After the tumult of the last two years, I think that we had all hoped this year would be considerably brighter. On a personal level though 2022 has been probably the most challenging year of my life so far.
Last week my Dad died, a statement that I’m still very much struggling to make much sense of. While this was sudden, it was not entirely out of the blue as he had been ill for some time. As well as being a huge factor in shaping my love of music, and in particular the joy of discovering new music, my Dad was also a great supporter of my writing. He’d often let me know which bands he’d enjoyed that I’d been writing about, whether it was Knomad Spock or Ryley Walker. He was a man of eclectic musical taste, whether it was Jazz and Blues or Jeffrey Lewis, and for bringing me up in a household full of books, and all kinds of books, I can’t ever thank my parents enough.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about writing while running this site is that it requires time and mental space, and recent events, coupled with my upcoming wedding and ongoing attempts to relocate from London to Sheffield, have left me with little room for either. With that in mind, I’ve decided to take a month off from the blog to focus on myself and my loved ones and with the aim of coming back with fresh impetus in November. There’ll be a tonne of great albums out in October I’m sure, but thankfully for me, they’ll still be there waiting when I get back.
I’d like to thank everyone who has already sent me kind messages of support, they are truly appreciated and remind me that while the internet can be a place of division and hatred, it can also foster friendship, kindness and community.
Wishing you all health and happiness, and to my Dad, thank you for the days,
Sam / For The Rabbits
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Sad times Sam, your dad was one of the kindest men I knew. He was ever proud of you and Chris and would certainly like your words here. You have our deepest sympathy at this time and we look forward to meeting up with you and yours soon through the good and the happier times which will surely come.
Sam, my mother died in 2001 and my father left us in 2020. I know how exactly you’re feeling right now. It took me some months to regain my appetite for music. I am sending you my sincere condolences and I am sure you’ll be back with the same impetus for music diggin’.
Please accept my condolences.
For The Rabbits is very important to me. I also run a Blog/webzine and music is a great part of my life and I really hope it will help to heal you.
Sam I am so sorry to hear. Sending positive vibes.