Tis the beauty of living just a 7-minute stroll from the centre of town here... but I've rarely seen downtown so quiet on a Saturday night!!!
I first popped into the Park Hotel (where we played the other night) - and I was literally the only person in there to watch two young guys just doodle away happily (and very well, I may add) on acoustic guitars and singing away fantastically. They didn't need me there to play... they were just doing it for the chance to play music together. Yeah... it was nice to be able to sit back and have my own private duet play music for me for a little while! Very surreal tho, in an empty pub!
After about 20 minutes of listening, having a chat to them between their songs (just thanking them for their playing, no brown-nosing or sucking-up, just showing some appreciation), I thought I'd try one of the other pubs in town that would have some live music on as well. That was about a two-block walk away... I think I saw about three other people walking around on my travels... sheesh. So quiet!
The Family Hotel is one of the more-popular venues around town, and there was a fairly decent amount of people around... however, there was a distinctly "desperately singles" feel about the place, and it kinda creeped me out a bit. The band was one of their regulars, a three-piece rock'n'roll band (not dissimilar to ourselves) who were playing their stuff very proficiently and effortlessly to a watching drinking hoping-to-chat-someone-up kinda audience.
I didn't stay for long... I watched them play a few songs and quickly headed for the door... I despise those kinda "meat markets" feels in places like that.
To be honest, I would have much rather have preferred to sit around and had a nice social cuppa with some old friends tonight! But no-one seems to be around... everyone I know seems to have taken the last-minute opportunity to go away for a few days while everything is so quiet around here.
But at least I got out and about OK... but I just couldn't believe how quiet is was downtown. Staggeringly so.
It's been really kinda strangely freaky... every time I pick up the guitar (and I leave it set-up sitting in my back room so I can pick it up and have a "lash" at any time [I used headphones quietly so i don;t disturb anyone, naturally] - I'm so lucky and thankful I've got the space and freedom to be able to do this all now... I never did for so many years...)... every time I have a play, new ideas come out... the strange part is that they seem to be flowing out so easily.
I'm not trying to big-note myself here. I'm not writing "monster hot epics" or anything outrageously amazing that's gonna change the face of modern music... just nice feeley grooves and rhythms with nice changes and harmonic ideas. It's more-or-less fleshing out off-the-cuff "doodles" that seem to be flowing thick and fast lately. For this I'm really thankful, simply because it makes the songwriting process such a more simpler task, when there are ideas popping into my head and out of my hands and mouth every single time lately. Very surreal!
I think it's just the subconscious freedom of not having someone elses' shackles tying me down... probably? I dunno... but I'm enjoying it, that's for sure.
And yes... it really is after 2am in the morning! One of the stoopid side-affects of these meds from last week has thrown my sleep patterns absolutely cock-a-hoop... it feels about mid-afternoon for me right now, dagnammit! She'll be right and we'll get there.
I'm actually feeling quite alright within myself... try to believe and appreciate that this is a nice place and feeling for me to be in!!!
Peas be with ewe
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