Saturday, July 26, 2014

The best porridge in the world is not necessarily the best porridge for your well being...

Playlist
Various - Weekly Playlist No 30
Max Jury - Christian Eyes (Single)
Various Composers - The Harpsichord In The Netherlands
Vivaldi - Concerti "Alla Rustica"
Sch├╝tz - Psalmen Davids
Sex Pistols - Kiss This
The Shangri-Las - The Best Of The Shangri-Las
Searchlights - Searchlights

Up early as ever and wrote up the podcast notes and got it posted up...

First indications are that it's the least popular for a while - not surprising but, for me, it rewards -  these days of course, asking anyone to listen to two hours of anything is what Gary Lineker would call "a big ask" - and so if you then make the content a bit more "difficult", the results are predictable...

Not to worry...

Some early morning re-writing of the Robert Graves song following the Exec Producer's observation that the chorus was a rewrite of a previous CBQ chorus...

Success...

A new discovery this morning was Max Jury, a singer songwriter from Des Moines who we will see in London later this year...

We walked down the hill to The Original Coffee Bean for breakfast, where my attempt to eschew the worst excesses of an eaten out breakfast were thwarted by my very healthy porridge being accompanied by little jars of strawberry jam and cream...



Somehow, I couldn't resist adding their contents to the plate of goodness - and I must say it was the best portion of porridge I've ever tasted...

We took a walk along Corstorphine High Street, stopping off at each of the many charity shops and visiting the Corstorphine Art Group Exhibition 2014 at St Ninian's Church Hall, where there were some excellent pieces on display (and a sign saying absolutely no photography)...

Favourites included some trees, a puffin, a star form a US war plane, a giraffe and a hare...

Back up the hill - I had bought a copy of Gunter Grass's novel "The Tin Drum" while Anne got something to read on holiday - we also added to the list of over 40 DVDs yet to be watched, by partaking of "The Lovely Bones"...



No lunch post the strawberry jam and cream porridge intake...

We watched chum Raymondo's daughter Natalie running/swimming/cycling the first leg for Scotland in the Triathalon relay in the Commonwealth Games...

The did not win...

Not to worry...

Anne was off to the football this afternoon, witnessing Hearts beat Annan 3-1 in the cup which Queens won two seasons ago - Queens were 2-0 up at home to Livingston but were pulled back and, in extra time, went down 4-3 - disappointing start to the season...

A new discovery this afternoon was the band Searchlights, from Wisconsin...

In the evening, it was out to the Queens Hall for your correspondent  - situated at a table near the front  in a very respectful audience - just the job...



A brilliant concert, which reminded me of why it is that this group is one of my all time favourites...


I waited till the encore was completed before taking a couple of flashless snaps...




It was the last night of a two week European Tour and, for the record, the set list (two sets, each of between 45 and 50 minutes), was as follows...

Pound for Pound
The Empire Strikes Backwards
Golden Prisms Incorporated*
Dirty Blonde
Inevitable Western*
Epistolary Echoes*

Prehensile Dream
Thriftstore Jewellery
Mr Now*
Adopted Highway**
"Last Night of the Tour" song (during which bassist Reid Anderson sang about how it was the last night of the tour and that there were CDs for sale which they'd really like to sell)
Seven Minute Mind

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Those with asterisks were new songs from the upcoming LP "Inevitable Western", their second this year, following on from "The Rite of Spring" - which I was prepared for this evening but of which they played nothing (**this is the title of Dave King's Trucking Company's last album so may not be on the new Bad Plus LP)...

A drive home through the rain...

On arrival, I thought I'd lost my ticket - but I'd merely put it away in my wallet for safe keeping...


Another good Saturday...

Highlight of the Day : The Bad Plus...

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