New music

Now listening back to some of the rough mixes of what will be the next album, maybe in 2012 with a bit of luck. We are really trying to dig much deeper this time.

As with the ‘Finding New Ways To Love’ (2004) and ‘Vision On’ (2007), most of the recording is taking place with Julian Tardo in Church Road, with the excellent musicianship of keyboard maestro Monty and drummer Fudge playing an important part.

After the last album (which I now view as a disappointment, even though there are some very good moments on it) I have gone back to opening the whole thing up a bit, rather than an emphasis on a stylized version of “progressive rock”. Is the new stuff any good? Is anyone interested?! (Okay, I know quite a few people are actually.) Even if the answer to those questions is yes, the chances of making any money from it whatsoever are slimmer than ever – SO WHAT?! As long as I can get the thing out there somehow. We have certainly been having a lot of fun, which is a good sign and probably the most important thing.

I put a lot of the first keyboard demos down by myself in late 2009 and we have been working on the pieces for a few days every two or three months since. Many of the tracks are still at the stage where they could be taken in completely different directions e.g. instrumentals or songs. Patience is required, amongst other things.

Uranus square Pluto 2011-2016

The international economic and political crises have only just begun.

Much has already been written about the mighty powerful Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn combination that is just around the corner. The exact squares all take place in 2012-2015 but astrologers acknowledge that the power will be felt both before and after that period. Both Jupiter and Uranus (and Mars) arrive properly in Aries in the first few months of 2011, so that looks like a good starting point to me. Of course Pluto in Capricorn has already been stirring things up by itself over the last couple of years.

My earlier blog on Pluto in Capricorn is here:-

Put very simply, worldwide explosive conflicts and revolutionary social changes are indicated by Uranus square Pluto. On the one hand, there is an awakening of individual action, initiative and independence shown by Uranus in Aries. On the other hand, there are the power struggles and “death and re-birth” transformations of governments, big business, banks and other structures shown by Pluto in Capricorn. We can expect increasing rebellion against corporate control and secrecy. A dynamic new awareness of the rights of the individual, clashing with corrupt governments and an imploding economic reality. You get the idea.

Okay, possibly a little over-dramatic!? Perhaps!

Maybe Neptune in Pisces (from early 2012 onwards) will help soften the blows, although Saturn in Scorpio (from late 2012) is another sign of some difficult tests ahead.

Many astrologers have observed that this is the first major aspect between Uranus and Pluto since their conjunction in the mid-sixties, now is the next stage in the cycle. This could indicate that many of the revolutionary seeds that were sown back then will be collectively re-assessed during 2012-2015. Then again, whole new revolutionary forms may appear. Others refer to the simultaneous and much-anticipated end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. It could be the “end of the world” as we know it. “Don’t panic!” as Douglas Adams once wrote. Here is the truth about 2012 and the Mayan prophecy.

In relation to individual birth charts, people with planets from 6 degrees to 15 degrees in the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be most obviously confronted by the crazy changes. That is a lot of people! Others may be able to deal with the square more easily e.g. if Uranus in Aries trines your natal Mars in Leo, if Pluto in Capricorn sextiles your natal Venus in Pisces, and so on.

There’s plenty of other articles on the net that give a good idea of what to expect.

Of course as most educated people know, astrology is irrational nonsense with no scientific basis. It’s strange how these people have never studied it. For anyone new to serious astrology, is a good start.

(The above has been criticized for being fatalistic and ethically irresponsible and dangerous. If you think this is so – please ignore it… 🙂 Even though the astrology suggests very tough times ahead, we can obviously still try and make the best of it. Individually and collectively, what we choose to do with the astrological indicators is always up to us – to a large degree! We create our reality by our choices. Like many of us, my deepest hope is for some kind of move away from the de-humanizing excesses of late global capitalism as we know it – towards a fairer world, where we are all respected and valued. Perhaps the Uranus square Pluto breakdown crisis – the last historical Uranus square Pluto was the Great Depression of the 1930s – is necessary before we can move in that direction? Just a thought. With hopes for a saner, fairer, and kinder world… Tim)