Long time, no post.....

Well it's been a while since I posted anything here, been a very hectic few months with change in my job and a new school to get to grips with. Lots of exciting things to do and organise. 

The music is still on hold as I've not had chance to do anything yet, the fact we've had 2 floods in the house since Easter, house in in a mess once again! 

I've also made a start on converting the old Korg 01/w Pro into a module, it's in bits awaiting a rebuild.  

 

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Running in the Park

I ran my third Parkrun today in Heaton Park, I got off to a flying start on target to beat my last time but at 3km started to struggle somewhat. I slowed down a lot and took the climb up the hill at 4km in a steady pace. I finished in 31:06 which is my slowest time ever for 5km.

 

Nigel finishing Heaton Parkrun on 31st January 2015

Nigel finishing Heaton Parkrun on 31st January 2015

The Organ Concert Circuit

Many years ago I performed around the country at many Organ Societies which was an excellent experience. Tonight I've just become a member of one at Bolton Organ Society.  

A great night of playing provided by Mr Pete Shaw. It was great to catch up with Pete in person as we spend most of the time having a laugh at each other's expense on Facebook.

They must have known I was coming as Pastys were laid on at the interval!  

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Reinventing yourself

I have played the Organ & Keyboards professionally since the age of 13 and doing so have sacrificed a lot of social time such as participating in sport and watching movies. I've only just started to watch classic films screened between 1983 and 2000 due to my day to day routine of day job and gigging in the evenings. I made a decision last year to take a long break from gigging and played for the last time at Poynton Workmens in Saturday 10th January 2015. 

How strange it feels at weekends now that I can be spontaneous  and do what we like. I do miss playing though, I'm now starting to think of ways in which I can still enjoy my music at home and still share this with the many people who have enjoyed my playing over the years. 

I'd welcome any comments or suggestions on this and would be interested to know if anyone else has followed a similar path.

Saying farewell to George Shepherd after nearly 23 years working together at Poynton Workmens Club on 10th January 2015.

Saying farewell to George Shepherd after nearly 23 years working together at Poynton Workmens Club on 10th January 2015.