Thursday, April 20, 2017

Arrivals...

Playlist
Various - The Wire Tapper 23
Various - The Wire Tapper 24
Laura Pausini - Paris 2005

An uneventful day - until I got home and the last Laura Pausini album I didn't have (no wait, I haven't got the Xmas one...) had arrived...


...along with nine Wire Tappers...


This was added randomly to the collection...


Much of the night spent watching TV with the return of "Brooklyn Nine Nine" and "New Girl" plus a new "Big Bang"...

"This Week" was quite good too...

That was it...

Highlight of the Day : Arrivals...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mascarpone is always a winner...

Playlist
Various - Acquisitions April 2017 on Shuffleplay
Various - The Wire Tapper 26
Sun Ra - Atlantis
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017 Vol 16 (1st Draft)

The view from the office this morning...



The EP is good at flowers...

A fairly uneventful day...

A walk to Fopp and back at lunchtime, no purchases...

A meet with brother-in-law Bob though...

Back home, another Wire Tapper arrived - the next 9 are coming from the same source so should arrive together...


This 1960 recording was randomly added...


Extremely tasty pasta dish from the EP - mascarpone is always a winner...

In the evening, nothing but compiling and listening to tracks for Saturday's podcast...

Enjoyable...

Kind of...

Highlight of the Day : Pasta...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Back room and quiet for a change...

Playlist
Allan Holdsworth - Discography
James Brown - Please Please Please
Various - The Wire Tapper 30
John Eliot Gardiner - Monteverdi & His Contemporaries

The view from the office this morning...




...while this entered the collection, again from brother-in-law Keith...


Soundtracked all day by Mr Holdsworth, whilst out and about...

This arrived in the post, first of , I think, 11 Wire Tappers of the many issued since I gave up my Wire subscription after volume 22...


A walk at lunchtime along to Dalry and these from the Cancer Research shop for £1 each...

Tasty dub from King Tubby - quite a few "new" tracks on this...


...and some singing - John Eliot Gardiner's first recordings from 1967...


In the evening, post a very tasty Mexican from the EP, a visit from Keith Apter for some musicking before he heads to Berlin on Thursday...

Electric again, this time in the backroom and I let the recordings of me and drummer Johnny do the singing - so, nice and quiet for the Exec Producer downstairs...

We managed all 28 songs...


...before coffee and biscuits downstairs and chat with Anne...

Late on "Holby City" was up to the usual standards...

Lights out...

Highlight of the day : Musicking...

Monday, April 17, 2017

Particularly good skies...

Playlist
Various - The Wire Tapper 1-22, 41

Spent almost the entire day, Easter Monday, listening to the newly added Wire Tapper compilations on shuffleplay...

134 tracks in just over 9 hours...

A call to my mum...

Sister Sheila has visited and all seems ok with the legs...

The podiatrist will be in tomorrow, the District Nurse on Wednesday...

On the way home, particularly good skies were noted...













In the evening, "Broadchurch" came to an end...

It was ok...

In the post, new reading glasses - just because...


...and a spindle of CD-Rs - in case I end up recording a new LP anytime soon and want to make it available in physical form...

This randomly entered the collection...


 ...a 3CD set from Mr Waits - started listening but soon got bored...

hey ho...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Discovering great music which has lain unlistened to for years...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The man who changed guitar forever...

Playlist
Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2016 Vols 1-52
Haydn - The Collection
Rusconi - Works
Concerto Köln - Box Set
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 01
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 04
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 05
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 06
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 09
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 10
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 11
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 12

Up reasonably late today and looking for works by Rusconi, one of the composers from last night -managed to download around 2 hours of weird classical music...

Out to my mum's for lunch - she was looking remarkably ok, all things considered...


Some shopping was undertaken for her...

Back home, much time was spent ripping old Wire Tapper compilations of strange and wonderful - and not so wonderful - music into the iTunes...


...and this was added to the collection randomly - it's pretty dreadful truth be told...


"Line of Duty" continued and was as excellent as usual...

Late on some dreadful news, Allan Holdsworth dead, unexpectedly, at age 70...


I've been a fan since 1978 and his work with UK - of whom, of course, John Wetton died at the end of January...

You may not have heard of Allan Holdsworth but he was one of the world's greatest guitarists and hugely influential - testament to which were the outpourings of grief from world renowned guitarists at his passing...

I have a just a few of his works...


...along with many of his collaborative discs with Soft Machine, Bruford, UK, Tony Williams, Ian Carr, Planet X - the list goes on...

I saw him play live three times and even met him once, in a fanboy stylee...


That was a good day, this was a sad day...

His solo albums have just been remastered and released in a box set entitled "The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever" - which kind of says it all really...

Lowoght of the Day : The death of Allan Holdsworth...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bad but not as bad as it might have been, and some good too...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selections 2016
Django Reinhardt - Django Et Compagnie
Beethoven - Symphony 3
Jason Moran - Black Stars
Haydn - Symphonies 1-20
Sleepmakeswaves - Made of breath only

Up early and moving furniture around the back room to this formation...





The view from the office this morning...



The beast was listening to music...


...and taking stupid pictures, utilising seldomly utilised features on his camera......




This one proved popular on The Twitter...


The beast was wondering if, perhaps, he had too much music...


..as was Teddy, the over 50 year old Teddy...


All seemed right with the world...


...and this was randomly added to the collection....


But phone calls had been missed due to ears full of headphones...

My mum had had rather a bad fall at home in the night - more of an accident with her zimmer really, which left both her shins slashed wide open...

She didn't seem to realise she could press her panic button even between midnight and 7am...

We think this happened around 3am and the ambulance didn't arrive until almost 9am...

 Blood everywhere apparently...

Sister Sheila and brother-in-law Andrew drove back from their caravan at North Berwick and cleaned up the house while the EP and I met the ambulance when we got to the infirmary around 10...

The almost 87 year old lady was seen swiftly and effectively, both wounds "stuck" back together - can't use stitches as "old" skin is no use re that - and both legs well bandaged up...

I must advise that everyone at the hospital was brilliant...

...and that I very nearly fainted when I saw both her legs sliced wide open...

But mum was super stoic as regarded the surely excruciating pain...


It will, of course, take several weeks for the wounds to heal but she is fine in herself, bright as a button, if a little shell-shocked...

By 2:30 she was back home enjoying a cup of tea...



We spent the rest of the afternoon with her, removing the offending "join" between her bedroom carpet and hall laminate which I think her zimmer got stuck on and making sure she could get up the stairs etc all ok...

Sheila and Andrew popped by too before heading back to N Berwick...

We left her at around 5:30, resting her legs.  She's covered in bruises too...



 We'll be back tomorrow for lunch and our usual Sunday visit...

The next week or so will be crucial with regard to possible infection etc...

On the upside, all this had meant we'd been unable to attend Hibernian v Queen of the South with nephew Olly - just as well as Queens were trounced 3-0 meaning Hibs won the league...

QoS down to 6th on goal difference...

Back home, the tickets for next Friday had arrived from Lex & Moira - I'd thought no post over the Easter weekend... 


This evening, out...







...to the Festival Theatre...



...for three pieces of Avant-Garde Dance from The Phoenix Dance Company of Leeds - all to far out electronic sounds...


...just my cup of tea - and that of the EP too...


...and the very dab after a stressful day...


The quality of choreography, performance and music was extremely high..

Another eminently enjoyable night of dance...

Here are some videos if you're interested...




Out just after 9...




...and home to the first in the new series of "Dr Who"...

Which too was very good indeed...

A day of ups and downs...

Highlight of the Day : Mum's leg scenario being bad but not as bad as it might have been...