Fit like Doricanite’s? Are my blog titles getting worse or what? 😉
It’s been a wee while since I’ve ‘blogged up’ and a LOT has happened since then!!! Looking back, it appears I say that with every blog. ‘They’ (industry types) tell me I must blog more, but truthfully I usually can’t be arsed. Let’s be honest, who wants to read my ramblings and shite anyway!? You do? really? Wow!
Musically, I continue to creep onwards and upwards to Global super stardom and I’m pretty sure if I make it to 200 years old I’ll have this music thingymajiggy cracked by then!
Seriously though, there has been a lot of great things happening in the UK and the US with regards to my music since I won that wee bronze looking San Diego Music Award for Best Acoustic Act last year (did I mention I won that? Thanks again to everyone that voted, I love you as much as I love pickled onion Monster munch).
So, where were we? Ah, yes. I’ve got a few TV show things in the pipeline, Jim Gellatly (‘the voice of new music in Scotland) has given my song ‘Stonehaven radio Station and Me’ the wee kick up the arse it (me) needed (and he’s a Dundee FC fan, who would have thought) and I finally got the video for it launched, my mailing lists and various other social media outlets continue to bloom and ‘Doricana’ continues to get into new hands and under new coffee mugs every week (I jest of course).
It’s funny but as an indie artist, it takes years to ‘properly’ promote an album, not that I truly know how to promote an album but I’m learning with each one! However, I don’t think I’ll ever stop promoting this album as I believe it deserves to be in many hands and in many CD players…………apologies for that wee burst of confidence, I’ve just had a wee skinny latte!!
Talking of which, I’ve lost approximately half a stone (7lbs)………………without any exercise (well the occasional walk). How did I do this I hear you ask? Simply by not being in the pub / club every night singing songs and drinking Guinness (and shifting my rehearsal space from the Ken Club to Hindsight studios). I know, it seems like a strange thing to not be doing when you are a touring artist but I have been having some ‘time off’ from the touring recently and have been spending time at home due to the fact I became a FATHER on the 31st of March 2012 to a lovely wee lassie called Catherine!!! She is just amazing and is my world!!! Both her and Mummy are doing splendidly!!
Naturally, I’ve been singing all the nursery rhymes to her and she loves it (naturally). However, I must disclose that I had a cunning plan all along for her to love my singing by constantly singing to my wife’s belly when she was pregnant. My cunning plan featured my wife lying down, closing her eyes, relaxing and thinking happy thoughts and then O’l Booby Dylan here would begin to finger pick and croon ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, ‘Old MacDonald’ and various other well know wee ditty’s to my child ‘in utero’. Unbelievably it works! Literally one verse of each and that wee bugger is out cold, I actually feel a wee bit guilty as she never really stood a chance with my brain washing ways!!!
So, myself and the family are heading home to Scotland in June / July time for some time in the Motherland. There will be news on gigs there soon (keep checking back). Also, I have a few Southern Californian gigs lined up over the next few months too (check my tour page). Release wise, I’m hoping to have a live CD out in the next few months. I have a bunch of tracks ready to go, I just need some time and a studio and we’ll probably bang out a wee 8 song CD of live tracks from last year’s Sacramento Highland Games (complete with annoying bloody bagpipe droning in the background between songs……seriously)! Hopefully we will have a trailer for the Doricana tour DVD out by Autumn (more on this at a later date)! Oh did I mention that I have approx. 30 new songs for a new album?? So, if there are any potential investors or rich fans that fancy being an ‘Executive Producer’ on an international record, then hit me up! 🙂
As always, thank you so much for all the love and support I continue to receive from family, friends and fans!