New Season…..New Hair

In recent days, the weather in Edinburgh has turned much colder and much wetter. A fabulous staycation summer has come to a crashing halt. With that, many new changes have come.

Our daughter Anna has settled in to Primary 1 fantastically well, reconnecting with old nursery friends and making some new friends as well. Each night she raves about her day and is eager to share her learning and homework tasks with us. Long may this enthusiasm last!

Our son Samuel is beginning to get used to not having his big sister around to play with, and so is wanting to play with Daddy a wee bit more. So, out come the drums and the drumsticks and we play! Then on goes the Electric Piano, and we play some more! Out comes a mini Cricket bat and ball and we play some cricket, or we go to the park. Fun times! Somewhere, in the midst of all this play I find time to get domestic stuff done (says he, smiling at wife….she needs further convinced!)

So….I guess you’re wondering about the new hair. Well, I am now of that age where I can no longer hide my balding and receding hairline under a mass of curls, and so I did something which is, for me anyway, pretty radical: I went and had it all chopped off!

Here’s to the future of kids in education, less hair and far more…..FFFFFFUN!

Until next time……

 

Oh….almost forgot. Here’s a pic of me in my studio…..less hair. Enjoy!

 

Nae hair!

Nae hair!

A new Earhole…..

Clan Lipsham has entered a new phase, a new era: Our daughter Anna began her education career today. Admittedly, she was only in school for an hour, but during that hour, she was missed! She was all dressed in her uniform and ready to go pretty early this morning. As she said herself, she’s been waiting for this day for two years!

When she came home with her Mummy, Cate, I was not sure who was more tired out – Anna or us! For the remainder of the week, Anna will be in for just the mornings and then, next week, the real adjustment comes! Anna will be at school 0830-1430 each day except Fridays when the kids get a half day off. It may seem like a small thing to you, dear Reader, but to us, this is HUGE! 

In other news, the Studio website is progressing nicely, albeit slowly, as things have been manically busy here with projects and adding to the studio gear. I hope to have it up live soon!…..Promise!

Anyhow………until next time……have a great week/month/time-yet-to-be-determined……… 

Weird Weather and Website Developments

The weather in the UK these last couple of days has been extraordinary.

The web is replete with spectacular and awesome pics of lightning, and stories abound of roads and Cricket fields flooded knee deep within half an hour. One friend I spoke to was in a Cricket match, he was batting and had just played the ball into clear space and was looking to run two runs. The heavens spectacularly opened as he turned for the second run. He ran to the end of the pitch where he had played the ball and kept running, as fast as possible for the pavilion, along with his batting partner and the fielding team. Barely twenty-five minutes had passed, when the two teams, the umpires, bar staff and caterers and my friend were running again. This time FROM the pavilion! It was flooding, as flood water from the Cricket pitch came under the doors!

My friend managed to get to his car and drive out of the ground and up the nearby hill. There were two bright flashes of lightning, which struck the scoring hut and deafening thunder claps. And as suddenly as it had started, the rain stopped. The Cricket ground was under 2 feet of water!! Amazing!

In completely unrelated, and far less dramatic news, the new website for my recording studio – Jonny Lipsham Studios – is rapidly heading in the direction of its launch. I am really excited about this venture and about the future for me as a musician, producer and mixer; and for what this business can do for me and my family – especially for my very hard-working wife, Cate.

I will share more and more on this venture as we go forward.

Thanks for following my journey. It’s been amazing so far, but there are so many more amazing things to come. Care to join with me?

In the words of a very wise man: “come with us, we’ll do you good!”

Welcome!

Welcome, folks, to my blog! After not using it for about two years, rather than writing a massive “filling in the gaps” post, I decided to completely start again, in the hope that I might actually keep at it this time! Here’s hoping!

Anyways…..current news…..

I am now running my home recording studio as a more professional business. Check out the studio Facebook Page for more info (https://www.facebook.com/jonnylipshamstudios).

I have had the studio in a variety of forms since 2003 – crickey! Eleven years! – but have done little with it until 2011, when I began working on learning materials and audio resources for MusicTech Solutions. In the last couple of years, with my daughter growing up fast and my son being born, it has moved venue in our apartment a few times, but it is now settled in the spare bedroom. It has had a couple of upgrades of recording software, mics and monitor speakers, and is due some new acoustic treatment shortly, so it should be extremely possible to make some great recordings, mixes and masters; and hopefully some happy clients! I’ll have a new website for the studio up live shortly, so keep an eye out for that.

I am also doing some freelancing work as an online session musician. This is an aspect of my studio work, that appears to be growing nicely and has prompted me to promote my studio more widely.

My wife, Cate, is working very hard in her job as a senior Midwife, and being a fantastic mum to our two children. She has my profound and utmost admiration for the very difficult job she does and trying to get the work/life balance happy.

Our daughter, Anna, is four and a half and is growing up too fast! She has now finished at Nursery school and will be starting at Primary School in August. She is really excited and…..really daunted too.

Our son, Samuel, is now 2 and a half, and will be beginning Nursery school, hopefully in April 2015. He has a real talent for comedy, drama and music. He is growing up fast too! Both of our children have already phenomenal mastery of sarcasm, which can be very impressive and a little scary at times too. The family humour will live on for a couple of generations at least!

All in all, life is good. Finances are tight, but we are doing okay and trying to provide a great quality of life for our kids as much as we can.

So, this brings us up-to-date! Hopefully, in the next post, I will be able to unveil the new website for my home studio!

Until next time…….