Pulling out of the car park of the coffee shop, a car passes by the exit pulling a horse box, but instead of there being a horse inside, there was a camel. A strange sight on a city street in the middle of the day, I thought it was a mirage, but I suppose even camels have to get across town sometimes and it was nice of the driver to give the dromedary a lift, but where was the camel going? I thought about it and concluded that it must be going to meet the snow goose. At least it wasn’t breathless as it was travelling in a vehicle, probably nude. I commented to Sarah that I can see our house from here and she stopped the car because it wasn’t true, and I thought she must be a stationary traveller, either that or she was hypnotised by the desert’s dust and dreams. Olivia said that’s the single factor and told me not to fall into a harbour of tears over it, especially if we were travelling to Rajaz where the rain dances in the night and the secret sultan knowingly gives us a nod and a wink.
We started the day today with Rich coming in to play the keys. He played some great explosive piano – all you have to say to him is Mike Garson. We spent morning to afternoon recording some planned parts and trying different ideas until we were happy, that’s what it is, the goal – working on something until you are happy. He’ll come back tomorrow to continue making us happy.
Engineer Kevin had to leave a little earlier, but Sarah stepped in till John arrived and we finished with Rich and waited for Tess (cello) to arrive. She came in (not limping) with her massive road case strapped to her back and we began to extract those beautiful tearing sounds, the ripping grind of the Earth being sawn in half. All these Space Summit songs are tricky, there’s odd chords, arpeggios, strange arrangements, lots of different instruments, mad scene changes, but it’s all disguised as pop music. Tess did her usual brilliant work and we worked late, beyond midnight, before we headed home. She will be back on Thursday.
At home, the girls went to bed and I stayed up as I mostly do, writing and listening to music. We will only be in Texas now until February 15th before we leave for Philadelphia to go into the studio in South New Jersey to continue the second NJ Brian project. Time flies these days.
Music today has been The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat, released on this day in 1968, 56 years ago. It was the first Velvets album I got into, marvelling over John Cale’s classic Welsh accent on The Gift and generally digging the pulse of the title track. Then there’s Lady Godiva’s Operation (topical), the short Here She Comes Now, more reminiscent of earlier songs, the razor-edged I Heard Her Call My Name and then finally the 17-minute Sister Ray. Engineer Gary Kellgren is quoted as saying, “I don’t have to listen to this. I’ll put it in Record, and then I’m leaving. When you’re done, come get me.” He died tragically, drowning with his girlfriend at the age of 38. His girlfriend Kristianne Gaines was just 34.