Sunday 20th August 2017

20.8.17 

Stopped off at the beach the last few days and had a nice break from what could be termed a break on Friday and hung out with some old friends and some new friends. Always plenty to do on the journey, keep up to date with the maintenance and check the goals of which there are many, in no particular order:- 

1/. Play music in new surroundings and see what happens; 

2/. Spend some time looking at what has been created and then work with that material; 

3/. Keep up to date with world affairs and affairs at home; 

4/. Surf, rollerblade and develop personal fitness and wellbeing, read, listen to music, eat and cook and find wonderful food and people, learn some French building on existing abilities; 

5/. Clean, pack and look after my vehicle which contains many elements, normally there is some fixing needed and so far that has not been too taxing but it is early days, I think it is safe to say that I will be on this journey for a while longer but it is probably a third through and it’s nice to take stock of things; 

6/. Relax and leave myself open to new opportunities and if I see something that is of interest be able to have some time to be able to delve into that; 

7/. Watch and listen to my environment and see where that takes my thoughts and what sort of creations that develops; 

8/. Edit videos and learn more about that as I go along at the pace that is the speed of French life; 

9/. Consolidate songs written, songs in development and also to learn songs as they are a catalogue of wonderful delights. 

10/. Update things as I go forward and keep ample records as are necessary to be able to analyse my activities and ponderings. 

I’ve been reading Rob Roy by Walter F. Scott the last few days and it is excellent, the turn of phrase is superb and it starts and doesn’t have a breath to stop whilst putting the essence of the story at the forefront. I’ve been reading quite a few different books, dancing, singing, cooking, sleeping, running, surfing, swimming, talking, sunbathing, discovering and playing guitar and the sea air is quite acceptable. Always something going on which is always nice to observe. My muscles are a little sore today from some weekend dancing which was good fun. I enjoy a good sweat after a dance and I never think of dancing as something that is strenuous as it is such good fun but it certainly is given the state of my core and leg muscles. DOMS, delayed onset of muscle soreness I think and it is about 48 hours when it is most noticeable. Have been meeting nice people along the way and keeping up with long term friends and enjoying chatting and seeing how everything is in their worlds whilst I am in mine in this ever changing world. Have been enjoying reading the news even if it is distressing and I think, even if the facts are dependent on so many things, that it is important to be able to do this, I am just too curious not to and since it’s the type of information that the majority of people are able to be a part of it is I feel important to consume to be able to understand each day’s turn of events. 

I stay in so many wonderful places, not everywhere is perfect but some places are at least that. I wake up and heard splashing one night and when I inspected it was the fish going crazy splashing just past a waterfall, they seem to be more awake at night. I couldn’t believe it and thought that a fishing rod would be useful but really I wouldn’t know what to do with one and even less with a fish if I caught it. Saw a fishing boat laying nets just past the wave line today at the beach, but it was nearly full tide and I was wondering if there would be an issue with the surfers and the nets once the tide went out and the nets were by default closer to the shore. A jet ski went out to meet the boat and it disappeared but didn’t pick up the nets, could have been some representative of the life guard or harbour or coast line officials, I imagined some dialogue over the sound of the sea and the engines of the fishing boat and jetski, a lot of words can be said in ten minutes and at the moment if it were in French, which I am sure it would be then I wouldn’t be able to follow it fully never mind the sublte nuances or use of French, ahem, that perhaps fishermen would have a better grasp off than most. 

Parked up near the beach and set up an editing suite this afternoon, think I have either been sitting too long or I maybe got some sun on the backs of my legs but happy with my afternoon’s work and listening to an extended jazz playlist I downloaded at one of the wonderful but rare free wifi spots I came across. I have data now that they have managed to stop that racquet but don’t use too much. 

In cultural news watched Baby Driver at the cinema and although it was in French it was understandable and the music certainly enabled me to be able to follow it, I do feel that there is quite a bit of market research goes into films these days, or any consumable product which is a created directly from algorithms of the activities of online activity, say the facebook mafia, of which I am certainly a use to include Instagram and whatsapp as part of their media analysis farming community, I suppose this was always the case as far as what is in vogue but it could be just too much, leading us to run around in circles following our tales, who knows, all worth contemplating to be duly ignored and noted. 

Monday tomorrow so will sort a few things then look for a place to play and start to go through some of the footage and recordings I have gathered, a farmer of random crops. 

Made a draft video with some new audio with old footage of me moving logs around which was really just to get a grasp on the software but was fun and rewarding, will use my skills for more later, that one is probably going to go in the library of stuff I’ve made for the future but perhaps not now since it is really just an amalgamation of ideas using a log castle idea with a new song called Night & Day which I improvised the other day. I realise now that releasing improvised material that would do well from some after work and analysis is either a capture of something spontaneous and flowing or material for a new album of music. I like EP’s also so maybe I’ll do one of those in the interim with some of the new material. 

Very happy with my cases, they are all mostly hardcore sturdy and so far have stood up to the test of the road and rumbling around in my transportations. I did however put a hole in my surfboard but that was in the water on a reef so that hardly counts and it is now fixed, as far as I know anyway, I am fixer now Daddy, I got tools for fixing broken stuff, bout time. 

Chat soon

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