Does He Like It?

I want to ask Jim a question. I haven’t really had a question to ask him for ages. I used to be asking him things all the time – over exuberant with enthusiasm, wanting to learn, soak up and absorb all things SM as much as possible. And if I had a question, well who better to ask than Jim himself. Charlie doesn’t really ‘do’ social media anyway and mostly my enquiries would be lyrics based or be something that Jim would be more inclined to answer.

In the past I’d have absolutely NO hesitation in going to the Simple Minds Official Facebook page and posing the question on the visitor wall. Back then when I liked the FB page and started following them, Jim would engage a lot. Reply to people on the visitor wall if they shared something interesting, etc. It very rarely happens now, and the wall is all but lifeless.

And well, I have promised Maris Piper (surprised he didn’t call himself King Edward, or “Charlotte”, or Desiree) that I won’t be posting to the wall any more – and a promise is a promise! And well, if I couldn’t even have a bit of flippant fun and ask Jim if he would collect me from the airport with a doughnut without it being deleted – who knows whether a genuine question would even be allowed these days?

I’m not gonna chance it!

I just heard Brian Eno’s Baby’s On Fire recently playing on the radio and the thought just entered my head instantly of Jim’s altering of the lyrics in I Travel and I was suddenly curious as to whether he liked the song. So…that would have been the question…does he actually like the song Baby’s On Fire? Was it what prompted the lyric change…that he liked it? Or did he feel it was a little more cryptic to have that as the lyric rather than simply saying “Brian Eno”?

Like other questions I have posed to him in the recent past (SEMI-MONDE, ANYONE?!), an answer will never be forthcoming – unless I remember to ask at the meet and greet in Bordeaux. Pfffft! This I doubt. It isn’t even that important anyway. I’ll live without ever knowing…

But I miss being curious, quizzing him, and on the odd occasion getting a wonderful response.

Oh, halcyon days!
“Nothing lasts forever” – J Kerr.

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Michael Rother Be Solo

A great and rather open interview with Michael Rother in Uncut magazine, exploring his music career, focusing on his time working with Klaus Dinger on Neu! – a rather fractious and strained musical partnership by Rother’s own account, moving on to Harmonia and finally working solo.

It has given me more musical off shoots to explore…

Airport Playing Brian Eno

The latest edition of Uncut magazine has a one page review of four Eno albums that have had the half-speed mastering treatment. I have already got myself into Roxy Music in a big way this year…and I have been aware of Eno’s music for a very, very long time. I have listened to a full album here and there, but never have really immersed myself in the experience.

I think the rating “Ambient 1: Music For Airports” achieved is nothing I have ever seen before! Full marks! 10 out of 10! Wow.

I need to delve…properly…

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Bowie And Eno In Classic Rock

Two short pieces on David Bowie and Brian Eno in this month’s Classic Rock magazine. The Bowie piece talks to Ava Cherry (I never knew she was so young when they met!) and talks about their time together and Bowie’s musical influences of the period, producing the sound for Young Americans and legacy piece Golden Years (shifted on to Station To Station – which always seems an odd fit on there and very much feels like it always belonged on Young Americans).

The Eno piece is an interview, predominantly about his art installations, but of course touches upon all aspects of his career. And, lovely words from Steven Wilson on Eno as well.

Quite a few other things inside it as well, including a mediocre review of a Mick Ronson compilation called “Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story – Soundtrack” – compendium to the documentary, one assumes by the title? And, in another case of “you learn something new every day”…how the hell did I NEVER take in that Ronno plays on John (Cougar) Mellencamp’s Jack And Diane?

Well worth the outlay this month, peeps.

Repetition Is A Form Of Change

I always think my digital art has a “sameness” to it. I want it to have a style, a mark…not the “Priptona” mark I use…but a visual “signature” that when someone views it (without said “Priptona” mark in place) says “Yes, Larelle/Priptona’s done that one.” But equally I worry it veers on repetition and/or sameness. That it borders on bland. Banal. Safe.

Thank you to the other Brian for today’s inspiration…making me feel, at least for today…artistically…I am treading the right path.

(The quote comes from an article in the latest edition of Classic Rock magazine. I will post the full article later.)

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