“Rain, rain, go away, come back another day” (but don’t be cold again). We’d rather have the rain than the cactus-killing cold. Standing in the doorway of the studio, the drops bounce off the concrete path, leaving patterns of spiralling circles that splash up to your ankles as you walk through them. The clouds are thick blankets of grey, hiding an entitled Texan sun. “I demand to shine,” (Shakespearean voice) it bellowed, “Not happening,” (Brummie accent) back to the pub.
Today we were working with Rich on piano. Lots of parts, lots of chord beds, inventing new parts whilst sticking to what we know. He was with us for seven hours, working on four songs, so cool working with him, he has the touch, the knowledge and all the skills needed, plus he’s so easy to work with. Outside, the darkness seemed to come quickly, I was aware of it, not because I was outside but because Olivia said she was going for a walk and I imagined her out there in the Dallas suburbs lost amongst infinite houses – in truth, she went to the pub (for cheesy chips).
Kevin came and took over from John in the engineering department, Salim dropped in and we started on psychedelic vocals, as you do on a Monday evening. I kept on seeing my Syd Barrett poster on the wall in The Archive, him sitting there cross-legged, staring out, but rather as a visionary more than as a casualty. It made me wonder about Jimi Hendrix‘, Jim Morrison’s and Janis Joplin’s mid-seventies albums. How good were they? And then, how good was Miles Davis’ collaboration with Jimi?
The psychedelic evening continued till midnight and it was time to stop because we were seeing spots in front of our eyes, pink elephants and men in bowler hats flying through the sky with only umbrellas for propulsion. We swam to the car and as we closed the doors, the rain came down hard, Brummies, Scousers, Mancs and Cockneys falling from the sky, caught on an English wave and dumped on Dallas.
Music today has been the other album that arrived from Light in the Attic Records that I mentioned yesterday, Nancy Sinatra’s Keep Walkin’: Singles, Demos & Rarities, 1968-1975 (2023). Always a fan of Nancy and Lee, I saw them live once at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and I’m really looking forward to hearing these unreleased and rarer tracks, there will be gems, guaranteed.