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Saturday question #45: Looking back at 2009 and hopes for 2010

Last week, there was obviously no Saturday question, as sending a little love in return was much more important (and that post will be open for a long time, so send a heart if you have not done so yet), but since people appear to be very interested - and can probably guess what it is going to be this time - here it is.

This week's question was asked by our friend Bojana, a long-term site contributor and an awesome moderator over there at Your forum is glued to a site on fire. I'm pasting it here in its entiety:

OK, 2009 is almost over..what happened to you during this year that you'll remember? You can talk/write about your life, or in general..from your highs and lows to Obama or John..whatever had the impact on your life. Also, do you maybe make lists of things you want to do in 2010?

You can answer this on the board, as well. You should also see the question from two weeks ago, as the poor thing got no attention, given that things were happening.

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  • Caleb

    I started dating my girlfriend at the beginning of the year. That's pretty memorable.

    My band recorded an EP which is pretty sweet. Oh and The Empyrean came out. Which is great. I hope to see a lot of great new music in 2010

    Haven't had any real lows.

    But I hope 2010 will bring good fortune for my band. If by "to do lists" you mean resolutions, I don't really make resolutions cause I always forget. But I would love to go to Europe over the summer. Not likely to happen, but just a thought 😛

    Great Question

  • Bojana

    Then I'll start it here, as well 🙂
    2009 was probably the best year for me, on so many levels. I have some of the greatest friends one can ever have, and I'm really proud of them. And I'm sure everyone knows what made this year so special for me..of course, the thing I was waiting for - I was at the Lily's concert, and I could talk about it for days and days (but I'm trying not to), I was even the only one who got the setlist (and much more), etc. so I'll stop here <3 But speaking of concerts, I'm so glad I had a chance to see the RHCP live, with John..that's obviously something that marked the end of this year..now that it's official, we can only hope for more of his solo stuff. And knowing that he hasn't toured (solo) for quite a while, I really appreciate more the fact that I heard/saw him live.. ^_^
    As for 2010..I don't have that many wishes..maybe to travel a bit more B)
    Happy holidays to all of you! 🙂 Especially to Iva, Gurps, and Sue <3

    • Bojana

      Huh..I forgot The Empyrean..what a beginning and what an end of the year. 😐

    • Iva

      Hvala lepo! <3
      My recent post But…but, I am NINE!

  • raquel

    Empyrean came out that changed my life completley made me who I am today I have no list wtvr happens happens lifes a bath

  • I passed from a bad year where I complained a lot, to a worse year where I complained less and took things from another perspective, more calmed. I'm still deciding if this is good or bad, but I can say I've matured... so it's kinda positive. Whatever. It's been "a year".
    My recent post {canción} אמת / מת (Emet / met)

  • Oh, and about resolutions, just the same I do every year: DO MY BEST
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  • Iva

    I complained about 2008 a lot for no particular reason. Then there was 2009, the year that came to me while I was asleep in the living room armchair with my mouth open (had a rough day at work, in this part of the world, everyone who works in retail business - or in marketing/internet sector related to a retail business like me - gets REALLY tired for New Year's Eve as we're really traditional about Christmas and we mostly give all gifts on 31st December instead) and it had a jump-start. January was a strange month but it made my New Year's resolution come true, in a way so unique and strange that I will probably remember it all my life. But everything after that was a large loss - the branch I worked for went out of business and we never got six last salaries, dad almost died, first cousin almost died, didn't even leave the city.

    And December? Regardless of what people say; to me, this month is great. I would've gladly lived this year with only January, the first half of February, the day in July I got my certificate and December again. Everything else can go fuck itself and it'd better do so NOW.

    The only thing I really liked about 2009 was a good share of maturity I gained. Learnt to respect some people much more, not to give a flying frog about what some others are saying, learnt to distinguish those who deserve something from me from those who do not.
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  • Roy

    2009... it was a bitch and a half for me my aunt died, my gf broke up with me, John left the chilis, lost my job.. I swear it was horrible... 2010 has to be better. I did recently join a band so that is good. In 2010 I hope all the these things resolve themselves and I learn to deal with things in a more...idk how you say interesting and calm way?? Maybe John will rejoin the chilis.... MAYBE!! doubt it.. but o well.

  • shalhevet

    well, in 2009 the empyrean came out and i was blown away by it. and john said he left the chili peppers. my hopes for 2010 are to hear more great music from the red hot chili peppers as well as from john and maybe to get to see them live. i also look forward to see "spider and son" the new HBO series based on anthony's bio scar tissue. that's all. happy 2010!

  • Femme Fatale

    well on the whole a strange and possibly the most significant year of my life...
    discovering music and tripping out when i heard the empyrean (i dont use drugs)
    listing to 10albums a day in the summer
    Learning to play guitair
    Thinking in a more philosophical way and maturing working on being a better person
    my friend dying at just 18

    Life makes you grow up fast....

