The slippery slope….

Welcome to the new blog…

It’s taken me a quite while to get around to doing this. This is not only due to my inherent laziness but to the experience I have – or rather haven’t – had in keeping a diary.

You know what it’s like, you get a diary for christmas and you think – ‘yeah!’, I’ll start keeping a note of my day-to-day activities, thoughts and significant events in my life and in years to come I’ll regale my unfortunate offspring with what it was like ‘back in the day’ when men were men, women were women and small furry animals were small furry animals et cetera, et cetera.

Come January 3rd you’ve run out of things to say, or can’t be bothered or you’ve just lost the damn thing.

So why the change of heart?

Well, it occurred to me that I have been keeping a weekly diary since 1995 when I started writing my regular weekly music column for the Luton News and Dunstable Gazette. It has not been my diary, it’s been about live music in and around the Luton and Dunstable areas. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to deliver 500 words every week for 15 years without missing a single week, even submitting copy via my mobile phone when I’ve been overseas. That’s almost 400,000 words, not bad for someone who was in the bottom English class at high school.

The next thing that occurred to me is that with Facebook, I’m keeping up regular posts, albeit on a rather modest level. And with the advances in technology I can do this from my mobile phone wherever I am.

Finally, I was struck by a serious case of ‘blog envy’ during the “Making a Splash” session at the Folk Industry / AFO Conference in Nottingham last weekend. Alt.Blues player, and all round good guy, Dave Arcari told us about his blog, and he even has an iPhone app as well. You can see full details about it on Dave’s blog at

So I’ve decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. I can’t hope to compete with Dave by doing a daily offering, but I reckon I could probably manage to put something up here on a weekly basis – probably on a Friday when I do the aforementioned music column.

So, what will it be all about? I don’t know yet (ask me in a year), but it may well have stuff about what I’m involved with along with the thoughts of chairman Brian on the state of the music scene, the world and any unregarded trifles I pick up on the way around this mad, mad, mad, and sometimes bad world we live in.

Just a little nugget before I go;

The word ‘Blog’ is a contraction of ‘Web Log’ (say it quickly). Isn’t it wonderful the way a living language works, perhaps the French should take note…

About Brian Heywood

Brian Heywood is a free range musician who specialises in edgy roots / country / celtic fusion music. Previous work has received comments such as "... aggressive, top notch fiddling set off by periodic guitar explosions." - Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen Magazine (USA), "Just when it seemed as if newer electric British roots bands were getting thinner on the ground - Very welcome and very good." - fROOTS Magazine (UK) and Steve Barnes Fairbridge Festival Artistic Director (Australia) - "... a rocking band - I was delighted with the audience response."
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