I consider myself a lazy person, on the basis that I could always have done more.
At the very least, I’m easily distracted by visual, aural or olfactory stimuli. However peripheral the distraction, I’m on it like a snake on a rabbit.
So it’s quite a surprise to look back at 2014 and find that I’ve not only written a book – 65,000 words and counting – but that this is my 46th blog, which accounts for another 50,000 words. Well over 100,000 in the year.
In addition, I’ve written and recorded eight new songs and two instrumental pieces that I hope to release as an album in the Spring.
If I wasn’t so lazy and easily distracted, I might have had the time to achieve my wildest ambition – to run the country (kidding!).
Since that’s never going to happen, I’ve constructed a new website from which, in the run-up to the May general election, I hope to sell some reasonably amusing political slogans on t-shirts.
Oh yes, that’s something else I’ve been working on: the political t-shirt website.
Actually, now I look at my 2014 in the round, it’s making me feel tired. I think I’ll go and have a lie down.
But before I do, I’d like to ask you to have a listen to my last track of the year. Return Journey is named for this blog and for all the wonderful people who have paid it even the slightest attention since it launched just under eleven months ago.
It really has felt like a return of sorts.
I said back in February that I had spent decades trying to hide from the spectre of one-hit-wonderdom. Having finally given in and owned my cab-driving alter-ego, I have discovered a whole world of appreciation.
Most of all, I’ve realised I had nothing to be embarrassed about in the first place. The most recent comment I’ve had is from Benjamin Lee Matthews who says he’s a “70s-born 80s child”. He recently downloaded the Driver 67 album, Hey Mister Record Man, and has “just discovered The Secret. What a fabulous song. Why didn’t this become a million seller?”
Well, Benjamin, I wish I could tell you, but I don’t know. That’s the thing about music and the music industry – you never can tell. But I can tell you this: the sort of feeling you get from being told, out of the blue, that something you did 30-odd years ago still gives pleasure cannot be bought.
So thank you, Benjamin.
An equally warm feeling is to hear that something you’ve done recently has hit the spot. Malcolm Coles wrote, back on December 12, that he “can’t get enough of More Like That” which is from my 2012 album, Now That’s What I Call Divorce!!!
Malcolm, thank you.
So, here’s Return Journey, my last track of 2014. It’s an instrumental. Stylistically, it’s what used to be called ‘chill’ music. Pour yourself a gin and tonic, relax and give yourself over to the atmosphere.
I’d really love to hear, from anyone who has the time, what story appears in your head as you listen. It will be your story, not mine, and I would love to know what the track conjures up for you.
Meanwhile, let’s look forward to 2015.
Apart from anything else, the election promises to be gripping. Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Scottish Nationalist Party ran enough candidates for Westminster that they ended up holding the balance of power in a new coalition?
I speculated about that on Facebook during the week following the Scottish Independence Referendum, and I still don’t think it’s beyond the bounds of possibility. We do live in interesting times.
The title, Return Journey, is probably very leading, but it took me back to December 2004 when I was packing up a huge rucksack and getting ready to leave Melbourne where I’d been living for the last year. I could see myself walking away from the apartment block as I listened to that one.
Happy new year to you – I look forward to the book.
Ah, Australia, rucksacks. Memories. Must go back there. Happy New Year, Dave.
And thank you for the mention there Paul… I’m just wondering if the Malcolm Coles is the same one I know… A local taxi driver from the same town I used to be a taxi driver in from the mid 90’s. Not a profession I’d brag about, but ironic nevertheless that I’d end up being a follower in your footsteps (Just not in song!) years later. I always loved Communications Breakdown too… And I still do! It’s been in my playlist and home made compilation CD’s for years.
If the Malcolm Coles is the same one, then that is more than just a coincidence!
Happy New Year Paul, 67, or Ralph 😉 and to all your followers… I may continue my Driver 67 display with a couple of your political t-shirts in 2015…