2023 has been and gone.
I stood in our garden with friends beside a fire and bid farewell to quite a complicated year as the bells tolled and the fireworks exploded. If I’m honest I wasn’t sad to see it move on and make way for something new. I realise on one level it’s just another date, but I enjoy the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and have a sense of a new beginning.
There were a lot of highs in 2023, but also some very deep lows. The lows have taught me a lot – I’ll just leave it at that for now. Some of those Journeys are ongoing.
The highs were my live shows. Sometimes in 2022 when I arrived at big festivals and conferences I still had a psychological hangover from the pandemic. I’d not experienced crowds for nearly three years and I wasn’t that comfortable being in the spotlight again. In 2023 that all changed and I loved being with you all at the festivals and camps, really feeling part of our vibrant and alive community again.
I also had one professional vocal coaching session with a very well-known vocal coach who had worked with some amazing singers – it was only an hour long but after that time I understood my voice in ways I’d never experienced before. I fell in love with the freedom and expression of singing again.
So, goodbye 2023, what will 2024 bring?
I have more time to focus on my music this year, in fact, on all of my creativity. There will be more regular blogs, and there will also be some travelling, so expect more Green Grimiore videos with Cerri too. There will be an album of songs released this year – I know, I’ve been promising that for some time, but everything is in place to make it happen and I can’t wait for you to hear the recorded versions of my new songs, many of which you will have heard me play live either in-person or on my online House Concert shows. I’ve also written the spoken word for the Y Mabinogi – The Fourth Branch album, so expect that in 2024 too! Yes, this could be a two-album year!
In many ways, I’ve felt like I’ve been treading water since the pandemic arrived in 2020.
Now is the time to go swimming again.
Exploring new waters and remembering those lovely familiar shores.
So here’s to a wonderful 2024 my friends! I look forward to seeing you in person or online and let’s make this a good one!