Today I thought the jet lag would be over but then I went to bed so late last night and had to get up earlyish for a sesh with Space Summit Jed in Minneapolis so I’m not sure if I’m jetlagged or five hours sleep wasn’t enough, probably both. I wrote an instrumental chord progression for Jed to take away and write lyrics and a melody, looking forward to that coming back with ideas attached. That’s what usually happens and as we are already writing songs for Space Summit 3 before Space Summit 1 vinyl has been shipped it feels like we will be having more than one written album waiting for a window to jump out of.
Tony and I were running through some songs today, first day in the studio tomorrow. But first I chased the celery around the house and when I finally caught it, convinced it that being juiced was its raison d’etre and it should be proud to be sacrificed along with the ginger and the carrots, although I must admit being ground to death and having all the juice sucked out of you sounds particularly gruesome. I’m trying to keep up my healthy eating and managed a fresh carrot, ginger and screaming celery juice. The carrots didn’t scream at all and the ginger was asleep when it went into the machine. The rocket and radishes, the cucumber, it’s all good but I’m not sure where the pool and the gym are going to come in.
It was chilly again today and I was in two minds between fresh air and warmth. The sun finally set leaving beautiful pink dappled lines of cloud across the sky and then I knew that warmth over fresh air was the winner. Tony strung guitars, I looked at lyrics, sang songs. In fact, I was warming up with guitar tabs. Yesterday, Five Years, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, In My Life, Hurricane, Ticket to Ride. The Beatles songs stand out from the point of view of chord progressions.
We had take away Thai for dinner, I always get Pad Thai tofu, no egg, and I always eat it with chopsticks. I once went to an Ethiopian restaurant in LA where they served the food with no cutlery. The idea is you use the bread to scoop it all up, it’s sophisticated dunking. I recently found out that Ethiopia is the second most populated country in Africa with 115,000,000 people, another world. I’ve never been to Africa and now we live kind of close, so maybe one day.
The tennis final is on soon but I don’t think I can hold out for it. Nadal vs Ruud and Nadal has won it 13 times. You wouldn’t bet against him. On the subject of immortality, I read recently that scientists have found a way to stop the ageing process in mice. I’m not sure that immortality would be a good choice but living 300 or 400 years might be interesting, seeing giant leaps in technology and changing attitudes but then again living multiple lifetimes might be fascinating but who could cope with the stress? Haha.
Music today has been Nilsson Schmilsson from 1971. Nilsson was a great artist that seems forgotten and all that’s left is Ham and Evans‘ Without You and possibly Fred Neil’s Everybody’s Talkin’. This was his 7th album, so there’s a lot to discover from this enigmatic singer and songwriter.