Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A lack of proclamation, which is good...

Playlist
Andrés Suárez - Mi Pequeña Historia
Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra - Sky Blue
Yes - Heaven & Earth
Laurie Anderson - Heart of a Dog
The Who - The Who Sell Out
It's A Beautiful Day - It's A Beautiful Day
Frost - Through The Eyes Of Love
Various - Super 70's Rock
The Cure - Japanese Whispers
Liszt - Symphonic Poems 7, 9 & 10
Anderson/Stolt - Invention Of Knowledge
Green Day - Dookie
Various - Island Presents Reggae Discomixes
Various - Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard To Find Classics, Vol. 2
Klaus Schulze - La Vie Électronique 6
John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
Sigur Rós - Ný Batterí [EP]
Lou Reed - A Life In Music
Nocturne Blue - Fool of Music
Kansas - The Prelude Implicit
Magma - Kohntarkosz
Various - Front Line Presents Roots
Howling Bells - Howling Bells
Various - Mojo Presents : Paint It Black
Haydn - Doric String Quartet - Wigmore Hall Live
Various - Strange Country
Zahara - La Pareja Toxica
John Cale - Slow Dazzle
The Mamas & The Papas - The Best Of The Mamas & The Papas
Dutilleux - Concertos for Violin and Cello
Kamasi Washington - The Epic
The Bad Plus - These Are The Vistas (European Edition)
Univers Zero - Univers Zero
Rihm - Violin & Piano
Sardelli - Concerti, Psaumes, Musique De Chambre - Modo Antiquo

A bit more overcast this morning...


...but the moon was good...


At lunchtime, a walk down to Stockbridge...




..and a look around the shops but no purchases...

Back home, very tasty prawn and chorizo pasta from the EP with the masterstroke of mascarpone, left over from Saturday's risotto...

Yum...

This evening, down to chum Keith's for some music work...


A surprising amount of ground covered, with 15 songs being attempted over the piece...


We are decidedly not the Proclaimers though...


Home around 11 to find "Holby" was not on till tomorrow...

Oh well...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Playing...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Paris to Hamburg...

Playlist
Donny McCaslin - Beyond Now
David Bowie - Low
David Bowie - Heroes
David Bowie - Lodger
Ornette Coleman - Live in Paris 1971
The Rolling Stones - Through the Past Darkly
Pink Floyd - Early Tours 1970-71
Ornette Coleman - The 1987 Hamburg Concert

A lovely morning...


Bowie's sax player and band from "Blackstar" soundtracked the first part of the day...


A walk to Fopp at lunchtime, nothing acquired...

Mr Bowie's "Berlin" trilogy soundtracking - only "Low" was actually recorded there of course...

Back home for tasty fish pie...

"University Challenge" - I wonder if, years from now, the phrase "Monkman was back" will mean anything...

Very entertaining, close fought game - me and the EP managed just 75 points between us - the questions are harder apparently now we're in the quarter finals...

Some new to me Ornette Coleman, sourced from the discs received from brother-in-law Keith, were enjoyed, as were reconstituted Stones and Floyd discs...

Also "Silent Witness" was good...

Tomorrow night to Keith Apter's for some playing and seeing if we can do anything...

Highlight of the Day : Late on Ornette probably...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Green egg...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017 Vol 2
The Lindsays - Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
Pink Floyd - Live '72
Pink Floyd - British Winter Tour '74
The Beach Boys - The Best of the Beach Boys Vol 1
Elvis Presley - The Rockin' Days
Rare Earth - Rare Earth
The Doors - The Soft Parade
The Stranglers - Black And White
Yes - Talk
Various - The 2010s
Def Leppard - Yeah!
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Luxury
Brian Eno - Reflection

Up late at 7:30 - a problem with the hard drives meant I didn't set off on my walk till around 8...

Out into the rain...


...and down the hill...


Through Corstorphine Village, picking up a couple of breakfast rolls on the way...

Past the church...




I passed this too, where I will meet a potential new collaborator in a couple of weeks...


Following yesterday's visit, I will meet up with Keith Apter on Tuesday to start work on a possible collaboration...

Taking the collabs to three is the writing and singing currently underway (once I am 100% that is) with the latest Edward Spark project...

There are another couple of things too on the backburner, so a possible 5 collaborations for 2017...

Back up the hill...



And home - to sorting out recent acquisitions in relation to keeping up to date my list of LPs I used to own as LPs and which I now own once again...


Breakfast at home - poached egg, infused with fresh coriander...


More work on the lost LPs...

At 2:30, out to my mum's...


Hot drinks were enjoyed by all, with the ladies partaking of Xmas Cake from "The Hamper"...


Over to Anne's mum's for a tasty tea - a big turnout Anne and her mum, Keith, Maureen, Olly, Jane, Abby and Blair - Bob and Kitty absent due to a headache scenario re our staying up very late and ordering secret pizza with her friends on a sleepover niece...

Bad girl...

Home around 8:30 - updating this pre "Sherlock" but knowing, despite the naysaying of chum Stu Cobley, that it will be good...

