Minds Music Monday – Concrete And The Cherry Blossom

I want to celebrate it being February already. I don’t want to think about there being several more weeks of cold weather to endure!

I want to think about spring and the days getting longer, and sun and long shadows and the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossom fluttering in the air and littering the ground.

Renewal.

Hope.

Dreams.

Better days.

Today Is All About…

This piece of magic.

I know I did the mash up superimposing of the two images BUT…

Jim Kerr – I will love you all the rest of the days of my life for what you did for me as a consequence of me having a small bout of bravado and boastfulness.

I would have loved you anyway. I do love you. I always will. Nowt you can do about it now, Kerr! 😘😜

Beautiful. The artwork. You. The way you made me feel about myself. The way I felt that day. All of it.

Thank you!

Hanging Around – With My Man In Germany

Back in May I had a chat with Ronnie Gurr at Hanging Around Books about a photo of Jim that I would have liked to have gotten a copy of from the photographer who took it, but I looked into their prices (without enquiring with them directly) and saw they wanted over £1000 for a print!! 😱😱

The conversation moved on to the topic of a Record Mirror cover, and the use of a photo of Brian McGee in his undies that Ronnie had taken when with the band on tour in Germany in the late summer of 1980.

He said to me “this (see below) is the photo I submitted for the cover, but they went with the one of Brian instead.”

I sat looking at the screen in a mixture of awe and disbelief. Awe that such a fabulous photo of Jim had been stowed away unseen for so many years, and disbelief that the editor at Record Mirror snubbed the use of this photo for one of Brian in his togs!

Not only that, but the music mag then goes on to erroneously name Brian as “Mike McNeil”. Geezo! They don’t even get the erroneous name correct!

Anyway, 40 years down the line, I was in fangirl raptures to see such a wonderful photo of Jim. Since seeing it, I have been hankering for a copy and over these months I have every now and then been virtually nudging Ronnie for a copy of the photo.

AT LAST! The day arrived yesterday. I received three photos in total. The photo above of Jim which measures 10×8 inches, the black and white group photo below of the band on the flight staircase, which measures 7×5 inches, and the one below that of the band by the Berlin Wall, which measures 6×4 inches.

All three are wonderful, new and fairly rare treasures. All three photos were taken by Ronnie. But of the three, of course that one of Jim (for me) is the most highly prized. It is now in a frame by my bedside. The b&w band photo is framed and sitting atop the other bedside drawer.

If you would like to get prints yourself, you can contact Ronnie via email at: hangingaroundbooks@gmail.com

All of the photos featured in the Hanging Around Books photozines are available to order as prints. You can view the catalogue of books available by visiting hangingaroundbooks.com (just click the link!)

See The Glittering Prized Christmas Lights

After another disappointing day of seeing nothing in the mail slot but an invoice and some junk mail, I went off seeking distraction.

I’ve lost my way. Gone are the days of Hunter And The Hunted and the like.

I am less and less inclined to call it “art” without the quotation marks. They make a fairly permanent accompaniment to the word these days.

Towards the end I wanted to make it something vaguely Christmassy – hence the background.