Monday, December 31, 2018

End of the year...

Playlist
DJ Hell - Zukunftsmusik
Bach, C P E - Cello Concertos, WQ 170-172
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Disquietmusik II
Various - 70s Groove
Soft Machine - Six
Art Pepper - Smack Up
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
Bay City Rollers - Dedication
Paul Linklater - Smooth Sailing And How
The Church - Forget Yourself
Various - Time Machine - A Vertigo Retrospective
Brian Eno & John Cale - Wrong Way Up
Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
Donny McCaslin - Blow.
Creek - Reconstructed
Donny McCaslin - Fast Future
Alice Cooper - A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies

Into town today to do my duty...

Post that though, a walk to Fopp and the final purchase of the year, from saxophonist Donny McCaslin...


Back home, downloaded more of his stuff from Bandcamp...

In the afternoon, "Antman" watched and enjoyed...

The cats were behaving, as we set off for Jane and Bobby's...



...for tonight's celebrations re the end of the year...


In attendance, Jane, Bob, us, Olly and three further couples with whom J&B do dinners at each other's houses during the year, Alan & Mariam, Debbie & Peter and Alastair & Diane..

They are parents of three of Olly's friends...


Much chat, drinking and carousing took place...








Meanwhile, Kitty was having fun in another part of town with chums Samantha, Heidi and Emily...


No goats were injured in the taking of the above pic...

At midnight, we toasted the old year and brought in the new...







A bus home around 1:30 am...

Today's artwork, No 365 of 365, is "Seeing Out the Year"...


Highlight of the Day : End of the year...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

From scratch...

Playlist
Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2018 Vols 1-52
Capital Models - 2018-12-16
Neil Young - Paradox OST
Tracey Thorn - Record
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Michael Rother - Chronicles I
Berlioz - 100 Best Tunes
Mozart - Best Mozart 100
Dukes Of The Orient - Dukes Of The Orient
Hammock - Mysterium
Eels - Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
Miles Okazaki - Work
Yes - Tormato
Refugee - Refugee
Bill Nelson - Buddha Head
Rainbow - Rainbow Rising
Long Distance Calling - Avoid The Light

Up...


..and, after the utter annoyance of creating yesterday's podcast, worked through an idea I had as I snoozed prior to rising...

It worked and could save me some considerable time going forward...

Kind of decided to cut things back to an hour again from the start of 2019...

Having said that, used the new method to create and post up a second 2 hour classical only podcast...

My idea from last week did not work - once again, my "normal" podcast, with a few classical tracks spread across its two hour duration, is in the Global Classical Top 30 at Mixcloud while my purely classical podcast only made number 99 then dropped out...

Algorithms eh?

At 10:55, Anne reminded me I was supposed to be in Roslin at 11...

Oops - this was after I'd Whatsapped the team at 7am with today's setlist...

Arrived at 11:20 and we soon got going...

Turkey Sandwiches and Mince Pies provided by Moira and Chloe at half time as we discussed the likely set up for the three groups Keith will play for at his belated 60th on 1 February...

Then, back to work - sounding not to bad all told...

Here, the culprits..

Paul, Stu...


Keith, John...


Rip Reynolds...


Cobblers...


Aptman...


Johnny W...


...and some pics from Stu's phone...




Post take down, over to my mum's for a visit - on good form having been to church this morning and latest antibiotics finishing tomorrow...

The new rug looks good...


...the one on the floor, not her head...


She enjoyed the diary entries for Xmas and Boxing Days...

Good skies as I left...



Home to Anne and the cats - Anne made spaghetti carbonara from scratch...


...from a recipe in the book received at Xmas from chum Gina...


Yum...


"Les Miserables" much enjoyed this evening - though I would not touch the musical with a bargepole...

The cats were getting on well together...


Today's, penultimate, artwork, "Red Sky at Night"...


Highlight of the Day : Playing with the boys...

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A trip along the coast...

Playlist
Max Richter - Sleep
The Divine Comedy - Foreverland
Marillion - All One Tonight: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Haken - L+1VE- [Recorded live at Progpower USA 2016]
Weserbergland - Sehr Kosmisch, Ganz Progisch
Jean-Michel Jarre - Aero
Villa-Lobos - The Complete String Quartets
Glasperlenspiel - Licht & Schatten [Deluxe Edition]
Craig Armstrong - Sun On You
Haydn - String Quartets (Complete)
Takemitsu - Complete Solo Guitar Works
Najwa - Donde Rugen Los Volcanes
Long Distance Calling - Boundless
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall
Federico Albanese - By the Deep Sea
Pleyel - String Quartets, Op. 2/1-3
The Paper Kites - On the Train Ride Home
GoGo Penguin - A Humdrum Star
DJ Hell - Zukunftsmusik
Spock's Beard - Noise Floor
Brian Reitzell - Auto Music
Agnes Obel - Citizen Of Glass
Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis - The Lighthouse
Justin Currie - What Is Love For
The Bad Plus - Never Stop II
Fran├žoise Hardy - Personne d'autre
Soft Machine - Hidden Details
Max Richter - Memoryhouse
John Grant - Love Is Magic
Haken - Vector
Laura Pausini - Fatti sentire ancora
Umphrey's McGee - it's not us
Tangents - New Bodies
Itzhak Perlman - Violin Encores
Greenslade - Greenslade
Bill Nelson - Buddha Head

Inevitably...


Cat havoc ahoy...





Recorded the music for today's podcast but not the links...

Out late morning over to Leith to check out the market...


Disappointing...

Good skies though...


On along the coast to North Berwick...





At Quality Street...


...opposite the car park where sister Pam and I, in the late 60s, had a competition to see how long we could sit in our mum and dad's car with all the windows up in the baking heat...


...there was no baking heat today, but there was fish and white pudding and chips for lunch...

Watched over...


...by these cats...


A walk around the town resulted in three purchases at the BHF shop - Itzak Perlman, Bill Nelson and Greenslade...




Then to "Why Not?" for coffees and tray bakes in nice surroundings, next to their roaring fire...





The salted caramel rocky road was a tasty end of year indulgence...


A further walk....



...finding Steampunk, recently declared by Anne's mum to be the best coffee place in the world...




We will partake next time...

Back to the car...


A rock which seemed much larger when I was a child...




Managed just and no more to stay awake on the drive home...

I ripped and listened and recorded the rest of the podcast in rather a convoluted, frustrating and annoying way and finally got it out...

Anne made carrot, coriander and spinach soup - tasty...

Hearts beat Hibs away from home 1-0 - Anne delighted - Queens drew 1-1 at home to league leaders Ayr Ud...

The cats were not bothered about either of these results...


Today's artwork, third last in the series of 365, "Steampunk Campervan"...


Highlight of the Day : A trip along the coast...