Springing into action!

So now I’m trying to get stuff out there to cover the investments made by others.  I am, therefore, being very proactive going to a lot of job interviews and have nearly finished some videos for the new album which I shall post shortly on my youtubechannel.

CD cover of 'Good Fortune, Bad Weather' Photograph by Michael Seymour

Inside of 'Good Fortune, Bad Weather' CD

To pre-order the album which is presently taking up a lot of space in my room please click here

I am selling them for £6.50 and I believe this to be a bargain bearing in mind my writing partner and producer’s tireless work in its creation (a lot of it without me) David Baron and all the musicians involved who I have mentioned before.  It also includes postage which is about a pound of that.  It will include ‘several’ old postcards or photographs from my collection many of which are quite valuable and as I have only about 800 CDs to sell you will be owner of a limited edition.  The official release date is now 21st May 2012 and that is when I will have it digitally available.

The video for ‘Sanctuary’ is at the top of my video page and was directed by Andrew Marshall.  It is available now to buy now on itunes.  Whilst making the video I was reading Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance, and features a Pontiac Firebird which is pretty rare in this country and if you like cars then it’s car porn for you!  Maybe I should send it to Jeremy Clarkson!

'Life at The Top' by John Braine (this edition issued by the Book Club, 121 Charing Cross Road) Copyright John Braine 1962

I have gone through all my emails since 2008 and compiled what must be my mailing list and, therefore, I will be sending an email.  I never bothered to make one up and I know I have barely contacted anyone on it in the last couple of years but I am hoping that amongst those who were touched by my music then, will continue to be now.  Also if you are interested in joining it there is a box on the home page you can put in your email.

'False Scent' by Ngaio Marsh This Edition Issued by The Book Club 1961

Casio have very kindly given me the new WK 7500 and here it is (as you can see I’m really quite keen to create some more space here:

This was the songbook that came from my last casio so it was quite old and my excitement can be understood…

Easy ABC Music for Electronic Keyboards Michael Jackson Greatest Hits published by Warner Bros Publications INC 265 Secaucus Road Secaucus NJ

I feel very positive about the future.  A song called ‘Lucky’ is on a film called ‘Exit Strategy’ that is having it’s premier in March in LA and therefore I need to create a video which I began today.

In regards to my London jaunts, I watched with awe at Hugh Cornwell at the Bush Hall performing from his massive back catalogue of great songs from his time in the Stranglers, to his solo albums and from his forthcoming album ‘Totem and Taboo’.

Hugh Cornwell at Bush Hall 2nd February 2012

He is presently in the States on tour (followed by dates in Europe) with Clem Burke, Glen Matlock amongst others and it is definitely worth catching them if you can…

From 'We Can Be Heroes Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion London Clubland 1976-1984' by Graham Smith & Chris Sullivan

From Alistair Cooke's America published by The British Broadcasting Corporation 35 Marylebone High Street London 1973 Photograph by M Rougier, TL Picture Agency "When the autmobile hath wrought "The Speedway" in Tuscon, Arizona. The Mayor of the city considers this to be the ugliest street in America"

I emailed Peter Murphy recently and he is heading to Las Vegas:

From Alistair Cooke's America published by The British Broadcasting Corporation 35 Marylebone High Street London 1973 Photograph by A. Clifton-Black Star "In their dressing room at Las Vegas club, where the floor show offers gamblers a break from the serious business of losing money, showgirls check their makeup and exiguous costumes before going on stage."

I also revisted the 80s with my friend down in some pub basement in Soho to honour the release of a book called “We Can Be Heroes Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion, London Clubland 1976-1984’ Photography, design & Interviews by Graham Smith, Text by Chris Sullivan, Forwards by Boy George, Steve Strange and Gary Kemp with Introduction by Robert Elms. Click here for more information.  I have to say ‘Ashes to Ashes’ by David Bowie which featured many from the era is possibly one of my  favourite videos ever.

'We Can Be Heroes Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion London Clubland 1976-1984' by Graham Smith, Chris Sullivan and Introduction by Robert Elms

I saw a few Blitz kids, I saw Phil Dirtbox and the legendary club promoter Philip Salon and spoke to the photographer Graham Smith who was most self effacing.  He just happened to be there taking the photographs.  I had no idea, for example, that Sade had come out of that scene.

Inside cover of We Can Be Heroes Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion by Graham Smith, Chris Sullivan and Introduction by Robert Elms

I also saw BJ Cole who spends a lot of time on my CD player, performing with Hank Wangford who was hilarious and a revelation.  He is also a gynaecologist, which is quite interesting and I believe he is from Suffolk.  He had a great band with him performing that night.  The Putney Moon has had a face lift – I couldn’t’ believe it.  I hope to play there again some day!

Now I have come to the end of my video making which has taken up more time due to having to convert each time the video I shoot, I am now ready to jump onto my keyboard rather than into it’s box!

It’s been a long journey from recording at the Edison Hotel (in the secret beautiful studio in the art deco hotel) where I first recorded mostly songs for ‘Everyman’ but I’m proud of it and as I always say it’s the journey that counts.

New York's Art Deco Gem Hotel Edison - In the heart of Times Square- Broadway Theatre District, close to cultural and tourist attractions and many corporate headquarters. Restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, exercise room and business centre

I’m looking forward to seeing Isabel Monteiro who writes a great blog and her band Drugstore and the incredibly underrated Chris Smither again in the next few months.  And talking about the lack of any male singers coming through I have to say I really like Kurt Vile.  You can get a free track from his site.

So here’s a nice hors d’oeuvres do for Spring:

Spring Menu 21 from 'Good Housekeeping Menus' The National Magazine Company Ltd 1954

Spring is nearly here!

Photograph of Bluebell Wood from anonymous photograph album from Wales and Borders 1960s

Useful…

The Microfibre Turbie Towel The wrap that wont fall off your head! Country Club Glamour Essentials from my local Savers store

I love this photograph from the same anonymous album:

Photograph of Cat from anonymous photograph album from Wales and Borders 1963

And a curious find..

Stereo Realist Manual by Willard D Morgan and Henry M Lester published by Morgan & Lester 101 Park Avenue New York 17 N.Y. First Edition October 1954

Stereo Realist Manual Inside Back Cover by Willard D Morgan and Henry M Lester published by Morgan & Lester 101 Park Avenue New York 17 N.Y. First Edition October 1954

The first 3-D book …

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Part time artist based in London
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