We rise tomorrow at 0400h ("What does the '0' stand for? O my God it's early!") to begin a long journey south in search of the sun, chasing the blue - we're headed to deepest, quietest, not much-happens-here-miles-from-the-nearest-supermarket SW rural France for two weeks.
I am not 'wireless-enabled' and all that mallarkey and besides, My Lovely Wife is fearsome when roused and My Lovely Daughters are expecting full participation in swimming pool capers, so there will be no whilst-on-holiday blogging for me.
I will save you my thrilling anecdotes for my return.
As I dropped in on all my favourite nooks and crannies of the blogosphere last night, leaving probably slightly drunken messages here and there (red wine) I did come over a bit unnecessary. A year ago I knew none of you, and now I consider you my friends and I will miss you while I'm gone.
Even some of you guys that stumble in here from Google looking for a Bob Dylan fansite or some Nick Drake bootlegs (sorry) and end up staying for a bit are going to get a shout out from me too.
Anyway, sorry to be joining the ever-expanding band of your regulars who have posted 'gone away' notices on their front windows, but I need a holiday and we'll both be better for a break. It's not you, it's me. I just need some time to myself. Etc, etc.
My attempts to put together some sort of summer special mix stalled in their infancy I'm afraid, mostly because I have been too busy enjoying Ally
one to do my own (it'll be the first thing we play on the car stereo as we roll off the ferry on the French side Ally).
But do you remember EPs? Four track 7 inches, usually following ye ancient principles of good gigs and good classical musical thingies - a mood but also some contrasts, some faster ones, some slower ones?
Well here's one for you, with love.
(Actually, dammit, there aren't any fast ones - it's a bit hippy/stoner. I go a bit hippy/stoner when I'm on me hols).
The Into The Blue EP (2007)
Stevie Wonder - ' A Place In The Sun' (1966)
John Martyn - 'One World' (1977)
Paddy McAloon - 'Sleeping Rough' (2003)
David Gilmour - 'The Blue' (2006)
Look after yourselves and those who count on you. We're back August 20th.