Saturday, January 06, 2007

It looks like my first solo EP is going to be out soon. After 3 months of fighting Pneumonia “uwe – alive and well” follows a request from my agent who thinks that there’s enough of you possums out there who want some of my “unplugged stuff” from live work. Well it’ll contain a few numbers from the Edinburgh Exchange gig in December last year.
It's also the first time I'm using my "real" name on a recording. After all the shit I had to put up with record companies and publishers over the years, I have only this to say tho them; with the words of Bender: "Kiss My Shiny Metal Robot Ass!" I own my name, you might think you do, but you're wrong! It's on my birth certificates and on my passport. I signed an agreement with you guys when I was 17 years old and didn't know better, now I'm 43, and lots of opportunities have passed me, but - no more, I've had enough. Sue me if you have the time and money, but don't bully me, cause I ain't being bullied. Email me if you like to find out more about what I'm on about...

Cheerio Possums

Happy New Year! - What can I say, it’s been a while since my last entry. The problem is that I’ve been traveling so much and had so little time to update my blog. I went to Brno in the Czech Republic twice since my last entry and I loved it there. In fact I love it there so much that I’ll be there again in a couple of weeks. Yes – I met somebody there I want to see again and again, but that is the case for (almost) everybody I met there. So here you go. Mike and I have decided to spread the Scottish virus a little and Brno seems like the perfect place. They already have a Scottish Enthusiast bunch there called “Scotsky Pes – Scotch Dog” and they celebrate just about every Scottish feast there is, hence we’re off there again for “Burns Nicht” on the 26th Jan (I know Burns Nicht (Nicht = night in Scotts) is really on the 25th but people work etc). I can’t wait to see all of my friends there again and one in particular.

Have a great time Possums

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

PHEW - What a night! I don't know how many people where there, but the place looked and felt busy. They were all dancing and singing with me, which is the greatest compliment a singer can get. I loved it. Bill's Jazzbar really is something else!
The band was awesome and if you'd ask me who would be my dream outfit, I'd say "My Band"! These guys are just so tight. We never played before in this formation; 2 guitars, 2 double basses, drums, piano and Hammond organ - WHAT A SOUND!

On a different note, I'm off with my friend Mike to the Czech Republic on the 1st & 2nd Dec, and I'm really looking forward to it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Willie Brown Blues LIFE in Edinburgh
10th /11th Nov 00:45H The Jazzbar, Chamber Street, Edinburgh

Come and see "...the most exciting Blues Band in the UK" (Edinburgh Festival News)
Back from eastern Europe we've come to "the source" to let you have a little glimpse of next year's tour. Willie Brown Blues are: Uwe Bartsch (guitars & vocals), Dave Series (guitars & vocals), Adam Sorensen (drums & vocals), and Paul Harrison (piano & organ), have come together for a preview of their "Tribute to Muddy Waters" tour which will launch in Poland in February 2007. An hour and a half of music from "the master" will make you dance & smile.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Hey there folks, it’s good to hear that somebody is actually reading my stuff. Bear in mind that this is my blog, meaning I say what I feel and think at the time. Take it whatever way you want, but most importantly, if you don’t like what’s written here, don’t read it it’s that easy. Anyway, a lot of things have happened since my last entry and I’m pleased to say that my current wife and I have been talking, although with some difficulty. Because of the sensitive nature of all of this I have decided to not talk about what happens between us for the moment.

I do want to say a couple of things in general here though; if I can give you any advice then don’t get involved with the boy/girlfriend of your ex, or if you must, be gentle! Remember he/she will be in love with her/him, will want to be there for her/him, and will be fed all sorts of things about your worse character trades. And you can be sure that they will outweigh your good ones; otherwise she/he wouldn’t have left you - right?

