Well, it has been a long time since I last did one of these. I confess I have often started to write something, but then stymie myself and get confused about what to actually write. After all, I do need to have something INTERESTING to say. I tend to think when one does have nothing important to say, one should just shutup, although those close to me know that I often forget to follow this maxim, much to the suffering and no doubt unintentional humour of those around me.
But here is how things lie, at the moment.
I have just spent the last week or so in Melbourne, and have made a new filmclip with my friend Sammi Needham (follow him on twitter @sammi77), in between suffering from the oppressive heat. Well, truth be told it hasn't really been too hot this week. Just on Monday, and that was pretty brutal. As I say though, it hasn't been too bad and the day on which we shot the film clip it was particularly nice.
The clip is for a new song that will be out on a little promo EP that will be available from mid-March, I believe. The song is called Absolutely Miss Lucy, and if you'd been to a gig or two of mine this year you might have heard me play it. This EP is going to be a little precursor, or 'teaser', if you will, to the full length album I have coming out this year, which no, is not another re-release of Excuses Excuses. It's an ALL NEW album with ALL NEW songs. Some of which I've never played live and you will have never heard before, EVER. Now if I can just assume the persona of a teenage girl for a second:
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
As you can tell, I'm quite excited about this record, and I think it's the best one I've done. I've certainly had a lot of fun making it, and I can't wait for you all to hear it!
I recorded the darn thing at Ardent Studios, in Memphis, Tennessee, which is one of my favourite places in the world. It's apparently also the second most dangerous city in America, although that's not actually why it's one of my favourite places. Another one is Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, and the two of them couldn't be more different really. Although if I was a Memphis rapper, I would probably refer to Memphis as a 'concrete jungle' and well, Lamington National Park is mostly sub-tropical Rainforest, so I guueeeesss they're kind of similar. Lamington National Park has Rainbow lorikeets though, and Memphis definitely does not. So that's a fundamental difference one can't possibly ignore.
Lorikeets. The defining factor, as always.
Anyhow, enough about avian life, and onto more relevant things (apologies to ornithologists everywhere). On Feb 1st I am going back to The U.S. of A. where I will be playing some more shows, including playing for the first time ever in New York, New York. Where I've never actually been before. I'm pretty excited about that.
It is one of my new year's resolutions that I am actually going to blog more to keep in touch with all you people. And the best place to do it is here, on my BLOG page. But I will also put up notes in my Myspace and Facebook and Twitter pages to remind you to check it when I put a new one up.
In fact, if you aren't following me on twitter, you should as I have heaps of useless and puzzling things to say on it. Some may actually turn out to be relevant, and generally all of them have to do with whatever I am thinking at the time. You can find it here at http://www.twitter.com/cpmusings. And if you're not a fan of me on facebook, you should be. Become one at www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Pickering/7886802383.
I fact, I am leaving Melbourne tomorrow back for sunny Queensland, and I am going to drive ALL the way. I plan to tweet my adventures as well, and give updates as to what part of this wide brown land I am in at the time. If I can master technology, I may actually put some photos up. And come on, surely all of you have wondered what a photo of me in Narrabri looks like? Add me on twitter and find out. No promises though; I am a technological knucklehead, so may not be able to figure that one out.
Here's what I may or may not be listening to on the way:
Good times. 2010 here we come.