It's Record Store Day, the day to celebrate the few independent record stores that remain. In Edinburgh, my favourite record store is Avalanche Records. In Stoke-on-Trent, Music Mania. Both are running events for the day, and there's more if you Google it.
As for me/Paper Truth - There's still no promise of new material. I've not been much of a musician lately, and though incomplete ideas come I think I need to rephrase things in order to sort them out. The energy I gave to Why Relent? in 2011 was worth it but I'm not sure I'll match that again in the same context. Here's a gift, anyway:
To celebrate Record Store Day, download the album Why Relent? for free, along with Equaliser EP - THIS WEEKEND ONLY
When my lease on this website ends I may just abandon it; it could be that this ouevre from 2007 to 2012 is a complete one. I expect I'll return to composition someday and nothing will ever stop my horrid voice from singing so I am far from dead creatively, perhaps comatose. Perhaps collaborators are needed. Or, perhaps I should follow the greats' examples of things to do when not musical and star in films or take icky drugs. Admittedly this kind of announcement is usually followed by a freak creative surge, but the status has lasted for quite a while.
I think of Record Store Day as being about those who enthuse about music outside of the corporate pop world, so another shout is apt for Out Of The Bedroom, the Edinburgh open mic night at which I've often performed. It's driven by the contributors' love for independent music and fellow songwriters, and their encouragement is manna. Support your local/internet-local musicians, because the industry probably won't.