Friday, December 09, 2016

Knowing these days will come does not prepare us for their coming...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selections 2016
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Trilogy
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon

Well now, today it is five years since sister Pam left us...

She was indeed a mischievous soul, loved and, now, still, missed by many...


A night out had been in the offing until the situation with Wee Dougie this week and, indeed, the onset of my own lurgi - great news today that he has been discharged and is on his way home to Yorkshire - he will return for Christmas... 

News today that sister Sheila and husband Senior are now both down with the viral infection which ailed the wee man...

And so, a postponement...

A call to my mum - she is ok with matters and I will see her on Sunday morning...

Listening today, I had this year's podcasts on shuffleplay and what should come on but the episode recorded just after the death of Keith Emerson...

Other listening today, took in a goodly amount of ELP's impressive early catalogue and Mr Lake's debut with King Crimson from 1969 and his post-exit work on the group's second LP...


Knowing these days will come does not prepare us for their coming...

A nice meet up for coffee with Creek cohort and podcast jingle-master Mr Stu Cobley, who was in town for a couple of hours on a cheeky wee trip up from the borders...

Good chat...

Highlight of the Day : Remembering my wee sis...

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The passing of Mr Lake...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selections 2016

Unexpected and sad news today as we discovered 2016 has now done for two thirds of Emerson, Lake & Palmer with Greg Lake succumbing yesterday to a long battle with cancer - a battle of which few were aware - following on from the suicide, earlier this year of Keith Emerson...

Bloody Hell 2016...

"21st Century Schizoid Man", "Epitaph", "Trilogy", "Tarkus" "Karn Evil 9"...


It seems to be that 2016 is leading to a lot of people my age beginning to realise we do not have that much time left...

With that in mind, your correspondent was back "out and about" and an annual party resulted in a worse for wear scenario, which is quite effectively pictured here on the way down Crispycat Hill from the Terminus...





Hmmm...

Lowlight of the Day : The passing of Mr Lake...

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A good birthday, given the circumstances...

Playlist
Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas 6 - 8
Burgksteiner - Barytonmusik des 18. Jahrhunderts
Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2016 Vol 49
Eloy - Ocean
Gnidrolog - Lady Lake
The Peter Brötzmann Octet - Machine Gun
Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny - Beyond The Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
Wes Montgomery & The Winton Kelly Trio - Smokin' At The Half Note
Sam Rivers - Crystals
Albert Ayler - Attica Blues

Another day of illness...

Some music listening before succumbing to the need for sleep...


"Robocop" remake accompanied lunch...

In the late afternoon, some pics posed to The Fleecebook by Andy and Tori re Wee Dougie's first birthday...










He's looking much better and sister Sheila advised, once a bed is available, he will be moved to a "normal" ward...

Good news after a fraught few days...

Telly this evening - "Big Bang", "In Plan Sight" and "Holby"...

Lights out, determined to get back to normal tomorrow...

Highlight of the Day : Improved Dougie...

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Laid low versus sitting up...

Playlist
Santana - Beyond Appearances
Santana - Freedom
Jo Jo Gunne - Bite Down Hard
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe(')
Jherek Bischoff - Cistern
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream
Tangerine Dream - Booster VII
Albert Ayler - Holy Ghost
Wolff - Early Piano Pieces
Santana - Santana III
Albert King - King Of The Blues Guitar
Justin Rutledge - The Early Widows
Santana - Shaman
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Le Pot - She
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - We're Only in It for the Money
Laura Pausini - Tra Te e Il Mare
Laura Pausini - Resta In Ascolto
Soft Cell - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye: Live
The Moody Blues - Long Distance Voyager
The Flower Kings - Flower Power
Haubenstock-Ramati - Concerto A Tre
The Zawinul Syndicate - The Immigrants
Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin - Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 1973
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Yello - Toy
Nina Simone - The Nina Simone Collection: A Selection Of Tracks Recorded For The Colpix Label
Joe Henderson - Tetragon
Rijnvos - Block Beuys
Roy Buchanan - Roy Buchanan
Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
Mark Gardener - Ulrich Schnauss Remixes
Max Jury - Max Jury
Hawkwind - White Zone
Santana - The Woodstock Experience
Queen - News Of The World
Sophia Anne Caruso - Lazarus OST
Defunkt - A Blues Tribute: Jimi Hendrix & Muddy Waters
Santana - Caravanserai
David Sylvian - Everything And Nothing
Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
Joe Henderson - Black Miracle
Frank Zappa - Chunga's Revenge
Santana - Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live!
Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart - I Could Have Been A Contender
Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
Queen - The Game
Velvet Underground - Pre-Velvets
Schumann - Schumann: Piano Trios, Quartet & Quintet
Wolpe - Four Generations
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Bttb
Santana - Santana
Adam and the Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier

