Saturday, 26 December 2020

Find the quiet. Stay safe.


I wish I could be out in the world of water and wilderness. I am inside with my medicine drum, singing bowls and flute and a range of tech trickery that offers escape to the geography in my thoughts. I’ve sorted my fishing stuff to the point where after years and years I know where it all is. This is some achievement because I leave a rod and bits of gear in other peoples houses who tolerate this old fishing fool. 

It’s  good to be engaged and to not worry about the things I can’t change. I could think of myself as a prisoner of covid in my own home but I choose to be on a quest, taking a very belated “gap year”, albeit in a small physical space. I don’t have a garden so I tend to the flowers in my digital music recording system while hopefully, digging out the weeds. I’ve chosen to use the time to try to be more positive and creative because of covid. I don’t care what the politicians say I am living by my own rules of survival and have done so since this first began. The best way to win a fight is to not be there if you can’t choose your battlefield and stratagem. So I choose to not be there. I go no where at this time. That’s the down side or one of them. How ever Ive found these strange times can have all sorts of unexpected upsides that offer unique opportunities to invest time in new ways of seeing and doing things differently. 

I’m not going to comment on any of the machinations of our leaders or their minions. Now is not the time for me to add to the poisoned feast of things to worry or be depressed about. Today I’m not going to be concerned with the things beyond my control or capacity. The things “I can’t do any thing about” are in “ their box”. There are several “boxes” in my mind. One is “Things to worry about” but it has clear priority over other boxes so that I can act more easily on the things I must and can do some thing about. It’s quite simple until contents spill out and into other boxes. But if I practice managing the system regularly and don’t neglect the necessary rituals involved, then depression and anxiety are knocking at the wrong door. It’s not fool proof and I have to use a variety of acquired tools to make it work. Positive and absorbing distraction is a good friend. 

These are very difficult times for many of us and some of us are more affected by worry and depression than others. I don’t want to minimise this or claim there are easy solutions for all. How ever it was astonishing to me to find that I could have much more control over how I respond to a crisis be it small or large. 

It’s good to share and ask for help. I find I’m talking on the phone more these days sharing good and bad stuff with my friends and colleagues. We often find small ways to help and support each other. Men are getting better at this but in my experience, generally speaking women are still better at listening and offering reasoned, empathetic input. I’m always grateful for this. 

The issue of our mental well being could be said to be trending. It’s a good trend. As a result people might speak up and ask for help and guidance and we should be on the look out for them and also for those who might still suffer in silence. Let’s not be ruled by archaic norms and useless conventions. Time to look after ourselves and each other with ever more care. Time to get used to new thinking as the planet increasingly continues to sign post the changes we all need to make. 

Stay strong. Stay safe. 



Anonymous said...

Hi Rob, It is good to hear from you again. Your words probably explain how many of us are feeling.
Keep safe, keep positive.
All the best,

Anonymous said...

Best wishes for 2021, keep safe and can we please have some more music !!!!! Dave

mikefrom albuquerque said...

Very nice to see your post,I miss your contact.Please stay safe and well.

Karl said...

Great words of encouragement and wisdom. Hoping when live music returns you will ready to get out there again.

Peace and good vibes


Michael Joyce said...

We are waiting for your return,love,respect and care from you.

Ian said...

All your life you appear to be preaching of the need to be aware of the need to stand against the tyranny of the state? or some such similar and now that time has arrived where we are literally standing against this tyranny that wants to inject with some govt sanctioned poison to go about living what was nominally a 'free' life Edgar Broughton appears silent? This is it brother - this is what you fought against? all your life? You need to (respectfully) draw this line in the sand and we will stand and die on this line / hilll with you. All else is theatre. Respect.

Unknown said...

You are an idiot,first class.Get off this page Ian and don't waste Rob's time.You are a disgrace.

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Unknown said...

The post finished up invoking mutual aid. That's a longstanding anarchist principle.

steinroger said...

Hi, Rob.

Seems you have been quiet for the last year.

Maybe it's a good thing, quiet is a treasure exponentially increasing in rarity in our zeitgeist - but this pandemic has maybe silenced us all a bit too hard.

Anyways, hope you are allright. For my part, the pandemic started as a bit of a blessing. Extra time with my children,fishing for arctic char and giant trouts in the far north of norway.

But after moving down south last year, where human society is a larger factor of everyday life, I've really missed everyday "normality". John Mayall cancelling his farewell tour was an especially hard blow for me personally. Things are going back to normal here in the nordics now, though.

Well, as I said, hope you are okay. If you need to go fishing in the arctic, let me know ;)

TimCo said...

On a lighter note...

Last night I was enjoying a late night tipple in a cosy bar in Crete's 2nd city. The playlist was meandering from Frank Sinatra to Deano to Tony Bennett at al and whilst crooners aren't my thing, at least they were quality ones. Imagine my delight then when without warning, 'Evening over Rooftops' came on! After that treat finished - which is an EBB fave of mine - the subsequent songs reverted to the aforemenfioned style.
So; I hope the PRS reaches Greece Rob and you get your two bobs worth!
Best wishes and good health.
Tim C, Xania / B'ham.

Tim said...

Hi Edgar. Have missed your Posts. Hope you are well and update us all soon on all things Edgar.
Love from Tim of the Van Dike Plymouth

BobSaintClair said...

Okay, Edgar, here you demonstrate a healthy mental balance ... now that more than a year has passed, however, I am always waiting for a wild guitar that reconciles with the roar of the lion that you are, even if the pandemic makes us all look like ostriches. There is always a need to breathe a wild session in the air. said...

Hi Rob,
What ever the reason for your silence this year, please be aware that you and your words are very much missed, I still have the music and memories that you shared with us for over 50 years, for which I thank you and the band.
I wish you and all family all the best, and thank you!

Cheers Tony

Tim said...

Well said Tony. We miss your words of wisdom Edgar. Speak to us! Blessed are the Cheesemakers!

Mike from Allbuquerque said...

We miss you very much,however I respect your wishes whatever they are.I am just revisiting is an absolute masterpiece missed by many and enjoyed by your fans wherever they in in Europe.
I just want to add that I am currently ashamed to be British,tortured by Brexit,sleeze,parties,a lack of respect and disregard from those who claim to lead us.I will not mention the Prime Ministers name as it disables my will to survive.He is a vile clown who will continue to destroy anyone who opposes him.God help us.

Unknown said...

Hello Rob, Greetings from Alicante! Feliz Navidad, It seems ages since we saw you at Hafan y Mor in wales in 2017. You have inspired me, both musically and politically over the years. There probably aren't many retired dentists who first saw you at Sheffield Uni in 1971?2 who have had a Che Guevarra tatoo at 65, and constantly play both Poppy & Rooftops on the Alicante Jam Circuit. As a confirmed athiest, it does make me feel uncomfortable to use the mantra 'god bless you', but it is heartfelt!
Bueno Ano, senor!
Alan Clark

Paul said...

Hi Rob/Edgar, I hope your continued silence isn’t due to illness or other catastrophe in your life. We’ve lived in difficult (and disturbing) times, but at least COVID appears to no longer be the major threat to most that it was, although we must not forgetthe vulnerable such as immune-compromise people, who will continue to suffer for the forseeable future.
All the best from an innocent bystander.

Galadriel Lo said...

Hi Edgar, sorry to hear the news about Steve, still is up there playing with many of the grets

Anonymous said...

It is very sad to learn of Steve’s death - all the more so as he was still so young. My condolences to you, Rob, as his brother, and also to all his family. A very sad loss.

Anonymous said...

Condolences to you and your family,Steve will be greatly missed.Another era that has sadly ended.Peace.