Olivia got her first shot today (Moderna) and her second will be on August 27th. This means that from September onwards we will be able to travel to the UK without quarantining to sort out, pack and generally organise the In Deep Music Archive. What a task but the whole idea of having this collection as an attraction, a cultural jewel, an historical record, a timeless source of entertainment, an educational resource and a really amazing place to hang out, it all seems so irresistible. It will be the ultimate internet cafe and music centre with music played all day, a small venue and cosy couches. I also imagine a quiet corner somewhere for readers. Album launches can happen here, signings, meet the band, interviews and of course research and enjoy a collection that spans different eras and genres and is growing as each week goes by. Donations and contributions are graciously accepted and apart from funding the move from England to Portugal also to keep up with contemporary releases and old treasures. Thank you to everyone who has contributed already.
Swim today and I was back to my 100 non-stop freestyle as if the Monday back incident didn’t even happen. How can you go from opening the fridge to I can’t move? Your body is a fragile temple that needs rigorous attention. I can’t imagine what I was thinking when I smoked and whenever I see a younger person smoking I feel like imploring them to stop before it’s too late. It’s incredible how the advertisers succeeded in painting smoking as cool, manly, and my favourite, sporty! Does anybody remember smoking goalkeepers? A packet of fags in the goal was completely acceptable in the sixties and seventies, quick drag while your team attacks. But even now ex-Arsenal and Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczęsny smokes as did Man United’s Fabien Barthez. Then there’s the legendary Gianluigi Buffon and whilst we are in Italy, Balotelli smoked and even Bournemouth’s Jack Wilshire was seen with a cigarette.
Two seshes today with Matt in Brooklyn and Fred in Minneapolis and Fred and I spent some time trying to make some more progress with the Logic Pro so I can be helping everyone involved with Songwriting & Guitar Guidance sessions achieve and develop their ideas more easily. Having a studio makes a big difference when it comes to trying out ideas, figuring out arrangements and adding parts to songs. With the pool closed for the next two weeks, I’m going to try to make some progress here so I can get a better understanding of how it all works. Thanks to Fred everyone will benefit from this.
Just a reminder that Space Summit now has two singles out, I’m Electric (with video) and the title track from the album Life This Way, available to pre-order now with the CD arriving September 10th and the limited blue vinyl early next year. Pre-orders come with an immediate digital download of the whole album.
Muggy today, the man with the belly was out again, or should I say the belly with the man.
But the little Marquês park was sporadically populated. The fountain was exploding and cascading water patterns back into the round trough, the pigeons and the seagulls were mingling, the sky was blue and the sun was turning the flowers into even more dazzling colours. Summer is here. At the bakery, they told me they are closing for three weeks in August and with the pool closed some routines are going to be changing. I’m hoping to read a book! Surely I can read a book as some sessioneers are also on their way to make family and summer trips, that makes more time too. So I’m expecting technical knowledge to grow, mental stimulation to increase and I’ll be trying to get started on a new language app for Portuguese called Hey! Lingo. And then there’s Ariel and her aspirations to see more beyond the city of Porto, hopefully, we can go with her.
Music today, finally the new LUMP album Animal (2021) is available to listen to on Spotify. I guess today is the release date. Anything with Laura Marling is going to be good and this collaboration with Mike Lindsay from Tunng is a whole different direction for her and that’s nice to see artists branching out into other areas.