I’ve decided to give NaBloPoMo (ugh!) a try so here goes.

Music applications, soft synths, and recording software are all so cheap now that just about anyone can get their hands on them. I think I’ve bought every major synth app for the iPad now but I’m under no illusions about calling myself a musician.

I’m a dabbler. I like to make sounds with them but I have no idea about how to write a complete piece of music.

I think dabblers like myself have to remember these facts. A few cheap apps don’t suddenly give you the right to be heard. I see nothing wrong with making sounds purely for your own pleasure. It can be quite blissful.

Just don’t have any expectations about being taken seriously.

Or am I being too harsh?

Joni Mitchell is 70 today. Jon Anderson turned 70 earlier on in the week. It’s sobering to think that a lot of my musical heroes/heroines are getting to that stage in their lives now. Who is going to replace them?