A big thank you, some pleading and some requests….
BLOG NO.19 – IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ BLOG NO.18 FIRST, CLICK HERE
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Hi all. I was going to blog going into detail about the first four tracks of Part 4 of A Musical ‘History’ Of Northumberland & Durham, which covers the beginning of the 20th century, but since it contains two songs that pertain to the First World War, I thought I’d save it until the 11th of November when that event will be commemorated.
Instead, I’ll just take this opportunity to thank all of you who follow these crazy blogs, and especially those who leave comments and have rated the blogs and my music tracks. Feedback is the only way I know how they are going down, so the more the merrier. Don’t be worried if you don’t like something, let me know. When taking the Poll on the tracks, the name of the vote casters are anonymous to me, so feel free to press the Didn’t like option, if you, well, didn’t like. There has usually only been two or three ‘Followers’ voting, which can only lead me to assume that these are the only people listening to them from these blogs. I’ll give it a couple more weeks, but if the numbers continue to be small I may discontinue doing them. They take a while to do, and my ill health makes them that much harder. If I know they’re entertaining plenty of folk (no pun intended) then the effort is worth it. I realise it may simply be down to just lack of time for many of you, which I quite understand.
None of this surprises me, as the music was written for my own creativity and for a few family members, and I never thought many of them to be much good. Perhaps there is one ‘album’s worth of the five I’ve done that could be considered OK…by the majority of you, as well as myself. When I’m feeling up to it, I would like to try and write some tracks specifically for others. There are a couple of ex-miners who have sent me their poems to try and put music to, and I’m looking forward to doing so when I’m feeling up to it. It has been very gratifying that ex-miners at a couple of Facebook UK Coal Mining Groups have listened to them the most…the songs about coal mining that is. Of course, they didn’t come to them via these blogs, but Facebook and my SoundCloud account.
I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER
I did get a bit of a shock this morning whilst writing this blog as I looked to the sidebar to see the number of email followers had dropped from 491 to 14! I actually think this is a WordPress error, and the latter lower number is the correct one. I was rather amazed that there might be almost 500 people following me. As if!
FOLK FOR FOLK SAKE!
I would love for any music artists out there – amateur or professional – to take a song of mine they might like and make it their own. They are all free to use for live performances with a credit only. I just want to get them out there and entertaining (and educating) a wider audience. Please get in touch if you’re interested.
COME AND BLOG!
I would also love anyone else with music related stories, or Northeast England stories, poems or songs, to post them here. What Close Encounters Of The Music Legend Kind have you had? Or, how has music – or poetry – changed, saved or inspired your life? I would love to hear, and I’m sure others would too!
A NEW FACEBOOK GROUP?
I have been considering staring a new Facebook Group, which would be entitle something like A CELEBRATION OF MINING IN THE UK – THROUGH WORDS, MUSIC & ART. The problem is, I’m not sure if I want to take on another project, so I’m still mulling it over. The idea has had favourable responses from the Facebook Coal Mining Groups, so that is encouraging. If I did take it on I’d probably need one or two other Admins to help run it.
IN THE MEANTIME….
In the meantime, I’ll continue with the Close Encounter blogs, which, understandably, are the most popular. They have been very therapeutic for me also. Before writing them I didn’t want to even think about the career I had to give up, as it was too painful. Since doing those particular blogs that pain has eased somewhat. Hurray!
Once again, THANK YOU, and do come and get involved!
Blog No.20 will be Part 6 of my Close Encounters with ‘Elvis’, ‘Michael Jackson’ and ‘Bono’. The inverted commas around their names will make sense when you read it.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE A SKIM THROUGH THE 65 TRACKS IN THE 5 ‘ALBUMS’ OF MY MUSIC, CLICK HERE TO GO TO THAT BLOG.