The second part of DoJones has been posted today . . . . see what might have been in store for RJ . . . .
Well I hope you all had a great Xmas and New Year and those of you(us) who still indulge in alcohol, do feel good or at least satisfied that you have a hangover concomitant to the colossal amount of money you spent last night in order to consume industrial quantities of life threatening liquids. Good fun though, wasn’t it? In fact, if you are reading this on Jan 1, I will be probably be
(a) still on stage at an open air gig in the next town frozen/drunk/exhausted and deliriously happy
(b) at home in in a semi coma . . . and still drunk/exhausted and deliriously happy – note that I’m no longer cold. . . now, that’s progress
(c) buzzing around the house with so much adrenalin in my system that I can’t sit down let alone sleep!
Anyway it’s New Year so as ever a few changes – hopefully for the better !
This site will continue to grow hopefully and this year, I intend to include other posts apart from those taken directly from my journal!
Also I’ve started a new site – some of you may have noticed a Page dedicated to this project- My Imaginary Lives my illlustrated (fictional) diary- each entry Anyway, each ‘incident’ starts from fact and then rapidly dissolves into a heady mix of fiction and absurd fantasy. The reader, without the need for hallucinogenic stimulants nor industrial quantities of alcohol, travels on a somewhat bizarre fictional journey which wanders into worlds as diverse as blacksmithing, jazz, antique fountain pens and tattooing, with a cast which includes the Archbishop of Canterbury, Joanna Lumley, Grace Jones, Anaïs Nin and Arthur Schopenhauer, and, of course, my alter ego RJ.
The first ‘chapter’ is published in full, just so you get the picture as to how it works. Future ‘episodes’ will be published a step at a time – – avoiding premature exclamation by allowing you a week to absorb the enormity of it all!
So please come and join me and RJ on this flight of fantasy!!!
I should at this moment be getting ready to go on the road to Rossano Calabro to play at the Marco Fiume Memorial Festival!
So the celebration started early . . .i.e yesterday . . . .
I’ve just been awarded this by Dolly over at Journal Addict. Thanks to Dolly.
So now I have to share 7 things about myself.
1. ITALY I live in Italy which I fell in love with in 1988 when I first went to Milan. I moved from Manchester to village of about 850 people, where I live in a cantina, which was built in 14th century ap.
2. MUSIC I began playing the guitar more than forty years ago and I still love it:.I have performed my ‘contaminated blues’ throughout Italy, playing at many major festivals such as Trasimeno Blues, Tropea Blues and Etna Blues. I have only done one gig in ‘English’ since 2006- and that was a private party in a bookshop in Paris. I recorded music for short that was featured at Cannes Short Film Festival in 2009 and wrote a song for documentary that was nominated for a BAFTA in 2010.
3. WALES – I was born in Gorseinon hospital just outside Swansea. My wife was born Lesley Jones, my mother was born Mary Jones, and Lesley’s mother is called Mary Jones. One of my great grandfathers John ap Caradoc Jones ran The Globe – a pub in Swansea, but also conducted classical music concerts somewhere in North America during the 1860’s(?) One of the other great grandfathers was called Moses.
4.JOURNALS I started to keep a journal in 2003, using it for ranting, writing and scribbling(see below). 2009 my work is featured monthly in the Maastricht based arts paper ‘Zuiderlucht’. 2010 Amsterdam based publisher www.Matchboox.com invites me to contribute a book to their collection. It is published in October 2010. Subsequently I am asked to produce illustrations for a book of Dutch poetry which is being launched in April 2011. I am also close to completing ‘My imaginary Lives’ described by my editor as ‘a graphic novel for the 21st century’ – a lot to live up to 🙂
5. DRAWING I always wanted to draw, but at school in the 50/60 you were classified as those who could and those who couldn’t I couldn’t. Leap forward to 2004 when Paul Nolan drags me kicking and screaming to a life-drawing class. I’m hooked and it becomes of regular routine together with keeping a journal.
6. PHOTOGRAPHY I started taking photographs when I was about 8 with a KODAK 44A which I still have in its original box! Self taught, I have taken photographs professionally mainly for audio-visual presentations, and finally in 2001 returned to university and was awarded a Masters degree in Photography.
7. CATS I love cats, and most of all Archie, my Bengal. He is beautiful, intelligent and funny. He is elegant like a wild animal, a ferocious hunter, but also loves company and accompanies us to the bar and the pizzeria where he will wait patiently outside while we eat!
So now I pass the stylish blogger award on to three people
Don at http://idleminutes.com/