8.56 – Pre Study Time

Mornings between 7.30 (roughly the time I get out of bed most mornings. Sometimes earlier, sometimes later…like this morning) and about 9.45 are mine. In terms of setting myself up for a study day … well … any day, really.

I’ll take a glance around social media, see what’s what. Check out if Jim has posted (yes! That happening seems forever ingrained now…as much as I try not to give it that much emphasis anymore, or be so…chained to it….enslaved by it). Drink my coffee(s), eat my banana. Then maybe, time allowing, do some colouring in (yes! My current addiction is a “colour by numbers” app) OR …. write a blog post.

This morning when I checked out Facebook I saw that Billy Sloan had put out his latest posts about the week’s show coming up. The topic for this week? About specific periods or time referenced in songs. I added my choices.

The first has been an earworm for the past day or two. It is one of my all-time favourite Bowie tracks and I have probably posted it here once or twice before. It’s just so beautifully melodically melancholy. I love the drum breaks on this too. And David’s vocal performance on it is sublime. Those lines that work as the song’s chorus “we never talk anymore / forever I will adore only you” – beautiful. Just beautiful.

Jim doesn’t know what he’s missing with Bowie’s Heathen album, he honestly doesn’t…

My other choice and it came to be incredibly quickly, given I haven’t listened to it in I don’t know how long …. U2’s 11 O’Clock Tick Tock – the Red Rocks version. Sad teenage fangirl confession time! I genuinely have no idea how many times I watched that Under A Blood Red Sky Red Rocks gig. I’ve still never been to a U2 gig – I probably never will go to one now – unless they decide on a special run of nostalgic intimate gigs….the stadium spectacle is not something that attracts me.

But Red Rocks? Well, I’ve seen it so many times, I could convince myself I was there. I borrowed the video as often as I could from the local video store – I think I had it out on near permanent loan for about 12 months, until I could afford to actually buy my own copy. Commercially produced VHS tapes like that were bloody expensive when they were sold in the early 80s! Mega bucks for teenage kids.

11 O’Clock Tick Tock was a bane for many years – esp. during my teens. Many times I would skip that song and that bit of video because I was INCANDESCENTLY JEALOUS of that girl that gets pulled up on stage to dance with Bono. Never mind that he was already married! (Perhaps I didn’t know it at the time, but I’m sure I must have done…) And never mind the sky being blood red…my face would be watching that footage. As I say, sometimes it would be more than I could bear and I would fast forward through it.

But even just hearing the song on the album, I could visualise it all in my mind. I wanted to be her more than I can even express! She was beautiful…slim…she could dance, not be self-conscious…and Bono hugs her and swings her around in his arms – I’d have died! And he’d have had a hernia trying to lift me! Lol (I was probably not anywhere near as big as I thought I was then…I don’t know. It’s not as if I was beating guys off with a stick or anything. I have enough digits on my body to count the number of times a guy came up to ask me out. I was usually the instigator of these things as I feared my Miss Havisham future too much to wait for any guy to do it.)

Now I don’t view it with any of that envy. Not as me now…but I can still feel it all bubbling away inside the teenage me. That longing. For ANY guy to want to … feel that way with me, want to dance with me, hold me… just for those few fleeting minutes. Even if I was never ever an afterthought to him. Meh! What does it matter, eh?

Off I go to study. The mention of Miss Havisham? I am about to finish off my week of study on Dickens and A Christmas Carol.

Vinyl Night Loooong Overdue…

It’s been a while since there has been a vinyl night at Casa Read…and NOW there are two new additions to the vinyl collection. I am sloooowly rebuliding the Bowie vinyl up. I might have missed Record Store Day again, but these beauties make up for it! 

I’ve NEVER had a copy of Heathen on vinyl…having said that, I’m pretty sure I’ve never had a copy of ‘Station’ on vinyl either. 

Yep…the next vinyl night will be WUNDERBAR! 

Soloman Solohead – A LostBowie Track?

I posted this on the SMO wall…but in case it gets taken down…for some reason I won’t understand, I’ll put it here too.

Listening to my Spotify playlist at night (as I usually do), the track Soloman Solohead from the Lostboy! album played. And as it began I was thinking “I do really like this song, but I have always found it quite…jarring…almost…LACKING IN MELODY!” (I put that in capitals because that’s how it hit me in my thoughts) And…I jumped up to write this while fresh in my mind. Before you get…peed off at my description there, let me explain.

Now this song (to me) bears all the sounds that you say you…”struggle” to…appreciate??? in David Bowie’s sound post-Let’s Dance.

Soloman Solohead is a track that could EASILY fit on….Outside, Earthling, dare I say…HEATHEN! Apologies for not knowing who the guitarist is on the track (I tried to find out by looking on the Interwebs but it’s very late/early and I didn’t want to lose my train of thought) – but their playing style rather smacks of the playing style of some of Bowie’s more “distorted” leads (ie: a Reeves Gabrels type).

I AM NOT DISSING THIS TRACK AT ALL JIM! Please do not misconstrue what I am saying….but what I heard just now…to me…was a song that you expressed to me was what you didn’t like about Bowie’s modern style.

That is why I had to sit up and write this out. It just struck me as such…and I had to air it. I needed to pick up the conversation from where we left it.

I don’t expect a reply…it was a merely an observation…but what I had to express while fresh in my mind.

If I had waited until later this morning, I’d have forgotten all about it (good – he says!).

I also saw that from trying to find out details of the guitarist by going to the Dream Giver Redux site that, for you, the song harked back to the sound of Citizen (Dance Of Youth) – that piece of info blew my tiny little mind! I can’t say I ever put the two together, but I am loving the concept…the notion.

The Case Was Made – And A Gracious Reply Was Given

Oh, I could reach into the Internet and kiss him! (Yuck! Says Sir! Lol.)
It really is just…amazing when he responds. He doesn’t have to. He could tell me to bugger off. He could ignore me outright…but he rarely does.

And of course he replies with aspects I did not consider (the timing of the release, and where one is in one’s life at the time to appreciate it or it to have an impact upon you).

The year of Heathen’s release was 2002. I’m not sure what was happening for Jim then…Cry was released, the Minds were touring, perhaps aside from that, there were personal issues he was going through? 

I can’t say that 2002 was a great year for me. We had it tough that year (no real change from any other year in retrospect…but 2002 was, perhaps…the catalyst)…so maybe Heathen was a solace for me? It certainly did have aspects of that. The album just…takes me on a journey. There are all the emotive and visceral elements I enjoy from an album. Joyous songs, sexy songs!, tender songs, yearning songs, melancholic songs.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll have him take another listen…and he’ll hear something else? But perhaps not. What he likes is his prerogative after all…

(As you can see from the bit I left in from screengrabbing his reply, my post to him was rather more “long-winded” than it was here on the blog! Patience of a saint, this man, I tell you!)