Tune A Day Fail

My jungle-garden has taken over

I was planning to do Tune A Day again this year, but the album release date ended up being later than I had originally thought it would be, and pretty close to the start of June. No chance for proper time off afterwards. Work was really intense getting the album completed and I was completely burned out afterwards. But I wanted to stick to the plan, because that was what I’d decided I was going to do in June.

I start the 30 day challenge, still feeling really tired. First day is a drag. Second day goes pretty well. Phew! I can still do this. The third day is a drag and I barely write a half tune. Fourth day – doesn’t even happen. I think I’ll catch up on the fifth day. Nope!

I thought it all through and realised the reason for my lack of motivation (and stress about the challenge) was that I already have quite a large backlog of material that hasn’t been released and that I know will take time to get ready. There are also other important things that I haven’t attended to in a long time, like all those jobs around the house and garden that I have been neglecting. I also want to collaborate more with other artists and make some changes to my website which will need a substantial amount of time, too.  (You can’t really see how bad the garden is from the photo, because the buddleia at the front of the picture has taken over! This photo was taken after I’d already started on it, too…).

I realised I needed to stop trying to be superwoman – at least for a while, there was only so much I could do, and it’s better to do fewer things well. So, this year, Tune A Day June has not happened, although I want to do another 30 day challenge because I got so much out of it the last few years.

Playlist of the Week (2018/26)

Playlist of the Week: Independent Music Playlist by Jon Magnusson

Playlist of the Week: Independent Music Playlist by Jon Magnusson

This week’s POTW is Keep Out of the Mainstream – the Best Independent Music, by Jon Magnusson, from Sweden.

I’m sure I’ve already mentioned Jon before, because he’s the person behind the ‘Monster Thread’ community of music artists (which is now over a thousand strong) and the playlist of the same name. Jon’s an indie folk-rock artist, who also draws influences from punk, soul and jazz. Earlier this year, he ran a remix contest of songs from his Always a Rebel album, which had some rather unexpected results for an indie-folk artist (if you ask me, anyway).

Playlist of the Week (2018/25)

Playlist of the Week 2018, no 25: Musical Artizan's Indie Songs.

This week’s Playlist of the Week comes from David N Slater, aka Musical Artizan, another indie artist who is doing his bit to support other musicians.  Musical Artizan – Indie Songs does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a collection of songs by indie artists.

David’s tunes have a classical slant and can be heard on Soundcloud; “String Metalica” is probably my favourite on his page.

Playlist of the Week (2018/23)

This week’s POTW is Lis from Adra Sengué, who is from the beautiful Baden-Württemberg region of Germany, which I have happy memories of visiting on several occasions.  (There’s also an almost-parallel playlist on Soundcloud). Adra is a music fan and also manager at Rogalist Records, an independent electronica record label. Rogalist, in its own words, focusses on “electronic music oriented to psychedelic dub deephouse with world & jazz influences and acoustic elements”. As that’s a bit of a mouthful, it’s probably easier to just have a listen to what they produce; there’s some pretty cool and interesting music!

This playlist features artists that work with the Rogalist label, such as Spaceschneider and Dephinite, as well as a huge variety of other independent artists. (You may recognise some of the artists’ names if you’ve been following Playlist of the Week for a while!)