Posts for 24/05/2024

 # My four week follow-up appointment with the doctor was on Wednesday. As expected, we agreed to up the dose of my meds from the introductory amount.

When I said that maybe the pills were just starting to take the edge off (but I couldn't be entirely sure) she said that I was under no obligation to say they were as though some people feel obliged to.

While we were discussing my current mental state and symptoms she suddenly asked if the possibility of autism or ADHD had been raised. I replied that I absolutely know I have traits of both but have always had to bring it up myself. A doctor has never before offered them up as contributory factors.

It's one thing to know for yourself that you have certain traits but another entirely to get even a glimmer of confirmation from a medical professional. I may discuss it further in the next appointment and see if she feels it worth pursuing.

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25 May 2024 at 01:00

Posts for 23/05/2024

 # I fancied a change of watch face on the Amazfit and went retro:

Retro digital watch face for the Amazfit

# I make a lot of rubbish music. I mean A LOT. It sounds good at the time but doesn't support repeated listens without me getting bored or disgusted with it.

But then there are the times when something just clicks and, despite my lack of actual musical knowledge or proper mastering skills, I come up with something I like.

I suppose it's the same with any creative endeavour — you have to get through a certain amount of crap before the good stuff reveals itself.

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24 May 2024 at 01:00

Posts for 22/05/2024

 # I was in the comments for Orbital's Tonight in Belfast 1 and someone left a comment including the sentence "Not enough dictionaries to cry thank you".

I loved that so much I want to name a track (or maybe an E.P.) "Not enough dictionaries to cry" — haven't got a clue what style it would be, I just love that as a track name.

# So, the UK Government has announced that the general election will be on 4th July.

I'm under no illusions that the Labour Party will sweep in and fix everything that's wrong with the country but we definitely need a change.

Politics is too much about "us and them" from both sides with not enough "us and we". No doubt, if Labour win the next couple of elections, we'll be clamouring for change again.

  1. a reworking of their absolute classic Belfast 

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23 May 2024 at 01:00

Posts for 21/05/2024

 # I'm back at the doctor's tomorrow for a follow-up and review my meds. I know one of the questions is going to be 'are they helping?' but I don't know if I can answer that.

Maybe they are starting to take the edge off slightly but I was previously on a 3x stronger dose before I noticed a big difference. Maybe it's just the weather. It's most likely a bit of everything.

I think, if anything, I'm not swinging from high to low quite so much, without my baseline being raised at all, but there has obviously been an element of change for me to be able to even think about music.

Like with the blog, tweaking an old track rather than trying to start from scratch has tricked my brain. I tried making something new last night and didn't really get anywhere — nothing seemed to work out how I wanted.

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22 May 2024 at 01:00

Posts for 20/05/2024

 # Considering what I had to work with, "It'll be okay" turned out much better than I could have expected. I think it shows that the initial test recording was more solid than I thought, it just needed ... more. 1

The title is fitting considering the journey I've been on from recording the test version to actually releasing it. But then it was always intended to be the more upbeat track on the E.P. — the one showing that even after the dark days there is a ray of light and that it'll be okay.

  1. and editing, mixing, mastering, but let's not get hung up on that ;) 

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21 May 2024 at 01:00

Posts for 19/05/2024

 # It's been the perfect weather combination ... for weeds.

I cut the front grass not long ago, pulling the stuff that shouldn't be there but rain followed by some hot, sunny days meant those pesky weeds just seemed to appear from nowhere. I cut that all back again yesterday.

This morning has had me out the back pulling up all sorts of stuff. I'm probably about half way done but it's gotten too hot to be out there comfortably.

Maybe this year will be the one where I actually keep on top of the garden. As I've said before, I'm a reluctant gardener at best. Maybe it's because I don't know much about it and so just see it as a chore.

# I've been spending some more time with the new old track, making more tweaks and adding additional layers. I'm pleased to announce that a 'final' version is now up on Bandcamp on a free/pay what you want basis.

It'll be okay

It'll be okay cover image

This was always intended to be the last track on the 'mental health' E.P. with a more euphoric vibe. I think I've done it justice and am really pleased with how it's turned out.


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20 May 2024 at 01:00

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