The Ties That Bind…

I love learning new things, making new discoveries, esp. when they happen serendipitously.

The radio was on in the background. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) was playing. I love Roy Orbison and so I was suddenly intrigued by the history of the song. Had he written it? No. A lady named Cindy Walker had. Curious wording for a female songwriter as usually men would write about “babies” in that regard. Usually a female songwriter would be talking about boys or men. “Dream Boy” would be perhaps what I’d have expected from a female songwriter.

Reading up about her on her Wikipedia entry, I saw that a previous song she’d written was performed and released by a performer called Eddy Arnold. The title of it – “Jim, I Wore A Tie Today”.

I am always flummoxed by stuff like that. Those kind of curious coincidences that result from such sudden curiosities.

She had started her songwriting career by having a song she’d penned for Bing Crosby sung by him called Lone Star Trail.

I’ll put the link to her Wikipedia entry HERE so you can read about her. It’s a fascinating story.

I think I may just take a listen to Willie Nelson’s album from 2006 called “You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker”.

In the meantime…

UPDATE: Going back over things, I just noticed – tomorrow is her birthday. If alive still she’d be turning 102. Even more crazy serendipity.

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Live In The City Of Angels

I think I may actually like this more than the Love Song offering. What’s going on, guv? Lol

I’m still not sure about how much overdubbing has been done…dunno.
Jim’s voice seems more natural and recorded “on the night” than it does on Love Song.

I’m feeling a little more optimistic after this.

The other thing I would say is…it lacks a little bit of … guts … musically….acoustically. I mean, it’s a sonic assault to the ears, being at a Simple Minds concert, and this sounds like someone’s turned all the amps down. Dunno…

Maybe it was the way I listened to it? Through my in-ear phones on Spotify? It just …doesn’t fill the space I was expecting it to sonically. I’m not wording it right, but I know what I feel it’s lacking. I’m just not articulating it very well.

I’ll have to listen to Love Song again and see if it suffers the same thing.

I’m assuming like other recent releases, we’ll get a new song to listen to each week or so until release day.

Live In The City Of…Angels – Out October 4th

Well, here is the news!

And here also, from the album, is Love Song – sounding overdubbed (Jim’s voice, at least) to buggery.

Look…I hate to criticise, I really do. BUT…if you are going to release a live album…have the bloody courage of your convictions! If you want to keep that reputation of being one of the best live bands in the world…WHY overdub “live” albums?

Okay, I am basing this purely on the sound of Love Song. I’ve not heard anything else from the album, and I wasn’t at that gig…but Jim did write a post after the tour about how run-down and full of lurgy he was feeling during the tour. No one I knew who went to the gigs heard anything up with his voice.

I’m sorry, but to me, overdubs feel deceptive.

And he’ll be pissed off with me for my preliminary critique. But it is how I feel. And I am NOT going to lie. It’s just my first impression over what I’ve heard.

Sorry, Sir. But if I can’t be honest with you, then I might as well just…do as Annie Mitchell suggested and go and “step off the planet”.

But it’s a first impression, based on one song from it. I’ll no doubt invest in it, listen to it and give it a full and fair critique on release date.

Available to pre-order…details can be found on Simple Minds’ social media platforms.

He’s Got The Legs For It!

Lol. Cherisse sharing a pic on her Instagram account. Jim seems to have a new job as a pizza restaurant’s sandwich board man.

One would assume the need for strong, sturdy legs made him a shoo-in for the job.

That’s Entertainment – AND Inspiration!

Wow! What a story, Lesley O’Toole! Your first professionl journalist’s interview being granted by Jim…and from there?! I’ll let Lesley tell the story herself in these two wonderful posts shared on Instagram.

Thank you for sharing the story, Lesley.

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Jim Kerr and me: December 8, 1982 at London’s Lyceum. In 1984 when I was still a law student at Bristol University, and still wild about Simple Minds, I wrote my first ever professional magazine piece – an interview with Jim. All the Scottish bands and loads more used to stay at London’s (in)famous Columbia Hotel so I wrote to JK c/o the hotel, asked him if he’d do the interview, and included a stamped addressed envelope. He wrote back saying: “Yes, 2pm Sunday.” I already had my own fanzine but this was the start of my “proper” career as an entertainment journalist. I still wonder if I’d be a lawyer now were it not for this. I certainly wouldn’t be as blessed and happy as I am living in LA. So thank you Jim for saying yes, and thank you Simple Minds for 35+ years of pure joy. Breathless with excitement for more of it at LA’s beautiful Orpheum Theatre later. ❤️🙏🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🎤🎸🥁 . . . . . @simplemindsmusic @gedgrimesmusic @cherissedrums #simpleminds #jimkerr #orpheumtheatre #thewaywewere #myfaveband #columbiahotel

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#FBF Simple Minds have been my favourite band for too long to mention – since I was a kid anyway. Jim Kerr was also my first professional interview as a journalist and who knows if I’d even have become one were it not for that and him. Last month I found myself in the front row for their concert at LA’s gorgeous Orpheum Theatre. And then Jim spotted me and sang to me. Which song? Only my all-time Simple Minds fave – Someone Somewhere in Summertime. Gigantic coincidence or no? No in fact – but some sort of conspiracy perpetrated by my friend Ged Grimes, their brilliant bass player, who somehow remembered my fave song, saw me in the audience and conspired with JK. I have no photos or video (these were taken later that night) but it will be in my head forever. Ged and Jim – thank you! I adore you both and this meant the world. And Happy St. Andrew’s Day to all my Scottish friends. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️🎤 . . . . . . . @gedgrimesmusic @simplemindsmusic #gedgrimes #jimkerr #simpleminds #orpheumtheatrela #orpheumtheatre #someonesomewhereinsummertime #magicmoment #standrewsday #scotland #lovescotland

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Minds Music Monday – Waterfront – Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles

Now…where was I? Yes! M3 (aka Minds Music Monday). I distinctly remember Waterfront being the first Simple Minds song I went “WOWZERS!” for when first hearing it on the radio in early 1984 (I know you Brits got it at the end of 1983…but we were a bit behind the time back then “Downunder”). That bass and those drums!! I was hooked…but still a much bigger U2 fan…and kind of set in my ways. Only took me another 31 years to finally give SM the time they deserved from me. Johnny-come-lately says, “better late than never”! Yeah…can I turn back the clock? Lol

Anyway…this is a pretty cracking modern day version of a classic. Thanks for this continuing musical journey, guys. Glad there was room on the bus for me. You’ll have to throw me off it now to get rid of me! Lol