Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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The diary is now fully up to date...

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Up to date except the entries for the recent German trip (12-23 June) that is...

Pics are up for all those days, with scintillating text gradually being added - so do pop back for the updates...

12 June - Better late than never (Edinburgh/Seligenstadt)... Completed
13 June - Let the games begin, pt 873 (Seligenstadt/Erfurt)... Completed
14 June - Into the arena (Erfurt)... Playlist and pics only
15 June - Heading east (Erfurt/Leipzig)... Playlist and pics only
16 June - The art of the fugue (Leipzig)... Playlist and pics only
17 June - Monumental and monumentally stupid (Leipzig)... Playlist and pics only
18 June - Heading further east (Leipzig/Dresden)... Playlist and pics only
19 June - To the environs and back again (Dresden/Meissen/Moritzburg)... Playlist and pics only
20 June - To the top and back again, twice (Dresden/Pirna)... Playlist and pics only
21 June (Dresden/Chemnitz/Hof/Furth) - Playlist only and pics only
22 June (Furth/Nuremberg) - Playlist only and pics only
23 June - (Furth/Seligenstadt/Edinburgh) - That's this one - Map, Playlist and pics only...

It's a long laborious task this keeping a diary nonsense...


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Lazarus pt 658...

Playlist
Rush - Caress Of Steel
Rush - All The World's A Stage
Rush - Hammersmith Odeon Feb 20th 1978
Rush - R30
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Super 8 [Single]
Phil Manzanera - Primitive Guitars
Various Artists - Trance Nation Three
Various Artists - Blue Note Rare Grooves (1967-1971)
Roy Harper - Flashes From The Archives Of Oblivion
Various Composers - Meditations For All Seasons
The Stylistics - The Best Of The Stylistics
Stravinsky - Song Of The Nightingale, Symphony In C, Symphony In 3 Movements
Heath - African Sunrise, Manhattan Rave
2raumwohnung - 2raumwohnung Singles
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison [Live]
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Happy Is the Way (That Everyone Is Meant to Be) [Single]
Cloudland Blue Quartet - SXTY (Latest Mix)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Underground Like Doug McLure [Single]
Cloudland Blue Quartet - We Drove (2019 Edward Spark Reconstruction)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - No Last Tilt [Single]
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentyseventeen
Tippett - Tippett Conducts Tippett
Praetorius - Dances & Motets
Jon Anderson - Opus
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2018 Vol 29

Up just before seven...


Bastille Day today and so, it had to start with Rush...

Then, with the EP still a-slumbering, to the kitchen, to sing the newly written lyrics for a piece, "Super 8", into the hand held recorder...


Once again, I am looking to utilise one of Creeker Craig's newly created Creek backing tracks as inspiration...

All in all, my work this morning created a "combined" vocal track which, when added to the backing track was rather disappointing...

Oh well...

At nine, after two hours music work, prepping the wood from yesterday's attic tidy up, for being taken to the dump...

My "accidental painting" was to have gone but the shelf that it was accidentally painted onto would not fit into the car and was too thick to saw or break so a reprieve was granted...




Post therapeutic dumping of rubbish, to Patiserie Florentin for breakfast...

My barista skills produced a pair of buttocks...


No bacon for me but the poached egg and granary toast was much enjoyed...


A walk around Stockbridge, noting the Antony Gormley figure had been returned to the Water of Leith...



In the Shelter shop, some nice classical additions to the collection...





Home for some ripping and listening for me, some gardening and some sitting in the garden with Rory Custard for the EP - here, to illustrate, some pics from yesterday's visits...



Back at Crispycat Towers, adding guitar to "Super 8" and, suddenly, it worked...

A little bit of the men's Wimblydon final watched and, then, out to my mum's, where even more of the tennis was watched...

Then, to Anne's mum's, where the tennis was also being watched...

Kitty had been at the TRNSMT Festival on Friday in Glasgow, where she had witnessed Mabel, Aminé, A J Tracey, Years and Years, Gerry Cinnamon and Stormzy...

Her make-up and outfit had been excellent...




Look at those pantaloons!


...and she regaled us with tales of her festival visit...





Meanwhile a tasty tea was enjoyed and the tennis went on and on and on until, eventually, Djokavic beat Federer in a tie break in the fifth set, after 5 hours, one of which had been taken up by Djokavic bouncing the ball before his serves - and despite Federer having won more games...


So who was the real winner?


