Aaaww! I miss this man more than…well…you all know. And I keep trying to shut the fuck up about it. And I’m getting on and doing okay, you know. But there are still just things that happen. Silly incidental things like…yesterday, being at Springburn Shopping Centre and seeing the fruit and veg stall inside the mall selling this variety of potatoes. Lol
This showing just how omnipresent he is in my thoughts.
I was trying to think of something to do for Kerrsday this morning and was thinking of sharing the silly spuds photo and then was just looking through Facebook, seeing what was what (getting increasingly disillusioned with all the crap that appears in one’s news feed) when I spies THIS – shared by Sardinya Simple Minds FB group.
I have no idea when they got it. Where it comes from. I think that might be Antonio Chemi sitting opposite Charlie, so….maybe he (Antonio) shared it somewhere? Or Jim has some private social media account they are savvy to. NO IDEA!
But my heart just fills with joy just seeing him. He used to share the odd selfie too, you know. Just to show us all he was still okay. Safe and well. Photographic proof.
ANYWAY! I WILL SHUT THE FUCK UP! Because I am obviously not allowed to miss him. Can’t talk to him. Can’t wish to see him. Nowt.
Jim and Charlie will be on Virgin Radio UK at 9pm GMT tonight (Sunday, Nov. 17). Tune in for the patter. Jim and his bloody “la la las” – and there I am extolling the virtues of his amazing songwriting. Lol
Jim talks extensively about his memories of a recording career spanning 40 years as Simple Minds frontman and lyricist and touches on his working partnership with Charlie Burchill, Live Aid and the Free Mandela concert in the summer of 1988, plus the first Simple Minds concert in Satellite City, Glasgow on January 17th, 1978.
Last night I was in Oxford seeing Kelly Jones on the final night of his “Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day” solo tour of the UK. I will review the gig in a dedicated post shortly.
But while I was at the gig last night, news of this broke out within the fandom…
Now I had known something was coming out in November as Virginia had told me she had one of her photos being used for a release coming up. I didn’t quiz her any further on it as I knew it would all be announced by the band in due course.
There’s an extra buzz within the fanbase as this new compilation seems to include a completely new song called For One Night Only. I first read about this track a very short time ago on the Dream Giver Redux site. It was sited as a Walk Between Worlds track that didn’t make the final cut and lyrics were listed for the song.
The link to the info on Dream Giver Redux can be viewed by CLICKING HERE
So now it would appear that FONO will get an airing…albeit as a carrot on the stick of yet ANOTHER compilation album. And a rather strange and curious tracklisting this new “best of” has too. Before it disappeared off Amazon it said the album’s tracklisting had been put together in conjunction with “the band” (aka Jim and Charlie, I’m guessing). It’s a bit non-linear to say the least. And this same treatment that the Bowie “best of” Nothing Has Changed got has been deployed with “edits” of songs all over the place. I don’t get it. WHY have an edit of a song on one disc to have the full version on the next? I mean…what the fuck IS that about? I do not understand what goes on in the minds of record company execs any more. I’m not even sure THEY know how to sell product any more.
So, curious, perplexing and something to push onto us leading up to Christmas with the tasty little morsel of ONE SOLITARY NEW SONG. Okay…keep them keen, I guess.
More on this to come in the ensuing weeks, methinks.
News of a Caezar gig towards the end of November was revealed today. Joe and JJ will be playing Saint Luke’s on November 23rd, with King Of Birds once again as support.
I couldn’t turn back round after two weeks to make their date in February but I’ll pull out all the stops to try and make November’s gig. Who knows? With any luck, might even be living up there by that time (I will continue to dream…though it feels like it slips further and further away).
Fingers crossed, by hook or by crook, I’ll make it…money, health, etc permitting (asterisk, asterisk). If I’m not up there and/or can’t make it, I’ll pray that Joe will have a hometown gig somewhere around Windsor way again.
Tickets go on sale on Friday. This time round, I think these will sell like hot cakes! Get in quick, peeps. That’s my advice! Find tickets HERE
An example of Harari’s photography, used in a Simple Minds calendar for 1989/90. Jim proving it does indeed snow in Scotland by pointing it out…obviously.
At The Gallery Studio in Naples the autumn season is inaugurated with an exhibition by Harari, the photographer and music critic who portrays empathizing with the greatest musicians of the last fifty years. Will be exhibited a collection of 32 portraits, in color and in black and white, from Bob Dylan to Pino Daniele. Harari will be present on the opening night.
His career is linked to numerous record covers signed for international artists such as Kate Bush, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, BB King, Ute Lemper, Paul McCartney, Michael Nyman, Lou Reed, Simple Minds and Frank Zappa. His photographs have also been used by Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Pat Metheny and Santana. In Italy he collaborated above all with Claudio Baglioni, Andrea Bocelli, Angelo Branduardi, Vinicio Capossela, Paolo Conte, Pino Daniele, Fabrizio De André, Eugenio Finardi, Ligabue, Mia Martini, Gianna Nannini, PFM and Vasco Rossi. He was also one of the curators of the great multimedia exhibition on Fabrizio De André, produced by Palazzo Ducale in Genoa
Guido Harari is not only a fan of music, of rock, an attentive listener, but also one who likes to enter and “listen” to what is inside and behind and beyond the artist, what appears.
Before portraying the shapes of the face or body of an artist or other personalities of art and culture, Harari explores the rhythm, energy and harmony that those faces express fleetingly to eyes that are not attentive and in everyday life, and that only a photographic shot, the work of a professional hand and a sensitive eye, can bring to light and keep it forever. To make a portrait, in the studio, on the road, on the stage technical mastery is not enough, you need to empathize with the subject.
The passion for music led him to always be the first to a concert. And the passion is always rewarded by those who “feel” that what drives you to photograph is not the gossip, but to satisfy the person with his need to be admired in its entirety.
According to the curator of the exhibition, held last August at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia, entitled Wall of Sound, Marco Pierini: “Guido Harari possesses the rare talent to capture the personality of the musicians both during the performance on the stage and in the course of the sessions – this time intimate and exclusive – during which the portraits take shape. In both cases the result is an iconic image, which immediately settles in the collective imagination and loses even its own chronological connotation. It happens with the Fender Telecaster raised to the sky by Springsteen or with the contortions of Iggy Pop, as well as with the highly self-contained portrait of Philip Glass or the ironic portrait of Ennio Morricone. It becomes difficult, if you know these images, do not automatically recall them to mind every time you hear or say the name of the musicians that animate them “.
GUIDO HARARI: RITRATTI Vernissage 16 November 2018 from 19.00 to 22.00 Free admission (by Federica Cerami)
Saturday, November 17, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Sunday, November 18, 10.00 am -13.00 / 17.00 -20.00
Wednesday 21 November at 17.00 -20.00
Thursday 22 November, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
Friday 23 November, 17.00 -20.00 hours
Saturday November 24th from 10.00 to 13.00 / 17.00 to 20.00