2016: Some year eh? Brexit, Trump, untimely deaths of many iconic music and film personalities. Horrendous acts of cruelty and terror committed by and against mankind. Some year indeed. These important things however, are not what this is about. You can find many articles on these things throughout great, ever expanding abyss that is the Internet.
This is robphillimore.com and this will be a short recap, a look back, a pondering and a reminiscing of my very own 2016.
"To be honest it’s hazy, like winter through a window"
2016 has been a year of firsts: My first solo trip to big ol’ scary London, my first dalliance with the dance world, my first time witnessing the legendary Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live and my first trip to the Isles of Scilly.
Lots of firsts, lots of new experiences, but to be honest it’s hazy, like winter through a window. However, like the spirit of Christmas past, I will attempt to shed light on what was in a short, sweet, easy to digest trip down memory lane.
So where to start? Well lets look back to June 7th (approx.) I completed my degree with one final live performance at Falmouth University, bringing a somewhat anti-climactic conclusion to 4 years of my life, and what a complete waste of my time that was!!
No, no, that’s not true, I’m just being a negative Nancy and a little disillusioned and frustrated.
I gained much of value in my time there and now have knowledge, skills and insight I hadn’t previously. All of which will help me moving forward, with a clearer view of where I am, what I'm doing and where I want to go.
"2016 has also been the year of the solo gigs, by which I mean I have played more solo shows this year than ever before"
On July 15th, I released my first full-length album, White River. Uncharacteristically, I’m quite proud of this album. There are, I believe, some great songs on this album, and it came together quite nicely considering it was homemade, self produced and done in the face of much adversity. White River was a huge learning curve and lessons were learnt that will be useful when it comes to the next album.
2016 has also been the year of the solo gigs, by which I mean I have played more solo shows this year than ever before. Granted, a lot of them were in front of non-existent or unresponsive crowds, but there have been some crackers, such as the ‘Little Orchard Cider Fest’ and opening for the popular female duo ‘Sounds of the Sirens’ at AMATA, Falmouth, to name just a couple.
Here’s to more of that in 2017.
"Doing things, whatever they may be, means we are alive"
So there you have it, a brief, severely edited, entirely in-exhaustive account of my year. There was so much more to my 2016, but I believe what this does show is that I have done things this year and what more can I ask for than that?
Doing things, whatever they may be, means we are alive and we are living and at the end of the day, that’s all any of us really want isn’t it?
Thanks for reading, thank you for all your support through this past year. You’re wonderful, whimsical and magical. Keep smiling and I’ll see you on the other side.
All the best
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