When I'm not at work ...Read Now
For a change, this week has been eventful mostly because of things that have happened outside of work (and family) ...
Our solar panels have finally been connected to a battery and are now more than decorative – not sure that it's the time of year to assume that they will get us through the next power cut, but it's a start – and we had friends round for dinner for the first time in years.
The following evening my friend and I went off to do our first open-mic evening at one of the local pubs. I play the piano and Laura sings, and we got "together" during the first lockdown to do some songs together. We each recorded our parts and then mixed the tracks together to get the finished product. We've been enjoying ourselves and the music (which we have managed to do in person a few times), and we thought we'd go and see if other people would enjoy listening to us. We managed to contain our nerves and the handful of songs that we played went down very well.
We have been preparing a few songs to put on Spotify – they're quite chilled, so very suitable to listen to on a Friday evening after a busy week. Have a listen, and let me know what you think! Click here to listen.
Post first published on LinkedIn on 12 November 2021.
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