Still Recovering…

A winter cold. This one has been particularly harsh, dampening my mood and the birthday celebrations on St Patrick’s Day. I spent most of St Patrick’s Day in bed before heading to my local pub with friends to celebrate with whisky and wine – although I felt much better in the morning.

I keep busy with work and language studies (French, German, Russian). At the moment, I’m polishing my piano repertoire with the First Polonaise by Franz Liszt.

My third book, My Musical Journey by Lawrence Estrey, is now available as a paperback and online. An autobiography, the book details my musical aspirations and various struggles along the way. Do consider popping over to Amazon to catch a preview on Kindle!


A Winter Virus

Finally, I’ve succumbed to a winter virus and have spent the last few days resting at home, sleeping, taking paracetamol and piriton, and coughing away. The weather is miserable, but not too cold. I have a busy week ahead, so am hoping for a speedy recovery.

Till next time.

Snow, Cold, And A Wait

Storm EMMA has come and the temperatures have dipped. The snow has settled. Yesterday, I went to work and got back safely. The evening was freezing. The snow remains.

My latest book, an autobiography, My Musical Journey, is now available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and as a paperback from Amazon (US). I’m still waiting for the booksellers in the UK to stock the book. Another week or so, I expect.

My Musical Journey by Lawrence Estrey

A teenage boy. A piano. Aspirations and ruin.

The narrative touches on a number of topics, including gangs, post traumatic stress, and religion.

The Paperback Arrived Last Night

Well, not exactly. I came home from work at around nine last night, and the books were waiting for me in the hallway.

The proof copies of my autobiography, My Musical Journey by Lawrence Estrey.

Publishing can take a while. I’ve approved the book for distribution – meaning another short wait before the title appears on various bookseller sites.

In the meantime, readers can access the kindle version on amazon.

About My Musical Journey

No spoilers. The narrative touches on a number of themes, revolving around a personal journey that involves huge struggles at times, leaving the author hypothetically viewing half a glass of water (life) as half-full some days and half-empty others.

My Book’s On Kindle

Hi, I’m still waiting for the paperback copy of my book My Musical Journey by Lawrence Estrey, but the eBook version is now available on amazon Kindle.

The book tells my life story, paying particular emphasis to music – in particular, the piano and concert performance.

It feels strange going through the whole self-publishing process a third time, but I think it’s worth it.

Till next time.

Waiting For My New Book

Publishing often involves waiting, and I expect my latest book will be available by the end of the month. Hopefully. I always find the waiting especially difficult.

My Musical Journey by Lawrence Estrey tells my story as a piano player, although parts of the narrative relate to other issues.

Coming Soon!

My Musical Journey, an autobiography, tells of my attempts to throw off the past and settle for a career in music.

The paperback should be available on Amazon in about two weeks.

The Blog, Nine Years On

Nine years ago, I started a WordPress blog. Somehow, I’ve managed to continue posting regularly, several times a month, for nearly a decade.

I don’t always know what to blog about. Some people would say, “blog about whatever is on your mind”. I think this probably works as a general principle. Whatever the case, I look forward to many more years of blogging.

I’m also working on a sister blog, a musical autobiography based on my piano training and musical journey. I eventually hope to publish some of the posts as a paperback.

Another Year, And Some Wisdom

Another year approaches. 2018. The past decade has gone quickly.

What lessons did I learn during 2017? Taking time out at least twice a day to practise breathing exercises. As soon as I neglected the exercises, my stress levels rose and kept on rising.

The exercises should be simple. Slow and easy breathing moving towards a longer exhale. Breath counting. Pursed lips breathing. Ocean breath. Coherent breathing (equal length inhales and exhales) at five or six breaths per minute.

Ease. Regular practice, five to ten minutes, twice a day. People can choose any of the exercises or combine. There are no rules – although people with medical conditions will need to seek advice on contraindications (usually this applies to breath holding or to more energetic breathing techniques not listed above).

Happy 2018.