Boy, was there a lot of energy in the air yesterday, swirling around and throwing ideas up in the air like confetti. You had to be quick to catch them We all left work feeling charged up. So much so, that I received an e-mail from a colleague tonight which goes like this;
“What an exciting meeting! How extraordinary it is when the gaffer hooks into it all with the same exuberant commitment as the rest of us!
How unusual it is for the can-carrier to offer to support - and find the money for - projects which we believe in and which we advise are worthwhile! That was one memorable meeting.
There was a special feeling in that room this afternoon - last felt for me when we talked with Mike and came out with a commission for Matt Seattle. This is not a bad place to be.
Talked to Keith Tippett yesterday. He’d just got in from mowing the lawn. The reason for our conversation was the first draft of the sleeve notes I’d done for the soon to be re-issued Blueprint album. Keith gave some helpful observations and pointers about the tone and content as well as correcting one or two factual errors I’d made.
That’s what you get for reading other erroneous sleeve notes. Chinese whispers and the mistakes are perpetuated. I’m going to do a revised draft and see what he thinks.
After that, Ian Wallace and I chewed the fat for a couple of hours. Ian talks as wittily and as engaging as his dairy entries elsewhere on this site. I’d managed to get Virgin to send Ian copies of all the Virgin re-masters which helped prompt his grey cells on memories of bygone Crim. After nearly two hours, we called it a day and made arrangements to speak again.
Speaking of Virgin and the re-masters, I’ve had correspondence over the last couple of days with Declan Colgan from Virgin. Declan tells me that the re-master of Red is stunning. In the course of these epistles, we discover we both have liking for ECM records and swap a couple of titles at each other – sparking off in me a wave of nostalgia which sent me reaching for my one and only Eberhard Weber CD.
E-mail also from Bull Farflung of the BOAR album fame - That’s the Birth Of A Repercussion albums - who is on his way to New Jersey and the Guitar Craft course. He’s on his way to the New Jersey Guitar Craft session which starts in a couple of days. Sending out good vibes to all attending.
The interview I did with KCNN is now posted up and Dan the man who never sleeps has put a link to the thing at the top of the site.