Up at 9 AM after finally getting eight hours of sleep, I was dying yesterday after four and a half hours. Brad was finishing the floor today and as he’s Australian, I was keeping him up with The Ashes’ latest, haha. We had another issue with the plumbing today as a valve started dripping water onto my LA Woman T-shirt. Apparently, water expands and this stops it from exploding, good to know. The complexities of the bathroom. At least we have one now, it adds something to the place, haha.
As pieces of furniture are finding themselves being placed against finished walls instead of standing forlorn in the middle of the room, the place is taking on a warmer feeling, paint cans have a habit of upsetting the feng shui. So today I put the whole skull collection on the top of the piano, which should inspire some macabre operas. I moved the bookcase into the temporary studio room and filled it full of artefacts that have been packed in boxes. I placed the mannequins in scary places, staring out at the street with their cold closed eyes and missing limbs. In one of the rooms, I have a head on a platter, but it’s a nice friendly head and the platter is pink, it doesn’t look dark in any way.
Jorge brought guitars back today as the nursery looms, he’s keeping the Hofner Senator bass and the six-string bass for work to be done. Also, the Burns Double-Six 12-string. Some creative genius at Burns Guitars thought of that catchy name for an electric 12-string, I wonder who? I also wonder who thought that it should be green. Then there’s the weight, the long wide neck and headstock, and the neck’s width, it’s quite a beast.
I had two seshes today, one with Kadeem in London and the other with new sessioneer Alain in Cyprus. Cyprus, that’s a first and a place I have never been. Afterwards, I spoke to Sarah in Texas as we planned how to make what we do work, haha. It takes some thinking these days, I remember when all I had to do was get up, turn up and play, whether it be in the studio, in rehearsals or writing sessions or live. It’s not quite that simple any more, it’s quite an adventure these days.
Music today was soft, breathy, melodic Hampshire creatives The Clientele and their sixth album Music for the Age of Miracles (2017). Somehow, they have been mainly missed in the UK and perhaps more appreciated in the hands of Americans that appreciate The House Of Love. If you don’t know their records and like this kind of thing, then now’s the time to catch up, as they have a brand new record coming this month.