Monday, January 20, 2020

Solid nature runner...

Playlist
Alan White - Ramshackled
Various Artists - Kompakt Total 12
Die Ärzte - Live: Nach Uns Die Sintflut
Aitana - Spoiler
Mariola Membrives - Lorca, Spanish Songs
Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan - Small Town
Premiata Forneria Marconi - I Grandi Successi
Joe Harriott - Free Form
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 3 Blind Mice (Volume 1)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 3 Blind Mice (Volume 2)
Rodrigo Leão - O Aniversário
Albéniz - España y otras piezas para piano
Ligeti - Réquiem; Obras de cámara
Igor Koroshev - Piano Works
Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons
Zahara - Astronauta
Françoise Hardy - Françoise Hardy XIV (Et Si Je M'en Vais Avant Toi)
Yes - Works
Cloudland Blue Quartet featuring the Capital Models - Kind of Live at Club Nitty Gritty

Out into the morning, nice and early...


More Quentin Jardine books noted at lunchtime, the titles of which I need toi get round to checking against what my mum already has - which is surely almost everything...


Other than that, this is kind of how interesting the day was...


In the evening, I set about creating a six LP side compilation of tracks from the five solo albums by the members of Yes, recorded in 1975/6 - and, lo, it was good...

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Actual tracks are...

Sides 1-3
Ocean Song/Impressions/Spring Song of Innocence/Avakak (Anderson/Moraz/White)
Hold Out Your Hand/Solid Space/The Nature of the Sea/To The Runner (Squire/Anderson/Howe)
Impact/Warmer Hands/The Storm/Moon Ra/Chords/Song of Search (Moraz/Anderson)

Sides 4-6
Beginnings/Silently Falling (Howe/Squire)
Qoquaq Ën Transic/Naon/Transic Tö/Marching Into a Bottle/Break Away From It All/Symphony in the Space (Anderson/Howe/White/Moraz)
Doors of Sleep/Safe/Ram (Howe/Squire)

...just in case you want to make one up yourself...

On "University Challenge", a reasonable performance from Team Crispycat, scoring 130 points and coming in second.  Captain Wang was extremely annoying...

Lights out

Highlight of the Day : Yesmusic...

Sunday, January 19, 2020

40 years...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet featuring the Capital Models - Kind of Live at Club Nitty Gritty
Albéniz - España y otras piezas para piano
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 3 Blind Mice (Volume 1)
801 - 801 Live
Brian Eno & Harold Budd - The Pearl
Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets
Brian Eno - ENOBOX II / Vocal
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Flitterkram! - The Music of Fripp & Eno
Brian Eno - Solo Works 1974-2017
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan - Small Town
Aitana - Spoiler
Patrick Moraz - The Story Of I
Various - Affirmative: The Yes Solo Family Album
Igor Koroshev - Piano Works
Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow
Chris Squire - Fish Out Of Water
Alan White - Ramshackled
Steve Howe - Beginnings
And So I Watch You From Afar - Gangs
Haydn - Piano Trios Complete
Various - Perspectives And Distortion
Zahara - Santa
Brahms - Piano Works
Craig Armstrong - The Quiet American: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rodrigo Leão - O Aniversário
Various - Kehakuma
Zahara - Santa
Young The Giant - Young The Giant
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Together Again
Mariola Membrives - Lorca, Spanish Songs
Zahara - Astronauta
Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over
Premiata Forneria Marconi - I Grandi Successi
Joe Harriott - Abstract
Joe Harriott - Free Form
Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 3 Blind Mice (Volume 1)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 3 Blind Mice (Volume 2)
Albéniz - España y otras piezas para piano
Ligeti - Réquiem; Obras de cámara

The view from the office this morning...





40 years ago today - me and Anne...


I had hair then, not so much now...


A day of catching up on telly and new music and uploading the recordings from Friday and creating  "versions" of same, using the links from the audience recording and the rehearsal recordings and uploading them...

In the evening, out to celebrate... 




To Miller & Carter re a gift received 8 months ago now for my 60th...

Starters, goats cheese bruschetta for Anne, mini Yorkshires for the beast...




Mains, ribeye steaks...



Sweets - the best Banoffi Pie ever...


...and a fruit tart with sorbet for Anne...


Romance is not dead...

A lovely day all told...

Highlight of the Day : Celebrating with Anne...

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Almost back on the wagon...

Playlist
Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over
Premiata Forneria Marconi - I Grandi Successi
Joe Harriott - Abstract
Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons
Rodrigo Leão - O Aniversário
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 3 Blind Mice (Volume 2)
Aitana - Spoiler
Cloudland Blue Quartet featuring The Capital Models - 2020-01-11 (Set 2)
Cloudland Blue Quartet featuring The Capital Models - 2020-01-11 (Set 1)
Cloudland Blue Quartet featuring The Capital Models - 2020-01-12 (Set 1)

A quiet day...

Up in time to upload our 40th anniversary 1980 special podcast - recorded pre the Spain trip...


Then to, mainly, ripping and listening re the Spanish purchases and sorting out all the pics...

Loadsa telly watched too...

A visit to my mum as Anne enjoyed Hearts beating Airdrie 5-0 in the Scottish Cup...

Spain kinda did for my healthy lifestyle so time to get back on track...

Apart from tomorrow being our actual 40th anniversary of going out for the first time - and so we will be out again...

And then, back on the wagon...

Highlight of the Day : New music...

Friday, January 17, 2020

Back where I like to be...

Playlist
Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2019
Cloudland Blue Quartet featuring The Capital Models - 2020-01-11 (Set 1)
Efterklang - Altid Sammen
Aitana - Spoiler
Mariola Membrives - Lorca, Spanish Songs
Zahara - Astronauta

Up early...



...and almost first at breakfast - too early in fact for the omelette lady...


Packed and set...


We left the hotel at 8:15 and drove up to the airport...






...arriving in good time for our flight home...









Once again, no window seat, so pics snatched as and when...





Back in Edinburgh around 1:45 local time...


...and the beast was on a couple of buses home...


...to prep for this evening...


Into town earlier than required in order to secure a lamp for the music stand...

To the venue around 6:15...


...for the sound check...




Opening proceedings were Scott Renton and his band the Heartbreak Diet, with a nice set of originals and covers...




...before "Cloudland Blue Quartet featuring the Capital Models" took to the stage around 9:15 to celebrate 40 years of the CMs, with a set of covers by Lou Reed, the Velvets, Eno, Bowie, Ferry, Roxy Music and Simon & Garfunkel...

The scene from the stage...



Pics of our performance...

From the Exec Producer and Lynn's POV...




...from Ian Sclater...



...and nice clear ones from Stu's chum...





























Quasi punk quartet, Kurtz, were last on with a superb energetic set of mostly covers by the likes of Iggy, Stooges, Sonic Youth, Damned and Dead Kennedys...


Turned out drummer Johnny knew people in both the other bands - small world...

Home just after midnight after a long but very enjoyable day...

These glasses though, used on the night, are away the trip...


Meanwhile, Anne's picture has progressed in my absence...


That's it...

Highlight of the Day : Performing...

PS Stu's chum also made this video of our last song...


Setlist
A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
Rock'n'Roll
Perfect Day
Starman
By This River
I'm Waiting for the Man
Virginia Plain
On Some Faraway Beach
Walk on the Wild Side
Spinning Away
Let's Stick Together
Satellite of Love
Sweet Jane
Mrs Robinson