The Heart And Hands Tour? And E.P.s Too…

Two proposals thrown at Jim this evening. One quite light-hearted…just for fun, because it was lovely putting the playlists together…and it could make for a tour with a really different setlist.

There’s just under 60 songs in total in both the YouTube playlist. Could make for something quite different as far as tours goes. I thought it a way of giving a tour that might come before new material a theme and a style. Just a pie in the sky thought.

The other proposal is a bit more serious…the idea of E.P. releases. I can see the value of them. You know…keep the fans happy with the potential of more new music more often. I’d like to hope he’d chew over this one a bit more. I think Noel G is on to a good thing with his plan to release three E.P.s over the next several months. I think it satisfies a few needs…fans wanting new material, record companies wanting continuing revenue and the artist keeping up the creative spark. What’s not to like?

Below are the proposals put to Jim.

And here are the “Heart And Hands” YouTube playlist links. Enjoy!

Giving Yourself A Break While Fighting The Black Dog

This evening I played the recording of Saturday’s practice back. And, okay, yep. I do think I am probably being incredibly hard on myself.

But… I need to be don’t I? Otherwise how the fuck am I ever going to get any better? Yes?

But… I am so thankful I took the advice of Emily Dolan Davies (click on her name to be taken to her fab website A Drummer’s Guide To) – otherwise I’d believe week after week that I am playing far worse than I am. It ebbs and flows, obviously. On Saturday I was SUPER down on myself. Just felt completely fucked up.

But I really wasn’t as bad as I thought.
YES! I still had my moments. I really did struggle with my hi hat timing and rhythm this week…but…I need to learn to give myself a break.

What makes it harder is when, at the point you are having your kit practice, not only are you questioning why you continue to do it, but you are questioning the much grander thought and perplexity of the existence of the entire human race.

Actually, this week was odd. For once I didn’t actually find myself questioning why I was there practicing. I suppose I felt I had much bigger fish to fry this week. What would be the point of me questioning why I was at drumming practice when I was more preoccupied with pondering why I am even here on the planet at all! Why we’re all here.

I feel the only why to fight the black dog is to suppress his bark. Engage a metaphorical mute button. Put earplugs in to drown him out. When he looks his most vicious…just smile at him. It’s hard. You have to just snap the brain (and this is just my own personal way around it…and thankfully it works most of the time – if it ever fails, I am going to be in BIIIIG trouble!) into that mindset. No matter how delusional it may feel. And it does to me. 100%! I feel I am absolutely deluding myself to put it at the back of my mind and smile and carry on.

The other way that also works is..acceptance. There is no rhyme and reason to us being here. We just…are. So…for whatever way you live your life…however way you live through it…just do it. And just…strive to be the best version of you that you can be.

So…no more about THAT “black dog”…let’s have THIS Black Dog instead!

Welcome Back

Oh, it is so lovely to have him around posting more often. I know I have been going on about it since before Christmas last year…but it is just so lovely when he interacts with us.

I love it. It will always be the special icing on the cake of being a Simple Minds fan. That Jim posts to SMO, interacts with us and responds to us and “chats”, for want of a better term.

And from me, personally, it is so welcome.

So, from me, Jim – thank you ❤️

The Mitigating Circumstances Of No Gigs

Every time I see a post to the SMO visitor wall (or comments left on a post) expressing wishes for gigs, my heart breaks.

I can’t like these posts or comments. I understand people are missing the band…and Jim…I do too. But…Jim’s post last week. Perhaps it just hasn’t sunken in with some people? I dunno.

I am definitely not going to be joining the throng of people crying out for gigs.

It makes me wonder about things myself. I mean, just a few days before that post about his dad, he was talking about the notion of a new tour and getting stuff organised…wanting to be back on the road again…having had a long sleep that night and dreams of “the road”.

It all seems so personal discussing it. And it seemed such a conflicting thing. Him talking at one point about getting back on the road, the next his dad’s cancer diagnosis.

And on the note of gigs and uncertain futures, and dreams – I have decided in spite of certain things, that I am going up to Glasgow to see Trevor Horn and the Sarm Orchestra for the “Reimagines The Eighties” gig. I booked a train journey up on the day of the gig. The fare was too good to pass up. I’ll be leaving home around 5am on the day but it beats a red-eye coach. I’ll have that to enjoy the next day for my return home.

Finally. Any of you guys reading this? Don’t be offended if I don’t like posts or comments of you guys wishing for gigs. For me, personally, it would feel like rubbing salt in a wound and making demands.

That is also why there will be no further “Slow News Sunday Summary” posts.

For now, things are just going to have to be as dear Doris Day sung about them…

Kerr Cab

I don’t highlight stuff he writes too often these days. I mean, if any of you blog visitors are SM fans, you know where they are on social media (I mention SMO FB enough!).

But today…he’s a card!

Goddamn man! Why does have to be so lovely and funny and sexy and just…

*sigh*

I’ve Said Before, I’ll Say It Again…

Having listened to the Kyle Meredith interview with Jim…I need to repost this. Goddamn you WordPress! Why do you only allow a single reblog of a post?! Because I already reblogged this lalte last year, I can’t reblogged it again to show up in that way…

So here is a link to my thoughts on Our Secrets Are The Same – just to say – I’m with Kyle!

In Praise Of “Our Secrets Are The Same”.

And, yes, Jim, I know you rerecorded Jeweller and Space and Swimming Towards The Sun…BUT THEY DIDN’T NEED IT! Well…okay…I do like the ending of the re-record of Space, I’ll give you that…BUT I STAND BY MY WORDS! Yeah, hate me, whatever. I’m just saying. It’s a positive, not a negative. I am giving you praise…and, you know, you could lay off the perfectionist thing a little! It obviously felt right the first time, the things on OSATS, that’s telling you something! (Says the woman who can rework and rework and rework designs until she’s blue in the face. I like hypocricy. Lol)

The main point is…OSATS is a fucking awesome album AND NEEDS TO BE ON VINYL, PLEASE?!!!

Jim On Life In A Day

This is near as I am ever likely to get of interviewing Jim myself, so….in keeping with the current loose theme of the blog and the imminent anniversary date of the release of Life In A Day, here are some words from Jim on the subject.

The interview is nearly 10 years old now. Would be nice to know if he STILL feels the same about it. And to ask some other specifics. Nae mind.