A day spent almost entirely in bed, shuffleplay frenzy whilst drifting in and out of sleep - apart from being up for leftover macaroni for lunch - still tasty...

Better news from the hospital - the wee man passed the heart tests and appears to be on the mend - this txt'd from sister Sheila...


In the evening, a call from sister Pam's chum Debbie in Hemel - unbelievably, the 5th anniversary is approaching...

New show on telly "This Is Us" appears to have a very real possibility of becoming rather cloying- but we'll see...

In footy, Queens lost in the league for the 7th time in a row -  a last minute goal in Dumfries by St Mirren earned my ex-home town team their first win of the season...

Disappointing...

Highlight of the Day : Improving Dougie...

Monday, December 05, 2016

Return of the lurgi...

Playlist
Freddie Hubbard - First Light
Joe Henderson - If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Problem
Freddie Hubbard - Keystone Bop: Sunday Night

The views from the office this morning...




Having felt fine this morning, by the late afternoon, it was clear the lurgi had invaded...

The evening was a wipe out...

Slumped on the sofa watching TV...

The high point was Anne's very tasty home made Macaroni Cheese...

News from the hospital re Wee Dougie was slightly better but remained not good...

Better news tomorrow we hope...

Highlight of the Day : Home cooking...

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Eventual better word...

Playlist
Sam Rivers - Streams
Albert Ayler - Live In Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings
Pete La Roca - Basra
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream
Susato - Dansereyre 1551
Bliss - A Colour Symphony, Adam Zero
Albert Ayler - Holy Ghost
Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
Talvihorros - Eaten Alive
Nyman - Piano Concerto; MGV
Adele - 21
Bach, J S - Gonzalo X. Ruiz : Soliloquies
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
NRBQ - Message For The Mess Age
Various - Blue Bacharach: A Cooler Shaker
Various - The Cream Of Funky Jams Vol. 1
Various - Island Presents: Rock Steady
The Four Tops - Motown's Greatest Hits
Various - The Mute Song Sampler
Various - Ten Years Of Phonica
Jah Wobble - I Could Have Been A Contender
Yello - Hands On Yello
Frank Black - Frank Black Francis
Various - Sónar 2000
The Flower Kings - Flower Power
Vasks - Baltic Elegy - String Quartets By Vasks, Tüür & Pärt
John McLaughlin - Extrapolation
Skidmore Osborne Surman - SOS
Kansas - The Prelude Implicit
The Velvet Underground - Scepter Studio Sessions 1966-04-25
Lou Reed- NYC Man
Burgksteiner - Barytonmusik des 18. Jahrhunderts
Jeff Beck - Beck-Ola
Joe's All Stars - Brixton Cat
Metcalfe - Scorching Bay
Various - Is It Rolling Bob - Dub Versions
Larry Coryell - Spaces
Drumheller - Wives
Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod [Single]
Dÿse - Das Nation
Frost - Through The Eyes Of Love
Various - Textures
Wood, James - Stoicheia
Pink Floyd - The Early Singles
Herman Van Veen - My Cat And I
WF Bach - Three Fantasias, Three Fugues, Three Sonatas
Joe Henderson - If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Problem
Joe Henderson - The Kicker

Up at six and time, once again, to bring the red books of CDs I own up to date...


...with the latest acquisitions...


...supplemented by coffee...


Later, breakfast for the birds...




...and actually giving an LP a spin...



Uptown around 10...


Along George St...




...to newly opened Dishoom, for an unusual and very tasty breakfast/brunch...



Later, in Jenner's buying some Xmas stuff and a call from sister Sheila...


Much concern for wee Dougie...

An afternoon at home awaiting further news...

