… entry today.. Today is Sunday, the clocks have changed, my circadian rhythms have been fucked (my arcadian rhythms are just fine… thank you Erica…lol) with and I’m just starting my working day.. I’m just waiting for some files to arrive from Mahogany who I am working with at the moment, well, in spirit at least, if not physically. Yesterday I did some work on a new song for Annie Barker which is sounding good… Well, what else?. Not much… I’ve been happy to put some music on myspace as it is nice to actually have people hear the music that I make and has also brought lots of lovely comments which give me a little encouragement when I’m feeling particularly useless.. But most of all I’ve been enjoying communicating, swapping little vignettes of life and being introduced to new stuff and ideas like ricore before bedtime…
This feels like not much of a weblog entry as I have nothing to say, no comments about world affairs, no news about new recording, although I will go to San Francisco in a couple of weeks to make a new album with Harold Budd, so that’s news to report, I guess.. I don’t usually like to write about things until they are done, though just in case my plane falls out of the sky or something like that… I’m just waiting on some news about some possible shows in the summer, so as soon as I know I’ll post them here..
Oh, here’s a thought… Just read….
John Fante – Ask The Dust
Ethan Coen – The Gates of Eden
James Elroy – Because the Night
Henry Miller – Wisdom of the Heart
I know this because I’ve just been tidying up around my bed (my favourite place to read…)
I left The Happiest Man Alive, a biography of Henry Miller by the bedside as I haven’t finished it yet….
So this Sunday of mine is as lazy of a day as I’ve had for a while up until now… time to work..
….Indiana… Now there is a band who has made me happy… I spent the weekend working on some new songs with Siobhan De Mare who flew out from London to join me in my studio. The last time we worked together was 2004 and because we’ve both been, kind of, busy, we haven’t managed to take the time up until now to continue our little adventure together. When I first met Siobhan in 2000, I was not really looking for a singer, in fact I had become somewhat disillusioned with the idea making music because everything I was trying was, in a way, sounding like Cocteau Twins with the wrong singer.. Enter Siobhan, who had never even heard Cocteau Twins, far less liked them and I was hooked immediately by her sultry, sexy voice and her really sick sense of irony.. Anyway for me it was a breath of fresh air, to be writing songs for a really different kind of vocalist. Better or worse, I could not say, but very different and precisely what I needed to hear… We create an energy, something special which seems so unrelated to our previous groups and often not to the taste of die hard Cocteau Twins or Mono fans. So over the last few years we have worked together on and off making a few records here and there and doing the odd live shows with a very powerful live band featuring Mitsuo Tate, Paul Cook and Fabien Beguin.. It’s been fun… And now we have started again… OK, it’ll be a while before the record is finished as I am in the middle of a million things, but it’s rolling…..
Hey and I put another song on MySpace called A Sigh Across The Ocean which is from the Everlasting EP which will come out sometime around Continental which is at the end of May…
.. I had planned to go to the supermarket… I did, however, end up playing four of my songs with Olivier Mellano and Nicolas Courret from Bed playing bass and drums respectively…So far so good.. The only slight problem was that while I know Olivier well, I had never met Nicolas before the soundcheck, i.e. just before we went on stage. I met up with Olivier on monday to tell him what songs we would play and he took a cd away to listen to with Nicolas… Scary, or what?
I can’t tell you how I felt about playing my music in front of a few hundred people while thinking ‘ damn, what’s the drummers name again?’ and ‘I don’t have to do this, it’s my choice’ and during the last song when my looper didn’t fire, ‘god please strike the venue with lightning, kill everyone and don’t leave any witnesses alive’..
Anyway, it was possibly ok or maybe it sucked, I don’t know. What I do know is that I liked the whole vibe of playing those songs with a bass player and drummer, the songs were, incidentally snowfall, crescent, continental and pale, so maybe I just need to meet the right people to play with and spend some time p r a c t i c i n g ….. I’d just like to thank Olivier and Nicolas for being there and, all things considered, they did real good.. merci, les gars
Later that evening…. I played a couple of songs with Sebastien Schuller which was less scary than playing my own but more scary than staying at home and not bothering my ass. I met Sebastien last year or maybe even before and thought we may work together on his record but that fell through due to either me being too expensive or him being too talented, I don’t know… I really don’t know, I think we probably both got busy… anyway I digress. Now, this was interesting to me because, well, I hadn’t heard the songs before… and we didn’t have a chance to rehearse.. So, in the dressing room I got a little piece of paper and tried to write the chords down and my musical dyslexia came to the fore and, well, I got really confused when I started to see things with sharps and flats and a fucking capo thing which makes me do mental mathematics in order to put my fingers in the right place, so I thought ‘fuck it, I’ll have to charm my way through this one’ and, you know what?. I think I got away with it..
After the show I stole two kiwis and two bananas from the dressing room as I wasn’t able to get to the supermarket after all…
I put another song on myspace…one called Monument from Continental but I’ll take it off in a day or so because all this self marketing takes time and helps me to feel inadequate… whatever.. I can’t stay long, I’m off to Rennes to play some songs in a concert for fun.
Now there is a concept.
I’ll probably write about it tomorrow or even later tonight. There will be a drummer and bass player playing with me… The only detail of note is the fact I’ve never played with them before and curiously enough our first rehearsal will be in front of a few hundred people. This take me back to a previous topic of a few weeks ago and that would be why do I get myself in these situations?.. I guess most people have that survival mechanism that stops them from saying things like ‘sure, why not?’.
Ah well, life is too short, eh?
Anyway, it might be fun…
So now I have to go put some strings on my guitar, it sounds better with strings on it, that’s for sure.. Then I have to scratch my head a little and think what to play. Then I have to go the venue, which thankfully is close to Leclerc where I can do some grocery shopping after the sound check. ‘Tis very glamorous my life, no?
… I put a song up on My Space…
I don’t have any friends though.. Except Tom… Very dependable Tom is… I used to have some but I think I fried them all by mistake. More later.. Have to work now…