Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
Quiet Times... And Noisy Ones
by admin - 16:59 on 24 September 2014
Life in The Rural Retreat has been remarkably quiet of late, broken only by the occasional squeak of a rodent being sent to The Great Burrow In The Sky and the more regular grumbles from The Pride when it believes meals have not been served quickly enough. The Pentax has seen as little action as Kawasaki San, and were it not for the approaching climax of The Great British Bake Off, and the imminent launch of the latest round of Strictly Come Dancing, existence would be dull.
So it's fortunate that my prospects as a music star have perked up a little.
I've fallen in with an as-yet-unnamed blues band that has six songs and two rehearsals to its credit, so it's early days there. In addition, next week I'm in discussion with a fiddler, drummer and singer/guitarist about starting up a wedding band – lucrative work if you can get it.
On top of that, The Strays' recent outing at the Balconie Inn was well received, most importantly by the landlord, so we'll be back there sooner or later, and there are a couple of other gigs in the offing to keep us ticking over before venues begin filling their 2015 diaries.
The days of giving CDs to venues, or them sending someone to watch bands, seem to be over. Most places expect to see video evidence of competence, so it's a shame that all we have to offer is a lop-sided performance captured on a mobile phone. We'll get something better eventually.
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