Which, after some considerable time and worry, came and was reasonably positive...

Late on, to Anne's mum's for the family tea - awaiting further news...

This time, even better - the problem at last diagnosed and treated and the wee man seems to be on the mend - touch wood...

Home and some listening to Joe Henderson - another of brother-in-law Keith's ex-CDs (which I already had as a burn) - so good, in fact, it led me to rip the remainder of the great saxophonist's 13 LP Milestone label discography onto the hard drives...


Some footie highlights, updating this, then bed after a fraught day...

Which must have been considerably more so for poor Andy and Tori...

Hopefully more good news tomorrow...

Highlight of the Day : Eventual better word...

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Hard times with hope to the fore...

Playlist
Janos Liebner/Hans Pischner - Barytonmusik des 18. Jahrhunderts
Jeff Beck - Beck-Ola
Larry Coryell - Spaces
Drumheller - Wives
Dÿse - Das Nation
Various - Trance Music Express : Textures
Joe's All Stars - Brixton Cat
Metcalfe - Scorching Bay
VArious - Is It Rolling Bob - Dub Versions
Wood, James - Stoicheia
Pink Floyd - The Early Singles
Herman Van Veen - My Cat And I
James Last - Classics
Berio - Sequenzas
Paul Corley - Disquiet
Frith - Eleventh Hour
David Bowie - Heathen
Chris Botti - To Love Again
Moylan - Origins
Brumel - Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus
Various - Strange Country
Ibert - Complete Chamber Music
Jeroen Van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection Vols X-XX
Teresa Salgueiro/Zbigniew Preisner - Silence, Night And Dreams
Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod [Single]
Frost - Through The Eyes Of Love
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream
David Bowie - Heathen
Mike Posner - I Took a Pill in Ibiza [Single]
Kings of Leon - Waste a Moment [Single]
Sigma feat Birdy - Find Me [Single]
Jah Wobble - I Could Have Been A Contender
Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
Lou Reed - The Power of the Heart [Single]
Pete La Roca - Basra
Sam Rivers - Streams
Albert Ayler - Live In Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings
Neal Morse Band - The Similtude of a Dream

Up around seven and to the computer with thoughts in my head about things I could do...

Amongst them, editing out the small gaps between tracks on the copy of Neal Morse's new album which Prog Rock Willie had dropped into the Dropbox this week...

...and using the random number generator method to choose this week's podcast playlist...

To the back room and split the collection into 92 separate sections (on paper)...




Then, randomly select 26 numbers between 1 and 92 and, from each of those sections, I chose one album...


This is how I waste my time on a Saturday morning before the Exec Producer awakes...



Here, the selection..


Going forward, I have increased the possible sections to the full 99 available on the generator...

Some time spent then choosing tracks and listening and refining the music choices...

Meanwhile, upon the EP's rising, this wee monkey spotted in the garden...



...who may well also be featured in these...

Quality of this is dire but you can see Squirrel disappearing off the front wall at the gate and its chum, Magpie, making its way to a neighbour's tree...


Squirrel soon returned...


Watched by Magpie...


Not long after this, the entire coconut shell had disappeared...


In the afternoon, while Queens threw away yet another game in the league, going down 2-1 to lowly Dumbarton, and Hearts squandered the chance to beat Ross County in Dingwall, drawing 2-2, we visited my mum, after sister Sheila had advised Grand Nephew Wee Dougie would be in attendance around 4...

In the event, Sheila had to take him to the doc and, from there, to the Sick Kids Hospital, where he was admitted with Bronchialitis - apparently very common in young babies - 1 in 3 gets it, of which around 3% are hospitalised re assistance being required with breathing...

While it appears to be a virus that must run its course, the wee man is very ill and is being kept in...

Worrying times...

Indian, "Strictly" and "Michael McIntyre" kind of entertained...

Even later on, these two items made their way into the collection from the CDs rescued from brother-in-law Keith's black bags of doom two weeks ago....


...and a couple of downloads too from Sam Rivers and Pete La Roca...

And a shedload of Zappa/Mothers and Jeff Beck from Jorg's hard drive joined the fray too...

Communications with sister Sheila late on...

Lowlight of the Day : The wee man in hospital...