Home and a playlist compiled of new CBQ music, the makings of a new LP - nine tracks so far but very much a work in progress...

Listened back to it whilst watching a doc on Neil Armstrong...

Late on, another doc on American artist Faith Ringgold before hitting the sack, weekend over...

Highlight of the Day : Bringing a new track back from the dead...

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Accidental painting...

Playlist
Capital Models - 2019-07-09 (Trio Open Mic Rehearsal)
2 many dj's - As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Happy Is the Way (That Everyone Is Meant to Be) [Single]
Betts - Asahi (Promo)
Lee Hazlewood - Cake Or Death
The Stylistics - The Best Of The Stylistics
Pro Arte Guitar Trio - Arabesque
Brahms - Piano Works
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel IV (Ein Deutsches Album)
Andy Summers & Robert Fripp - I Advance Masked
Porcupine Tree - The Incident
Craig Armstrong - The Space Between Us
Falco - Helden von Heute
Novalis - Konzerte
David Bowie - Black Tie, White Noise
Rush - Permanent Waves
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 15
Various Artists - The Hard Bop Collection
Various Artists - Blue Note Trip - Sunrise/Sunset
Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age Of Wireless
Matthew FlorianzvWasteland Signals
Fennesz/Sakamto - Cendre
Yello - Pocket Universe
Mr McFall's Chamber - Upstart Jugglers
Various Artists - Sharp Shades And Finger Snaps
Uriah Heep - Into The Wild
Amalie Malling - Abrahamsen / Ruders / Nielsen / Pade: Piano Music
Die Ärzte - Live: Nach Uns Die Sintflut
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World
Sonar - Black Light
Bartók - Solo Piano Works
Various Artists - Blue Break Beats Vol 3
Supertramp - The Very Best Of Supertramp
Various Composers - Meditations For All Seasons
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Splinterheart
Various Artists - Time Machine - A Vertigo Retrospective
Various Artists - The Essential Motown Northern Soul
Bill Evans - New Jazz Conceptions
Lee Morgan - The Cooker
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Schnittke - Complete Piano Music
Tangerine Dream - Encore (Remastered 2018 / Deluxe Version)
Schubert - Symphonies #7 & 8
Herbie Hancock - The Complete Blue Note 60's Sessions
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2019 Vol 28
Tethered Moon - First Meeting
Alban Berg Quartett - Hommage
Cloudland Blue Quartet - No Last Tilt [Single]
2raumwohnung - 36 Grad Remixes
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Underground Like Doug McLure [Single]
Leipziger Streichquartett - Festgrefreßen (?!)
Alan Parsons - The Secret
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2018 Vol 28

Up early...


...and listening to some new stuff and writing this up for the last three days - it's so easy to get behind...

Breakfast at home...


Then, out to B&Q to pick up some further insulation stuff for the attic, now the tanks are gone...

Into said attic and some tidying and removing of a plethora of "bits of wood"...



...one of which had this "accidental painting " on it from my last session a few years ago now...


Everyone loves a tryptich,,, 

This arrived in the post -  a tasty 4CD box of music for throughout the year...


In the afternoon, while Anne watched the Ladies Teenis Final from Wimblydon, I recorded and uploaded this week's podcast...

A visit from Fang the Black Cat...


...brought in by Anne to be distracted and to keep him from stealing Rory Custard's food - Anne is looking after Rory Custard for a week or so...

Some comedy and drama enjoyed on the Tivo in the sape of "Ackley Bridge", "Brooklyn Nine Nine", "The Good Place" and "The Other Two"...

Tasty chicken pasta dish for tea and some more listening...

Late on, a not well known but very enjoyable Simon Pegg vehicle from 2015, "Man Up" also entertained...

A fairly uneventful Saturday over...

Highlight of the Day :  Accidental painting...

Friday, July 12, 2019

And on drums...

