Ok, I heard you snigger… apparently, this is what the Jacobites used to call William III but Wikipedia tells me that the nursery rhyme wasn’t a reference to this…
Anyway, after a wonderful week in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales with my family I have got straight back to work on this redundancy plan.
One of the important things about having this redundancy plan is that I have devised it to be realistic but also to get everything I want done; it’s no good working yourself too hard and I am already seeing that my productivity has increased very much. I recommend sorting a plan out if you are in a similar situation so please do get in touch if you need advice on that. I’m no expert but it’s working for me and I like to help! It’s far too easy to let your worries and emotions take over when in a bad situation but it doesn’t have to be like that….
Despite the alarm that redundancy can cause I have decided to keep my planned holidays and use them to unwind and think about my situation. A clear head is a fertile ground for great thoughts…. As well as doing a lot of beer testing and chilling out with the family in the Dales, I managed to record a fair bit of the sounds that were surrounding me: Waterfalls, streams, sheep, the ambience of the Dales, a country fair, etc. Some ideas of use have already hit me but I have the sounds now and will be able to use them for anything I please.
The two musical/sound parts of my plan that I am carrying out at the moment are an ‘ambient London’ project (see my last post) which is as yet un-named and a follow-up to my Bedtime Nursery Rhymes CD. At the moment, I have it so that the new BNR will be a sort-of prequel to the first and have taken feedback I have been lucky to gain into account… I’ll be working on the rhymes until mid September and should finish the ambient stuff by the time I go away to Italy for three weeks in August (may need to buy a bigger memory for my Roland R-09HR sound recorder for this one!).
Here is a draft of the second nursery rhyme I have worked on so far. As with the first BNR I have taken aspects and atmospheres from the words of the poem and tried to convey them with sound; some are quite abstract, others more obvious… There are a couple of aspects that I feel need a change or slight diversion but please do let me know what you think, there is no such thing as bad constructive criticism!
Wee Willie Winkie