Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Letting It Fall


So - January eh? Dark mornings, thick rain, sparse cash and slim vinyl pickings in the second hand record shops. I had a heart-stopping moment when the left channel went dead on my ancient amplifier's 'phono' setting before a judicious thump to the top restored it, but was less lucky when I prized open the iPo to fix the wobbly headphone socket and triggered Apple's self-destruct mechanism, which they will of course deny exists. In other electrical news the washing machine's stopped heating the water and smells funny and the lights in the back room blew up. It's a Perfect Appliance Storm.

Actually, I'm desperate for something new on an old fashioned LP. Something warm and faintly crackly again like that last post, something to spin as the rain sets in. Computerising more of the old jazz archive is my default action in such times. Reawakening those tracks. And this is just swell; another from The Symphonic Ellington, don't you know.

Peace, as they say, out.

Duke Ellington - 'Non-Violent Integration' (1963)

15 comments:

  1. Bet I can cheer you up Mr H.

    Was suppossed to be in Luton this morning, so got up at 04:30 hrs as DVD would say, got to Glasgow Airport only to find that I was flying from Edinburgh, bugger! No chance of getting east in time to catch the flight.So I now look like a twat to everybody

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  2. Oh and never tamper with the iPod send it to The Ipod Surgery, very reasonable.

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  3. I have stolen Mrs H's, which she hardly uses MWHA HA HA HA MWAH HA HA HA!

    Bummer re. the wrong airport sketch, mind.

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  4. we're off to feed ducks in that funny yellow stuff coming out of that blue stuff. taking a brolley just in case.

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  5. Funny yellow stuff coming out of that blue stuff Ally? That'll be smurf wee. You will definitely need an umbrella.

    My Ipod was playing up loads, crashing and the like, everytime I pressed play. Phoned up the Apple people and told them I had the 120 gigs classic. How much is on that Ipod sir, how many gigs are using? 109 gigs or thereabouts I said. Cut it down to about 98 gigs they said and that should solve the problem. It's not designed to hold more than a 100 gigs sir.

    So I removed a couple of 1000 tracks and hey it works perfectly. They should advertise it as the 100 gig model though, really they should.

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  6. Makes you want to root around a bookshop for classic/pop art paperback covers. My fave part is that Tom and Jerry 'army of ants' style bass.

    It’s blokes in hats and skinny American style suits and ties wheeling in and out of revolving doors

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  7. Let's start our own branch of the Ellington Appreciation Society Mr. H. We could have badges and everything.

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  8. And our motto would be 'Don't Push It, Let It Fall' JM.

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  9. You do realise all those jazz LPs would make marvellous ashtrays and it's a lot quicker than 'computerising'.

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  10. Oh Mr Drew, what can we do?

    I've told him before:
    Prior planning and preparation prevents piss-poor performance.

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  11. Ah, the judicious thump on the amp...always a winner.

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  12. Was just coming back to tell you how much I loved this and now you've got Richard Hawley up! You're wonderful. Thank you MrH.

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  13. It's an embarassment of riches isn't it Greer? x

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