Sad to say. This is the first time since January 2017 that I haven’t presented a new recording of a traditional track and a new recording of a modern track.
Last month (June) I got ill, and it was kind of a lost month in terms of productivity. And when you’re self-employed, that’s a real problem.
One of the reasons why I made my newsletter was to kind of force me to make new music. And it’s really important for me to have that social pressure to not flake out. But there’s flaking out, and then there’s legitimate reasons for halting. The music that I make under my own name and put on this website doesn’t make money. And when I also have to do work that makes money, sadly, it has to be the first thing to go.
I was hoping to be able to say I should be back to producing new music next month, but… July has actually been worse than June if anything! I have some catching up to do.
But this, I suppose, goes to the heart of how and why I make music. I love the process, I love the result, I love the social aspect of sharing it. But it takes time to do, and it takes longer to do it well. And it’s a privilege, even a luxury, to be able to do it at all. And I have always known that sometimes you have to put it on hold, because that time isn’t available. I often have in the past. And ‘paying the bills’ has usually been the reason.
Here’s hoping it won’t be for long…