It rained and it rained and all the tourists were sad and the locals were happy, “finally,” they said. There was thunder and lightning and after all the sunny days, it was exciting.
I had a busy evening ahead of me, so I found my LFC umbrella (yes, really, a prezzie from Olivia’s parents) and headed out with the recycling and a poster for our gig in Porto on the 30th of November. I was taking it to Chico at the second-hand record and skateboard shop (I’m not sure that there will be many skateboarders at the show). From there I went to Tubitek to pick up two Torres CDs, Sprinter (2015) and Three Futures (2017). Also, the Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas CD Songs to No One 1991–1992 (2002). Whilst I was there, Jorge sold me the latest Explosions in the Sky record, End (2023) – he made me do it.
I left to get back for a sesh with Mike in Chicago, not a music sesh but an artwork sesh, we are working on an album cover and sleeve art together and after a productive discussion, we look forward to the next stage. It was time to watch the friendly between England and Australia over dinner (1-0) and speak to Sarah in Texas after that and Ben in Brooklyn at midnight, a new sessioneer. The nights disappear so quickly, it’s 2:30 AM before I even get to start writing.
Earlier in the afternoon, I looked out of the window to see one tall and one small nun walk together past the ladies of the day, it seemed like there was a mutual disinterest despite worlds colliding. Into the evening, the rain came down hard and the girls disappeared into the doorway, standing on the stairs inside that lead up to their rooms. The café deck outside was drenched, a wind was blowing on the umbrella and the tables and chairs were drenched, no one was sitting there tonight. The girls on the other hand were sporadically occupied, customers unperturbed by the weather.
After the football and before seshes, Olivia and I watched I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You and I Started A Joke, two classic sixties Bee Gees videos, singing their wonderful songs with their amazing pre-disco harmonies. Olivia then went on to Hilary Hahn, one of her favourite violin virtuosos.
Music today has been Andy Davis – Clevedon Pier (1989). Davis was an original member of Stackridge and The Korgis (Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime) and also somehow found himself playing acoustic guitar on the second side of John Lennon’s Imagine (1971). He played with Julian Cope, Tears for Fears, Goldfrapp, Moondog, Bill Nelson, and Spiritualized. This is a completely undiscovered and wonderful album, despite some dated clippy drum machine sounds, but overall, what a talent.