Where does the time go?

Sunday, November 9th, 2003

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I’ve been very remiss indeed lately as far as updating this site goes. My usual two excuses apply here: I’ve been massively busy with work and school, and all my free time has been devoted to the musical arts.

Yes, it’s all been music, music, music the past few weeks. BBC Radio 1 graced Brighton with its presence for the One Live music festival from October 27-Nov 2 (dates which happen to coincide with the last time I updated the site), so that week was basically spent flitting from gig to gig.

If I had to pick a highlight from the week, I would be hard pressed to choose between the Salter Cane gig at the lovely - if uptight - Sussex Arts Club, and the jam-packed, blisteringly-loud, over-the-top rawk experience that was Jane’s Addiction at the Brighton Dome. As Jeremy pointed out, this has been the year of nostalgia gigs for us: first it was Ministry in Dublin back in July, now Jane’s Addiction right here in Brighton. I might as well be 17 years old again. Now I’ve just got to get geared up for that Pixies reunion tour next year…

My own wee little unknown band has also been making the rounds lately. We’ve had so many concerts that we haven’t even had time to get new songs together. Amazingly, even the concerts that I was sure would be disastrous have turned out to be great, and we’re selling an average of seven CDs at every concert (this is a fantastic statistic, seeing as we’re all such lousy salespeople). We’ve got our sights set on gigs in London in the new year, if we can find any venues that will have us (which isn’t an easy task when you don’t know a soul in London and the first question London promoters always ask is how many people you think you can bring in).

In my non-rock-star life, I’ve been toiling away in front of the computer or hunched over my linguistics books with a diligence I never knew I had. I used to be the world’s worst procrastinator, particularly when it came to schoolwork. Now, though, I feel the need to get schoolwork done as soon as is humanly possible, because I never know from one day to the next whether I might suddenly get a huge translation project to do which will eat up all my time and completely throw my paltry attempts at "scheduling" all out of whack.

This persistent fear of running out of time has been causing me to wake up with a start every morning, plagued by the panicky thought that I didn’t finish something I was supposed to finish. I just have to keep reminding myself that if I managed to make it through four years at a college with a notoriously heavy academic workload, where I took an average of five classes a semester, then I can certainly handle one class a semester now with a bit of translation work on the side.

And if it all gets to be too much for me, I can chuck it all in and head off to Italy for the weekend - which is precisely what I plan to do two weeks from now…


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