Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Everything comes full circle

I don't know if they say what you do on the first day of the year is something you will do for the rest of it, but mine felt like it. On the 1st of January, 2016, I jumped on a plane and flew back to London, to play music at an event that saw Dixon himself headline it. For the rest of the year, I did a lot of both. I travelled and I played music. Sometimes I even did one to do the other. It was exhausting, but worth it, and I have the miles balance to prove it.

People tend to focus on the negatives. Often, I'm guilty of this vice as well. Perhaps it's the sense of comfort that it offers, having a good moan and a lack of projected hope for whatever is happening in the universe. 2016, apart from proving to be a merciless predator, was also a year that proved to the world that anything can happen, that things go round in circles. The planets, history, life. We may be entering yet another period of uncertainty and change, triggered by populist and emotional choices, but ultimately the point is that we do what we can, and be the best that we can, under the circumstances and within the context we have been placed in. 

And 2016 wasn't all that bad; lots of great things happened, like many of my close friends getting married. I started a new job and I turned 30, and my loved ones were there to witness it. We travelled. We danced, we laughed, we played music. We travelled, we ate, we danced some more. 

July 23, 2016. Sitting on top of a hill in a field somewhere in Cambridge, with fireworks going off in the summer sky and David Bowie's 'Starman' playing on the speakers, and thousands of glittered spacemen singing along in unison and admiring the 2016 Secret Garden Party spectacle. Under the same sky.

January 2nd, 2017. Sitting in a cafe (a real one, that serves coffee) in Amsterdam, and the same song is playing. Another circle. So here's my wish for the new year. May 2017 be a good one, and find us all feeling more complete and peaceful, with each other but above all, with ourselves. 

"He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile"