Phronesis what did it. I've spent most of the past three months demonstrating my ability to multi-task. In a sustained manner I have simultaneously being doing two things: 1) telling myself that it would be good to start blogging again and 2) not starting blogging again. (The adverts in Dec and Jan don't really count.)
My blog abstinence is not evidence that I have got my church calendar all to cock, confusing epiphany with lent. It's nothing other than the old road to hell thing. Three months is quite a delay don't you think? If that, is there are still any you's out there reading this stuff. (Helloooooo!) I'm sure my blog is actually echoing like a big old empty cave…. ave ave ave.
Of course this is not the first time I have had extended blogging down time. When this has happened before something or other has come along and got me at it again, something like a cracking film or a stimulating lecture or a mundane insight that seemed utterly brilliant at the time. This time though, as I said, it was Phronesis what did it. By 'eck they're good!
Went to see them a couple of nights ago at Band on the Wall, Manchester's splendid live music venue. How good are they? Well if you kind of quite like jazz but are absolutely sure you don't get the stuff at the more creative/avant garde end of the spectrum Phronesis are the band to change your mind. Talk about energy! Talk about imagination! Talk about swinging! Talk about tight! Piano that is by turns lush, frantic and icily spare. Drumming that really really really does use the kit as a melodic instrument. And bass playing that actually made me change my mind about bass solos. No, really.
If you want a listen I'd start here or better still go hear them live.