Just a quick note about a new internet release that you can download for free and in various formats (mp3, aac, ogg vorbis, flac and apple lossless) here:
10|26|08 My friend Simon
Simon, a really good friend of mine, will soon be joining me on my last New Zealand tour as Halon Sirius. Now Simon’s pretty much just getting started as a live act, and so there are lots of things he just hasn’t found the time to sort out yet – one of those things being press photos. Anyhow, I decided it might be fun to chauffeur Simon around town with my camera in tow, and see if the two of us couldn’t get a few good shots happening.
Despite wind and rain, I think I managed to capture quite a few striking shots, and I was just glad I didn’t totally waste Simon’s time! :)
Here are some of my favorite ones I took of him today:
10|22|08 America and the long road ahead
“Democracy (…) is but a buzz word for politicians, hardly a shining beacon of reality. (It) has long since undergone a transformation in the western world from being a philosophical and moral ideal to becoming a moderately clumsy tool for controlling a population from the top down.”
As many of you know, I am moving to the States next year to pursue my dreams of touring my music and trying to earn a living off of it. I am under no illusions as to how difficult a task that will prove to be, but I figure I only have one shot at life, one thing I care deeply about, so I have to muster the courage to go out there and try to tell as many human beings as I can about my music and convince them of its worth. I am excited about this, but I’ve also been having some serious doubts about wanting to build a life in America.
10|19|08 Two Sweet Podcasts
I was pretty excited this week to stumble over two really sweet podcasts, featuring my music.
The first of the two podcasts was created by a blog called My Pleasure, Miss!. The concept of the podcast is so bloody creative and bizarre, I’ll just quote their own description:
10|07|08 The Overcomer by Shaun K Anderson
Wow! I totally didn’t notice that my buddy Shaun (we toured together earlier this year) had a video out to one of my favorite songs of his:
Watch Shaun’s video on YouTube and check out his music on his myspace page. If you would like to make Shaun’s songs part of your life, then be sure to grab a copy of his EP at his label’s online store.
10|01|08 The Next Four Months
“The truth of the matter is that my current life-style is unsustainable. It’s unhealthy, full of distractions, and unwholesome. My flat has been a shambles for almost a year now. It is cluttered. It is dark. It is cold. It is damp. And I literally feel like I have been slowly wasting away in it. I need to get out of there. Fast.”
As many of you already know, I am moving back to the States in January. The main reason for that being that I miss the mid-west, I miss my friends, I miss being around my mother, and I’m really excited to tour The Enright House throughout the US and, later in the year, Europe, as well.
Going back oversees after living in New Zealand for almost five years will be good for my soul, I think. As much as I love certain aspects of New Zealand, I love the wider world even more, and to have spent a good half of my twenties in a small and remote country, too far away from my friends and family, has been a significant contributor to my ongoing struggles with depression.
Not everything about my time here, however, has been bad…