So after taking a hiatus from the blogosphere for a while, I am amazed to discover that the blog has been trundling along under it's own steam without my hand anywhere near the tiller.

For some reason, December was a new record month for visitors and page views and I have a whole host of new subscribers - despite not writing a single post all month!

Yes, it seems that I am not as important to my own blog as I think I am. In fact, PlayJazz seems to be carrying on just fine without me! Unfortunately I don't think I'm ready to accept the fact that things won't actually fall to bits if I'm not here so, as regular readers will notice, I've given the old place a bit of a dust and a lick of paint and decided it's time to pick up the proverbial pen and get back in the equally proverbial saddle.

But before I start the usual musical postulating and prevaricating, ranting and relating, it would be remiss of me to not to wish all my readers a very happy, successful and swingin' 2012.

Whether you're an old friend or one of the new visitors and subscribers who have popped in during my absence, thanks for supporting the blog and I look forward to our conversations in the year ahead.

Right, I'm off to write a post. See you in a bit...