As we move into a new year it is always the way that we look back on
our past and look forward to see where we may be going. I sincerely
believe that our past strongly influences our future and as such this
year I've been looking long and hard at myself personally and as a
result have looked at cubikmusik, it's role in my life, the life of
readers and of the artists, DJs, producers, labels, etc. that I've supported
over the years.
I want cubikmusik to be a platform for me to do more in music, or really, for music to be a larger part of my life and for me to give more back to music. I want to be more of a participant rather than a listener that dips his toes in every now again when I find music or purveyors of music that move me.
One of the biggest things for me in 2010 (and indeed in life I
think) will be the arrival of my first child, a baby girl due in May.
Needless to say I am chuffed with this and am excited about having
someone to pass my love of music onto. I've started compiling various
play-lists for her: lullabies, waking up, driving to the sound of soul,
etc. It's an interesting experience to try and capture beautiful music
for ears that have not experienced musical beauty before....except
perhaps from the muffled confines of the womb. :)
This will of course impact the frequency of posts, amount of content that I can 'create' so I ask that my regular readers stick around and hopefully when I do get to post it will be worth waiting for.
"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten imparting grace." Plato.
Earlier this week I sent out an email to about 30 artists, labels, producers that have supported cubikmusik over the past 5 years (and vice-versa) asking for support for a project that I have for this year (and beyond). We will release a compilation of music with all proceeds going to a charity (or charities) that have two elements in their agenda: music and kids. I have received a great response so far with 6 artists agreeing to either create or donate a piece that will meet the criteria. Still waiting for a few more also. Check out the blog (500 or so posts) and try and guess who the artists are.
Each track chosen will have one common element and that is for it to be suitable for babies/ kids. This isn't looking to replace traditional lullabies or kids music but will appeal to us
as music lovers that are passionate about new sounds ,etc. and wish to
share that passion with children. So really the idea is that the people
who buy this release would (a) love music and (b) either have kids,
plan to have kids or know someone with kids and/or (c) want more music!
The compilation would be sold, most likely as just a digital release but possibly also as a physical release. Our aim is to have the release available around the end of Summer (maybe August 19th as that will be cubikmusik's 5th birthday as a music blog).
So, announcements over. Back to work for me! :) I look forward to getting your feedback and hopefully support for the charity release so please feel free to leave comments, catch me on twitter or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are aware of worthy charities please let me know and I'll review each one. I'll give updates as the project progresses.