13-Jan-2013 Back Again

The omens are good for 2013:

  • Jacques is back
  • jiva are back into gigging routine already (2 down, oodles to go)
  • new self-penned song ‘Long Time Gone’ is coming together nicely
  • it’s our 10th year – so it should mean we become an overnight success in 2013


Jimmy’s 914CE-L7 is finally home again… we had thought that Jacques had been to Taylor’s Amsterdam facility to sort out the Expression System problems – but no, Brazilian Rosewood is an endangered wood species and, as such, is subject to tight regulations on international travel. Taylor therefore entrusted it to Chris Andrews of CA Guitarworks in the UK – he’s a fully authorised and qualified Taylor technician, having trained at Taylor’s El Cajon California facility. We got a phone call from Taylor in Amsterdam, just checking that everything was OK and encouraging us to call Chris and ‘touch base’ so to speak.

After a 9-day break following a New Years Eve gig we’re already settling down to regular performances again, and enjoying every minute of it. Early retirement/redundancy from our office jobs in 2008 has allowed us to concentrate more on the music side of things – we don’t miss the ‘9 to 5’ at all!

It’s always sad when relationships turn sour, but every cloud (as they say) has a silver lining. Sometimes it’s best to get it out of your system and then move on… and if that means writing a song, so be it. Hence, the new song ‘Long Time Gone’ is shaping up very nicely. We started it late last year, but haven’t been able to find time to arrange it until now. We’re throwing ideas around, and some seem to stick better than others. Watch this space for jiva as you’ve probably never heard them before (unless you happened to be among the select few who heard an early draft after a glass or two of wine… hic!).

They (whoever ‘they’ might be) also say that it takes 10 years to become an overnight success. As jiva first sang in public on 10th August 2003, we reckon this year must be the one. We’ve certainly served a goodly apprenticeship over the intervening 9 years and 5 months since then.

QUIZ TIME – what was the first song we sang on that Sunday evening on our jiva performing debut? We’ll think of a prize for the first person with the correct answer.

Answers on a postcard please…

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