Last year was a hard year for many of us, devastating for some… and we can only hope things will get better as we move into a new year.

We’ve personally lost some people very dear to us, and it hasn’t been easy to manage work and the household while having all four of the kids at home during two lockdowns and a summer vacation in the middle. Still, we are safe and healthy, and for this we are grateful.

I hope you had a good holiday season and the new year started off well!

Somehow I still managed to post over 5,000 news items in 2020. I’ve been running Rekkerd for more than 15 years now, and I guess it has become a place for me where I can forget the chaos and difficulties around me. What a blessing to have a job that you enjoy doing.

However, when I look back at what I wrote last year, it turns out I completely missed my goal of spending more time doing fun things.

My wife has told me countless times over the year, stop pushing so much and do the things you really like to do. And she’s right. It’s time to make some changes. We haven’t had a proper vacation in 8 or 9 years and sometimes it does feel like I’m continuously working, trying to keep up with all the news, promotions and countless emails.

So moving forward, I am going to be curating and compressing the news so that I can spend more time on doing reviews, creating free sound packs, checking out gear, and making sure to spend more time on non-work things. I am not totally sure how this all will take shape, but we’ll see how it goes.

I want to thank all of you who frequent Rekkerd, comment and write emails, take part in contests, follow me on my social channels, support me on Patreon, and click banners and affiliate links on the site, which support my work.

I do hope you will join me on my journey to a “new” Rekkerd, and I wish you peace, love & heaps of musical joy for 2021!