Due to a million distractions, Pre-Earth in German is still not finished (but it’s making progress towards the end). I’ve had events in the Amazona-Zentrum, Augsburg, and I’ve been working on my (tri-lingual!) submarine book project as well as trying to polish up the sequel to Pre-Earth (English). Running all these projects in parallel is quite time-consuming, but it will pay off in 2019! Now I just have to write 12-15 songs for Lyneste’s new CD, which is scheduled to appear early 2020. Phew!
I finally feel I’m reaching the end. I’ve had quite some help from friends and should be able to finish the manuscript next week. with the intention of launching the book at Amazon a.s.a.p.
I will be hosting new Whisky & Songs events at Augsburg’s Amazona Zentrum: http://www.amazona-zentrum.com, starting this Autumn and moving on into 2019. Check their calendar for details.
Just added a bunch of new gigs for this Autumn in the Augsburg area!
Check them out here: Gigs
So there we are! Lyneste has been on stage for 10 years. Looking at the photos from the past I can say it’s been a great experience. Almost 200 gigs in 7 countries and 4 CDs. We decided to go for a new CD Autumn 2019. It’s gonna be great …
Benn very busy with new songs for a new CD lately. Added Lyneste’s stuff to Bandcamp and will follow up with my own songs too. Read some parts of an Anthology from a MasterClass course about writing (collecting new impulses) and came up with the idea of writing very short stories for a while. It would come easier to me, as a longer novel really does engage me for weeks. Also, I have tons of ideas that I could use, and the production turnover would be higher too. Hmm, time to think over the next two weeks when not recording new songs!
Up early again. Inspired by a) an early night’s sleep and b) the usual Sunday evening film that was about a man lived in a camper car and wrote books for women. My dream! Traveling around free and writing for a living (only, I’d be writing more music too). I’ve started to play more for myself and I’m slowly getting back into what I call ‘composing mode’. If you stop for too long then it’s hard to be musically creative. You have to push yourself (as with everything else). By practicing more, it becomes easier to compose. And it becomes easier to produce those snippets that finally become a song. But to be fair on myself, it’s been two very busy weeks. Anyway, happy to be up early so that I can push on with my ‘submarine project’ (a new book under a pen name). Can you keep a secret? Good, so can I …
Started my advertising campaigns for Whisky and Songs on various channels today. Tedious work, but necessary if I ever want to build this project up (and I do). Up since 04:30 slogging away at it.
I have decided to try to up my efforts on Instagram. For one, it seems to be growing in popularity (compared with Facebook, which seems to be declining), and for another, it releases the power of the hashtag and @ tag. I currently have 46 followers as ranson_andrew (unfortunately, all the other variations of my name seem to have been used up). My goal: get 1,000 followers in two months! That’s the challenge :-). I’ll add some posts today, as well as a new Lyneste account. We’ll see what happens!
Yesterday a.TV came to our flat and recorded interviews with me, Cathy and my daughter Michelle. It was all about me as a singer-songwriter, science fiction author, and about my ‘Whisky and Songs’ events. Cathy contributed for Lyneste and Michelle talked about her acting career. Not sure when in March it’ll be transmitted, but looking forward to the final results.