Dispatches From The Front Line Of Rock & Roll
My novelty Christmas release has become a novelty New Year release due to essential floor maintenance.
Things learnt anew or reaffirmed whilst recording it.
Man Of Arun
The Caretaker Files
- I have a good voice for instrumentals.
- Lovely sustained keyboard chords really show up that you can’t hold a note. (Synth out, arpeggiated 12 string guitar in).
- I should write more serious songs as silly ones are far harder.
Once More Unto The Breach
There comes a time in every man’s life when it is necessary to gird one’s loins, screw your courage to the sticking-place, cast the die, and cross the Rubicon.
I’m going to wash the mugs.
Nihon Go Go Go
I’ve been stumbling around learning Japanese for a while now and as you might imagine it’s difficult to fit into a busy caretaker lifestyle.
But whilst pushing the floor cleaning machine along the other day and singing to myself under cover of the racket it makes I had an epiphany. Forget mnemonics and other pedagogical aids - what’s needed is to transpose everything into expository show tunes!
Since then I have expanded into complimentary styles such as Music Hall and a little Gilbert & Sullivan but it does appear to be doing the trick.
I may have to lose the terrible Anthony Newley / early David Bowie accent I affect when singing that sort of thing though.
ハイスピード瞬き - Demo
Currently spinning on the virtual turntable. From a few years ago.
But not to be confused with でも。
One Wot I Like
Those of a certain age who grew up in ’Orsham might want to know that Frank Newby the former Headmaster of Forest School for Boys has died. He was well ahead of his time particularly in being a strong advocate of lifetime education. There’s an obituary on the ad heavy West Sussex County Times website.
In keeping with my policy of minimal engagement with education I didn’t have much to do with him; though when I was volunteered to write for the school paper he did ban one of my articles questioning the Head Boy system and related expenditure.
That’s reminded me I attempted to be a conscientious objector to being made a Prefect - but that didn’t get very far.
Despite these oldfangled terms it was actually a progressive Comprehensive school.
Don’t Play It Again Sam
All media platforms should have an option to only suggest music unlike what you’ve played in the past as why in the name of Saint John Of Peel would I want to listen to tracks that are similar to what I’ve already heard?
Redbone - Wovoka
You’ll find this hard to believe but some people don’t have any Redbone in their collection.
For We Must Have Music
Sussex By The Sea recorded in Sussex but not by the sea.
‘such was the reputation of Sussex that it was said “to venture into the county was to risk being turned into a pudding yourself”’.
Audio And Or Visual
Brexit: The End Game
The game is afoot. The phoney war has ended. The hot potato is a bitter pill for the cat amongst the pigeons barking up the wrong tree as the fly in the ointment jumps ship & thumbs its nose to the elephant in the room preaching to the choir as it is thrown under the bus.
Since the advent of sampling life has been hard for the typist wanting to make their way in popular music and whilst the digital version is convenient it can’t match the feel, warmth and variation that can be attained from the real thing
And whilst on the subject of great Billy Fury b-sides and like most of his early recordings written by himself.
Have always imagined that Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds would do a good version of this.
Incidentally the story is that the Beatles (or Silver Beetles as they were at the time) would have been his backing band if they’d been prepared to fire Stuart Sutcliffe but that may be a later invention.
Photograph By Astrid Kirchherr