A strange few days of storms and, for the moment, calm; thundering to Devon under vast Constable skies to see my Mum in hospital and look after my Dad, not in the best of mental health and not coping well on his own. Back and forths to the hospital, making sure he ate something, throwing out all the food in the fridge with Best Before dates of faded memory. If you have elderly relatives, you'll know the score. She's home now at least, struggling to navigate a paper bag-full of medication and Doing Too Much given two days ago she had three blood transfusions. It's a worry.
Thank you, Sir Richard, for this one - in the dark last night somewhere on the M4 between Bristol and Reading, me and a service station coffee and the blue light of my dashboard.
Richard Hawley - 'Don't Get Hung Up In Your Soul' (2009)
"Just a little tribute to the great electronic adventurer himself. I'm
up for trying for those ultra-blue harmonic feedback-type fequencies
that seem to come out of the shpeeeker. VEry Bluely in mine eareyes. L.O.V.E, love !!"
I L.O.V.E. the way this blisses out/extends the frustratingly short but genius original whilst staying true to its spirit - a fine, fine piece of work that I'm sure Mr Eno likes.
Brian Eno - 'Another Green World (The Blue Realm remix)' (2011)
Here are four minutes in which legendary Young Marble Giant/Weekender Alison Statton, practically a patron saint of these pages, sings a melancholy melody over woozy synth, ambient noise and a plucked lute? uke? from Spike. It's Basil Kirchin's 'I Start Counting' for the Rough Trade generation, probably.
I love it.
Alison Statton & Spike - 'The Seed Remains' (1997)
This has been a blog on the internets for five of your Earth years. It's a long time, it's no time at all, it's flown by, it seems like forever.
I'd never have imagined I'd stick with it so long.
I've posted whatever I've been listening to and written about whatever I've been doing, thinking or feeling - most of it stuff of little consequence - and you've kept dropping in, and I'm chuffed. I've said before and still maintain - your comments are the very best thing about this.
And thank you, fellow bloggers, for the music - there's been so much of it.....so many trails you've set me off on, so many previously unheard records I've taken entirely to my heart and now could not live without.
And when I've been blue you've made me laugh and when I've disappeared up my own arse (which I may well be currently doing) you have pulled me out (hmm, attractive image).
That's What - as the very great Burt Bacharach once said, or was it Carole Bayer Sager - Friends Are For.
Lograremos un gran final
No nos moveran
Sabiendo que vamos a vencer
Working Week -'Venceremos (We Will Win) (jazz dance special 12" edition)' (1984).