Sunday 24th March, 2013
I'm writing this from Shanghai in China, my first visit to this country. I'm not going to give you my impressions. I'm not Michael Palin, nor indeed Bill Bryson (although I can recommend all of Mr. Bryson's travel books as some of the most amusing writing I've ever had the pleasure of embarrassingly snorting on the bus at), but being in this country has certainly focussed my thoughts on a particular area of life that I try and avoid for the most part. A delicate area.
The view from where I'm typing
For a long time now I have downplayed my political thinking, for a number of reasons certainly but not least of those is that I have been in professional situations with people whom I know hold very differing views to mine. And for anyone reading this, nodding sagely and thinking they know the ins and outs of what I'm talking about, you probably don't. Certainly not in its entirety, and unequivocally without sufficient context to really have a handle on anything.
Goodness, did that last bit seem a little defensive? It did? Then maybe I should explain, even though it will mean a red herring before I've even begun blogging about what I was intending.
So those sage nodders are probably thinking about an incident involving someone I work with not too many months ago, a storm in a twitter-cup about viewpoints and opinions and personal beliefs. Now, this unnamed person is one of those who I referred to earlier with whom I have a, shall we say, non-chiming point of political view. But FAR more important that that is that he is a friend and a top-notch guy. I can disagree with him because I know him well, I have discussed these things in-depth with him, I understand the nuance and the breadth and depth and quiddity of what he believes. Some internet twat thinking they have the most miniscule iota of a right to slag him off based on slender, distorted and incomplete information makes my blood boil. Believe me that I have almost infinitely more loyalty to friendship than I do to any ideology.
But maybe this isn't a red herring. If you want to pigeon hole me (feel free), this is where I stand. I believe in meritocracy, but I believe equally as strongly in equality of opportunity. I believe most strongly that every child - EVERY child - should, to the best of society's ability, be given the same opportunities and environment that would allow them to suceed, through talent and hard work, or the very idea of a meritocracy is thoroughly bogus.
Definitely not a communist
It was not always thus. I used to be much more left leaning, believing in absolute equality between people (yes, communism). My only holdover from this is a vehement belief in the utter failure of the free market to correctly value people. A venal shithead like Donald Trump is worth hundreds of times more to the world than a nurse or primary school teacher1? Surely an exact inverse of the the case?
But outside of that I now know that my previous ideal of socialist 'fairness' like that does not exist. The shiftless and the slothful should not be rewarded as highly as the industrious and motivated.
But suddenly I'm going to abandon ship on this blog. It's dull. It's just my opinion. I like my opinion, and I'm happy with it, and I base decisions and attitudes on it without doubt or embarrassment. But I don't feel the need to convert or espouse or evangelise. I will leave you with the one tenet of my beliefs which I believe is well worth flagging. Always always remember than government is your tool. You are in charge of it, never ever the other way around. If you had a business and were part of, say, a board of directors who together, democratically, chose someone to manage your company. You pay them from the income of the company, money that otherwise could go to you, and you give them a budget to make sure the company is run well. Certainly you give them responsibility and leeway and domain, otherwise they cannot do their job. But always and throughout they remain your employee. If you want to protect your investment you keep an eye on them and make sure they are not running your company into the ground, or doing this with it that don't meet your approval.
David Cameron is your employee. Claim ownership of your country. They are not in charge. They are merely skilled (sometimes...) caretakers.
