Saturday, August 31, 2019

German trip being gradually written up but scroll past this for the latest, possibly less interesting updates...

As of 30 July, I have now written up the fifth day of the German trip...

Pics are up for the whole trip, with scintillating text gradually being added - so do pop back for the updates...

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...


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Planned and unplanned and adding words...

Playlist
Ackerman - Interplay Classical (The World of Robert Ackerman, Box 1)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen
Pet Shop Boys - Pet Shop Boys Live in Berlin
Thomas Köner - Tiento de la Luz
The Observers - Trojan Dub Rarities Box Set
Alice Cooper - Dragontown
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
Icehouse - Measure for Measure
Françoise Hardy - Messages Personnels (Box Set)
New Order - Technique
Peter Gabriel - New Blood
Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets
Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen (Neuhold)

The view from the office this morning I...


The view from the office this morning II...


The view from the office this morning III...

Last night's beast, just before being let out into the wild - it was actually orange...


Quiet breakfast at home then a visit from kind of step nephew in law Blair, who will do some work in the attic soon...

I took the opportunity to retrieve my 39 year old synthesiser and add it to the set up...


...which was followed by a run through the proposed set based on the proposed new LP...


At 12:30, into town, accompanied by a Beethoven String quartet we would hear this afternoon...

We were slightly early for our lunch date and so I took the opportunity to visit a couple of shops, partaking of my second 14CD Ring Cycle, for just five of your English pounds...


To Piccolinos at Tollcross for a lunch, with Keith and Maureen...

Good chat and very tasty sustenance enjoyed...

I started with meatballs...


..and continued with Venison pasta - Anne enjoyed a risotto...


Pasta Bolognese for Keith...


Spaghetti Vongole for Maureen...


Red wine for my cohorts, sparkling mineral water for me and lovely coffees to round things off...

Farewells said then the short walk to St Michael's and All Saints for a concert by the Roxburgh Quartet of three songs by Poulenc arranged for quartet plus Beethoven's 1st Rasumovsky, with a nice intro chat from the lead violinist...


By complete coincidence, drummer Johnny and Moira were there too, while Chloe as dancing...


An excellent and very enjoyable performance with much animated playing...

More good chat as we walked down Lothian Road, before we drove home...

Rain ensued...



As did, finally, "Luther" - the last series - we had not seen any of the previous ones...

Enjoyable..

Two episodes of four watched...

Then more music work - adding new verses to "I Have Lost My Spark" and communicating with Creeker Craig over the Whatsapp on matters...


I sent him a link to today's set run through...


...then hit the sack with Wagner in the cans...

Highlight of the Day : Everything...

Friday, August 16, 2019

On the wall or in the mirror, which is the real beast....

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen Live V2
Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly (Expanded Edition)
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I
Lemon Juice Quartet - Peasant Songs
Culture - Two Sevens Clash: The 30th Anniversary Edition
The Unwinding Hours - Afterlives
Dave King - Indelicate
Rheostatics - Rearview [Single]
Gerhard - Complete String Quartets
Anthéne - Divisions
Schoenberg Quartet - Van Vlijmen, Vermeulen, Andriessen String Quartets
Satie - L'Œuvre Pour Piano
Brodsky Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 18
Valery Popov - Mozart; Weber; Hummel: Bassoon Concertos
Beastie Boys - The Sounds Of Science
Various Artists - Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film Moulin Rouge!
Various Artists - Funked!: Volume 1 1970 - 1973
Various Artists - Singerman!
Elvis Costello - The Very Best Of Elvis Costello
Corin Raymond - There Will Always Be A Small Time
Thisquietarmy - Vessels
Ackerman - Interplay Classical (The World of Robert Ackerman, Box 1)

Up early and this, the view...


Then this...


...and these...


Breakfast at home...


At lunchtime, a walk up to Tollcross and a few items chanced upon in that particular branch of the BHF...


This Canadian self financed disc is on Amazon for almost £200...

Weird - the Amazon price, not the music, that's good...


This is also Canadian but of the ambient variety...


Back home, I'd taken a chance a few days ago on a 3CD set of music by composer Robert Ackerman and it had arrived, rather swiftly...

Top notch crossover between classical and jazz...


Anne was off round to Bob's to watch Motherwell v Hearts in the League Cup with Olly and his chum Murray...

A glorious 2-1 win for the Jam Tarts...

Meanwhile, I whittled down 40 odd hours of listening into the 55 minutes for this week's podcast, recorded the links and recorded the podcast itself...

All the time, this beast was on the wall, watching, waiting...


Meanwhile, this beast has been about its business over the last seven weeks...


...but he still hasn't written up all the entries for the German trip...

Stupid beast - me, not the one on the wall..

To bed with it still there and Ackerman in the cans...

Highlight of the Day : Podcasting...

Thirty five is, sadly, too old...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen Live V2
Sly & Robbie - Master of Ceremony "Dub"
The Paper Kites - Twelvefour
Various Artists - Funked! Volume 1 1970-73
Matthew Florianz - Koude Handen
Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft - Fünfzehn neue DAF Lieder
Various Artists - Natural Progression Vol 01 June 1967 - December 1968
Various Artists - Brand Neu!
Valery Popov - Mozart; Weber; Hummel: Bassoon Concertos
Beastie Boys - The Sounds Of Science
Craig Armstrong - Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film Moulin Rouge!
Various Artists - Singerman!
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen

A great big Happy Birthday to Crispy the Kitten - she would have been a, frankly unfeasible for a cat, 35 years old today...


Not to worry...

She lives on with us at Crispycat Towers in some way or another...

Meanwhile, at lunchtime, I discovered the delights of Quinoa...