  • Manu1236

    In 2008 I discovered a lot of new things of life, like playing live with a band and another things, It was very exciting; in contrast, 2009 was more calmed. 2009 in my country was in a way a very extrange year (the epidemias of dengue, A H1N1 influencia etc; a very prolongued vacations cause of that, and a lot of things more). This year I listen A LOT of music, I open my ear in so many ways. Also I get a lot of fun wth my friends, in this year I reforce my unions with they. It got's lows like the death of my dear grandmother. It wasn't a great year, but also it wasn't bad, I said, it was a very strange year.

    For the 2010 I hope best my guitar playing (like every year jaja), also my inglish, play a lot with bands, had fun, discover new things, and over anything, be happy as can be.

  • Amara

    2009 was a crazy year in many ways. There were good and bad things and things I didn't know what they were good for just then. The Empyrean was one of the good things. Then came a time which was mostly exhausting, much to learn. In May I met my boyfriend, but he only stayed with me for a crazy month. In June I failed to graduate which was so strange as I was actually really good in school. In summer I flew to L.A. with my sister and we spent two funny weeks there. In October I repeated my graduation and began to study (translation studies and I know who's responsible for that: Iva!) which was really exhausting at the beginning because I missed the first month and all the things they tell you at the beginning of the year. In fall I also started to learn Swedish and I worked on my Spanish knowledge. In September I met some new people who were really good for my psychic health and our band finally found a worthy guitarist.

    For 2010, I hope for the best as always=)

    • Iva

      I'm flattered, thank you. 🙂
      My recent post But…but, I am NINE!

    • Nemi

      Jag hoppas att det har gått bra för dig med Svenskan trots att det är ett ganska komplicerat språk på många sätt, vilket jag inte förstod förrän för något år sedan. T.ex.; hur man ska skilja mellan en och ett kan inte vara lätt om man inte har språket som modersmål 😉 if you understand? 😀

      • Amara

        I just understand parts of it because as I said: I just started learning Swedish in October and the only things I can do is asking about names, hobbies, food and stuff like that=)

  • 9, the magic number as Jack Black says in "School of Rock". Well, I'm pretty sure that's right, because this year was like a medal. Whatever I started or what happened offered me both superlative sides, the good and the bad one:
    Own tracks with my main-bands - but serious problems with our "docent", great hopes that turned into great depression after a couple of hours, a lot of emotion, a lot of coldness, finding new friends - but losing old ones, some people gave all their love - but others kicked diamonds with feet, and so on. Maybe this year had the sweetest and most hurting moments up to now.
    The Empyrean can be given as an example, too. It was the beginning and the end of this crazy year and I think it became the most important record for me and reminding the way John discribed its story fits perfectly.

  • A magazine called this decade "The lost decade". But that isn't true at all. The point is that we have to take a look at what happened, what was good and what was bad and learn. Then we can say that the ten years we passed were very gainful and the next will be even better.
    Those are my hopes for 2010. There are several things I can end happily after all these years to begin something unbelievable awesome. I'll give it a try so that I can't complain in 365 days.

    Sorry if I have been too overwhelmed by the memories - and the falling snow ;). Happy new year!

  • Sue

    2009 has been a difficult but important year for me. It began with a family crisis in January that shook me to the core, but which was ameliorated somewhat by the release of The Empyrean, which I love. It has been a year when the importance of family and friends has been brought home to me like never before and where my emotional resilience has taken a battering. It ended in December, with the successful resolution of the issue that began in January; with an inspiring trip to Sydney to attend talks by the Dalai Lama, and with news that John left the RHCP.

    On the one hand, this felt like the end of an era, but it also opens up new (and hopefully exciting) chapters in the separate careers of both John and the band. I look forward to following the continuing stories of both...I hope that 2010 brings slightly less dramas and good health, new challenges and new possibilities for us all. x

  • :-)

    John you rock!

  • emptysoul

    09,09,09....what a year...some pretty great things happened (of course some less good). A thing everybody here mentioned: The Empyrean. What a groundbreaking record, really inspired me for some nice songs that I wrote and came up with in jams. Musically, I really evolved this year. Learned new ways of playing and looking at music as well as hearing it. Bought some great records (Wolfmothers 'Cosmic Egg', DMX's 'Year Of The Dog Again' and ' Grand Champ', N.A.S.A, Queen, Pulp Fiction OST and some more). Had wonderful jams with friends, met some really nice funny people with whom I became good friends with. Yeah, it was a good year. Of course there are bad things, but complaining about them now wouldn't make them dissapear or solve themselves. That's life, and it goes on.

