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Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 10:47 am
Africa after four David Cronenbergs

I'm rehearsing near Tower Bridge for the Brel concert tomorrow with a gorgeous-sounding ensemble of twenty musicians, under the direction of David Coulter and Mike Smith.

Apparently Robbie Williams was rehearsing in the same complex on Monday. Which is funny, because I sing about him in my updated version of Les Bourgeois. In Brel's version, one of the bourgeois-baiting hoodlums thinks he's Voltaire and the other Casanova. Since that's hardly plausible in a scenario set "down at the Lumberjack and Scallywag", I've changed Voltaire and Casanova to Richard Dawkins and Robbie Williams.

It's truly awe-inspiring to sing with a band of this calibre. It makes me want to rerecord all my albums with Seb Roachford on drums, Thomas Bloch on onde martinot, David Coulter on singing saw, and Roger Eno on piano.

Eno and I bonded over tech -- he collects miniature spy cameras, and was fascinated by my Camson (which I was using to make mp3s of the rehearsals -- tapes which may see the light of day here in a week or so).

I managed to amuse Eno with a couple of quips. When David Coulter said the MIDI demos we'd been given needed to sound like "a computer after four Cronenbergs" I said "Yes, because a computer doesn't have enough Africa in it. It needs to sound like a computer after four David Cronenbergs." Eno picked up the reference to his brother's theories and laughed heartily.

Back to work at 4. What larks!

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bennycornelius
bennycornelius
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)

So excited about tomorrow...


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)

I'm gonna stage dive.


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rhodri
rhodri
Rhodri Marsden
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)

Good job you didn't try the quip on me. I'd have mumbled something and shuffled off, feeling slightly confused and embarrassed at having been intellectually bludgeoned. Again.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)

Ha, Rhodri, I have to tell you my breakfast experience at the hotel. I picked up the least objectionable newspaper I could find there, thinking it would make a nice change to read a "real" newspaper over breakfast, rather than guardian.co.uk and my LJ friends list. Imagine my surprise to find the Independent almost entirely written by someone on my F-List -- you!


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rhodri
rhodri
Rhodri Marsden
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)

Sorry about that. I wouldn't wish my extraordinary talent to be assessed on those particular bits of writing. I tell you what, if I think of some quips for Eno I'll post them on here before 4pm.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)

Okay. I liked the bit where you confirm-denied your online transvestism, anyway. You pervert!


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rhodri
rhodri
Rhodri Marsden
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)

I've dreamed of Momus calling me a pervert.


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mcgazz
mcgazz
McGazz
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)

It'll happen one day, R. Momus once claimed I was "either an anthropologist or a sailor" - something that's so going on the back cover of my first book.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)

やっぱり、ケーキは自分たちでcutする?


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)

Only the first piece.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)

最初のpieceだけで、あとはホテルの人にお任せしよう。


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Ref Ref Ref,

"I've changed Voltaire and Casanova to Richard Dawkins and Robbie Williams."

Oh man.

You haven't got the bollocks to sing Brel, Momus. You have neither the weight nor the wings for it. Your raison d'être is to reference people who, to you, appear to have gravitas, in the hope it will give you the appearance of having gravitas too. However, i'm sure you'll be able to muster an atmosphere conducive to a polite applause which will prevent you from seeing this.

"Yes, because a computer doesn't have enough Africa in it"

Whoops. There goes another one. Isn't that what everyone does?

No, that's what vampires, liggers, ghouls and star-fuckers do.


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loveishappiness
loveishappiness
O.H.
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Ref Ref Ref,

I'm now imagining Brel's weighty, winged balls.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Ref Ref Ref,

Ha, this critique just echoes the self-critique I made in my New Statesman article last week. Come on, Anon, stop shoplifting your opinions!


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
The Middle Class

Nick

Glad to hear you are rehearsing with due diligence and proud purpose. Thanks for putting Matilda on the after show list too, she will fall down when I tell her....Now I'm off into the wardrobe to dig out my most plain gun metal jeans and bland GAP tee shirt to wear.....

your obedient servant

maf


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)

I know this is out of context,but have you seen 'The Koumiko Mystery' by Chris Marker? Given your tendencies,I think you'll like this...


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)

How cool! I used to collect Roger's records. He also collaborated on my favorite Eno ambient record - Thursday Afternoon.


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