Me and my hubbie and my daughter and my son went to Sorrento. It was really hot. We had lots to eat and the ice cream was lovely. We went to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii… and then we came home. The End.
Seriously we did have a fantastic holiday and I highly recommend any seekers of places of outstanding natural beauty should make the Amalfi Drive one of those ‘see before you croak’ trips.
When we came home there was a rather lovely surprise awaiting us which took the curse off the post holiday blues or in fact any mode of blues for that matter. Please see my latest episode of ‘Wishful Inking‘ for that revelation. You’ll understand how I got motivated to produce four pages when you read the strip.
On the work front (can what I do ever seriously fall into the category of work?) I have completed recordings of four songs for my ongoing Christmas album with Mark Steyn. We have laid down the vocals for Kevin Amos’ genius arrangements of ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter/It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’, ‘Snowbound’ (a Dave Frishberg jazz goody) and I got to air my solo pipes to ‘The Perfect Year’ which is sensational… I’m not blowing my own trumpet but actually the trumpet of the amazing flugel soloist on it! I’ll let y’all know when it’s released.
The recording coincided with my birthday and I got serenaded by a 13 piece swing band when I arrived for the session. If that ain’t the beginning to the ‘perfect year’ I don’t know what is.
The school holidays have now finished, which is a relief, but there are always fringe benefits… my favourite one was going to see Batman Live at the O2 centre. It was better than any of the complex overly sophisticated movie versions I’ve seen. This was a spectacular hybrid of circus, dance, movie effects and music. Having grown up with the tv series, it’s heartwarming to know that good old Batman and his friends have reached supericonic status.
I’m going to record ‘Always in your Shadow’ at Richard Kates studio in the next week or so. You can catch the rehearsal on YouTube.
That’s all for now folks. But I won’t hang around too long before the next one.
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