Iain Cameron's Diary
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2010-12-04 - 11:19 a.m.
Bear started well with John Coltrane playing I’m Old Fashioned – I had forgotten that this is on Blue Trane, an album I have somewhere on cassette. It’s a great album including Lazy Bird which is a step on the way to Coltrane Changes and is also a development of Ladybird – this was recorded in 1957, two years before Giant Steps. It’s his only recording for Blue Note and involves 3 fifths of the first great MD 5tet – Trane, Paul Chambers and Philly Jo Jones. Gilbert has two concerts this weekend. The first Saturday without an AK bulletin.
There was a message about philosophy from Australia. Dr Z sent lots of ,messages from his conference which I think is in LA. Nothing on the pieces yesterday although I did set the U2 up – I am worried the Roland amp is developing a resonance fault. It’s still cold but the snow has started to melt. The bear is quite keen on the O’Jays’ Love of Money which is less Philly sound and more Psychedelic Soul as per Norman Whitfield – and still sounds great. I have played Portishead’s Dummy a couple of times recently – it’s hard to imagine how such an angst filled album could be such a success – and I suppose it can be credited with helping to launch a genre. It sold a million copies in Europe. I seem to have a penchant for mid 90s EDM derived song-writing – there s also Lamb and of course EBTG. I wrote a bit on Linkedin about the public sector ethos. I still need to go out and buy some warmer clothes.
I see Dick Jones has written a poem which has been nominated for a prize – Sea of Stars
They will require,
Even as I feed back
my heartbeat with their monitors,
seeking out new nouns
As now their aerial voices —
whisper insubstantial, needle-thin,
like a shower of sparks.
lidless, unswerving. This dark
Implacable, incurious, I navigate
And beyond, always beyond,