Six months ago I decided to fulfill an ambition to write, record and release an album. I was working against time as I have Motor Neurone Disease - a horrible, terminal illness with no effective treatment or cure and an average life expectancy of between 2-5 years. The album is also part of a nationwide campaign of ‘optimism’ which raises money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Well, we finished the album and we are very proud of it. In fact it’s a good job we recorded when we did as I am now no longer able to play drums as my motor neurones die and my muscles weaken. Had I delayed the decision to go ahead with the recording and had my band mates been unable to commit their time, energies and talent at such short notice then ‘Alistair The Optimist’ would not have been completed – or if it had then it would have involved me pushing buttons and not actually playing on the tracks (not a very satisfying outcome).
The feedback from people who have bought the album has been very positive so far and we have even received a few 5* reviews. At the moment it is available as a download via itunes and Amazon with 22% of the proceeds going to the MND Association. A CD will also be able to buy from the MND Association online shop by the end of January, 100% of the profit will go to the MND Association.
In addition to the album you will soon be able to download the music and lyrics for all the songs on ‘Alistair The Optimist’ via this website. This means you will be able to sing and play along with the CD or even play and record your own versions of our tunes – brilliant!
I don’t want to spill all the beans about how we intend to market the CD, but I wanted to let you know that two music videos are currently in production (possibly a third soon) one of which is to be filmed in Los Angeles and the other in erm……..Somerset. We all hope the videos get lots of hits on YouTube and promote the message of ‘incurable optimism’ to the wider world.
Right, I’d better go…….I’m busy, busy, busy and typing this has taken ages – bloody useless fingers aaargh!