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.
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That was that – Kathryn is tucked up in front of the telly & I am about to head to bed.
I thought about writing a homily to 2016 – a turbulent year that, warts and all, shaped me and my life – for the better or worse it is yet to be seen. I lost family members but my music career started to take off …. swings and roundabouts really.
So, instead of writing a bit about 2016 (which you can read about here) I figure I would like to focus more on what I hope to achieve in 2017. As stated, my music career is in it’s infancy but I was played on the BBC this very night – give below an ear look:
With this – one of my resolutions is to make music with more people. I have always held that music is a unifying force – it brings people together. I would like to spend a good portion of my time making music in 2017, but with other people. There is an energy and vibrancy when you are in the creative presence of friends – something I love – and more of that please.
Another positive I would like to take from 2016 is my employment. I have come on leaps and bounds with my web design over the past twelve months – moving in to freelance work and now sniffing around for more work. TreeBark Design has been the excuse to wake up on time and the reason I am a happier person. Another reason I am so happy at this junction in my life is my wife, Kathryn – I will be make a point of spending more time with her in the coming year. 2017 will be busy, but fun.
Yes, we have lost a lot of familiar faces in 2016 – but, if 2016 is to be remembered for the death of people, let it be for the 400,000 who died in Aleppo. I will continue in the early months to campaign for environmental issues and human rights affairs across the world – with renewed vigour I will still be petitioning and making a nuisance of myself to the local MP, Andrew Jones, whilst I can still type.
So, here is me, Andy Backhouse, wishing you – dear reader – the very best of starts to what will hopefully turn out to be a vintage year.