ii last night an mp3 saved my wife

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life.mp3

My first musical memory of the ‘sensational’ seventies – other than trying to play my 1969 Christmas present of a three bob Woolworths mouth-organ along to ‘Two Little Boys’ - is this track from Scotland’s finest pop outfit – Marmalade.

I like this track. It sums up how I feel just now. Yeah, I know it’s a bit formulaic – and you can blame songwriters Dean Ford and Junior Campbell for that. (Junior went on to pen the theme from Thomas The Tank Engine, so I tug my forelock toward his PRS cheques). By the way, if you think the name Marmalade is shite, well just be aware that they changed it from Dean Ford & The Gaylords!

Any breakfast comestible puns re my other fave bands such as The Jam and Bread should be slid into the well lubricated ‘Comments’ box before you steal away into the night.

Fond regards to all who still enter ‘The Wife’.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Michael Hedges - Arial Boundaries.wma
Michael Hedges - Spare Change.wma

BOB DUSKIS (former head of A&R at Windham Hill) I remember we were in Philadelphia on a Windham Hill tour staying in the same hotel as the rock band GTR, which featured Steve Hackett from Genesis and Steve Howe, one of Michael’s heroes, from Yes. We’re in the elevator, and Steve Howe gets on with one of his roadies. Hedges says to him, "Hey, you know what I have in this case? I have a Dyer harp guitar." Howe says, "Yeah? I’d love to check it out." So we get out of the elevator. Howe has no idea who Hedges is. Hedges pulls out the guitar, and suddenly he knows he has the opportunity to play for one of his guitar heroes.

So he begins to play, and Howe’s jaw just hits the ground. He stands and watches him for a minute. Then Michael gives him a cassette of Aerial Boundaries. As he is walking away, we overhear Howe say to his roadie, "That guy was fucking unbelievable!" Michael was walking on air the rest of the day. read more...

Thursday, April 20, 2006