I had a crazy dream last night where a man in a cafe handed me a cheque for £250,000 and said this is for The Archive, haha. I can’t actually believe I had a dream like that, it shows how much it’s on my mind. Strange that it was in a cafe too, it just seemed so casual. So at some point, I’m going to post an In Deep Music Archive Portugal move GoFundMe – Phase 2 because in the coming weeks I’m going to try and bring it here and hope I can find the money and hope I can find premises and hope that I don’t die before I see it up and running in this lovely city of Porto.
A week on Friday, September 23rd, Olivia and I will be driving with Ariel, fresh from her holiday camp (the garage) out of Porto to Peralta in Northern Spain, Navarre Province, on the edge of the Basque Country, where on September 24th, I will be playing a gig with Anekdoten. It’s about 60km from Pamplona (famous for the ‘Running Of The Bulls’). So I’d better start rehearsing because I won’t be seeing them to rehearse before the gig. From there we will drive up through France and into England and to the Somerset storage house where The Archive patiently waits. The plan is to be there to supervise it all being put on a truck to Portugal and hope it all fits, if it doesn’t I may have to leave something behind like furniture or perhaps I may have to break down shelving, make it flatter. Then I have to pay for its entry into Portugal, that is VAT on its value (hard to assess), the freight cost and then have somewhere to put it that’s affordable. No wonder I’m anxious.
Despite feeling better, I avoided the ‘sick machine’ today and instead of cardio, I just pushed some other machines around. I think I’ve concluded that I was sick because I started ‘pushing it with cardio machines’ whilst breakfast was still swimming around in my stomach, so I’m not really sick, I was just ‘sick’ so thanks for all your kind comments and concern, but I’m not dead yet! Wasn’t that the name of Phil Collins’ autobiography?
Olivia came back this morning after a mainly sleepless night as she had to be at the airport in Cologne at 4 AM. So she stayed in bed till late afternoon. I got up soon after she went to bed and came back to some casual football watching and a sesh with NJ Brian. We watched Elementary over dinner, home sweet home, dinner in front of the tele.
Music today was Lou Reed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal (1974) where Lou made the sacrilegious decision to sing Velvet Underground songs with accomplished ‘rock’ musicians. Personally, I like it both ways, although some critics didn’t. The idea that Nick Cave might Def Leppardize his material in the future is amusing and intriguing but as The Mars Volta has noted with their upcoming album, they had no choice but to be more commercial because it’s an area they hadn’t explored, it’s the same idea that Steven Wilson had. Of course, if you were allowed to be The Beatles, you could do anything and most would go along with it however experimental or light and fluffy, what happened to eclectic bands, even Led Zeppelin were eclectic.