Sunshine On A Rainy Day

As it was in Colchester two years ago. Considering six weeks before this photo was taken, I was persona non grata and blocked from the SM FB page – I never imaged a photo like this EVER happening! Or that Jim would ever be that warm with me ever again.

Either he’s a fabulous actor and missed his true calling, or … he had genuinely forgiven me and it WAS all water under the bridge.

Now I am not so sure where things stand at all. But I know I miss the gigs and the fun and the travel and all the nerves and jitteriness and … the joy of being right at the front watching the most wonderful band in the world and the most beautiful man in the world. I miss him. I miss properly being in awe of him for the thing he does best…being the frontman that has an audience eating out of the palm of his hand.

I love this band so much. They are, literally, sunshine on a rainy day. My little universe.

The Birth Of “Priptona”

Ah, if only it was the “Birth of Venus”. Lol. As if I could hold a candle to Botticelli OR Venus.

That aside…yesterday was an anniversary. Five years ago I bought the photo editing app for my iPad Mini that…well, not to put too fine a point on it…kind of changed my life. Well it felt like it did. Even if just for a short while.

Below, I cringingly share my first “work”. Lol. Of course, Jim is at the centre of it! Lol. Nothing ever changes (lol – except a lot of the time it does…especially if you allow it to or perpetuate the change)!

I will never stop being thankful for the things this app gave to me. The way it allowed me to express myself and what the music of Simple Minds has meant to me. How much I adore the song-writing of Jim Kerr – and well, just…how much I adore Jim Kerr. How therapeutic it was (and still at times is) to work on “art” pieces and feel creative and purposeful, and perhaps kid myself I am…CAN be…talented.

That I can create things full of joy and love and hope.

Because these five years…that is what it has been most of. That’s what I have felt most making this art and being a Simple Minds fan. Full of joy, love and hope.

Sometimes it feels like that is slipping through my fingers and I can’t help but lament at that. But I try to push on and see a way through.

I want to let love win. I need it to!

Happy Anniversary, Priptona: the artist – you are no doubt the better part of me.

Better Late Than Never?

Well, that’s how the saying goes. You can be the judge…

Today’s the 38th anniversary of the release of Glittering Prize, and Big Dan is finally in the frame.

For someone who only ever watches the video for Jim’s bits, I’m not sure I ever really missed him, to be fair.

Minds Music Monday – Space – Johnson Somerset Mix

I wanted to choose Space today because – I always wish to see Jim in my dreams. I spent the past few years before going to sleep, making that wish… “Please! When I go to sleep PLEASE let me dream about him. If I can’t get to be with him and spend time with him like I’d love to in real life, at least let me have it in my dreams. Please just let me dream of being with him!”

It rarely ever happened. And I honestly don’t know when the last time I dreamed about him was. I gave up asking. He’s as sick of me in my dwam state as he is in real life, it seems.

I don’t think I had ever heard this Johnson Somerest mix of Space before today. He always makes good mixes, some are naturally better than others, but I don’t think there has ever been one I haven’t liked.

Jim – I am trying to give you space, I really am. The last thing I have ever wanted is to bore you rigid. I fear that I have. So I am trying really hard to stop that from happening. But you post things and then…I just want to talk to you! And then I just pray that you’ll respond to me. Interact with me. Throw me a bone by responding to me.

And then I sound all super needy and clingy and I hate myself because I know that kind of stuff is stuff you detest. As I said before – to be enthusiastic is great, but to be OVER-enthusiastic is undesired.

Today is also the anniversary of something else that I don’t really want to think about or have happen ever, ever again. But it doesn’t stop me from living further back in the past. He started his post today with a quote from Kierkegaard …

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward

Soren Kierkegaard

I don’t feel like I live too much forward. I spend too much time in the past. Steeped in what feels like “halcyon days” when the art was good, when I felt like I was going somewhere, when I felt that affinity, though perhaps it was a dwam too?

GAH! I’m so sick of myself! No wonder he’s sick of me too! If I’m not living in the past, I just want to live in dreams…

A Cock Ain’t A Cock On A Twelve Inch Screen – Happy Anniversary Diamond Dogs

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It remains one of my most played Bowie albums. He worked so much on “the concept” for albums – but this one really did go all out. I mean, it was meant to have a full-on theatrical stage production after all!

The touring of that was short lived. I think the increasingly cocaine addicted Bowie soon realised how….overly ambitious the whole thing was – and as is any artist’s prerogative, he changed tack and led us all to believe that he wanted to now have a stripped down tour.

I have to listen to it from start to finish…as much as the title track sometimes feels a bit overplayed for me personally, I find it rude to skip. Sometimes I do single out my favourite track on the album to listen to it on its own – Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me. But then I also love We Are The Dead and then I find I might as well play the whole damn thing. Lol

I had a copy of the Rykodisc CD in the ‘90s with the outtakes on it. The alternative versions of Dodo and Candidate became fast favourites. Candidate, in particular, has some great lines – including the one I chose to title this post with.

Although obviously not part of the original album, the  song evolved and when parenthesised with Sweet Thing (and with a change of tune and lyrics) became part of the album, albeit in title only.

Happy Anniversary, Diamond Dogs – for your future’s sake listen to the demo of Candidate – and pretend you’re walking home.

 

Minds Music Monday – 35 Years At Number One

Lol. Well, a slight exaggeration there. But it was on this day 35 years ago, that Simple Minds scored their (as til now) only U.S. Number 1 when Don’t You (Forget About Me) topped the charts there.

To celebrate at the time, Jim got drunk in France, ordering champangne for everyone in the hotel bar. And why not?

Anyway, happy chart-busting anniversary “La La La Song”. Here it is, planting the seed for the “Bongos On The Beach” tour that happened a few years after this performance on radio.