A Walkman?

I never had one. Not a genuine Sony Walkman anyway. And when I finally got a generic “portable cassette player” I just used it at home, for listening to music on the quiet.

I never really went anywhere much. There was no need for me to want to listen to music “on the go”. Where the hell was I going? I never went anywhere! And for me, music was a private listening experience to be enjoyed at home, not while travelling out and about. Music getting polluted by external noises. Traffic, people talking, dogs barking. All noise and chaos disturbing the music.

And I hated the sound of cassettes. I much preferred vinyl. And playing music LOUD!

I was that lonely teen girl. No friends. No boyfriend. When I got my own music equipment, it was hi-fi equipment for my bedroom.

So, Jim talks about listening to Autobahn on German freeways and hearing “Heroes” by the Berlin Wall. Well I was in my bedroom, going nowhere, listening to Low. “You’re just a little girl with grey eyes…deep in your room / you never leave your room”.

History is beginning to repeat itself. No passport. No money…guess where I am right now?

But the thing that allowed me to travel. My escape…was the music itself. I might have been in my bedroom listening…but in a way, I was in Berlin too. At Hansa Studios, eavesdropping in on Bowie and Iggy singing What In The World.

I could travel anywhere from the comfort of my bedroom just using my ears and my imagination…

The Icing On The Cake…

Oh, but I am still missing the “cherry on top” – the reply comments. I miss that element. It feels like a positive reinforcement when it happens. When it stops or doesn’t happen for a while I tend to think “Oh, he’s as sick of me as everyone else is! Lol.” And then I tend to take it personally, because I am a needy, clingy idiot. (Just being an honest, gov)

This springs to mind…

Though perhaps this is more appropriate?

Pondering on the idea of what kind of person I am….lips wise? You know…bizarrely – my lips have only ever been the only part of my body of I have been…”proud” of? If I can phrase it that way. The only part of my body I thought was any good, anyway. Do I overuse them? I guess, maybe. I dunno. I’m probably a self-centred blow hard. I’m sure I come across as loving the sound of my own voice!

A negative result of me wanting to express positivity and enthusiasm, no doubt. Bore people fucking shitless. Lol. The thing is…I feel much more expressive with the written word. Face to face, I tend to clam up.

The last time I was out in Oz and at a family gathering at my sister’s house…after a while she said to me, “God, you’re so quiet! Why aren’t you talking?” I was kind of taken aback that it seemed strange to her that I was so quiet. Was I really that much of a gobby kid? Perhaps I was at home.

My response to her? “I dunno. It’s just how I am. I’m just happy being here and just being with you guys.” And that really was it. I didn’t have much to say. Nothing really to input or discuss and was just happy to be with my family. It had been a long time at that point. Some eight years since my previous trip home.

Anyway…there we go. Time to shut up! I wouldn’t have mentioned any of this talking to anybody face to face.

What type of person am I? One who tries to have a positive outlook (but with recurring bouts of mental illness, it’s not always easy) and tries to have a positive effect on those around her. I just try to be the best I can be…and I probably do woefully at it.

But, I am who I am…warts and all. My foibles are many, but I hope I am a good person…even if I send everyone crazy.

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!

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…

Slow News Sunday Summary – May 12th

Well, it has been quieter than ever on the SM front this week. Having said that, Mr Kerr has increased his interactivity on FB ten fold this week! Well, it feels it anyway.

And it’s very welcome. His posts are always so…I dunno…enlightening. I suppose that is the optimum word.

He can post some funny things. Give the fans a giggle. Then express something quite profound. He also has me looking at things deeper, questioning things, pondering others.

And sometimes I am going through low periods and little internal struggles. And it may lead me to question things he says. Doubt him. Or feel he’s being too frivolous, too simplistic in his viewpoint…but ultimately he is always giving me positivity and hope and sometimes even brushes off some of his incredible self-belief on to me…which I will ALWAYS be thankful for.

His post this morning? Talk of getting back on the road and gigging (sandwiched between talk of John Lee Hooker, blues music and its working class roots). I mean…geez…SSOOOO welcome! But it comes with a modicum of panic.

My passport expired on Tuesday and it is going to cost a minimum of £230 to renew. Yes, Australian passports are shit expensive! Even more expensive for us expats, because £100 is added to the cost for processing the application overseas. And if I want my leave to remain document transferred to the new passport so I only have to carry a single passport (I didn’t get it transferred last time and always had to carry both my old passport and current passport with me), then that’s yet ANOTHER £100 on top! £230 is just a ballpark figure…the actual charge is dependent on the exchange rate of currency on the day it is processed.

Apart from that…one word…SKINT. Like, really skint. Impending bankruptcy kinda skint.

So, yep…the drumming lessons feel ridiculously frivolous right now. But…well, I’ve started now, right?

Anyway…mustn’t dwell. The only hope is that this bloody golden carrot of money coming our way will arrive soon. There is still nothing concrete about it yet. Perhaps July is now the new hopeful timeframe of something arriving. But it is just wishful thinking still at this stage.

But! It is fantastic to hear Jim talk of getting back on the road. And it’s good to feel a bit more of a presence from him on FB. Perhaps he is now getting itchy feet and a bit bored so he’ll be on a bit more? Even a small mercy like that is so SO welcome to me.

Please, Sir. Say you’ll be around a little bit more? 🥰😘😘😘🥰

So…I Cannae Ask To See Him?

What the hell did I do wrong, now? I was only trying to be light-hearted. Have a bit of fun. Is it “irrelevant” to ask to see a current pic of the lead singer of your fave band? Was it deemed rude? I didn’t swear. Any sense of innuendo was VERY THINLY LACED (he was the one who was topless in the pic I was referring to…the Jan 17th pic of him holding his Paddington bear mug. I wasn’t the one putting the product placement in).

There are some weird decisions of what gets deleted that takes place on SMO FB. I genuinely don’t mind…I just find it bloody confusing. I’ll post something that I think will last all of five mins up on the visitor wall before it gets taken down (and expect it to be deleted) – ie: my captioned pic of him doing his flat-on-his-back-from-knees-down thing that he does (gotta work out a more succinct name for that move!) and Derek Paterson looking on at the side of the stage bemused. Jim went ahead and turned that into a post on the main SMO page! No one was more stunned than me by that one…

Then another time I’ll post something that I think is pretty darn innocuous (like last night) – ie: could I please see a pic of you, Jim (thinly laced meaning of “I miss you and I just want to see you”) and THAT gets deleted???!??!

It would make sense if there was some kind of consistency with it. Like, “you cannae ask this, this and this”. I mean there are very OBVIOUS things that I would never post or ask, etc. It may not seem it to some, but I DO have a moral compass!

Anyway…sorry…I was just once again left quite miffed having wanted to just make a little lighthearted gesture that I was missing him.

Nae mind.