Music update: FAWM complete!

Tonight, I completed FAWM! (Here’s my original post, for context.)

Basically, I wrote 14 tracks in 18 days – I finished with 10 days to spare.

I might do a couple more, but for now, that’s the challenge done.

A couple of links to check out:

I’ve also refreshed my Music page. See below for a quick preview.

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Try monthly mini-projects instead of year-long resolutions

Instead of setting one or more resolutions for the whole year (if you do, I bet you go off-piste by March) why not set one goal per month?

In January I attempted to write a blog post every day. I didn’t achieve that goal, but I did write a total of 10 new posts in January – the same as the number I wrote in the previous four months combined.

For February, I’ve embarked on a songwriting challenge: FAWM (here’s my profile). The goal is to write 14 tracks in 28 days. I’m trying to get a bit of a head start as I have a few social events lined up this month, so I won’t be able to write a new track every day. I’ve already managed 5 tracks in 5 days. It’s going well so far.

I haven’t planned a goal for March yet. I don’t see a reason to plan a goal for every month of the year right away. This allows me to leave plenty of room for new ideas. I might think of a new mini-project later in the year that I wouldn’t have thought of sooner.

I also don’t want to publish a list of 12 objectives on my blog, only to miss most of them. I’d rather share my progress as I go. I’ve slightly broken this with February’s goal, as I’ve shared quite early, but I’m still taking the idea one goal at a time.

Try monthly goals, or mini-projects – see what you can achieve.

Music update: 2016 albums and what’s coming up in 2017

I’m quite pleased with what I achieved in 2016. As my Music page shows, I released four new albums:

  • Symmetry 1
  • Symmetry 2
  • Revisited
  • Voyage into Space

I released Symmetry 1 and Symmetry 2 simultaneously, under the name “GFD”. Towards the end of the year, I released Voyage into Space, also as “GFD”.

Meanwhile, the Revisited project was an opportunity for me to bring some of my oldest tracks up to date. Although a few have been remixed before, I felt that they were worth another look. I remixed 10 tracks from A World Beyond, and 10 tracks from Besidewalk Plight.

In 2017, I’ve decided to have another try at FAWM – a site that challenges you to write 14 tracks in 28 days. Way back in 2007, I successfully completed this challenge – the music I wrote ultimately became The Unravelling of Travelling. Ten years on, it feels like a good time to do it all over again. If all goes well, the music will form the basis for my tenth album, which I’ve ten-tatively called… Ten. (I’ll stop now.)

After that, I’d like to come back to the Revisited project. Instead of making the current 20-track album even longer, I’m expecting to kick off an altogether new album, called Revisited 2. The album will include remixes of tracks from Twice Midnight, and The Unravelling of Travelling.

I’m excited to get started!

T2 Tea

There’s a tea shop in Richmond called T2. They sell tea.


After a lot of thought (should we buy a tea maker, tea set, and loose tea?) we decided to keep it simple and buy a few teabags.


So far we’ve only tried Melbourne Breakfast, which is very nice: a subtle flavour with a bit of vanilla.

It’s looking pretty likely that we’ll be back for more soon.

More info here: https://www.t2tea.com

Moving house

As I wrote in a previous post, we recently set the wheels in motion to move back to London. Today was the big day!

It started out as a very dark and cloudy day. But by the time the movers got here and started moving things, things brightened up a bit.


Unfortunately, it rained at the other end. Oh well.

There was a minor casualty: our sofa didn’t fit down the narrow hallway into our lounge. We ended up asking the movers to take it away. Not their fault. However, we’ve been wanting to get new furniture anyway – and we have a couple of chairs that will make do for now. I also think it would’ve been a bit cramped with the sofa in here. It’s not so bad.

Speaking of which, here’s how part of our new lounge looks:


The lounge is quite a bit bigger than this. Here’s a pic of the bedroom:


We’re not done with the place yet, but we’ve made good progress on getting unpacked.

I decided to stack up all of the empty boxes:


And after all that, we needed an energy boost!


On Tuesday we’ll be picking up Maisie from the cattery. We thought it would be a lot simpler to finish packing, do the move, and do most of the unpacking without a cat in the house with us. Maisie will come into a brand new home, which will take a bit of getting used to (she’ll do her usual exploration of the place first). We know she’ll settle more quickly if we aren’t unpacking things around her.

Back to work on Wednesday. It’s going to be a long week!

Pizza Express: a good gluten-free lunch

Today we had lunch at Pizza Express. They have good gluten-free options; any pizza can be made on a gluten-free base. There are also starters and desserts. We skipped dessert but had starters.

You can get the Pizza Express dough balls as a gluten-free dish. I had these followed by a Diavolo pizza on the gluten-free base.

Overall, a good lunch, and a menu that clearly indicates what’s gluten-free. Pizza Express are definitely worth a trip.