Following the passing of David Berman, I’ve started thinking again about the amount of musicians I admire who have chosen to end their own lives. I suppose suffering from forms of depression and anxiety whilst being creative and being able to turn your innermost thoughts into art are something that tend to go together. I’m sure musicians like David Berman had plenty of support around their work but having heard how good his latest record is I would have loved to have reached out to him just to tell him how much I enjoyed it. It may not make a difference to the eventual outcome but may have made that particular moment a lot more bearable.
There’s been a lot written on social media about musicians struggling financially. I personally have never done this for the money and know I got very very lucky in being part of Hood which meant that I had a ready made fanbase for future endeavours. The music industry has changed out of all recognition and I for one don’t begrudge people using Spotify to discover new music. I do think though that we should all try harder to send appreciation to musicians whose records we really enjoy. It’s always made all the difference to us over the years and one person writing to say they like a track or an album can give you the incentive to carry on.
I value every single person who listens to or buys our music as that’s one of the things that keeps me going. Even if in 2025 there’s just ten of you left out there I’ll still do it because I have no real choice other than to be creative and keep making music.
It’s one of those fallow years for The Declining Winter as we slowly work on new stuff. However there’s a couple of things coming up that I’m going to mention so that anyone who actually reads this blog and has enough interest in our activities can store for future reference. As usual I’ll publicise everything via social media and our mailing list so make sure you follow/subscribe.
First up we have collaborated with Refold, Plaey Workshop, North Brewery and Studio Build on…get this… a 7″ that comes with a beer. We have songs on one side of the 7″ and there’s going to be a limited cassette with all four songs recorded for the project. More details soon.
Next is a release on Paper Piano Press which is a booklet of writings and photos which will come with a CDr of music. Going to be very limited this one so eyes peeled.
Working on a 7″ only release (remember them) for later in the year and in talks about finally getting a vinyl only compilation of rare The Declining Winter tracks and unreleased stuff off the ground. Probably next year on this one.
Wow. We got a lot of reviews in for this. More than any bloody the Declining Winter record gets. Maybe the world is trying to tell me something. Anyway here’s the best of what everyone’s been saying about our electronic/ambient side project….
Here’s another new thing. A series of tracks I made to soundtrack the surroundings of Saltaire and the Aire Valley back in 2016/17. After loads of consideration it was just a bit too different to be released under The Declining Winter name so let us introduce Western Edges debut ‘Prowess’.
You can listen via the link below and buy the gorgeous limited CD if you really like it.