2019. You’ve been pretty incredible. Musically, the best year yet. A huge part of 2019 was of course the fact that my music took me on a lifelong dream to Japan. I’m a better version of myself for having been there, and I’ll never forget what I learned about myself and the world while I was there. At the start of the decade I couldn’t imagine playing music outside of B77. Kawasaki Symphony Hall is a long way from Tamworth Castle Grounds…
It was also a year of amazing collaborations. Ayaka Takai, Josefa Torres and Adam “Nolly” Getgood – all artists I’ve wanted to work with for a long time. Tick, tick, tick. I’ve spent time with some of my biggest influences; having a chance to chat about the music/family balance with Justin Furstenfeld was an important moment. I’ve got to hang a little with my biggest influence as a producer, the legendary Guy Sigsworth. My long time sensei Imogen Heap has done her most ambitious performances to date this year, and I’ve been so grateful to be invited to ride along with that journey through the year.
Arts Council England afforded me the opportunity to work on my music harder than ever, with two(!) significant Lottery funded grants this year. I’ve had the most artistically focused year of my life, taking time to refine my craft, knowing that we’d be financially secure as a family while I mostly ignored everything that wasn’t *exactly* what I wanted to do as an artist. Lucky isn’t a big enough word.
Family life has been more complicated, as family life is. We’ve had amazing adventures, and we’re closer than ever, but it’s been tough. We went through one of the hardest things we’ve ever been through towards the end of the year, which we’re still trying to come to terms with. Some of you know: I’m not ready to be anything other than vague about it online yet. A story for another time.
And of course, my health continues it’s slow decline, so there’s no way of knowing how long it will be before these adventures come to an end. But I’m very lucky; more and more of that bucket list gets ticked off.
If there’s one word I have for 2019, it’s gratitude. For Nicci, the kids, music, and making Pinch Me career moments the new normal. Happy New Year!