19.12.10.

With Drew. Creation songs. Thanks Howie. Words:

How should I liken this life?

Like lightening flashes on a corn field

How should I liken this life?

Stars reflected in a still river surrounded by snow

How should I liken this life?

– Paraphrasing from memory a poem by Minamoto-no-Shitago – 10th century Japan. And thoughts I had last night

Now magpie enlivened.

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18.12.10.

P6. Scenes from ‘Bent’.

No more white storm. No more white storm. No more white storm. No more white storm.

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15.12.10.-17.12.10.

Bathing in the light of clear mid winter dusk sky

In the house/ with the lights out

Quiet luminescence

Buildings and their ethos falls away

What floods the city

A walk with foxes, crows and magpies.

15.12.10.

Fritz and me talk about the American Indian Movement. Start of performance play an old tape from Brycey 20 years ago of John Trudell’s Tribal Voice. I find it hard to do all the thoughts/ ideas/ sensations/ concerns of his words (and my memories and frailties) justice in our (new, in creation) music after wards. But I try. Two different pulses …  overlap. Thanks Fritz. Much to get on with.

16.12.10.

Jenny Soep. Draws. From memory. Talks of memories. I climb inside.

17.12.10.

Thanks Stevie. Been too long. Esme crawling. Harmonics. Head full of it all. With thanks.

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Re-scheduled Radio Conversation w/ Gareth Vile of The Skinny. 4pm Friday 17.12.10.

It didn’t happen on the 10th but, really, I’ll be speaking to Gareth Vile on The Skinny’s Sub City Radio show this Friday (the 17th!) at 4pm … about Winter Cycle and playing some records I like too.

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8.12.10. – 14.12.10.

Feels like a long time ago that I played with Hubby (on the 8th). A week ago. Much. I laughed out loud and long at the sight of a plastic Xmas tree with plastic lights through my neighbour’s window. Nothing more hilarious about it than all the other plastic trees with plastic lights. It just seems suitably ludicrous compared to the other possible ways of marking mid winter. Of the sensations of mid winter that are around and are being marked.

Many glimpses/ sightings of the possible ways since starting this.

8.12.10. With Hubby. It works. Stillness.

9.12.10. Chris really makes something of it. Brings.

10.12.10. Me and Michael – we can do better … but listening back to it … it still got definitely somewhere. We want to do more of it!

11.12.10. Howie. A very long wide ranging conversation (of old friends) compressed into 40 minutes. Diverse, free and much more and on.

12.12.10. Never played together. Feel’s easy with Cheer. Flying carpet.

13.12.10. Laurie. Yes. Totally.

14.12.10. Michael Sherin. More stories. Gentle, isn’t easy.

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1st Three Days

Some folks were asking for an update on how it’s going. So many thoughts, realisations  – feels like it’s been a couple of weeks of experiences in 3 days. Weather has been a bit of a stress – Jack ended up using wooden boxes as bass drum and floor tom cos he couldn’t get a cab w/ his stuff from Bridgeton. Not sure if Dougal was going to make it from Edinburgh today. Blah, blah.

The weather has been such a source of inspiration too. Nothing is constant/ unchangeable … the tempo of cities, political systems etc (to use extremely crass/ simplified for brevity’s sake language). Plus Glasgow has felt, in some ways, like it was the late 19th or early 20th century.

Three days:

1st. Thinking of Leonard Peltier. Thankful for Cloudy. And Alison.

2nd. Different kinds of marriages – with nothing to do with the white gown/ tails kind. The return of Aussie Gareth. Jack blazes.

3rd. You know you’re OK playing w/ someone who takes their shoes off to play on concrete floor in minus 5 degrees temperature. Thanks Jude.

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Radio Conversation w/ Gareth Vile of The Skinny. 4pm Friday 10.12.10.

I’ll be speaking to Gareth Vile on The Skinny’s Sub City Radio show this Friday (the 10th!) at 4pm … about Winter Cycle and I think playing some records I like too.

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