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A long, long journey ....

So ... here I am once more ... In the playground of the ... nope... wait .. Ah yes, blog.

It's been a while since I last wrote any updates here and there are a multitude of reasons for that. My world is increasingly more stressful and busy and I quite simply do not have the time I would like for my music. That is not to say that progress is not being made, but it is taking longer and taking a toll. I think that generally people do not understand how much work goes into making an album with high quality production values, and what a toll that can take on you as a person when you have all kinds of other pressures. Music may well be my life, however it does not pay the mortgage, so there are many other pressures to deal with. If it were not for the constant support of my wife and the encouragement from my fellow musicians this new Nine Stones Close album might never see the light of day. I am eternally grateful to all of them. Sleep has been optional of late, but I am determined to make this album great, not good.

As it stands now we are close to finished. This weekend we recorded the last track, Leaves, live in the studio and recorded the final vocal overdubs. it's a song that means a lot to me and playing it live together was always the intention, to get the right feel and energy ... and we did it. I am looking forward to the day when the new album is released and everyone can hear what we have been up to. It was great to play together live in the studio and feed off each others energy in the room, hopefully this will come across on the record. Thankfully we have a brilliant engineer who makes sure we can capture that lightning in the bottle.

So, what can I tell you about the new album? It's a progression again from the last. It's a different Nine Stones Close in many ways. Line up changes have brought new sounds and ideas to the mix, not to mention a new energy. The fact that it has taken so long to record has also meant that more time has been spent on arrangement changes and ideas, as well as culling half the material that has been written to ensure that what we have created is really a cohesive album. I have also changed, and what I want to do musically is always evolving, so there are new directions musically here too, but it still retains that Nine Stones Close identity. I have lived with these songs for over 2 years now, and that can also be enlightening; some songs didn't make it this time around but may resurface in another form somewhere else. Only the strongest material survives.

So, watch this space in the coming few weeks as we warm up towards the launch. Soon there will be clips and videos surfacing. There will be a launch party and it will be the first time that we will play live as a band for an audience. That alone is exciting and nerve wracking for me, another step along the musical journey, and I hope as many of you as possible can come along and make it a very special launch.

Thanks for listening and supporting ....

Drink more gin and tonic, it helps sometimes.
Cheers - Adrian.