2017 Goals / by Simeon Smith

I’ve been pondering this all day, because, well, 2016 was, musically speaking, a great year for me. I got commissioned to make music and films with all the artistic freedom I could desire. I worked with some of my favourite artists… It’s all been amazing. It feels frivolous to put targets on productivity when the things I look back on from 2016 that were the most amazing kind of fell out of the sky.

A lot of my personal goals are related to my mental health, but once again my major depressive episodes don’t seem caused by anything much, but rather seem to come and go like storms in the skies (8-week long storms, but still).

Still I like that Picasso quote “La inspiración existe, pero tiene que encontrarte trabajando.”

So I guess these are wishes, rather than goals, I’ll work towards them, but I’m under no impression that my successes are down to anything but luck.

I’d love to do a solo release for a label this year. I’ve worked on so many releases for other people recently, and rather selfishly I’d like to do a bigger release myself. Once again, though, I’ve been sending my stuff to labels for years, and never had the right kind of interest.

I’d like to collect some of the articles I’ve written for photography websites into a book. I guess this is something that I could complete solo.

I’d like to make my music further afield. I’ve loved gigging more this year, especially in London and Bristol. For someone who lives in the back of beyond in Wales, it’s a big deal for me! I’d love to travel further and play music to new audiences.

Keep me accountable, people! Ask me how these wishes are going!

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