Saturday 23rd January, 2016
It's been a long time since my last blog. Yeah, sure, I know. Sorry. Just leave it. OK? Something came up yesterday though that seemed worthy of talking about. Apparently it's 10 years since Milow's album The Bigger Picture was released, and album that I produced and played on. I thought it be... read
Saturday 20th September, 2014
Been concentrating on updating the site to include contact links for hiring me as a session drummer. But over the summer I did a couple of shows with my old pals in the Genesis tribute band Los Endos. Here's a couple of drum views of songs from those with... read
Wednesday 18th June, 2014
1989 - 1992: Once Around The Park My dad, still with his eye on solid academic achievement, insisted that I at least consider university. Out of respect I applied for places on a number of courses, but the interview process was somewhat unusual, since the hardening of my ambition to be somehow with... read
Monday 12th May, 2014
Sorry it's been so long since the last time I blogged here. I have been busy, that much is true, but it would be a lie to pretend that was entirely the reason. Many days I wonder the worth of adding to the ever-growing mountain of unsolicited writing out there, of my... read
Friday 25th April, 2014
Hello everyone. Sorry, this blog has been long neglected. My next thing to post was the next chapter of Puritan, but I was waiting until I could get some relevant audio tracks into the computer world, which involved borrowing a DAT machine and finding time between tours to record it and blah... read
Tuesday 29th October, 2013
I was intending my next blog to be another "Bloggin' The Shuffle", but something happened that took me elsewhere. A friend who is studying screenwriting asked me about musical structure. Most screenplays follow a three act format, roughly akin to sonata form in music, and her thought was to compare other forms... read
Thursday 10th October, 2013
Been a while since the last blog. I guess I've been putting this one off because... well it's odd. For starters I'm aware that I would suggest to others not doing this - you let people take what they want from music you make, and your opinion doesn't matter so much it's... read
Friday 6th September, 2013
I said over there on the albums page that my next blog would be my own self-assessment of my solo work, but I think I'm going to postpone that. It's something I struggle with in a way - I want to talk about it, but I would encourage anyone else away that... read
Sunday 11th August, 2013
1985 - 1989: Sentimental Mercenary In A Free Fire Zone After a summer of unpacking boxes and trying to make the new house a home I started at Abingdon School in September 1985. With the determination for morbidity that only a teenager can muster, I hated it and was depressed in a I... read
Thursday 25th July, 2013
Just got a little while in the middle of the night before we leave for Heathrow to start another tour. Although they never stop. It's one continuous tour. But I was having some thoughts about work and working and who does what. I've been both sides of the touring fence multiple times being... read
Thursday 11th July, 2013
As many of you here may know apart from being a drummer I was once a lighting designer, the guy who makes the lights do their thing at a rock show (there's many other kinds of LD of course, but rock was what I did). So with that in my background have... read
Tuesday 4th June, 2013
1982 - 1985: Above The Riverbed The World's Run Dry More gigs, better gigs. After the party we started to get a bit more serious with the school band, or as serious as you can be when you're 12 years old. We called ourselves Nightshade and had a stable lineup of Adrian guitar,... read
Sunday 26th May, 2013
Some things are curious to me. Things which appear to be a lack of analysis, opinions not properly thought through. Then again that sometimes is just me and my Spock-ness, not appreciating the random foible of desire. I read about the band that I play in on the internet. There, I've admitted In... read
Monday 29th April, 2013
Hello from Hamburg! Ich Bein Eine Hamburger. Or something. Got an hour after breakfast on the bus before we have to travel to record a German TV show called Ina's Nacht, so what better way to make GOOD USE of my time than another quick session of bloggin' the shuffle. This off... read
Monday 22nd April, 2013
1971 - 1982: It's Cold Outside, But It Gets So Hot In Here Oh shit. That's mum and dad. Keep your head, don't giggle, just keep tidying up the bottles and cans into the bin bag in the garage. I think they're angry, but I'm finding it curiously hard to read these who... read
Monday 8th April, 2013
So here's another in what I anticipate to be a series. Jeez, what a lot of series we have running - Puritan (to be continues when I get access to my old photos and a scanner, so I can make it a bit more visually interesting), Blogging The Shuffle (which will when... read
Thursday 14th March, 2013
This is the original reason that it occurred to me to start blogging. I'd find myself on the tourbus with my iPod on having memories and thoughts triggered as shuffle offered up various tidbits that I wouldn't have put on of my own accord. So I'm going to give that a at... read
Sunday 10th March, 2013
Introduction October 12th 2010, Albuquerque, NM, USA I'm 39 and 11 days old, which is clearly much too old to be any kind of musician on the road with a rock band. I'm playing with English musician Frank Turner as a member of his backing band. The distinction is necessary, since things are to... read
Saturday 9th March, 2013
So, the thing is, when I was on tour a couple of years back I wrote a 'book'. It's definitely a 'book' and not a book though. It's an autobiography with the initial intention of a certain angle on the subject, although as it went along the focus drifted a bit. I... read
Monday 4th March, 2013
We started a tour in Northampton, MA on 2nd March and, being as it was not far from his hometown of Springfield, I had the pleasure of hanging out with my friend Mark Mulcahy. His name is not familiar to many, but anyone out there who knows him or his work probably... read
Saturday 2nd March, 2013
I don't really talk about myself much. Not just on the internet, but in life. I have an English paranoia about being seen to complain, or about troubling anyone else ("a friend troubled is a problem doubled", as someone once said to me). But I don't think that it's healthy. Don't me... read
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