A lovely lady who has known me since I was about six and was intrinsic to my musical journey, sent me this review from the Grapevine and I think it was the most touching one I have read. Thank you to Graeme Mac and Richard Haugh at Radio BBC Suffolk who continue to support me so much. I have to keep thanking David Baron because without him no recorded music would exist. So again I must credit my writing partner on my whole ‘career’ which I know is a slight one but still…He’s just returned from the Bahamas playing on Lenny Kravitz’s new recordings. I have had some great press including MSN, Bloomberg, Edinburgh Evening News, Irish Times which has all been very encouraging as well as lots of blogs- many are on my homepage.
I returned last weekend to Suffolk to swim in the sea.
As I drift on my back under the still September sky the noise of unearthly sounds filter through my ears and I am somewhere close to heaven. In the evening I had the great pleasure to watch Thomas Dolby, Murray Lachlan Young, Bess & Georgiana Cavendish and Frances Shelley amongst others perform in Butley Priory a beautiful building dating from the 14th Century.
I have been listening non-stop to Bob Dylan’s new album ‘Tempest’ and Hugh Cornwell’s ‘Totem and Taboo’. There is a rawness to both these records that just can’t be beaten as well as songs to cry for.
The Half Moon gig went well thank you so much to everyone who came it really was appreciated! I had spent five days in a rehearsal room next to the Vaccines and I’m trying to get better each time and make it a great night. I’m still a bit tied up with my complicated routine but at the moment I can’t work out whether I should simplify it or not. People do seem to enjoy it and it’s certainly not boring. I have at last found my perfect rehearsal room and felt relaxed over the Bank Holiday to spend most days in there on my own. Louise Dodds came down and was fantastic on bass and backing vocals as usual. In regards to other dates I believe I am performing at Oxjam Clapham which is being held over a day on Saturday 13th October and at the Twist in Colchester on the 18th October for the The Leftfield Retro Music Awards where I am presenting an award.
I am looking forward to performing at the Elgin, Ladbroke Grove, with Anthony Reynolds on Thursday 29th November who is coming up from Wales. This is going to be a very special night.
As a fan of Anthony since his Jacques days it’s going to be a sort of Birthday and Christmas party celebration and its free again. In the meantime I have been quietly working on new tracks – nothing that I can quite concentrate properly on yet because I’m so busy working my day job again but I’m enjoying the process. I’ve been writing more over break beat tracks with someone I have not even met but I hope to do some raw material very soon. He’s done a great remix of a song called ‘Mission’ I did on ‘Age of Solo’ which I hope to do something about! I have to prioritise my work over any music. I’m just about managing to balance it although I’m slack at responding to emails and things.
I have been to so many exhibitions lately– I went to Toby Mott’s Mott Collection and Vinyl Factory presenting a new book of the album artwork of Kraftwork where I saw a member of the band Visage and a lot of other people I don’t know!
I do love September. I drank cider with a friend and contemplated that detectable change in the air before entering Tate Modern for a late night viewing of Munch which we only got half through before being chucked out. It was wonderful. We even found a minute rave on the beach down by the Thames. There must have been about fifty people!
I bought a book on dolls and found them very creepy.
But I did find this rather inspirational – a barely known artist Enrico Baj but I love his paintings- they make me think of ‘Aluminium Man’.
I haven’t been away since a mini-break in Prague and Mexico at the beginning of the year.
Feels like a time ago.
I got to sell my car first…
I wouldn’t say no to a mini break in Canterbury even. I love hotels…
But I do love to swim so ….
Oh who knows…got to sell quite a few more CDs first. Need a hit!
Until October… xx
Where am I?
In the Village.
What do you want?
We want information.
Whose side are you on?
That would be telling. We want information… information… information.
You won’t get it.
By hook or by crook, we will.
Who are you?
The new Number 2.
Who is Number 1?
You are Number 6.
I am not a number, I am a free man.
(The Prisoner 1967)