Maybe it’s that there’s been less going on; maybe it’s simply that I’ve written less down (more likely), but 2010 has left an odd taste in the mouth. There have been many good things, but they’ve mostly been prose. Poetry has been somewhat lacking. The move to London can account for much of this, of course, and there are also time-budget issues. It will require resolve to hold the balance between romance and pragmatism more evenly.
Fortunately, this is a time of resolutions. I know I promised not to make any more, but sometimes it’s necessary to kick oneself into action. Broadly, “action” here means reaching higher, doing more, writing more, thinking more, feeling more. Specifically, “action” here means:
1) Write two more chapters (at least) of my thesis.
2) Release at least one new CD, possibly The Spooky EP with the Dapper Swindler and Sam Taplin, or possible Vibe, Drill and It with the Dapper Swindler.
3) Make Bright Idea popular.
These are dark times. Both my musical and academic lives are under serious threat from within and from without. Do I have what it takes???!?! Find out in 2011.
Happy New Year to you all.
‘Pandora’s Hope’ Bruno Latour
‘The Prefect’ Alistair Reynolds
‘The Line of Beauty’ Alan Hollinghurst
‘Dry Store Room No. 1’ Richard Fortey
‘His Dark Materials’ Philip Pullman
‘Jungle Blues’ C. W. Stoneking
‘Not on Top’ Herman Dune
Erin K. and Tash ‘Erin K. and Tash’
James Bell ‘Historical Pop’
Matt Sage ‘Let the Music Out’
‘Haircut’ Triple Rosie
‘On Melancholy Hill’ Gorillaz
‘Waterbound’ The Dapper Swindler
‘Green Grass’ Tom Waits
‘We’re Both Sorry’ Martha Rose