Playlist
10,000 Maniacs - Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure & Unknown Recordings
Luther Adams - In the White Silence
Tangerine Dream - Tangram
Soft Machine - Softs
Chic - Take It Off
Soft Machine - BBC Sessions (1971-1974)
Genesis - Platinum Collection
Sonny Rollins - The Blue Box: Blue Note's Best
Liza Minnelli - Results
The Who - My Generation
Brahms - Piano Works
Neal Morse - Momentum
Francis Dunnery - Let's Go Do What Happens
The Heavenly Music Corporation - Windfall Star
Capital Models - 2018-09-23 DR Covers Learning
Haydn - Complete String Quartets
Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood
Leonard Cohen - Songs From A Room
Various - The Wire Tapper 04
Icehouse - Primitive Man
Phil Manzanera - Firebird V11
Anger 77 - Allein Im Flugzeug
Herman Van Veen - Signale
Hawkwind - Epocheclipse
Ry Cooder - Music By Ry Cooder
Laurie Anderson - Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology
Beethoven - Hommage
Keimzeit - Im Elektromagnetischen Feld
Julian Lennon - Help Yourself
Various Composers - Deutsche Grammophon : Original Masters : The Singles
Ligeti - Works
Catrin Finch - Crossing The Stone
Beardfish - Destined Solitaire 
Lee Hazlewood - Cake or Death
Johnny Cash - American Recordings
2ManyDJs - As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
Pro Arte Trio - Arabesque
Creek - 2019
The Stylistics - The Best Of The Stylistics
Cocteau Twins - Stars & Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)

New flowers...


The view from the office this morning...


Soundtracked by the "Unplayed Yet" playlist on the phone...

The Hill I...


The Hill II...


A free bus journey - still getting used to the number of different buses I can use for nowt with the old codgers' bus pass...


Along to Dalry at lunchtime and, in the St Columba's Hospice shop they were selling their CDs for just 20 of your English New Pence each...

Accordingly, £1 was paid out...

Further old codgers - dead old codgers in fact...

This is really rather good...


This is sparse and better than I recall when Dr Prog played it to me and Anne at his flat over ten years ago and I slagged it off...


..and this includes a song to be played tonight, thanks to Mr Jamieson Frain of course...


...and, once, young whippersnappers...


And erm...


Come on, for 20p it's fine and dandy...

Further along, at the Cats' Protection League, this for £1.50 - listed on Amazon 2nd hand for £18...

Delightful...


Home this evening for super healthy fish, chips and peas from the fair hand of the EP, before she headed out to watch Hearts draw with lower league Dundee Utd in the League Cup - but win an extra point 5-3 on penalties - all accompanied by an ongoing torrential downpour...

The game was coincidentally showing at our venue this evening, The Beaton Docket (no idea what that means) in Portobello, for the first outing by the downsized Capital Models Trio, of me Stu and Keith...

Set up...


The night was opened by one of Keith's two other bands, in both of which he is the drummer as opposed to bassist - with us he is the once drummer now bassist...

They were top notch...


Then, "Frank", a man whom I would accompany later on, entertained for six or seven songs...


Your heroes then took to the (unpictured for their sets) stage and blasted through eleven of our twelve song pool for the evening - missing out only "Satellite of Love" as Keith couldn't remember how to play it (setlist below)...

This guy then played a selection of covers, including some Supertramp and a one man and his 12 string guitar version of "Mr Blue Sky"...

Impressive, if somewhat different...


He did not play the coda, advising there were too many instruments on it - erm, he'd just played the rest of "Mr Blue Sky"?

Then, a return for Alan, Ian and Keith (after a rendition of what I found out later was a Paul Weller song, with Alan on voice and guitar and Mr CBQ on the drums - for the first time in public since 1981)...

More rocking numbers from the trio, including cracking renditions of "Keep on Running" and a "Ziggy Stardust/Rebel Rebel" medley...


Every single song played tonight seemed to be being filmed by this young man down the front...


Turned out he was with Alan and Ian...


Our guitarist was also enjoying the night - although not sure if this pic illustrates that to the best effect...


And indeed Stu was our only guitarist for our second impromptu set, this time with me on the bass and Keith on drums - not too bad considering I'd not bassed for some considerable time and in fact, tonight was the first time I'd ever played it on "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"...

Finally, Frank returned to the stage with a rendition of "In the Air Tonight" - for which the Cloudland Blue Drummer accompanied, from the "do do, do do, do do, do do, do do do" drum break, mid song, onwards...

Ian then joined us on bass, for the apt "It's All Over Now"...


..and then it was, indeed, all over...

Take down...


Home at 1am, Anne up and waiting...

A very good night indeed...

Highlight of the Day : Drumming in public...

Capital Models Setlists

I
Virginia Plain
Folsom Prison Blues
Proud Mary
Rhinestone Cowboy
Perfect Day
Let's Stick Together
Starman
Suspicious Minds
Stuck in the Middle With You
Brown Eyed Girl
Mrs Robinson

II
A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
Leavin' on a Jet Plane
Sweet Jane