    Hope for next xear...happines and health for me and me loved ones and succes in every I try to do (but in the end that's up to me)

    Sorry if this was a bit long...ouh, almost forgot xD My christmas present really made my year. It was the book 'Me And My Friends' (the RHCP one) with a real signature of Chad Smith xD Awesome

  • emptysoul

    09,09,09....what a year...some pretty great things happened (of course some less good). A thing everybody here mentioned: The Empyrean. What a groundbreaking record, really inspired me for some nice songs that I wrote and came up with in jams. Musically, I really evolved this year. Learned new ways of playing and looking at music as well as hearing it. Bought some great records (Wolfmothers 'Cosmic Egg', DMX's 'Year Of The Dog Again' and ' Grand Champ', N.A.S.A, Queen, Pulp Fiction OST and some more). Had wonderful jams with friends, met some really nice funny people with whom I became good friends with. Yeah, it was a good year. Of course there are bad things, but complaining about them now wouldn't make them dissapear or solve themselves. That's life, and it goes on.

    Hope for next xear...happines and health for me and me loved ones and succes in every I try to do (but in the end that's up to me)

    Sorry if this was a bit long...ouh, almost forgot xD My christmas present really made my year. It was the book 'Me And My Friends' (the RHCP one) with a real signature of Chad Smith xD Awesome

  • Mackem

    2009 was a great year for me. Obviously, the release of The Empyrean was a highlight, but I'll remember this year as the year I really started to focus on my band. Hopefully, this will yield a successful 2010!

    Also in 2010, I must find the courage to tell my best friend that I've fallen in love with her.....what fun...

  • Will

    2009 has been a good year for me. Along with John releasing The Empyrean, I finally got my band that I have been working on for three years started, and my best mate/bassist just got a Fleabass! I have progressed in guitar more this year after studying John's style and approach to playing than any other year, and we've still got two days left! Of course, the news that John has left the Chilis is saddening, but there is still a wealth of undiscovered Chilis music for me, namely the B-Side album from SA, "Venus" and the many wonderful live versions of Chili Pepper classics. 2010 promises to be an interesting year; I can't wait to see what happens to the band, if Josh does indeed replace John, and I look forward to more of John solo material, and also the older albums of his that I have yet to acquire.

    Have a good 2010, all! 🙂

    • Femme Fatale

      venus album is that just bootleg if so where can i get a copy?

  • Nemi

    oh shit I just wrote very much here and then it disappeared.
    It was about my entry to the beautiful rhcpworld, John catching me the first time I watched a video of them live, Flea sending a message to me, me staring in an English school, me cursing myself for not being a rhcpfan three years ago when they were playing in Sweden and these last five months where I've been sitting for hours everyday and just watched interviews with John and Red Hot Chili Peppers and I remember every single thing and I've been listening to so much music and learnt so much lyrics and sung along to so many solos and I am completely lost into Red Hot Chili Peppers.
    My grandfather died a month ago.
    Two months ago I started playing the guitar just by myself and I love it and my sister said that I was really good for somebody who has only played for two months... that made me happy. John inspired me.
    I hope that 2010 will tell things. About RHCP with Josh, how it's going...about myself, about my friends and my two sisters.
    And

    • Nemi

      it's not supposed to be "and" there, I don't know why it says "and" I didn't write it XD

  • well, lots of love!! I was really happy this year.. omg! it's snowing!! haha, thank you!!! hope to keep following you next year <3:*^_^

  • 2009 was pretty good, overall. My record label Sort Of Records released two albums on vinyl, which I've dreamed about doing for some time, and one of those was the album by Pairdown, the group that I play in. I went out on the road four times promoting the LP, and as a result, it was one of the best sellers in the history of the label!

    I went to a bunch of cities this year that I don't normally travel to very often : Toronto, Chicago, Louisville, Portland (ME)... started a new blog about acoustic guitar (Work & Worry), bought my first new (to me) acoustic guitar since 2002 (a fancy Larrivée OM that I'm very fond of), loaned my Stratocaster to a friend for about six months, and got it back just recently.

    Though I wasn't totally thrilled with a lot of new releases (as Iva knows, I'm one of those who was very let down by John's new record) I did pick up on some older music that moved me very much. I spent a lot of time with Scottish folk singer Archie Fisher's records, and also got into Kaki King quite a bit. I went the entire year without going full-on into a John/RHCP phase, that is until just recently, where I've been spinning BSSM and SCWP a lot. Other notable musical obsessions were the new Mastodon record, everything and anything by The Misfits, and old Thrasher magazine "Skate Rock" compilations... which reminds me, I skated more in 2009 than the last 10 years combined, having bought a new "old school" board, with big wheels, perfect for commuting!

    My girlfriend Minette and I also kept on developing our handbag business, Ray-Min Shoulderware, and those efforts are now culminating in a series of new designs and new projects. Exciting stuff (for me, anyway!)

    Hope everyone has a great new year and a great 2010. I have a lot of things that I plan to do, including further developing the record label, recording a second Pairdown LP, learning some CSS and XHTML, going on a couple of tours, playing a couple shows in the UK... hope I can fit it all in!
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