It’s been a while since I updated on my news. It does take rather a long time sourcing interesting images and having the time cause this does take time. Probably too much time but these are all sourced and scanned by myself. I hope many of these images are unique. And that’s London Life for you, tiring. But I’m not tired of life yet Samuel Johnson. I’m thrilled to have discovered another gem from the past.
I wanted to say how grateful I was to everyone who came to the release of If? It was a magical night I shall never forget. I have CDs for sale now for £5. I will try and put a link on my website. If anyone has bought digitally I will send hardcopy for free.
Even my boss came and proceeded to tell me the next day the Parable of the Talents from the Bible which I took on board!
I have uploaded a couple of films of the night on Youtube. A special thanks to Richard Moore (on violin), Mark Vernon (on Baritone) with whom I recorded the album, James Ussher for his video and beautiful photos, Brian Kavanagh for his stunning photographs and Sam Lowsley-Williams for his photographs and films too. They all turned up with cameras and videos which I hadn’t really thought about. I am grateful because I don’t often perform live and it was a one off performance just of the album If? In its entirety. Also to BJ Cole to Louis Vause and Dave Barbarossa – amazing musicians who were so encouraging and of course the fabulous John Crampton who played one of my favourite Leadbelly songs ‘Pick a bale of cotton’… Oh Lordy pick a bale of cotton, O Lordy pick a bale of hay, Oh Lordy pick a bale of cotton, Oh Lord pick a bale of day…”
It’s on a very small scale I’m performing at but all in a grain of sand.
I have struggled lately with some big acts. I walked out on David Byrne and felt terrible.
I also wanted to walk out on Public Service Broadcast and their annoying music put to films about the Welsh Miners (?) but I couldn’t cause I was in Bournemouth although I couldn’t wait to get back to our gorgeous hotel The Norfolk Royale!
My problem is that I don’t like heavy use of backing tracks but according to David Byrne there were none used. Anyway, whether it’s being really played or not wirelessly through bluetooth it left me cold. I realise how good Nick Cave was and The Eels are – it is precisely because of this. They use backing sparingly and there’s feedback and nuance and sounds of amps and things. I personally need this. I don’t want slick when I see live. I hate digital as it is anyway!
Anyway, I don’t want to be one of those moaners because nobody else minds and really who am I to say anything at all. My only reason I do is I feel like it is affecting my experience of live music and will impact what I want to see in the future. I think it’s interesting to talk about the future of music in these very uncertain times.
The dichotomy of this I believe is the future and the future as I see it are these concerts featuring Roy Orbison or David Bowie as a hologram.
The difference however is that you have the live orchestra with a ghost! So the other way round in effect!! And people will LOVE it!
I went to the Ephemera Fair and could not believe what I found some of it above and below. My highlight was a charming man in his 80s Julian Dunn who had came up from Surrey (avoiding that nightmare cycle race that put London at a standstill!) who isn’t on the internet. We chatted at great length about everything (including his love life!) He said I was a rare breed to this game as nobody young is interested. I’m pretty sure though I spotted Lawrence of Belgravia (singer of Felt) looking at some old Melody Makers and the guy from Sonic Youth but I could be wrong. Anyway I thought I should share some with you. I don’t post these on Facebook because these images are so unique. As a typist I rather love this one:
Here’s a beautiful postcard made out of real stamps below….!!
In regards to music I have recorded about about eleven new tracks with David Baron whose career goes from strength to strength from commercial work to composing scores for an extraordinary NY based artist of international acclaim. Some of this work will be going on Hear & Now Recordings (he has already released one extraordinary instrumental album called Cycles). I am also working on some music with Tom Ingleby which includes a song about the year 1932 following my visit to the Picasso exhibition Love Fame and Tragedy at the Tate Modern three times! If you can go I highly recommend it. It closes on 9 September.
Every morning I wake up the optimistic. I never give up. I tend to my terrace and my flowers.
I even finished the Sean Hughes song (the lyrics are his poem The beautiful girl stops dancing) which you can hear here: and also on my news page. His agent loved it so I’m really happy. I’m always looking for the turn after the sign post.
However it’s impossible to create without time and the dog days of August are perfect.
Anyway, I hope something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something….because something at least usually does!
From sunny England until the next one x x x