On Monday, I drove over to meet the guys from Killing for Company who, as most of you will know, are in the studio recording their second album. It was great to catch up, although I got absolutely drenched trying to find the studios... and if you look closely enough at the accompanying photo, you might be able to see that my t-shirt is still streaked with post-monsoon dampness...
All the lads were delighted with how well things are progressing, but even though the end result (and hopefully the longer-term impact of the album) will be worth the time and effort, it was obvious that being away from home for so long is far from easy at times – especially for Steve and Richie, the two fathers in the band.
Anyway, I drove Andy, Jamie and Richie back to the National Blood Centre where I work and we took a few pictures of them with a couple of donors – hopefully we will be able to get a press release out at some point and get the picture in our national magazine as well. The three of them then came and met my colleagues and spent a good half hour chatting away.
Just the same as they will tell you that they feel humbled by the support they receive from their friends and fans, so I feel the same that this band is made up of five blokes who are so down-to-earth, friendly and unassuming, given the talent they collectively have.
Nothing (well... large lottery win apart)... so almost nothing (!) would give me greater pleasure to see Killing for Company hit the “big time”. There are plenty of really good bands out there, all striving to get their music heard; these lads can obviously belt out a tune, but what sets them apart is their individual personalities and combined humility and generosity... This is a very special band indeed and I would encourage anyone who likes good music, good company and good times to “Get Involved”...
Later this week, I will be handing over a cheque to Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity for whom I wrote the book Rikipedia.
I enjoyed writing the book and thought it was a decent read... not a classic, but a bit different... Anyway, despite the best efforts of the author and a few friends to “spread the word”, I have to reveal that ten books were sold... half of them to colleagues at work. I am going to double the £25 raised because, my overriding emotion is embarrassment that my book wasn’t good enough to raise more money for such a worthy cause.
I could have saved a huge amount of time and effort by never starting the book and simply making a donation, but much as I have questioned whether or not to continue writing, I am going to... not to prove a point, but because I actually enjoy it and the feedback from some of those who have read one or more of my books has been so positive and encouraging.
The revised edition of Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman is nearly finished. I’m contemplating a (very) limited edition available solely via ebay auction so that a few lucky people will be sitting on a literary goldmine when I follow in Killing for Company’s footsteps and “make it”!!
After that, there’ll be nothing until next summer, but trust me (all ten of you...), it’ll be worth waiting for.
Onwards and upwards...
All my own work... almost.