Update : Actually, it wasn't that great - bit of a let down after the first two episodes of the series...

Hihglight of the Day : Working on and listening to lost LPs....

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rice in the oven, controversial...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selction 2017 Vol 2

Forgot to say how excited the Exec Producer was last night to have me back...


Actually carrying out some Chiropractor-recommended exercises...

Up early this morning and compiling this week's podcast, the production of which, along with updating five days of this, took up a considerable part of the day...

A wee tribute to my dad included - today would have been his 87th birthday, had he not exited, stage left, at the age of just 73...


In the afternoon, Queens went 1-0 down to Dundee Utd in Dundee after a few minutes and things looked grim...

At this point, an unexpected visit from musicking chum of 37 years' standing, Mr Keith Apter - coffee was enjoyed by your trio and good chat too - with plans afoot for further musicking and possible meeting up with other longstanding but not often enough seen chums...

By the time Keith left, Queens had levelled...

Fast forward to 20 mins to go and QoS were 3-1 up...

Of course, Dundee Utd then scored two goals...

Would have been good to have won but holding on for the draw is an improvement of sorts...

In the evening a very tasty indeed risotto from the EP - unconventionally done in the oven - per a tip from chum Debbie...


Yum...

We decided against wasting another couple of hours watching "Let it Shine" this week and, instead watched two episodes of "Unforgotten" and a "Father Brown" (a new preposterous but entertaining fave) before I got sucked into the sci-fi nonsense of "Oblivion", which was rather ok...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : When Queens were 3-1 up - no, a visit from an old chum, or perhaps the risotto - ok three highlights...

Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017 Vol 02


Bowie covers, new Bowie single, rare Floyd, new Spanish acquisitions, classic singles, home made stuff - it's all here and more...

Featured LPs:-



Andrés Suárez - Mi Pequeña Historia
Andrew Hill - Black Fire
Brian Eno - Music For Films
Chick Corea - Now He Sings Now He Sobs
Christina Rosenvinge - Un Caso Sin Resolver
Christine & the Queens - Same
Cream - Goodbye
David Bowie - Lazarus
David Reilly - Rubinmusik 1977-2017
Fripp & Eno - No Pussyfooting
Heavenly Music Corporation - Variations
Icehouse - Berlin Tapes
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
John Cale & Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax
Laura Pausini - Inedito
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Rare Earth - Get Ready
Sly & the Family Stone - Stand
Soft Machine - Bundles
Sparks - Angst In My Pants
Status Quo - Picturesque Matchstickable Messages
Stranglers - No More Heroes
Traffic - The Best Of Traffic
Uriah Heep - Demons And Wizards
Zahara - La Pareja Toxica

Hope you enjoy and pop back next week for more!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Home is where the heart is...

Playlist
The Rezillos - Can't Stand the Rezillos
Donald Byrd - Byrd In Hand
Bobby Hutcherson - Oblique
David Bowie - Space Oddity
The Church - Gold Afternoon Fix
Brian Eno - Another Green World
The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones
The Clash - London Calling
Sonny Clark - Leapin' and Lopin'
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Laurie Anderson - Big Science
Rush - Signals
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
King Crimson - Discipline
Pet Shop Boys - Actually
Jacques Loussier Trio - Play Bach No1
Fehlfarben - Monarchie Und Alltag (Remaster)
Emerson Lake & Powell - Emerson Lake & Powell
The Church - Heyday
Yes - Big Generator
Genesis - Nursery Cryme
Roxy Music - Avalon
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Trilogy
Rush - Grace Under Pressure
Freddie Hubbard - Hub Cap
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Lou Reed - New York
Wayne Shorter - Juju
Michael Rother - Sterntaler
Miles Davis - Nefertiti
Magazine - Secondhand Daylight
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Brian Eno - Music For Films
It Bites - Eat Me In St Louis
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth (Remaster)
David Bowie - Toy
David Bowie - Lazarus OST
Zahara - La Pareja Toxica
Laura Pausini - Inedito (Spanish)
Christina Rosenvinge - Un Caso Sin Resolver
Andrés Suárez - Mi Pequeña Historia

Up early and ready for action...

Another fresh omelette followed more Coco Pops and lashings of coffee and orange juice...









A final look around...





...and on to the bus at nine, for the airport...




A slight hold up re an accident but we were still making good time...





...and arrived...


...with about an hour till boarding...


Onto the plane...




...and off home...

Once again, there now follows an inordinate amount of pics from the plane...











Over the Solway Firth...


...and snowy borderlands...






To Edinburgh and the Royal Infirmary...


...the docklands...


...and Crispycat Hill...



And, once again, after just over three hours, we were home...


Farewells at the airport then a bus to the bottom of Crispycat Hill and up home, with light snow falling...


Good to be back with the Exec Producer...

Catching up on "Death in Paradise" and "No Offence" followed by a tasty Indian and the new series of "Not Going Out"...

Some ripping and listening to the new acquisitions and prepping this week's entries re the pictures...

To bed, tired...

Highlight of the Day : Getting home....