It’s been a year since I last posted. Somehow, life slips by without warning. I do read all the posts you send, grateful that you take the trouble to share your thoughts and questions. I shall answer some in due course. The lovely words for my birthday leave a warm feeling my heart, thank you.
I eschew social media––not one to share the trivia of my everyday life with the world-–so this site is one of the few ways I communicate stuff. If only I did! I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, but if I did I would promise to post more on this site. As my primary school teacher once noted, “Needs improvement”. Should do better,
A stack of random moments from the year…
Playing Pictures of Home with the great Don Airey Band in the Z7 club in Switzerland. Taken by Ueli Frey.
Flying around the US, floating over the vast countryside, descending over cities whose residential blocks snake out like frozen centipedes in neat lines, some with little patches of blue in their back yards. In each house or apartment there are every kind of people, and many stories to tell.
As for my story; enjoyable gigs, vans, dressing rooms, hotels, and the inevitable corridors…I still take photographs of every single one for the fabled project I’ve been planning over the last decade or so. One day… To be on stage with the band is a never-ending teenager’s dream.
In the UK in May, the band received an Ivor Award for song-writing, an amazing moment for me. I recall my first, naïve attempts at writing as I tried to unravel the secrets of my heroes in the charts.
When visiting drummer Harvey Shield in Los Angeles, he showed me a contact sheet of Episode Six photographs taken a year or so before Ian Gillan joined. I discovered these shots, taken in and outside Regent Sound, in 1964, a tatty studio in Denmark Street made famous mainly by The Rolling Stones who recorded their first hits there. We were there to record some of my early songs. Note the home-made bass cabinet; 2 x 12″ Goodman speakers, no less! Very proud.
Always a happy treat to be playing with Pete York’s Rock & Blues Circus; a veritable history book, live on stage. Hoping for more next year.
As ever, I’ve had the good fortune to see many old and new friends this year and I appreciate all who came to share in what we all love…live music.
Good cheers for the season and I hope your 2020 will be a peaceful and healthy one. As Matt Johnson said, “You can’t stop what’s coming”. I hope it’s full of good surprises.