Thursday, October 20, 2016

Singing 'London' at Amy's Lounge Last Week, Or It Might Have Been The Week Before....

Good Place To Store A Free Newspaper

Taken yesterday morning, on the ginger line from Camden Road to Stratford.

Photo from Stageit Show

Photo by Katy!

A Very Boring Story About A Tripod

Ages ago I bought a tripod (and a selfie stick fitting that I would never use) from the Apple shop so I could film stuff without holding the phone.
Last night I got the thing out to assemble so I could film the Stageit show (but didn't manage to because of electronic interference once the show started).
I tried to put it together for ages, and eventually resorted to the instructions, at which point it seemed that there was a vital piece missing. It had been mega-wrapped in cellophane and two boxes, but it was the first time I'd opened it after buying it tow months ago, so I took it back to the shop today.
They unboxed another one to check it before doing the exchange and the same bit was missing from that box too.
I'm sorry; I did tell you the story was boring.

Monday, October 17, 2016


I feel like an octopus! And every time I deal with something in the queue, there is something else waiting there to be done. Breathing space on Wednesday, thankfully, and music in Wednesday evening, double thankfully. If only I could grow back that missing fingernail.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Online Kitchen Concert this Wednesday!

Don't forget to log in to my kitchen concert on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.
Tickets available here:
I promise I'll do the washing up beforehand!
Photo by Daniel Coston, ace photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dolph and Dana's porch last year.


I bought a bottle of what I thought was still water on a very busy day.
I literally didn't have time to drink any of it, until I was completely parched and absolutely had to.
Unscrewing the lid, I tipped it up for a massive swig and recoiled in horror, almost choking.
I'd bought fizzy water by accident.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Little Girl by The Heptics

I love this song


...thanks to Colin Spencer at Radio Wey:

Photo From Tom's Studio

This dreamy photo was taken at Tom Greenwood's Studio in Wood Green, must have been around 2008 when I was recording the album Poetry and Rhyme there.
I keep finding things; moving the Offsprogs' belongings about, clearing out the loft and putting new rubbish up there (temporarily I hope), I have found all sorts of old photos and drawings.
I wish I had a functioning scanner, but you know how it is: you get a printer, and it won't scan, then you get a scanner and it won't print. Things won't talk to each other, a bit like people sometimes.
For instance, we have been given a new grand piano at work, and it's completely honky tonk. I didn't realise grand pianos could sound honky tonk; I thought they always sounded grand, but this one doesn't at all. The notes don't talk to each other, they just plink and bong like strangers on a train, and I can't imagine music sounding nice if anyone plays it. It's a destructive instrument, not a creative one, but apparently it's going to be fixed.

I'm burbling, I know.

I've had an admin day today to catch up on things, as well as get rid of things. Three bags of cut up carpet went to the dump, plus a Christmas tree trunk from two years ago that I persuaded myself would come in useful some time. One bag of CDs went to the charity shop, plus some children's books, and there is more to go before the drawbridge is pulled up for winter.
The house smells of laundry because I've been washing grey things and sticky things. Best not to ask, really, but they grey things are a shade lighter and the sticky things are no longer unpleasant to touch.

Ah, music. My album is going to be fine-tuned mix-wise, and then I'm going to do an illustrated lyrics book to go with it. I did some illustrated scores for some of my songs a while back, and some 'sheet music' (can you have ironic sheet music? I think you can!) for a song called Baked Alaska, and also illustrated one of Martin's albums a few years ago. the time seems right to do it again.
That might have to wait until after tomorrow; I have some lyrics to write for a project that Lester Square is working on, and also a vocal for Femme Fatale to sing for Tim Rippington. It's so nice to have some music projects on the go again.