Ijo Pona is the Harrogate adventure blog written by a Funny Little Man. Andy is a freelance web designer in Harrogate and he is also a well-received sound artist and runs a mastering studio in Yorkshire. The Wire Magazine once described him as "... difficult to dislike." Still at my most enthusiastic and naive.
Funny Little Man – Harrogate
I have just returned from 10 Dev (Devonshire Tap House as it has been renamed). It was a lively sesh with Scooby and my wife. We talked a good bit and had some excellent beers. Scooby has just returned from Berlin and I am writing this as a “Bookmark” on the month’s proceeding – to keep what has happened in check and in line.
Why am I writing a Bookmark when the year is in it’s infancy? Well, a lot has happened.
I made that DJ mix from some of the music that I use on The Parish News – it is a lot less dense than some other mixes – I have given the tracks enough room to breathe. I am proud of it.
Whilst on an audio vibe – you may like the latest edition of our roots reggae radio show, Roots Conversation. Me and Allan got together to record the thirty-second edition of Roots Conversation and it was a good one – Scooby was away (see above) and we were free to geek out – we were mentioning record labels, release dates and target markets; it was a good show. You can tune in below…
On a professional tip – I have been accredited as one of the best rated web designers in Harrogate. This has led to a flurry of enquiries. I am pleased with the accolade. I appreciate that I may be a fish in a small pond but it is a busy pond – if I was to continue the metaphor. Here is the certificate…
Unity Reggae band were there, as were Drop Leg Steppers. I had a blast DJ’ing at the end of the night and it went well. The room was dancing and people seemed to enjoy themselves. More of this please.
I have started a new imprint on my record label, Focused Silence. Focused Folio deals with experimental albums as MP3 downloads. It is proving quite a bit of fun – it only launched today (10th January) but there are two albums out already.
I hope the start of 2020 is proving as much of a joy for you as it is for me. I have been getting just the right amount of sleep. This was becoming a bit of a worry for me in 2019 and I am glad that I am now getting the sleep / fun balance right.
I have been told by my folks that you get to appreciate the quiet a bit more when you are older. But, with the quiet is a greater chance to listen: not in some life-affirming, motivational quote way – just checking out birdsong and hearing the gentle rumble of the fridge. In essence, as 2020 trundles up the road, I am happy with my lot. Happy New Year, everyone.