Today I didn’t want to get up, so I didn’t, but then I did, haha. I didn’t have a sesh till 7 PM but I had things to do. A while ago Boydie gave me his old Marantz CD player, but the display didn’t work, so I took it to the stereo shop to see if they could fix it and today I went to check on its progress, it wasn’t ready, but the guys in the store are a hoot. Across the road is the second-hand furniture store, it’s quite large and Olivia and I always go for a wander in there. It was a good choice because I found these two red lamps for €10, also a small blue table for the same price and some nice tea light holders in a Moroccan style. The Archive is coming along, atmosphere-wise – all we need now are the records.
Raúl the piano tuner was coming to see how the piano was holding up since he tuned it. There was a problem with the key hammers hitting the strings easily which he has resolved as best he can, it’s an old piano and it’s in tune and it needs someone who can really play it to get that 100-year-old tone on a record, it’s not digital.
A sesh with NJ Brian and Ohio Jeff and a chat with English Noel who has kindly received some records and bits and bobs for me, things I can’t get here. At some point I will get them from him, it’s Archive stuff, everything is. Some records are difficult to get here or too expensive – for example, having the Steven Wilson remix of Hawkwind’s Warrior on the Edge of Time (1975) sent to Noel saved me €25.
Over dinner, we watched a documentary about National Parks narrated by a famous voice. The images of these nature programmes are so amazing, scary saltwater crocodiles, underwater hippos, sloths with populations of other creatures living in their fur, gorillas and turtles, bison and thousands of birds – amazing.
Music today has been Nilsson’s Greatest Hits (2002), another classic CD, brand new for little cost. If you don’t know Nilsson’s music, this is a great place to start.