So another year slowly ebbs its way through the last days of December. I do love this time of year. I’m a December baby. On my Birthday I went to the gym for a swim and couldn’t get through the barrier. I looked up and the lady at the desk in a dead pan voice goes ‘Happy Birthday’. Strange because that was it and then she let me through! My gym is creepy. It knows me too well.
But this December there has been tragedies ensuing all over the world. I used to watch the news because I had TV at the end of my bed. I moved it six months ago. I still watch the news but it seems to me the balance of the world is tipping.
I was very nervous as I only had the soundcheck to rehearse but thankfully it happened during the only week where I haven’t been under the weather in the last two months. I am so happy that Johnny Remember Me made the BBC 6 playlist.
Last week I went to see Roland Gift who was astounding as ever. I took this shot after the gig. I love the colours and light. The night comprised of comedians, Roland Gift performing but also of a meat raffle. It was great despite the fact I was ill. It was good to catch up with Dave Barbarossa again who was playing drums. My pictures were too dark to give Roland justice and Dave always hides behind a symbol. But what a great band and the keyboardist was playing bass as well as lead lines – astoundingly good. Over a year ago now Dave and I wrote a song called Hypnotise Me which I really hope we get to record next year.
I rushed to get some interesting postcards and Ephemera Fair in Bloomsbury for Christmas and only managed to catch the fair by about 30 minutes. I was looking for a magazine that said December on it. I was reading it (and I never really normally go for such magazines as Woman and Home) and on my way home was horrified by what I found inside.
It seems so amazing to me that in 1926 Hitler was on the ascent and perhaps even thought of as a rather glamorous figure by the english press. How horrifying to have decorated your home in the Swastika and to think this magazine is called ‘The Magazine of Delightful Suggestions’ I guess it’s only with hindsight that we can look at it like this.
Anyway, on that unsavoury note I just wanted to say a Very Happy Christmas and Best wishes for the New Year.
My new album will be out next year called ‘If?’. It was mastered recently by Tim Young. I’m still working on the films for every song.
Nearly 110 years ago and this was posted on 31 December. It would have arrived on 31 December. The post must have been so fast in those days! Everything seems to be getting worse – the trains, the post…I’m wondering how to get back from Suffolk on December 29 since the whole railway network seems to be at a standstill.
I love this postcard and it’s message.
Many of these postcards have been distributed to my friends so I feel like they all end up in a good place. This was sent to my friend Louise a very talented songwriter and singer.
In return she sent me this. I should get my hair done but it’s just the money…
Thank you so much for listening have a great Christmas and Happy New Year…