I set my alarm for Nottingham Forest – Man U, 11.15, it rang, I turned it off, 11.20, it rang, turned it off, 11.30, match start time, it rang, I turned it off. I just couldn’t find a way to imagine it as being better than sleep. I got up after it was done to see Forest won 2-1, that might have been worth seeing, but you can never know how good a game is by the result. It can be an amazing game and be 0-0, I’m not sure the American sporting public understands that. I went to the World Cup final in 1994 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, it was 0-0 after extra time. Behind me were some Americans complaining for the whole game because there were no goals. It went to penalties, Santos missed for Brazil but Baresi, Massaro, and Baggio all missed for Italy. Despite being in a crowd of 94,000 people, if I’d been watching it on television, it might have been more exciting as penalties always are, but only because we were behind the opposite goal, a simple coin toss away from amazing.
The sun was blazing through the kitchen windows for the whole afternoon. We had all the windows open wide and it was hot sitting in the sun – in December. Sarah came around and we figured out some studio planning. At the moment, Jason’s drum kit is in the middle of the room and we need to move it back into the booth for the sake of continuity as we have NJ Brian arriving on Friday to record five more songs for his second album. It also means the room is freed up for the mystery project the first four and a half days of the week. Sarah, Jason, and engineer Kevin will be in the studio tomorrow, sorting it all out.
Sarah went off into the afternoon in her Prius – red, and Olivia went off in the opposite direction in her Christmas present, very cool boots – yellow. I stayed in with my Sharpies – multicoloured. Thank you for sending them to me from out there, Andrea, you obviously read about the Portuguese Sharpie drought. I spoke to Kenny Howes in Atlanta, Kenny used to work for Rickenbacker – also red, and is an independent musician. I played some guitar on his album Tornadoes Here & Past (2002), using his friend Lee’s 1952 Les Paul – gold.
On the subject of Atlanta, I finally managed to get hold of Blueburst Craig who only has 20 copies left of the Significance album we made, don’t miss out on this one – hen’s teeth. I’d sent him a postcard, but he doesn’t seem to have received it, but then he said that he doesn’t really look at the mail. I suppose that means that it’s all junk mail because nothing comes through the normal post anymore, no one writes letters, and bills are paid online, so a postcard might get caught between a pizza flyer and a letter telling you how to win 20 million bucks in three easy steps. Aunty Flo’s postcard from Rome has no chance.