The album ‘Good Fortune, Bad Weather’ written with David Baron who also produced is continuing to get good reviews including **** in the Irish Times. It means a lot to me. In the meantime I’ve been working harder than ever in my day job which has meant my efforts to promote it myself have been minimal. However, as the Summer approaches I will get more time. I am most interested now in getting my performance to be the best it can be.
The skies continue to cry just like I predicted. My obsession with the weather started about six years ago. I used to take the month of August off to work on music rather than go abroad. Each Summer has got worse.
I remember the smell, the strawberries, grassy eyes melted ice cream the tinkling noises and sitting in an old Victorian metal tub for hours. I don’t think it’s my imagination.
Is it something to do with the sun and the atmosphere. If you ever go to Prague you have to see the Astronomical clock.
Two films I can’t get out of my head are Lars Von Triers ‘Melancholia’ and a strange small film called ‘Another Earth’. In the former, the planets are represented in the individual characters and Melancholia is Earth. Both are beautiful films.
I managed to watch the wonderful Diamond Jubilee boats on the river Thames quite by fluke. My friend happened to be around and sitting in their flat overlooking the Thames so I got a great view. They didn’t even know it was going on until they woke up to the sound of fog horns! I have to admit information was a bit hazy as to where and when things were going on. I’m doing a film for Mister Lighter with some of my shots.
Robbie Williams performing ‘Mack The Knife’ was quite a highlight. It was only the week before that my friend had told me the song was about a serial killer called ‘Mack The Knife’ by Bobby Darin. I hadn’t really listened to the lyrics. It was hilarious the way he put members of the younger Royal Family in the song as Mack’s victims! This is from Granta Magazine which I have started to collect.
I’m excited to be playing on Friday the 6th July at a wonderful evening organised by Guy Sangster Adams at a beautiful building called the Horse Hospital. It is a mixed evening of film, poetry and talks so I will be playing a very short set on my guitar but I’m looking forward to it immensely. He runs a fantastic magazine called Plectrum.
In regards to other performances I did my first rehearsal yesterday in a studio and was very pleased with the results although Louise and I both nearly fainted in there for lack of oxygen and the damp smell has seeped through my clothes in a really resonating way. We are playing our first gig at the Elgin in Ladbroke Grove on Wednesday 27th June, which is free to get in and my album launch – I think it will be a great night.
I can’t stop watching the news. Europe is in crisis. Here are some postcards from Europe that remind us of sunnier days.
I found a couple of postcards to Connie from Peter – she is married and works at Superintendents Office LTE in Chiswick the one with the kisses on it must have been given to her by hand as it was not posted:
I also met a lady who is part of the Tooting Bec Lido group of swimmers who swim all year round. I couldn’t find a postcard of this Lido which is enormous but here’s Hyde Park. Once a year they follow the idea of the ‘Swimmer’ the film which starred Burt Lancaster. They go across London swimming across several of the Lidos.
I spent the weekend in Suffolk and really enjoyed the exhibition called ‘Snap’ there.
Here is a video I forgot to post on my video page. I slowed it down as much as I could. Originally the dog was in it but he didn’t look right! He didn’t make the cut! It was shot on a very windy day in Dunwich.
Here are some nice Banana recipes for you.
Over and out for now (click on any images to make larger)