My writers block is dead

I have booked a week off work, and have decided to make music. More than that,I have decided that I’m going to play the guitar every day, and try to see if I could kick-start my songwriting. I wrote a couple of songs April 2011, but otherwise I’ve not been able to write anything for a couple of years now.

Well the songwriting is going really well so far – 3 songs in 3 days. My singing is bit crap as I’ve got a bad throat, but these are proper songs with middle-rights and everything.

I’m feeling quite positive about my music now. I nearly posted a rough movie of me singing one of the songs, but it really is a bit too rough for public consumption. And the singing is a bit wobbly in places.

It’s a confidence thing, I think: The more I write, the more confident I am in writing, so the easier it is to write… etc. Let’s see how long I can keep that feedback loop going.




Making my own CDs

After much printing, cutting and sticking¹, the CD of Mink15’s ‘Pebble Beach is now finished. It doesn’t look as professional as the last release (it’s not in a CD jewel case for a start) but it seems more ‘real’ now it has physical form and is not just a load of zeros and ones on the internet somewhere.

I’ve had many problems with  this – the CD labels are slightly different to all the other CD labels I’ve ever bought, so they don’t align properly. Which I didn’t notice until I’d printed a couple of sheets. Also my printer decided it didn’t recognise the new cartridges, or even the old ones (made by the same company) and I thought I’d have to buy a new printer at one stage.

But now I’ve got  back into the swing of it, I think I’ll make CDs of my other music.

Pebble Beach CD

‘Pebble Beach’ is on sale at the bargain price of £2 including postage (£2.50 for international/intergalactic orders²) you can afford to splash out. Or if you can’t afford that, you can download it for free.


¹ My gods, how I hate my Epson printer.

² Apologies, but we can not currently deliver to Andromeda for technical reasons



I’m fed up of writer’s block. I was hoping to spend my free afternoons (I work an early shift) and alcohol-free evenings (I’m spending January ‘dry’) productively. I am going to read, write (maybe) and make music. It’s not going to plan.

Maybe it’s the insomnia, or maybe I’m just out off practice, but I’m just not getting any ideas right now.

At least when creativity strikes, I’ll  be ready for it…

(… He said, trying to put a positive spin on it…)


I’m not making any resolutions this year – I never do – but if I did they would be something like this:

a) blog at least 5 times a week
b) run at least four times a week
c) make music 3 times p/w, minimum
d) make effort to sleep better
e) read loads

That lot shouldn’t be too difficult.

What I did in 2011, Part 5 – Made an album

Mink15 album art

This was the year that my downtempo electronica band finally got a CD out. It had started sometime in 2007 when me and Rob got distracted from our usual moody acoustic stuff, and ended up doing some dubby electronica (using a sample from a huge band with trigger-happy lawyers, so I won’t name them!). The electronic stuff took over for a bit. Then we went acoustic again, then Rob went off and formed a rock band so he could play live. And so the Mink15 songs languished on my hard-drive…

…Until 2010 when Mink15 got a singer and songwriter in the form of Ash, who turned some of our tracks into actual songs, and we wrote some new stuff, and eventually we made an album.

For an electronic album, there is a lot of acoustic guitar on it, and a fair bit of Rob’s tasty electric lead guitar. At the moment, me and Ash are working on an acoustic EP, and in the new year me and Rob will be working on Rob’s first solo album. I love making music!

I made the CD inserts and labels myself, and that took a lot of time and lot of printer ink – next time I will make artwork with less black, it gets expensive!


Interesting fact: Rob and Ash didn’t actually meet until after the album was finished.

A Week Off!

Yes, that’s right, a week off work to do nothing at all. Lovely. Actually it’s eight days, which is even more nice.

A have compiled a list of activities to do this week to keep me busy:

  • Sleep
  • Lie In
  • Drink lots of beer
  • Play music loud all day
  • Visit friends to drink and play loud music
  • Sleep

Well, that should keep me busy!