Back in mid-March I posted a piece titled The (Temporary) Return of Breaking More Waves Blog.
With the introduction of a lockdown in my home country as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and a period of isolation I decided that with no friends to see, no gigs, festivals, art galleries, theatres, restaurants or cinemas to go to and with the amount of jogging I was doing being reduced it was a good time to bring Breaking More Waves out of semi-retirement and start posting about new music again to help keep me sane.
I have some underlying health conditions and therefore am slightly more at risk should I contract Covid-19, so have been relatively risk-averse in terms of staying safe over the last few months, but thankfully over this time my physical health has remained good.
My mental health too has been strong; even although until this week I haven’t seen a friend in real life since February I feel like I’ve weathered the storm so far. I have a theory that being an only child helps – I grew up with limited company when I was young, so I’m used to keeping myself busy on my own at home. I also helps that I’ve been very fortunate to work throughout the pandemic and although my job (working for 2 local authorities) has been challenging, it has been a piece of p*ss compared with working on the frontline in our health services or being made unemployed and now struggling to find work.
However, as things have begun to open up in the UK there is the opportunity to return to seeing some friends and socialise a little and I’ve also got out on the streets running more often. Therefore, I’m finding less time to prioritise writing the blog again and so I have decided to part retire Breaking More Waves. The return was always intended as temporary – I stated that from the off and nothing has changed my mind on that, although I've enjoyed doing a handful of posts the last few months.
However, I will still be running a monthly playlist on Spotify of new music from the previous month (click here to find it and follow) which I will write about on Breaking More Waves and if I feel compelled to bash out anything else about music, I reserve the right to do so here. It’s my blog so I make the rules. Also, whilst I very much hope it doesn’t happen, if the number of cases of Covid-19 in the UK accelerates again and the country goes into another lockdown, the frequency of posts here will probably match that acceleration.
But for now, this is me not exactly signing off, but making Breaking More Waves the blog equivalent of driving at 1st gear with my foot hardly on the throttle.
Finally, just to add, I’ll still be relatively active on Twitter (here) where you’ll probably find me posting about musicians in the bath a little too frequently. Stay safe everyone. Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint. This video, released today seems appropriate in a number of ways.
Phoebe Bridgers - I Know The End