So it turns out that I’m really bad at getting round to writing new blog posts, but after far too many months here goes…
I don’t know about you, but for me the month of August always triggers a fair amount of personal reflection. As I look back on the last 12 months, the word that comes to mind is CHANGE! It’s only when I sat down and started to think about it that I began to realise quite how much has changed over the past year.
The most significant and exciting of all the changes that have happened has been becoming a father. Almost a year in and every day contains new wonders, new lessons and new depths of love.
During the past year I also moved on from my first ‘proper job’. When I left back Tunbridge Wells YFC back in February I was 3 months short of completing 6 years with the charity. By the end of this month I will have also left my position at Christ Church (between May 2012 and February 2015 I shared my time between the two).
And finally, this week we moved out of our house in Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells and now find ourselves in a little village (or Hamlet according to Wikipedia) just west of Cambridge. In total I lived in Tunbridge Wells for around 14 and a half years which is over double the time I have spent in any other single town or city.
So with all of these changes going on(and plenty others that I won’t bore you with right now), music has taken a back seat. I’ve had the amazing privilege of leading worship at a number of events and churches and have played the occasional gig but haven’t spent anywhere near as much time as I would have liked writing or working on my own music. With a new year (at least in the world of academia) and a long list of new opportunities ahead I am more passionate than ever about unwrapping the incredible gift of music and exploring more of its ability to connect us to something bigger than ourselves.
If the past year was the year of CHANGE, I would like to be bold and suggest that the year ahead could be the year of MUSIC…x