This wasn’t going to be a Christmas entry but now it has to be because I’ve left it so late. I was going to have written this three weeks ago. But my mood changed.
The children will kill children. It’s apocalyptic. It’s an enemy without a head and tail. You can’t get to the jugular. It slithers away. Like sand through our hands we just can’t get a hold but we’re being dragged down. Last resort.
I want to create colour in otherwise sad and desperate times that’s why I’m drawn to visual artists of all kinds.
Here are some Christmas covers I have found which I rather like.
I have travelled far this year. To the island of Ischia via Naples and discovered the music of William Walton and his wife Lady Walton’s beautiful garden…
Bathed in the volcanic pools on this wonderful island…I’ve been travelling many volcanic islands and Mnt Etna has erupted only in the last two days. The song ‘Volcano’ is all about that on the new album with Mark Vernon.
To New York to see my old boss for Thanksgiving who so kindly paid for my flight…
I took Dolly with me. She had been to New York before so wanted to show me some sights…
I saw Bob Dylan recently my hero and my greatest living legend.
I return time and time again to his records Oh Mercy is one of the later ones I love (and ignore the fact that Tom Jones murdered ‘What Good Am I’) or Infidels which has a particular resonance for me.
It was great to catch up with my old writing partner David Baron who was in town with the hugely talented and beautiful person that she is, Simi Stone.
I have signed up with Claps Records in Italy. I have done a track with Luca Guerrieri who had a fantastic No 1 UK dance track last year with Harmony. It’s very different from my own music but I’m really pleased with the result. It should hopefully be out next year. We’ll see.
In the meantime Mark and I continue to mix the album, which will be called ‘Weightless’.
I took ‘Maria’ my other doll character in this endless journey of mine to Milan – here she is admiring this manger scene…
PS Although this was not obviously taken at Christmas this photograph depicts the photographer Angus McBean who always sent the best Christmas cards – some of which you can see on the internet. This picture where I’m opening something reminds me that Christmas is often a time to remember those who are no longer here
Have just been reading 2015’s entries (apologies, it’s taken me a while to return to your blog, it’s been a long year) but I’ve enjoyed catching up, your blog has brightened an otherwise dreary midwinter day. You do bring colour to a difficult world and so, perhaps selfishly, I hope your blog carries on ad infinitum and I hope Weightless is not your last album. Season’s Best.
Thank you so much for your lovely message! Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year! You inspire me to carry on collecting ephemera …!