We went to the studio in December with Dave Barbarossa – what a legend. His own band Cauldronated are doing gigs around London so do keep an eye out for them – having watched ‘Birdman’ (parts of it filmed in the Edison Hotel where I began my musical journey) and the extremely good ‘Whiplash’ it’s all about drums at the moment!
I’m not back in the studio till March (with the wonderful Richard Moore on violin joining us) but in the meantime I’ve been away in Mexico and been pondering visuals for the album I am writing with Mark Vernon.
It may be these visuals are too personal and will not work but I’m creating them anyway. They include the underground museum in Mexico. I love scuba diving. I have only been four times but I feel totally at home down there. I took some underwater footage on an underwater camera that was only £30. Thanks to Cameron Craig (our producer/ mixer/ engineer) who told me how good these little cameras are. I also spent hours untangling some Mexican puppets, which I feel have some kind of story to them. Lettie or Letty or Leticia is quite a common name out there.
Here I am with my cabellero!
There was one quite funny incident out there after I got the most amazing Mayan Massage (sprinkled with branches, a full hour and a half but no feet because I’m too ticklish). I have only had about two massages in my life. Anyway, I had bought a Celia Birtwhistle dress for about £20 from the Trinity Hospice shop and it’s rather floaty and pretty, not my usual style. I was all perched on a bench and I thought I was fine but actually the mixture of the massage and the margarita obviously went straight to my head and I completely lost my balance and fell down in the busy street. So uncool. Dress very floaty indeed. Anyway, here’s an example of her amazing designs:
I got a very surprising message from some guys writers / DJs in Italy and I’m keeping quiet for the time being but I’m rather pleased with the track which we are calling ‘Hungry’. It’s a revelation working on a dance track. I’m really pleased with it and it is in total contrast to the album I’m doing.
I know my journey to Milan last year was not a wasted one. Geppi and I have recorded two tracks under the name ‘Bongo Express’. Things take time but they sound great.
I sometimes wonder if it’s worth doing my blog because I don’t think many people read it but I really must make myself do it. Not only is it my memory and musical diary it is a constant reminder of things I must never forget… I recently read that Myspace destroyed everyone’s blog from that time. I know that I had hundreds of images and stories on there. My whole tour with Peter Murphy back in 2009 was recorded on there. In one gigantic swoop they tore it all down.
So I thought I would get into a romantic mood instead….
I do love Roxy Music
And this book ‘Manwatching’ by Desmond Morris makes me laugh here he advises that the neck embrace is only for lovers who really trust one another:
I’m off to see Eve Ferret perform tonight. Last time I saw Hazel O’Connor with her who was excellent…she’s totally unique and brilliant…she will probably mention the sad passing of Steve Strange who was a good friend of hers…
More very soon….
Here’s an old track called ‘Eternity’ ….Happy Valentine’s Day xxx