Tuesday’s child is full of grace!

The day after I wrote my last blog, Lou Reed died.  I cannot really explain how my music collection consists of so few artists perhaps because I never had much money to buy stuff and when I did I just explored one or two but Lou Reed was one where I had everything.   The program on BBC4 is a must see click here. I’ve read most of the books about Andy Warhol and the Factory and my obsession started  young.  Oh sad days when our heroes pass away.  Nelson too.  The rain today are the tears  of the whole world of those left behind who have lost loved ones.

Lou Reed photograph Billy Name: Factory Foto from Edie by Jean Stein edited with George Plimpton Grove Press New York

Lou Reed photograph Billy Name: Factory Foto from Edie by Jean Stein edited with George Plimpton Grove Press New York

I haven’t updated my blog for a while.  It takes such a long time.

A Street and Smith Publication Astounding Science Fiction December 1950 Shooting 'Destination Moon' By Robert A Heinlein

A Street and Smith Publication Astounding Science Fiction December 1950 Shooting ‘Destination Moon’ By Robert A Heinlein

I scan all my images by hand- there’s only one image so far which I have nicked from the internet. Things are too easy these days, I like to take the time.

From Eduardo Paolozzi Collages and Drawings Anthony d'Offay Exhibition 23 March to 22 April 1977

From Eduardo Paolozzi Collages and Drawings Anthony d’Offay Exhibition 23 March to 22 April 1977

I’m recording for what could be another album with Mark Vernon who spent eleven years managing John Cale amongst many others and I have to say one of my favourite Lou  Reed albums is ‘Songs for Drella’ written with Cale.  A beautiful piece of work about Andy Warhol.  He continues to work with the best however hasn’t recorded for many years.  It’s been a revelation for us both particularly as we do write well together and also some of the people we have met on our journey has been half the trip.  In particular I found an incredible young violinist on the Gumtree who if he is not a name in a few years time would be criminal.  Richard Moore and his incredible electric violin given to him by Nigel Kennedy was not only top company but has made a huge contribution to our tracks.  I will be posting more pictures and details on our blog of this work on our site Unbeknown Records.

 At Dada studios Bricklane 19 December 2013


At Dada studios Bricklane 19 December 2013

Richard Moore's gear Dada Studios, Bricklane 19 December 2013

Richard Moore’s gear Dada Studios, Bricklane 19 December 2013

In addition, the three tracks I have recorded with Dave Barborossa are sounding great particularly with David Baron‘s sweeping moogs on ‘Crossroads’ and my hope is to spend everything I have in mixing all these tracks properly in the New Year.  I believe you can cut the recording costs but not the mixing and my hope is to use Cameron Craig to mix all these tracks in the New Year.

The Happiest of Happy New Years postcard unmarked

The Happiest of Happy New Years postcard unmarked

The work, my day job, therefore is vital hence my lack of performing live lately. So Corsica was cancelled sadly but rescheduled for Spring and that was a lucky thing because the island was snowed over.

Here I am at the office Christmas party.

Ludwig Windstosser Werbung fur Energieversorgung 1960er Jahre copyright Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum, Essen

Ludwig Windstosser Werbung fur Energieversorgung 1960er Jahre copyright Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum, Essen

One of our new songs is inspired by my trip to Italy and Mount Etna and in particular this book that was lying around the house.  Here are the names of every active volcano in the world (click to make larger).

Active Volcanoes of the World from Volcanoes Geological Museum Crown Copyright 1974 Published by Her Majesty's Stationary Office for the Institute of Geological Sciences

Active Volcanoes of the World from Volcanoes Geological Museum Crown Copyright 1974 Published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office for the Institute of Geological Sciences

I several wonderful things lately Hugh Cornwell was a big highlight at the Union Chapel, and a fantastic show at the Gate called ‘ No Place To Go’ by Ethan Lipton and his orchestra who I met afterwards on a couple occasions at my favourite local in London.  The Pajama Men and Eve Ferrett who I have got to know through mutual friends were great …..!

