Glory Hallelujah

Glory Hallelujah

It is my birthday today (February 12th). Somehow I have reached 45 years of age, which is significant for many reasons. The majority of my readers will realise that I live with a progressive, genetic disease of the nervous system known as Friedreich’s Ataxia. The median age of death for those of us with this condition is just 35. Forgive me for being rather proud that I have flourished and thrived way past my sell-by-date.

I remain determined to get as much as possible out of my life and believe it is my duty to do so in memory of those fellow Ataxians who have not been as fortunate as myself. Of course, I need extra support as I get older to be able to achieve my ambitions – I cannot do things alone, which is the same for all of us.

I am still looking for technical and artistic assistance. I wrote about this in a blog last week, which can be found here.

It has been a busy few days as I have also joined Buy Me A Coffee, which is the best way for creators and artists to accept support and membership from their fans. You can Buy Me A Coffee by clicking here. I am not resting there and I hope to do my own Etsy shop. Stay tuned for further updates.

Once I develop these ideas and find additional support, there will be no stopping me as I aim to achieve so much more in the next bonus decade. I can proudly boast that I have written two books, been awarded an honorary fellowship at Glyndwr University and run a successful political campaign to #SaveWILG.

There is so much more to come and lets hope that 2022 is a year to remember for us all.

From Wikipedia:

Teleman are an English indie pop band formed in London in 2011. The group consists of Thomas Sanders (vocals, guitar), Pete Cattermoul (bass) and Hiro Amamiya (drums).

Pete Cattermoul and brothers Jonny and Thomas Sanders were previously members of indie band Pete and the Pirates.[2] Following the disbanding of that group in 2011, the three started writing and recording new music under the name Teleman, adding drummer Hiro Ama. The band’s name inspired by an album in a charity shop by composer Georg Philipp Telemann.[3][4]

Teleman’s debut single Cristina was released in early 2013, with the debut album Breakfast coming in mid-2014, produced by Bernard Butler.[4] Further singles from the album included “23 Floors Up”, “Skeleton Dance” and “Mainline”. “Lady Low” from the record featured Stephen Black on saxophone. The band toured supporting SuedeMetronomyMaxïmo ParkKaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, and appeared in festivals including GlastonburyGreen ManEnd of the Road and Les Inrocks.[3][5]

In 2014 and 2015 Teleman toured Europe and the US, while preparing to record their second album. They released the stand-alone single “Strange Combinations” in March 2015. [6]

In 2016, they opened for Belle and Sebastian on tour.[citation needed]

Teleman’s second album, Brilliant Sanity, was released in April 2016. Two singles were released from it previously: “Fall in Time” and “Düsseldorf”.[7][8]

The band have been championed by radio presenter Marc Riley, who booked them for a session on his BBC 6 Music show in January 2013.[9] Two further sessions were recorded in 2014. They also appeared on his BBC Online music show “All Shook Up” in 2015 [10] and played four songs live in session on Riley’s show on 6 April 2016.[11] The group played two tracks live on Lauren Laverne‘s BBC 6 Music show 6 Music Live Room on 6 September 2018 promoting the release of their new album.[12]

On 15th September, 2020, the band announced that keyboard player Jonny had departed the band.[1]

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