Entries for Jan 2012
Recording with Gavin Barras' 5-tet today!
The recording with Gavin, Ed Jones, Dave Walsh and Steve Plews was lovely! Really looking forward to hearing that. The weather was [and still is] ridiculous, but if you're in Derby please head out to hear the wizard Robert Mitchell on Friday... I'm also playing on a couple of songs!
Friday was a roast! Robert Mitchell, Tom Mason and Richard Spaven played brilliantly—was much, much fun. Managed to get a confirmed date for recording myself and my brothers-in-music Dave Kane and Joshua Blackmore —we'll be hitting the room in late March, which is later than I wanted in some ways, but it's not like we have a time-limit! I'm going to try keeping a composition log [yes, I'm writing again]: but we'll see how long that lasts...
Well, the posting to Facebook thing... perhaps not... never mind. You'll just have to come to the site and visit instead!
For those of you that are getting clogged up feeds, many apologies...
Quick FB posting test... again!
Sorry for all of this—I'm pretty sure I've cracked it...
Anyway, I haven't been up to much, just lots of writing at the piano for the trio recording; and coding. All very dull. Might add cognizance to the main menu, so it's easier to find: but it doesn't get more interesting than that!
Another morning... another test post to Facebook. Writing for the trio recording is going well: and preparing for the gig with Alex Hawkins and Dave Kane in Leeds!
Just a reminder—if you'd like to get a credit on the upcoming trio recording as well as the recording itself for free, please head over to my shop—http://www.coreymwamba.co.uk/getmusic—and pick up all four trio recordings!
Once again, another test to Facebook. I've started adding articles to the Grow Your Own Site series... check the Rambles blog!
I think I have now pwned Facebook.
What that means in English is that I think my site updates are now going to Facebook without using dlvr.it—if so then Twitter is next...
And I apologise for the barrage of messages, but I'm very keen to get it working!!
Right. Please let me know if this works.
Problem solved!! Many, many apologies to those who do RSS of the status updates—it should all settle down. I'll be doing some more work on this, but suffice to say that sharing updates and messages to Facebook will be improving!! :)
Anyway, today: a wet morning, spent indoors. I have some more writing to do for the trio album—there are a few things left to do for a couple of the songs, but it's shaping up nicely. Then some prep for Leeds on Sunday!
Don't worry, I'll get bored of this soon. I'm now working on my status updates being a lot nicer to look at. Awoke to the appalling news about the Silk Mill Museum not being awarded a grant by the Arts Council...
That gig in Derby is up now—and it's on February 10TH. Follow the link through!
But on a better note—a busy few days! I've not put it on yet, but I'm playing with old Symbiosis buddies George Grignon and Andy Maclean at Deda on February 11th; that as well as Sunday with Dave Kane and Alexander Hawkins in Leeds; and a gig in with Nat Birchall on Feb 4th at Pizza Express. All good!
Morning! Having a reading day—Africa: the politics of suffering and smiling by Patrick Chabal...
Holy mother of coding hell. I actually think I've cracked it now. Many, many apologies for the vast array of messages—I think it's settled down now! Still, it'll be worth it in the long run... I hope!
Just in case you missed what I was trying to do: I'm looking to make posting to different sites a bit smoother than it is. I currently use dlvr.it to post things to Facebook and Twitter: but it doesn't quite allow the control I want. So... here we are, wrestling with Facebook's OAuth procedures and SDK, which seems to be written in some eldritch language.
My goodness—I might actually be able to get some other work done now! Good thing I wake up early...
I'm useless with visual hardware like cameras and such: but I thought I'd have a go at taking some pictures of the score I'm doing. Some of them are quite big—the job of extracting parts is turning out to be big...
Insomnia. So—lots of music, cherry blossom tea and a test post to Twitter.
Nice thing about Twitter is that its documentation is written in plain English. Which means that it's working straight away.
Sleep just isn't going to happen. Still, it's given me a chance to tinker with a few things on the site: and make sure my gig schedule's up-to-date. But must sleep soon...
But seriously, I ought to try and get some shut-eye now... or I'll be a mess later!
Luckily I have very little to do later. Researching the Mabinogion for a possible new story-telling project; and of course, reading more stories for the trio recording.
Why do people who are really upset about policies only protest for 24-48 hours? What happened to the long haul?
One of the striking messages in the stories I'm reading at the moment is that of persistence.
This coming Sunday: in Leeds. Very excited about this one—two friends who [I think] have never played together before... but I have a very good feeling about this! Last time I played in Alexander Hawkins' band it was a complete roast: he's a fabulous musician. Here's a video of that time, in Newcastle...
But today—a Burns' lunch with the family—not seen them for ages so looking forward to a good time there! And more reading of the Mabinogion for a potential new project!!
In the short time before heading out: more Twitter trickery, but this time for cognizance... :)
With Alex Hawkins and Dave Kane @ Seven Arts, Leeds: 29 Jan 1.30pm: £5/4. Come down!! #cggig
A simple rendition of one of the pieces I'm writing for the trio album. Hope you like!