I was calling it Quinn-oh-ah...

I did not realise that this is what people mean when the mention Keen-wah...

Oh well...

However you pronounce it, it was tasty with last night's chili...

A visit to Dalry and some things found...

I do like a bassoon - and, for 99p, why not...


...and I have recently taken a liking to the Beastie Boys - who never appealed to me contemporaneously - go figure - over 2 hours for £1.99...


This for 50p - 2CDs - and well worth it just for Craig Armstrong and David Bowie's contributions plus Beck's cover of "Diamond Dogs"...


The above from the BHF shop...

The below from Shelter...

Funky music from it's golden age, the early 70's, for a squid...


...and an eye-watering £3 for this rare reggae comp (going for stupid prices on the Amazon)...


A late tea of chicken pasta and some ripping and listening and the final "Fake or Fortune", before working on more new files arrived from Mr Spark re the new CBQ stuff...

Good times...

Highlight of the Day : Bargains...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A return to the fives...

Playlist
Various Artists - Trojan Slack Reggae Box Set
The Moody Blues - To Our Children's Children's Children
Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
The Move - Looking On
Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority
ABC - The Lexicon of Love
Haydn - Complete String Quartets
Françoise Hardy - The Best of Françoise Hardy
tide/edit - All My Friends
Kiss - Alive II
Stravinsky - Music For Two Pianos
Lucy Kaplansky - The Tide
Various Artists - Dub Chill Out
Supertramp - Famous Last Words
Weather Report - Heavy Weather
Brahms - Piano Works
Laurie Anderson - United States Live
Holger Hiller - Ein Bündel Fäulnis in der Grube
Bushman´s Revenge - A Little Bit Of Big Bonanza
Dave King - Indelicate
Gheorghe Zamfir - Pan Flute Improvisations
Various Artists - Island Presents: Rock Steady
Brian Eno - Apollo Atmospheres & Soundtracks
The Upsetters - Super Ape
Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets
Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
Guilt Machine - On This Perfect Day
The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
Bartók - Solo Piano Works
David Bowie - Reality
Wallenstein - Cosmic Century
Haydn - Piano Trios Complete
Various Artists - Tighten Up Vol. 5
Jean-Michel Jarre - Metamorphoses
The Church - Priest = Aura
Chad Wackerman - Legs Eleven
Various Artists - 100 Huge Hits Of Reggae
Rodrigo - Complete Piano Works
The Unwinding Hours - Afterlives
King Crimson - ProjeKct X - Heaven and Earth
Various Artists - Jammin' - Supreme Reggae Vibes
Marillion - Clutching At Straws
Various Artists - Super 70's Reggae
Horace Silver - Finger Poppin'
Alpha Rev - New Morning
Ffwd - FFWD
Various Artists - This is Trojan
Various Artists - Punky Reggae Selecta
Various Artists - Trojan D.J. Box Set
Culture - Two Sevens Clash: The 30th Anniversary Edition
Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man
Various Artists - DUB: Original Bass Culture
Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends
Robert Fripp - Exposure
John Lennon - Walls And Bridges
Haydn - String Quartets (Complete)
Various Composers - Meditations For All Seasons
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen
James Jamieson - Precious (Revised)

This evening, out, to the scene of the great ankle break of 2005...

Prepped and ready for action, kind of...

 
It seemed bigger than I remembered...




The ankle was back for, perhaps, one last hurrah...


It cannot be said that I played well...

My contribution, a couple of assists, a couple of defence-splitting pin point passes, a few certain goal saves and the whole of the second half spent in goals as I was knackered...

My five went one up then were never ahead again...

The farthest behind was five, we finished with a loss by two goals...

Very enjoyable...

Before...


After...


60 year old fool, playing with boys half his age - in a good way...

But home to some tasty chili...


So, you now...

Also this evening, revamped productions arrived from Edward Spark re the proposed new LP...

Sounding good...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : A return to the fives...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A life in 30 minutes...

Playlist
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
Clouds - Watercolour Days
Paganini - String Quartets
Spock's Beard - X
Various Artists - The Front Line : Best Of
Various Artists - Island Presents: Ska
Martin Tielli - Operation Infinite Joy
Various Artists - The Skatalites & Friends : Phoenix City
Various Artists - Trojan Presents: Dub - 40 Deep and Heavy Hits 1973-1981
Various Artists - Trojan Dub Rarities Box Set
Various Artists - Dub II
Hammock - Mysterium
Family 5 - Wege Zum Ruhm

A rare treat these days this morning...


...and, rather than shuffle, partaking of these full LPs...


Another funeral...

Brother-in-Law Bob's uncle Jack - diagnosed with dementia around ten years ago, he finally had to move into a care home around six months ago...

He took a fall and broke his hip...

To hospital and operated upon...

Back to the home but an infection kicked in and he left the world shortly afterwards at the age of just 75...

You never know what's coming...

An excellent service with much detail of a life well lived - Jack was very much into music and art and introduced his friends to much new to them music over the years...

The hole he leaves has been there for some considerable time already but now it is fully formed...

I could not make the wake, which took place at his beloved Tynecastle in their new Edinburgh Skyline overlooking Skyline Lounge...

Consequently, Anne, on her return was not in need of much in the way of sustenance, so some solo cooking was undertaken by your correspondent...

Just some vegetables really...


...with some butterfly pasta...


...and some quark and, the masterstroke, coriander...




Very tasty indeed...


...followed by some of these...


Late on, some reggae, ambience and Neue Deutsche Welle pre "Holby City"...

Then, to trying to find the source of an annoying three minutely bleep happening in the kitchen...


To bed with the mystery unsolved...

Highlight of the Day : The story of a life in 30 minutes...