In my own situation I like to apologize to my ex’s guy about the way I reacted in a few situations, and I have done so already in person. We have spoken about things and I think we’re cool. I don’t think it was right what he’d done, but if I’d been in his skin I’d probably reacted in a similar way. You know in another lifetime he and I could have been mates, which is the sad thing really, but maybe a start…

Another thing I’d like to suggest is that you join a group. There will be a thousand reasons why things didn’t work between you and your missus/geezer, and if there are any “unpleasant bits” about you, go and talk about it. I mean join Alcoholics Anonymous, Food Disorder Meetings, Men/Women who batter their wives/husbands, Men/women who are being battered, Men/women who found out they’re actually homosexual, Cheaters’ Anonymous, anything, there’ll be a group somewhere that’s for you. Talking helps! Not talking means bottling it up and swallowing the pressure, and we all know what happens to over-pressurised containers? They burst. Not a good idea! The other thing is that most of our behaviour will find a root in our childhood, and without sounding too much like Piaget, or Freud, a bad childhood is no excuse for bad behaviour in adulthood. So if you find that one or some of your more embarrassing trades has/have contributed to your marriage/partnership failing then speak to somebody. See your GP and ask him about men/women wellbeing organisations, or search the internet. I’ll add some links here soon.

Anyway, that’s it for now. If you know me and want a personal update get in touch and I’ll tell you (or not). Until the next time - take care my Possums!...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Another week has passed since my last entry here, and it’s been interesting. I’ve been getting slowly but surely netter. Although the strange thing is, that I’m still very breathless. I’m told that’s normal and to be expected. So if you’ve had any experiences with viral pneumonia, I’d like to hear from you.

The situation with my current wife seems to get a little better since I’ve asked my solicitor to deal with it. I had my little girl (9 years) over yesterday and it was great. She really enjoyed the attention and so did I. She hasn’t been here for over 3 weeks now and she immediately knew where she was. It was quite touching. It got a bit tense when I had to bring her downstairs to the current Mrs GroovyUwe’s car, because the last time I saw her on my own, I ended up being attacked by her boyfriend (see prev.entry). Anyway, it was nice to see my wee girl andI’m seeing her again on Friday.

Hang in there Possums!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Without Prejudice

So there we are. Another weekend has gone and I’m a bit bamboozled because some strange things occurred this weekend with my current wife. I won’t go into details here, so if you want to know about it call or visit me and we can talk, but I’d like to offer some advice to all those separated folk out there. Don’t ever meet with your current spouses on your own! They will twist and turn things, until they convinced themselves and others that you’re the meanest bastard around, even if you only try to reason with them to stick to arrangements for example. Of course it will be your word against hers, but who believes the guy anyway, when she tells everybody you’ve been dragging her around the floor by her hair etc? The other thing is, please keep the kids away if you must meet, because the resentment between you and your ex can be so great that either of you can easily forget that your little one is actually in the same room etc.

Oh, and one more thing, stay away from your ex’s respective boy or girlfriend. They’ve been told all about you and your worst character traits, and more than not things will be hugely exaggerated, so they won’t be nice to you when you do meet. In my case, I was actually attacked in front of my little boy (6 years old) in my own home. I open the door of my flat to find, to my surprise, the Neanderthal boyfriend of my ex. charging in to my own home assaulting me. Calling the police won’t help if you don’t have any independent witnesses, so you might as well piss against the wind. Of course it’s even more ironic to be attacked by a violent geezer when you yourself are supposed to be the violent one. The very fact that the new chap on the scene is actually behaving in exactly the way that your ex is saying you were like, doesn’t seem to bother anybody. It’s a funny odd world.

Anyway – peace, rice and vegetables Possums

Friday, September 15, 2006

For Allen Ginsberg

War-child comes to mind
As you sit there on the stage
Did you really invent flower power
Or did flower power invent you

Your helper is turning the pages
You chant, sing and read
Alone you're still on that stage
Speaking of middle-aged queers

You practice the dharma
You are the philosopher
When we are almost forgetting
You remind us of what

You describe the ways of our times
You return inside yourself
Forgive us for not listening
Thank you for speaking out

(c) 15th Sep 2006 Uwe Bartsch. All rights reserved.