The Happiest Pig – December 31, 2011
And so it goes, go round again, but now and then we wonder who the real men are.
Some light filtered and flickered onto the walls. Some lovely noise made by myself and with friends.
Those near and and very dear have fed me with food and smiles and given me breath when I’ve dipped under the surface.
There is something important to be said.
Well to be frank, I’ve had better years.
But to take on board the philosophy from one of my son’s books ‘The Happiest Pig’, trying to find the best in everyone and everything. So rather than saying I’ll be glad to see the end of 2011, let just say I’ll be happy to see the beginning of 2012.
There were of course some bright moments, they were with my nearest and dearest. And some great opportunities as well. I exhibited 5 times this year including 1, 2 solos. M010 recorded an EP, did a launch gig and appeared on a couple of compilations and played a bunch of gigs. Untermorast did a few gigs including performing at the Now now in Sydney.
My solo drone project mumble(speak) did a few gigs and released some recordings including a cover and a Yuletide track!. I even performed noisy beats as Broken Tiny at the final Red Wall Gallery opening – having not performed that project in that way since Glitchfest in 2009.
Was pretty busy, I like to be busy. I turned 40 and I like the fact that I reached that milestone. But situations can conspire to take a toll on your mind, body and spirit. I should have found the off-switch, or at least utilised the ‘standby’. A fear of missing something? Worrying about one’s own abilities? Un-realistic self expectations?
When you fill all the spaces, you can’t see because it’s too dark. You can step off the ride for a little while and get back on later. You may have to find your place again, but there is a way.
I’ve got my own new years resolution, it seems I make one every day. You don’t need to know, I’m sure you’ve got your own. But I am looking forward to leaving space for things to emerge rather than filling up spaces with things pre-emerged.
Coming up in 2012 (with glorious spaces in-between)
Whitepinkblack Noise at Sawtooth, Launceston in June. This is a work from a couple of years back that was only shown in a preliminary version and then as part of my PhD submission and I’m quite proud of it. Glad to be able to give it another airing.
In A Silent Way at CAST. As mentioned last blog, I was chosen to be mentored as a curator for CAST and am currently putting together a sound show for late July. Here’s hoping I can pull this off.
M010 recording full length album scheduled for a vinyl release, already in progress.
But that’s all to come. And there’s no need to worry, there will be time to made to breath and to be with the ones I love who support me and make me smile.
Best to all for the coming year. Take care of each other.