It has been an inexcusable seven months since my last post here. Terrible. I have in fact written three blogs in that time, all of which were swept from the priority pile by other urgent attendances or put in the “upload when we next find internet” pile and swiftly forgotten about.
So I hereby extend the humblest of apologies for my neglect and tardiness in regards to this particular corner of my internet abode.
Right. Now that’s out of the way, I’m not quite sure where to begin in waxing lyrical about what has been a spectacular year so far. I was racking my brains this week trying to pinpoint a better year in my life thus far, and happily failed.
My first foray into Europe is going very well. As I type this, ‘Flags’ has debuted at #6 on the German albums chart, the highest new entry. We had a very fun debut tour of Europe in March-April and I’m very much looking forward to an extended and full band return to France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, UK & Ireland for shows throughout September-October.
I love Europe. It’s refreshing, stimulating, inspiring and like a touring sorbet of sorts, refreshing me between courses. I am still pinching myself that things are going so well in such a wonderful place, and aware that there is lots of work to be done! ‘Albertine’, my second album, was released in four countries. ‘Flags’, by the time it is out everywhere, will have been released in over 30 countries (probably closer to 40), including a number of nations in Asia, where I’m looking forward to touring for the first time next month.
It highlights the responsibility and great thrill it is to be a songwriter, and I’m already looking ahead to album #4 and preparing to get writing, with the lessons I learned from the somewhat difficult conception of ‘Flags’ under my belt.
At the end of our autumnal Europe tour I’ll be heading to a continent close to my heart: Africa.
During my Charity:Water birthday campaign at the end of 2010, you crazy people gave close to US$55,000 to build wells, bringing clean water to communities in need in developing nations. I told Charity:Water that I wanted this resource to go to communities where the need is most urgent.
I’m excited to announce that these wells are in the pre-build planning stages and will be constructed in Ethiopia. I will be heading there in October to see the well-sites and report back to you with images and video. Needless to say, I already know this is going to be a highight of 2011 for me and also a new experience as I’ve never been to Ethiopia before. Whilst all this is happening, my commitment to Rwanda continues and I’m currently waiting on feedback from our partner organisation in Rwanda about ongoing needs in communities there and, looking ahead, what we can do.
So with that I believe you’re pretty much updated. I’m going to power down now and see if my guitar has any songs to share with me.
Now that this seven-month ice breaker blog is up, the entries will be more frequent and more random.
Grateful for all of you!