I'm joining in again for Cynthia Lee's Scattered Life Collective, to reflect on my week gone by. Check out the link to see some of the other people who are playing along there.
I've been very tired this week and struggling to get into any sort of a routine. But we've still made good progress with the new CD, recording guide tracks - this is the first time, in 7 CDs, that I'm recording the guides myself .... this is where we decide on the key, the tempo, where the breaks will come for instrumentals - basically the arrangement. Then I put down a guitar part to a click track, like a metronome, so that the players who follow me will have a perfectly synced track to work to. And then a guide vocal is done too at this stage. It's been a really enjoyable process so far and we have some tracks ready for the next stage. Our hope is that we'll have a good few done in the next week or 10 days and then after the Festival we'll come back to it and decide what goes on next and whether or not we have an album in the making.
But then I look at the state of the house, and the garden, and the laundry, and the unanswered emails .... and just want to lie down and sleep. Better not look says you .... lol
Out the window: I can actually see out my windows today :) Spent all morning cleaning them ... The hedges need trimmed ... but my little solar powered flower on the windowsill is cheerfully dancing away - he always makes me smile.
On the menu: Lamb Tagine and Pomegranate Couscous taken from a separate recipe. ... I've been wanting to try this recipe for a long time - probably because I really want to buy one of those cute Moroccan tagines and there's be no excuse if I can't cook the meal. It was yummy by the way... worth trying and very simple to do.
Watching: It's been all about Wimbledon this week - it hasn't been rained off too much - what a feat of co-ordination watching them covering the courts in less than 30 seconds ...
The Carriage House by Louisa Hall - it was not a bad story - perfect summer reading - not too taxing and the characters were engaging enough ...
A spin in a boat - we were out in a little rib boat during the week - my picture at the top of the blog was taken from that angle - it's a total change of view and I love it.
The launch of Fiddlers Green Festival on Friday night - so much to look forward to - a week of local and international music, art, sports and mountain walks. I"ll be doing a blog about it early in the week.
My brother home from Australia - looking forward to catching up with him later this week and taking in a session - he plays fiddle and sings too ...
Started working on another song - it nearly counts as prolific now!!! This is another co-write with the same lyricist that I finished a song with a couple of weeks back. I'm hoping to have 5 originals on this new CD, plus one from hubby... but 3 of them need tweaking at the moment and then have to be learnt! It's a good feeling seeing them come together.
Here's a song from one of the Festival guests - Luka Bloom - Luka was based for a long time in New York - he has a famous brother - Christy Moore - one of Ireland's best known and best loved folk singers - he changed his name when Christy started to become famous.
So that's been my week - how's your's been?