Sunday, 3 March 2013

Day 279 - Ohhhh, what's the point?

Phew!  Those ringtones took a lot of time and effort.  They were well worth it though... they've been very popular, and what's more, if you'll forgive me for blowing my own trumpet, they sound great.

Now, you might have seen the title of this post and thought, "Uh-oh!".  Well, don't worry, it 's not as negative as it sounds.  I just thought it was a good time to take stock and let you know how I'm doing.

Lately, I've felt a little bit like I'm swimming against the From Bedrooms to Billions tsunami, which is sweeping along every name I'm looking at in its giant retro wave.  I'm resigned to the fact that I'm unlikely to get contributions from some of those names.

However, the more I see of it, the more I'm convinced of the worth of my book.  From Bedrooms is a brilliant project, and I can't wait to see it.  I've backed it, and I expect to thoroughly enjoy it.  But they're covering a much larger time period than I am, and and there's no way they can include the sort of things I want to include in a documentary film.  They simply don't have the time, unless it runs for about four hours.  Even with a deleted scenes disc, it wouldn't be able to focus on all the things I'm focusing on.

From Bedrooms to Billions.  Go an back it, if you haven't already.
They're showing the world how the industry grew in the UK.  I'm celebrating the individuals involved, and their wonderful (and at times, not-so-wonderful!) work.  While there's bound to be some overlap, I'm confident that my book is going to stand as a unique testament to the remarkable talent we had (and still have... many are still actively programming today).  And it'll include a lot more of the unsung heroes of the era, who might not have the big names but are no less well-remembered by our community.

I've got some tremendous material so far, and some terrific support from within the industry, for which I am very grateful.  So with that said, I'm going to finish up and send my latest email to one of our Gods.  Then I'll think about who I'd like to contact next...

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