Just checking in, as I see the wind and tumbleweeds are beginning to occupy the Twisty Turny Lanes.
I haven’t felt inspired to write, and illness compounded it. The Daily Sound was also a casualty. It’s Now and Again Sound at the moment, though I’ve slapped on an arbitrary target of 500 sound snippets in no given time.
Our band are rehearsing again, with a view to gigging around London/South East within the next two months or so. Songwriting is beginning to move slowly – I have dozens of unfinished ones waiting to go into the song workshop and get regalvanised. Whatever the blip that means.
And here’s a quick cultural snapshot of what I’m currently enjoying.
Books: Sartre “Age of Reason” (set in 1938 imminent-War Paris), Olaf Stapledon “Sirius” (a sci-fi book set in the farmland valleys of Wales, where a dog is born with the intelligence of a human), plus a huge Max Ernst book.
Music: Some Eric Dolphy on Spotify, loads of classical – right now piano music by the 20th Century French composer Henri Dutilleux.
Film/TV: Heimat 1, the brilliant series following the story of a German family in a Hunsruck village from 1919 to 1982 – over 15 hours of it, and then there’s Heimat 2 & 3..
Art: Photomontage at the Whitechapel Gallery; conceptual art & watercolours at Tate Britain. Well attempt a write up soon.