Busyness and Business

Holidays are in full swing here in Lipshamland. Anna and Sam are thoroughly enjoying each others company and having lots of fun together. Both of them are becoming very handy bike riders. Anna no longer has stabilisers and rides around pretty quickly and with a lot of confidence now. Sam still loves his balance bike, and rides it really well. I won’t be long before he will want to ride a bike with pedals. Watch out, bank balance!

Yesterday we enjoyed a very nice BBQ with our church family at Kings Church Edinburgh. We all piled into various cars and headed off to Vogrie Country Park, which has some lovely set BBQ areas, some lovely woodlands and  great open spaces. Lots of great food was consumed and all the kids, including Anna and Sam, played together nicely while the adults chatted. Then, just as we were leaving, the heavy rains came, and set in for the night…….and on into the next day. Great. This summer seems to be shaping up to be a typical Scottish summer, after such a wonderful start!

In the Studio, I have just finished up recording and mixing my current client’s jazz standards album, and, after a few tweaks, I will be beginning mastering the album this week, then sending it off to the distributor for pressing and mass production. Then, after a short break I will have a client coming in to record his EP. So, for the time being, the Studio is pretty busy, and I’m LOVING IT! More work like this would be awesome! (You heard that, Lord, didn’t you?(!) )

Next up, after these production packages are done will be a video tutorial series, which I will shooting shortly, teaching music production techniques using the rather excellent production software Studio One 3 Professional, made by PreSonus.

The next month also will see a few visitors, including my great friend of more than 20 years, Pete Harwood and his lovely wife and kids, so posting updates may be problematic!

So……until next time…….

We’re All Going On A…..

Apologies, folks, for the absence of blog posts last month. Things have been insanely busy here at Lipsham Manor. Our daughter Anna’s last few weeks of P1 were very action packed, and I have absolutely TONNES of work in the studio!

Anna’s first year at Primary School has been achievement laden, and a resounding success. She has settled in fantastically well, made some new friends and has worked hard at her learning, achieving 2 pupil of the week awards and a medal for winning a race on Sports Day.

Sam, our son, is now fully potty trained and is growing rapidly. He’s very excited about starting nursery in August, almost as excited as Anna is about starting P2! He is pretty much a fearless wee man, who will dare himself to whizz down the bigger-kids slide, face first, at the park. He’s becoming the most hilarious and gifted comedian as well – standing on the sofa, (very carefully watched by me and Cate!) in just his pants and a pair of socks worn on his ears, (one sock on each ear!) he deliberately falls flat on his face on the sofa with a giggle.

Cate has been very busy at her work and her Community Midwifery Team have recently won a prestigious healthcare award. Very proud of her, and very glad for her and her team to receive some well deserved recognition for what they do. So, for her 39th birthday, I spent some money on a new laptop for her. To say she was delighted at the gift is an understatement.

As I said at the start, I have been very busy in the Studio with a client, recording his 1st album. It has, so far, been a fantastic process and his session guys are amazing, which makes my life as a producer and engineer SO much easier. We have just a few sessions left for recording, then I will be adding my bass and drum parts, and perhaps some additional string arrangements, and then it will be on to mixing! I will shortly also have another client coming in to cut an EP. All very exciting stuff! Very happy to be busy and for my studio business to be generating some income from clients coming to me for full production packages (recording, mixing and mastering).

Well, that’s it for this post. I will endeavour to post more regularly this month! Until next time, take care!