I’ve been very quiet. Literally. I’ve done nothing.
Seriously, I’ve just taken the longest break creatively I have in years.
It’s not down time. I’m really busy with the day job of music making, and Being an expecting dad keeps me surprisingly busy. I’ve just stopped the ‘me’ stuff. I haven’t been writing. I’ve not updated this blog. I’ve not even thought about what’s next for me as Winter Of ’82.
This is a major breakthrough for me. I’ve felt able and justified to unplug for the first time in maybe 15 years. I’ve been totally wired on my musical ambitions for as long as I can remember. For the last few months, I’ve just been some bloke.
Of course, the novelty wears off. It truly is a novelty, of course; it’s not ‘normal’ for me to not be obsessing about music making every day.
I feel this break drawing to a close now, which is great. It’s lovely not to force it. Just to let the ideas bubble up; let the music take me over again.
I’d really recommend it, if you can. Just stop for a bit. I can’t believe I did. It’s so not me, but in feel so much better for it. I have some huge ideas brewing now for 2014, I’m just allowing them to pull into focus.
I’ll start work again soon. I can’t wait, but I can wait for the right moment…
So here it is. The big reboot.
This blog has evolved a lot in three years. Originally it started out just documenting an LP I was making. I blogged every day for long periods. It was all very raw, throwing ideas out there, honestly discussing my frustrations with the music making process at that time. Looking back, it was a very frustrating time. I’ve learned a lot.
Slowly the blog branched out into other areas. I talked about my personal beliefs, such as my atheism, much more. This proved opinion dividing to say the least, but helpful and important to me.
The biggest gear change came when I began regularly blogging about disability. It wasn’t long before that discussion accounted for A LOT of traffic to this URL. This blog became part of a HUGE conversation about living with disability in this country. I like to think it made a tiny difference not just to me. Writing those posts was part of a huge process of me working things out, and changed my perspective on myself for the better.
I can’t ignore the fact that this is all off topic, of course. For a long time I worked within the mindset that this is my site and can be about whatever I want. That’s still true, of course, but I’m ready to reboot. I’m going back to the start. I’m a musician first and foremost, so from now on I’ll refocus this site on music making and the music industry.
I will continue to blog about disability (and anything else I fancy) at my non-music blog, Please Stop Staring.
For reference, the last three years of this blog are now archived at archive.krishalpin.com should that be something you want to read.
And now, this site will continue, determinedly on topic…