Gardens, a two day festival. I'm so glad that I chose Sunday, as Saturday was a total washout. I played a couple of half hour sets to loads of people through the day, on a lovely stage set up by Chris Fox of Fox Audio hire. Included in the crowd were a handful of family and friends who are normally the ones that tell me to put the guitar down while they are watching telly. All great fun, I also tried my hand at being a guitar tech as Julia McInally broke 2 strings in one song. I loaned my precious guitar to her, replaced the broken strings on hers, and trimmed the ends quicker than I ever have before - about 2 minutes with no string winder!  But failed on the tuning up front as I didn't have a tuner and couldn't hear a thing as the band carried on from the stage. Oh well, that's one career I'm destined not to follow. Right then.. Enough faffing  about writing stuff that no one will read, Top Gear is starting...