Thank you once again to the fantastic Rune Ness for creating another masterpiece. This time Rune did nearly the whole video from scratch. It’s beautiful. It makes me cry when I watch it. I suppose I’m nostalgic too. Rune picked two songs from 2008 and of course, those songs have memories all of their own as time passes. I do hope I can continue to write songs that touch people. As October comes to an end and I’m ill in bed, its now getting dark at 4pm!
I think about all the things I’ve been up to which is quite a bit of time in various studios. I have had the great pleasure of working with Dave Barbarossa who has made a considerable name for himself as a drummer in both the original line up of Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow but also now as accomplished author of ‘Mud Sharks‘ (Published by Ignite Books).
We rehearsed quite a bit before laying down the drum tracks and I do believe the songs (three in all) are some of the best I’ve written. This collaboration is so unusual as I’ve never started from a drum beat and written that way. I believe this has given the songs a completely different feel. It’s been such fun to work in this collaborative way. Dave has his own project Cauldronated click on the link to check it out.
Life is a journey and I’m on the train.
I have also been working with Mt Vernon on some new tracks. These are very minimal tracks with no drums. I am very pleased with them. I think we are going to try and do a whole album. So lots of recording and two gigs in Corsica with Louise Dodds coming up in November. I’m so lucky I can manage to squeeze it around my day jobs. I even managed a quick pitch with my dear writing partner David Baron. It is now coming up to years since I last saw him.
I’m trying to get a bit more focused on a target one to aim at and shoot but sometimes an eyelash gets in the eye and one needs a friend to help.
I’m trying to think of all the things I’ve been doing lately. I went to the delectable Darren Coffield’s exhibition at my friend’s new gallery called Chart in Chelsea. It was wonderful to meet my old friend Ronnie who I hadn’t seen in years. He used to take me to all these haunts in Soho and West London. I really enjoyed that as well as Robyn Denny’s at Laurent Delaye in Cork Street. Guy Sangster Adam‘s Mustered event was fantastic – his Cultural Pick Webzine and Mustered events are hidden delights within the garden of London and I have met many people as a result, through him. I also owe a lot to the Worlds End Bookshop situated at Worlds End on the Kings Road. Another highlight was Travis Elborough’s launch of ‘A London Year’ compiled with Nick Bennison. This is a huge diary of entries from everyone from Samuel Pepys to Alan Bennett to Dickon Edwards who I had a nice chat with. He has one of the the longest running blogs in the England. I have become a bit of a bore when it comes to one particular film I’ve seen lately; ‘La Grande Bellezza’ as it has been one of my biggest highlights in years.
I’m bored of being ill but I’m already feeling a lot better. I love my new Ray Bans I bought second hand off the Gumtree.
Apparently there’s a storm coming. I’m bracing myself for it.