Early Morning Rain (1966) and early morning sesh, up at some time close to 9 AM after battling with the reverberating bass through the pillow. I actually came up with a good plan, I took my portable speakers and my iPod and played Wish You Were Here (1975), which managed to condemn the disturbance to the background and mask it. Still, it was late to bed, and up early and working out some root bass notes on my Hofner Senator bass for one of Tony’s latest pieces. When we were done, I went back to bed and set my alarm for Liverpool/Brentford, 3-0, and Chelsea/Man City, 4-4. During the second match, we had visitors on their hols from Virginia, Clarence and Kelly, Eddie and Sabrina, Clarence bearing gifts, including an autographed copy of Argent’s In Deep (1973) – how perfect is that? Thank you, Clarence.
Next was a sesh with John P. in Brooklyn, finalising a mix, and then Space Summit Jed in Minneapolis as we sort out the next album’s worth of songs. Linda McCartney’s Country Pies for dinner, yay, we found a place that sells them, and The Fall of the House of Usher, which is way too scary for our tastes whereas the pies are perfect. It only came up because of Poe and we’ve stuck with it despite the jump scares and the nasty characters.
Lots of catch-ups today on listening to lots of tracks I’ve been sent and in the week there will be seshes, mix listening, some recording, and rehearsing for the gigs. One thing you have to do as a guitarist is to get the ends of your fingers hard, otherwise, you get halfway through the show and you are screaming because it’s hurting to press the strings down, especially on a 12-string acoustic – when you have arthrosis, haha, I love it, the pain of being a musician – actually lucky.
Music today has been Led Zep IV (1971) because they just figured out who the fellow on the cover was. He’s a Wiltshire thatcher called Lot Long (1823-1893), if he only knew. Tony and I were talking about the Zep today and how they had all that riffy stuff, the bluesy stuff, but also all that folky stuff. Just listen to The Battle of Evermore featuring Sandy Denny. I saw Robert Plant and Alison Krauss do it live, it was really great. Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog, it seems you were allowed to be more eclectic in the good old days like The Beatles were.