Monthly Archives: December 2011

The December Diet and other news…

The December Diet Mystery…where did all the chocolate brownies go? I just made a batch supposedly to last the next two weeks and like some kind of freak accident…we ate them…all…in two days…jeez…

Here’s the thing, the December Diet is all about warming up and stretching the stomach ready for the onslaught of 10 rounds with the monster turkey…come on people, you know it makes sense right? I mean, you don’t want your body going into Christmas Day shock in a sort of reverse “there’s no way a baby’s gonna fit through there, I’m sure there’s been some mistake nurse, NURSE” kinda way…no no, December is a month of exponential growth of appetite with the waistline expansion in parallel, feeling knackered, bleary eyed “ugh” sickie mornings and mood swings (from the “Bah Humbug” variety right through to the “life and soul dancing, I love EVERYBODY” with some choking up at the family Christmas movie in between)…oh my god, December is, in fact, like cramming nine months of pregnancy into 4 weeks, no wonder we all look like hell in January…

Soooo you may be wondering what we’ve been up to in the Offbeat Hub…apart from partaking of the Christmas spirit at our Christmas Party…nooooo, I can’t show you any pics, they’re all far too embarrassing 😉

In other news, we’ve been beavering away on compiling a compilation album to come out in the early spring of 2012 🙂 This involves a lot of arguing the toss as I listen to the back catalogue of amazing music the Boss has produced and collaborated on with various artists and then get frustrated by the fact that a CD is in fact not time limitless and therefore there is only a certain number of tracks we can squeeze on one album…hurumph…well here’s my mission statement people- it is my duty to you to keep pushing to release as much fantastic music as possible so this means that as soon as we finish this compilation, I will start pushing for the next one…

…and we’ve been working on finishing another album due out next year by the Offbeat Rhythm Section and let me tell you it’s Offbeat Upbeat sizzling hot! Every now and again in a moment of madness (and these happen more than I’d like to admit) I put it on in the studio and go crazy…I would love to think I look like Shakira but I’m fairly certain I look more like a bucking bronco with an itch but hey, it makes me happy and I haven’t knocked anything over…yet…

So plenty to look forward to from us in 2012 🙂 Merry Christmas and I’ll see you on the other side in January for the New Year Resolutions…but let me leave you with a little December Diet warning right here…

Years ago when the Husband was still just The Boyfriend With Potential, we were wondering around the supermarket in December like a pair of space cadets, hypnotised by Christmas Musak and aisles of festive sparkley stuff when he turned to me with dilated tinsel reflecting eyes and said “I’ve never had one of those big tins of chocolates at Christmas time before!” to which I, of course, replied “Baby, you can have whatever you want” (I told you this was before marriage turned me into a naghag and I was aiming for “Girlfriend with Potential”, back in the days when I cared if my undies matched) Well, that was the Christmas we worked our way through a 2 kilo tin of choccie in 3 nights, boy the turkey barely touched the sides we were so match fit…and I decided he was the one ;-p

Pascoe Hooper launches his piano album “Gifts”…

Pascoe Hooper is playing at St John’s Church, on Lothian road, Edinburgh from 7.30-9pm on Friday 16th December:
It will be a concert of original piano works and an album launch for my album ‘Gifts’. I will also
be playing some recent works and improvising.
You can hear the album on Spotify if you search for Pascoe J Hooper Gifts (not case sensitive)
Our very own Iain McKinna, producer here at Offbeat recorded Pascoe’s album Gifts.
I’ve been very lucky to have this album for a few months now and I have to say that it is truly sublime and like a balm on the soul 🙂

The Case of The Heritage Detectives and Edinburgh’s Grisly Past…

When the Bossman said we had a bunch of teenagers coming in to create sound effects for a play, I had no idea they would be so passionate and well informed about Edinburgh’s history…well I thought I could tell some stories until I met the Heritage Detectives this summer…sheesh…we had pretty much a full house when they trooped up the stairs to the Offbeat Studio with Maggie Aitken from DaisyChainAssociates…my god, could they spin some grisly yarns about Edinburgh’s murky past, wow…

 

The Heritage Detectives are a group of Edinburgh’s young people who have been exploring their own heritage, supported by Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Circle Scotland and DaisyChainAssociates- funded by HLF young Roots.

Have a listen to this interview with Maggie where she explains a bit about what they got up to…

Their play “The Amazing Mis-Adventures Of Bondi Brenda and the Heritage Detectives” with all the Offbeat sound effects to back them up was performed at Edinburgh’s Doors open Day, City Art’s Centre and Scottish Parliament. Go and check out People Making Waves and get inspired!

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