For the very first time in my life. I have won a prize. Yes folks, I have won a lottery! What kind of lottery, you might ask. A very strange one indeed! I was in need of some dental work, and was busy checking prices on the Internet to see what the cost of cosmetic dentistry would be. To my shock and horror, I found that just to have one tooth implanted would cost around 2000 pounds in the UK: unbelievable!
However, I persevered, and finally came across a company in Prague in the Czech Republic who have got some seriously good credentials and their prices are nowhere near the cost of the ludicrous prices charged in the UK. The company is called Europa International. Whilst I was browsing their site, I noticed that they were running a competition and, being of a curious nature, I decided to enter. I only really did it for a giggle, but one month later I received an e-mail proclaiming the joyous news that I had actually won the competition! Unbelievable, but it gets better. I had actually won 6000 pounds worth of cosmetic surgery! From there, things started to really take off .
One of our local newspapers took an interest in the situation, and did a piece on my good fortune. The next thing was that I was contacted by a promoter who asked if I would be interested in playing in Prague. And of course the answer is yes! And it looks very much like they will be doing some kind of a documentary following me around for a little while
- to watch the gig and the preparation for my forthcoming surgery, and
- to film the actual surgery and me having my face and teeth knocked about and, of course, the final result.
Plenty of very kind comments about my appearance on Never Mind the BuzzCocks last October, which apparently has been repeated two or three times now. I just hope they ask me back again, but this time as a panel member!
A company called Impact Films have been in touch with me regarding an interview for the forthcoming Jethro Tull DVD. At this moment in time, I am still awaiting news from Ian Anderson as to the timing of this jolly event! I'm sure he'll get round to it in his own good time. From all accounts, it sounds like a really excellent project and similar ones that Impact Films have already done made great headway in the DVD charts.
It also looks like there is some interest in a project which I did a few years back called A Midsummer Night's Dream. For those of you out there who have this particular CD, you will know that my original intention for this piece of work was simply from my youngest son, Nick, who was 11 years old at the time and playing the lead part of Oberon the fairy King in his school production. The school asked me if I would be so kind as to provide the music and I dutifully obliged. It was a real pleasure doing it and, to be honest, When the whole thing was finished I was very pleased with it. The school did a fine job of it, naturally. I was also very proud of my son's performance, because he's such a good lad too!
I'm still working very hard getting some new songs together for the forthcoming 2008 album and naturally I'm staying on track with all the kind of music that I love - i.e. blues, soul, gospel, country, but all grounded in my style of rock music. As I've had a couple of turbulent years, I feel that I have plenty to write about again. Let's wait and see - and hope that you enjoy the finished product.
That's about as much as I can think of at this moment in time, and it just remains to wish you all well, and thank you for your continued loyalty and support.
Cheers, and God Bless you all.
Mick Abrahams, July 2007