2013 has been the first full calendar year in existence for The Vinegar Tits. What have I been up tae? Well…
I mind saying to @wullaewright on the auld Twitter at the end of 2012 that I hoped to have decent versions of all the songs I had written (at the time) up on Soundcloud by June 2013. I missed that target by about 4 months, but by October I had “no bad” versions of songs like Everyone’s Happy and Yer Maw shared with the Internet. I even managed to get some new ones battered oot as well, including my personal favourite Turnin On The Charm. The next step for 2014 is to get 10 songs together for an album, which will be called Nippy. I have 9 of them recorded already – see the original compositions on The Nippy Collection on Soundcloud – and the last song, The Light Gleams An Instant, will hopefully get recorded in January. After that I’ll do a bit of my amateurish mixing with them all and then get Nippy on Bandcamp or summink for folk to download.
Imagine that? Getting The Tits onto your portable device!
Once that’s done I’ll embark on a world tour to promote it. Or…more likely…get to work on the 10 songs that will constitute album number 2: Life And Death According To The Vinegar Tits. I know what I’m doing this time round – stop laughing at the back there! – so I hope it won’t take so long to put that one together. And you can blame @hilliatfields for this intended workrate, what with his 500 albums in 6 months or whatever it is.
The Twitter handles you see in this text are there for good reason. As I said during my interview in May with @TheTinMine for the wireless – no I can hardly believe that either – The Vinegar Tits only exist on Twitter, Soundcloud and other social media platforms, so the only links the music has with real people is through the questionable patter I hit oot wi on Twitter, with associated tune-hooring at appropriate points. Twitter’s a great place for chatting with like-minded people, so I’m guessing that the folk I follow and talk to don’t find references to dug-pumping and children’s TV character suicides too off-putting :-)
The other thing I done was tell @nolanzebra3 some film stuff for his movie blog. He said he kept my answers for an entry with two other weirdos, which I’m taking as a compliment. I mean, what’s weird about Sigourney Weaver playing me, a speccy Scotch bloke, in the film about my life? NOWT :-)
Dishonourable mention to @Yer_Auld_Da_, whose self designed Xmas cards I bought in December. Drunk reindeers and naughty words…tsk. Here’s hoping he’s still talking to me after my elaborate “Auntie Jessie’s snuffed it” lie/excuse for dingying his Xmas quiz.
So here’s to the year gone and the year ahead. @wullaewright is probably a wee bit closer to fulfilling our prediction of joint-headlining Glastonbury 2014 than I am but maybe if I put a shift in with Nippy I’ll get a call from Michael Eavis in May. Here’s hoping.
(What may also feature now and again during 2014 is a reference or 50 to the Scottish independence referendum in September. Vote, and Vote YES!)
*puts on outrageous American accent*
HAPPY NEW YEARS
(Links to the music, the radio interview and the movie blog are elsewhere on The Vinegar Tits Blog. Happy hunting!)