New Tracks

I’ve been working hard at recording some new tracks towards a third album – the unmixed versions are on my Indie music page – they’re very much rough and unfinished but I thought you might like to hear them – the finished and polished versions should be released in 2023

Happy Christmas and a great New Year……

Six Tracks In……

After a long gap I’m finally in the process of recording new tracks and have nearly completed six tracks in the lovely studio at St Dunstans House in Bristol. I haven’t got enough tracks for a new album but will release the tracks singly on Bandcamp – hopefully in The New Year….watch this space!

New Band etc!

Now that the lockdown is over here in Bristol I’ve been able to get out and play music again at last. I was invited to join AfroWelsh Connection as their flautist and backing singer which has been really wonderful. We’ve played several sets now at mainly outdoor festival gigs and have been asked to do several more. We will be playing in St Stephens Church in Bristol on December 13th for a lunchtime gig.

I’m also working on a few of my own songs with plans to start recording my third album in November after a long break from recording.

We’ve been able to finally catch up with family and friends around the UK and have had a few trips in the camper van at last and life is feeling a bit more normal.

AfroWelsh Connection at Between The Trees Festival

Things Looking Up in UK

At last things are improving a bit here in UK so I’m hoping very much to get some music projects going and do some recording.

I’m intending to write some new songs, organise a gig and I’m starting to play flute with a new African contact who is a great kora player so watch this space.

I’ve also now got all my published songs on iTunes either as tracks or the whole album on iTunes if you’d like to download them just search for Chandra Moon!

Still Here

Well here we are again in Lockdown in the UK – actually Peter and I never came out of Lockdown – or barely.

I have managed to see my grandchildren a few times from a distance but only very few friends once or twice in the garden since March.

Never mind – we are alive and well and looking forward to hopefully things getting back to some kind of normality in due course.

Hedgehog House and Feeding Station

We’ve kept ourselves busy in the garden with a night camera revealing regular hedgehog visitors so we’ve set up a house and feeding station which in constant night use!

Musically I’m not very inspired so instead of songwriting I’ve been playing a bit of piano. We missed our entire summer tour of drumming but nothing we could do about it.

Anyway, as we go into earlier dark evenings and colder weather I’m going to try and keep going out for daily walks and appreciating nature which has been such a joy this summer.

I hope you and yours keep safe and well during these difficult times.

Life in Corona Time

As my hubby is in the “very vulnerable” group we have to do the shielding thing – meaning we can’t go out except to run round the block for exercise. We shop online, neighbours bring essentials and life goes on with just the two of us – has been that way for four weeks now. Our street has a Watsapp group including someone from every single house. Whenever someone’s going to the supermarket they message those of us who can’t go out to find out if we need anything and we all cheer each other up. We applaud the NHS (National Health Service) at 8pm every Thursday evening and Peter and I take our drums out into the road and join in to thank everyone on the front line.

We are the lucky ones, with our own house and garden and each other for company – fortunately my hubby is a lovely, calm man who is very easy to live with and we rub along fine. Chatting, watch a bit of TV, have cut down drinking to an occasional glass, play cards, listen to music and spend hours in the garden (it’s never looked so nice). We’ve dug a small pond and I find myself with a magnifying glass staring at the tiny new life which is already establishing itself there. I’m growing herbs and salads. The birds are singing louder and louder. I really feel for people who are alone, poor, in countries that cope or just anyone who is depressed and finds this hard to deal with not knowing how much longer it will go on.

We live quite near a hospital so the tranquillity is disturbed regularly by ambulance sirens reminding us that these are not normal times. Here in the UK a lot of people have passed away but our city of Bristol isn’t too bad compared to London and the midlands.

I miss our kids and grandkids like crazy but thankfully we have Watsapp, Zoom, Skype etc.

I’m playing the piano a lot in lieu of writing and enjoying learning some old classics – I’m on a Chopin phase at the moment – I can never get it perfect but it’s fun trying.

I listen to a broadcast by my teacher Prem Rawat that he does every day reminding us of the peace we all hold within ourselves which is there regardless of the external situation and this helps me keep my head in this difficult time.

Anyway – that’s me at the moment – so grateful to be well and I know I’m extremely lucky on so many levels.