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.
We had an amazing day again running the Manchester Run with Kirsty Howard and Team Kirsty to raise funds for Francis House in Manchester.
Donations can still be made to our Just Giving page:
There was some amazing coverage by BBC sport when we started.
I was very pleased with my time considering the issues I've been having with my leg and training.
In preparation for the Manchester Run on 10th May I've ran my first 10k since July 2014! Phew, that was a tough one especially hitting the old route around Bowlee which has a tough long hill climb.
At least I know I've still got it in me. Many thanks for all the donations so far, here's my Just Giving page link again.
I did my 4th Parkrun at Heaton Park on Saturday. Struggling to improve at the moment, I need to get on my bike and burn some weight off!
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.
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!
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.