Dear Horace just a line to wish you all a very mery Xmas and a happy New Year from Ernie - Davidson Bros, Real photographic series. London and New York stamped Western Australia

Dear Horace just a line to wish you all a very mery Xmas and a happy New Year from Ernie – Davidson Bros, Real photographic series. London and New York stamped Western Australia

Age is just a number.  I feel like I’m being left behind but being broke and not being able to eat along with all the other terrible things I’ve done in the past because I couldn’t afford to get home, is I place I can’t go back to. I want to go to the Berkeley.

 Best Wishes and Christmas Greetings circa 1920

Best Wishes and Christmas Greetings circa 1920?? (looks later)

My godfather for my Birthday which was earlier this month did take us to Tramps which was quite an eye opening experience!  On the day itself  I went to see Stewart Lee who was fantastic.

Published by Meissner & Buch, London & Printed at their Works in Leipzig (Saxony)

Published by Meissner & Buch, London & Printed at their Works in Leipzig (Saxony)

I caught up with Anthony Phillips recently who also has his Birthday this month – the music I have written for Universal with Anthony seems to be getting used which is great news.  He was interviewed on Bargain Hunt this week click here at about 23.25 in.  You can find the tracks I wrote with Anthony under the ridiculous mouthful of a name Letitia Sophia Maclean.   Here is one.   Speaking of swiming…

this is my biggest indulgence lately although at times when I try and go to the pool like last time there’s some kind of problem- like last time a child was sick and I didn’t feel like coming back a few hours later like the lady suggested.

Unknown Photograph

Unknown Photograph

Yesterday, I got booked by two coppers for 3 offences on my bike – riding on the pavement, shooting a red light and going down a no entry street – I was in such a rush trying to chase my boss with a cheque to be signed.

dear maud I shall be pleased to see you if you can come and we will go for the hippodrome one night love from brother and sister 1908

dear maud I shall be pleased to see you if you can come and we will go for the hippodrome one night love from brother and sister 1908

I feel like I’m in such a hurry the whole time that I can’t stop until like now writing this.  I timed myself dressing my other boss’s tree 45 minutes, time to make him a smoothie 10 minutes, time to type a letter 3 minutes, time to make him a sandwich 10 minutes, time to make bed 20 minutes if I don’t take the blankets off and careful tuck in sheet behind it.  I used to work in hotels I’m fast I also learnt to type so 100wpm is very handy.

A Merry Christmas Novelty Card Mechanical Xmas Series No 1 Bamforth & Co Ltd publishers Holmfirth England and New York

A Merry Christmas Novelty Card Mechanical Xmas Series No 1 Bamforth & Co Ltd publishers Holmfirth England and New York

It is great to hear David Baron in America working with so many talented people.  The lovely Burnell Pines came to visit and I showed him my friend’s fantastic gallery called ‘Chart’ on Old Church Street, Simi Stone who is not only talented by a wonderful human being, Simone Felice who I had the pleasure of seeing live last year and my lovely friend Sarah Fimm.

David Ferry Petworth House, The Tropical Aquarium Oil on canvas 78cm x 54cm on postcard advertising Chart Gallery 'We Are Here' Print show 20th November 6-9pm

David Ferry Petworth House, The Tropical Aquarium Oil on canvas 78cm x 54cm on postcard advertising Chart Gallery ‘We Are Here’ Print show 20th November 6-9pm

Home made Christmas Card ' House where Beethoven once lived, on the Pfarrplatz at Heiligesistadt near Vienna Xmas 1951

Home made Christmas Card ‘ House where Beethoven once lived, on the Pfarrplatz at Heiligesistadt near Vienna Xmas 1951

Happy Christmas and remember a dog is not just for Christmas!

From 'How to Raise and Train a Great Pyrenees' by Edith K. Smith1964 by TFH Publications Inc

From ‘How to Raise and Train a Great Pyrenees’ by Edith K. Smith1964 by TFH Publications Inc

and Best Wishes For the New Year

xXx

About lettiemusic

Part time artist based in London
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