First of all a belated Happy New Year to one and all from the artist at the keyboard here in the studio:-)
I arrived back yesterday afternoon, understandably knackered but tanned and raring to go.It's going to take me a while to get back into the swing of things and work my way through the 2000 plus messages,updates,reminders and general PC bumpf.
I only discovered about the Dutch dates while stopping off at the Tynie last night for a swift 70 before heading out for a meal with Taz and a catch up on our family lives.It was truly great to see her.
The last few days in Havana dragged as without dives they seemed empty and there's only so many museums a man can handle:-)
Now I have to wade through over 2000 photos and have to say there's enough real high quality shots to create an exhibition given enough time to edit and play with the images.
There's a hell of a lot of ideas to sort through and prioritise including assembling the live material that's accumulated over recent months and planning exactly what I want to do with it all.
Recordings in Poland and from other shows need to be added to the mix and in the coming months I have to begin writing new material for recording in the Summer.Books and filming ideas need to be forwarded and I feel that leaving the dense,damaging shadows from last year behind after the escape to Cuba has given me a lot more focus and renewed energies and a lot more positive outloook in my life in general.
I hadn't realised until I was on the island for a few weeks just how badly affected I had been by my experiences from early 2010 and just how much they had debilitated me and how much healing I did actually require.Time with myself has proved invaluable and I have regained a lot of confidence and self esteem that had been critically damaged by previous events.
Time away and to rethink approaches and what I want from my Life and career has reinvigorated me and helped clarify a lot of values and goals.
I feel like I am restarting an engine after a major overhaul and am slipping back into gear.
There will be a lot of fine tuning as I am preparing for a long journey and will not be rushing into decisions and projects and need to build up funds and find creative partners to work with and support these new ideas and visions.
My head is a lot clearer than it was at the end of 2010 and I am a lot happier with myself than I have been for a long time.
I'm looking forward to the challenges, a bit nervous of the inevitable changes that have to be made in some quarters but overall excited at new directions.
It's going to be a big year I am sure,
I hope you enjoy the ride with me,
thanks for being out there, your support throughout 2010 meant a lot more than I can ever say,
Derek the Fish