The world seems to be opening up a little more, so being able to ‘cautiously’ travel with music again, seems doable? At least, I will try for a time, see how things go. Campsites are open and it’s been a while since I camped – so a basic field on a farm in the Cotswold is the first stop.
It’s nice to back on the road, it feels like home.
Here I am in my tent; writing music, practicing, reading and simply just being. It is pleasant to be woken by the sounds of insects sieging the tent (I’ve never understood how they manage to get in, even when all is zipped up, ‘damn the insects’) and the songs of birds. It is also pleasant to sit still and watch those creatures do their things, imagining what their voices and conversations would sound like. The Grumpy Beetle, The Vivacious Robin, The Sarcastic Spider – all sound like great fantasy taverns…?
The neighbours were playing ‘invisible rounders’ last night, being it so dark, you could only see the ball on the grass or in your hand then it vanished from sight when throw – it slammed into their faces a couple times – but they were continuously jolly, they’re on holiday, away from home and outside of lock down. People generally seem happy, even with a ‘new norm’.
It was fun to sit and play guitar and watch the fairy lights flicker through tent walls and campfires surrounded with good company, good drinks and laughter.
The lockdown has been a strange thing, a very strange thing. I have definitely felt deflated and defeated at times during this pandemic. This is another reason for my travel: to relight my passion for music, travel and writing. I’ve built walls internally that have limited my creativity and personal happiness, I wish to break them down. And doing this – getting out and writing and performing and documenting, has smashed a few of those rusted bricks for sure! It seems to me that we can prevent ourselves from doing the things that we love doing, and it’s a crazy realisation, because it’s a crazy thing to do – happiness should be our number one goal – so why stop yourself? I definitely did, and I don’t want to continue putting myself down or saying no. I want to bring myself up, say yes, and create. So here I am, committing myself to living this life. I know that I can live a life where I create, travel and learn – that is all I want, and I wish to give this world those creations and hopefully some valuable knowledge found during the journey.
So expect live streams, vlogs, videos, blogs and an array of music happenings, and if you don’t hear from me, I’ve either trapped myself in those internal walls of ‘NO, YOU MEAN NOTHING’ or I’m at war with The Grumpy Beetle and his army.
I have also re-vamped my Patreon and know that I need to commit to it more, so – I shall do that. If you would like to subscribe to my music and journey with a monthly donation. You can do so here;
or a one off donation – paypal.me/jameschatfield
Wishing you well, safe travels, James