Out of the house in time for earlier starts than the previous projects, but then we also finish earlier – I’m not sure which way around is best. In a perfect world I’d go to bed at 5 AM and be up at 8 AM, that gives me 21 hours a day, but as I’m from Planet Sleep that’s never going to work. It’s incredible to think that we might sleep a third of our life away, that means that in my life so far I have been asleep for 22 years, haha. Imagine all the records I could have listened to, to the films, the books, the time with other lovely humans and aliens. The In Deep Music Archive would have 200,000 records, but it’s not too late, if you want to help move it and make it grow, go here and make it happen…thank you in advance, come and visit.
Joe was playing guitar all day. John was engineering, Salim and Sarah and I were scrutinising Joe’s playing, he’s so good, but we make him do the things we hear, he doesn’t mind, talents can usually happily take feedback on board and deliver what is needed. He was playing all kinds of guitars today: the Gretsch Sparklejet, the Epiphone Sorrento, the Silvertone, the Strat, the Tele, the Rickenbacker. I even saw him pick up a small Hawaiian guitar. Different songs, different tones, as Joe commented, it’s not like the piano, but then again maybe Elton has 35 pianos to tinkle with.
Jason arrived tonight with a copy of The Polyphonic Spree’s latest album, Salvage Enterprise (2023), on yellow vinyl. I was asking him about the live set we saw at Christmas and apparently, they played most of the album, so I’ve heard the songs. It’s usually the other way, you hear the songs, you buy the record, and then you see them live. In the good old days you used to have to buy it to see if you liked it, these days you can hear it, play it multiple times, love it, and still not buy it. Not good for the musicians.
On the way home, more urban rabbits checked us out as we dropped Joe off at his Airbnb. At home, my eyes started their usual shenanigans but only briefly and I was able to write this before sleep, and that’s where I’m going right now.
Music today has been Elton John’s unreleased sixties album – Regimental Sgt. Zippo (1968ish). It wasn’t released until Record Store Day 2021. Sometimes Record Store Day finds a real rarity. I missed the Sweet’s Platinum Rare Volume 1 from the same year – and now it’s 100 quid, so if you ever see it somewhere, lemme know.