The Five Minute Wonder, 1969-2016

This is the story of a guitar.

It is a very unremarkable guitar, except to me and to its current owner.

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The Five Minute Wonder

 

It was my first guitar, bought for me by my parents some time around 1969. I had pestered them for it, and Dad was not too convinced.
“It’ll be a five minute wonder like everything else,” he predicted. Continue reading

The Cat Club de Purr-ee

StudioBlend is proud to announce the new single from the Cat Club de Purr-ee.
Entitled Calling All Rabbits, it is a toe-tapping, tail-wagging piece of Tabby-Jazzfolk.

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The Cat Club de Purr-ee  ( l-r: Ringo, Bingo, Yehudi, Bassman)

Ringo, Bingo, Bassman & Yehudi went into the studio last month to record the tune, which was written by StudioBlend’s very own Kevin Adams, and are very pleased with the result.
“We all feel like the cats who got the cream,” says Bingo. “Kevin is such a great writer, and as soon as we heard his demo we knew we had to do it.”
“That’s him on mandolin, by the way,” adds Yehudi. “I could have played that myself, but his original was so hot we had to keep it.”

Of course  we had to ask, why Calling All Rabbits? This is what Kev told us… Continue reading

Dancing About Architecture

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

I first encountered this aphorism attributed to Elvis Costello. It tickled me. How true, Elvis! (It turns out, wouldn’t you just know it, that the quote has a longer and more complex history. That’s not for now, but you can read about it here, for instance.)

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No, it’s just that the other morning I mentioned it to Ruth as we sat in bed with our morning cup of tea, and we had a bit of a laugh pursuing the idea of, indeed, ‘dancing about architecture’. Here are a few projects we’d pay good money to see: Continue reading

Calverton Suite

Here’s a piece comprised of four tunes which I wrote for the Living Archive / Living Archive Band’s project about Manor Farm, Calverton. Continue reading

From Reel-to-Reel to Reaper

I have been recording digitally since 2000. Prior to that I had recorded demos with a 4-track Portastudio, and going back further I’d had occasional access to a 2-track reel-to-reel tape recorder. All recordings from these machines have been carefully hidden from the world. Continue reading

Shining

Here’s a song which is some years old but only recently mixed. It grew out of a hallucinatory experience I had one night while lying in a hospital bed not feeling all that well really.

The picture is part of  A Cornfield by Moonlight with the Evening Star by Samuel Palmer an artist who was influenced by William Blake. Continue reading