Tuesday 22nd January 2013
A good writing session today. Amandine, also known as Braye Babe, is mulling over the idea of recording an album for the label, although she is quite keen to keep her French roots involved in the sound and I have to confess I am not so sure how marketable that will be. Apart from ‘Joe le Taxi’ what did Vanessa Paradis do for music, other than get involved with Lenny Kravitz? Actually, I’m not so sure that was a good thing.
Chatting to Amandine did get me wondering, though: the French have barely had any impact on the British charts, despite their geographical proximity. I mean, what have we got: Renee and Renato? Richard Clayderman. Actually though, I remember back in the late 1990s when I was working the sound desks at a few European festivals, there was that great song ‘Sexy Boy’ by AIR. I must give that a listen to again.
Anyway, the writing session ended up just being me, as Amandine couldn’t get away from the flower shop during the day and in the evening was due to give a flute recital. I did manage to get the bones of a song completed though. I’ll give the lyrics a tweak tomorrow.
Wednesday 23rd January 2013
More rain. It looks like the BBC were right after all when they were talking about the flooding down by Longis. It’s a great part of the island, Longis, and the anti-tank wall that lines the beach has been doing quite a good job of defending the lowlands from the more violent winter storms over the years too.
I tweaked the lyrics for the track written yesterday. It’s called ‘Roasting On The Cobwebs’. Ironic really, when it’s so cold outside. I can’t decide whether or no the lyrics suggest stifling heat or numbing cold:
“When it happens will it be like this
No air passing between these lips”
Meanwhile, I did a Twitter search for ‘SYLT’ to see if I could unearth some clues as to the whereabouts of their master tapes. No joy, but I did find another reference to Sylt involving lounge music. I thought maybe this could be an unusual new direction for our thrash metallers, and Chris from The Mignots rather cheekily suggested their new direction was ‘One Direction’. There was no comment from the band.
Thursday 24th January 2013
Contact from the outside world! One of the label’s fans got in touch via Twitter, although this was to inform me that the ‘contact’ page on the website wasn’t working properly. I have advised the technical people accordingly. The fan was trying to send a link to a musical tribute to HMV, done in the style of Elton John. HMV has, it seems, gone bust. It’s a shame, but on the other hand there isn’t a branch here on Alderney. The closest we get to any chain store is Le Cocq, who seem to get a lot of Tesco products in.
Friday 25th January 2013
I have decided to launch a search for Sheridan Mesnes’ long lost single ‘Breaking Water’. If I can find a decent enough copy I reckon I could be able to re-release it. Surely someone must have a copy in their loft somewhere. It’s on the ‘First and Last’ label and was released back in 1970 when Sheridan was a mere 17 years old. I don’t know how many copies it sold – it certainly didn’t chart, but was sufficient to get him a coveted support slot with Gilbert O’Sullivan.
I was also preparing to announce details of a forthcoming release from DJ Clonque. However, Dave rang this evening to say his computerised studio had crashed again and he couldn’t get the file in the right format or something.
Saturday 26th January 2013
Thought for a minute there was a farmer’s market on in Alderney this morning until I checked the details on Twitter a bit closer. It seems there’s an convention centre in Nova Scotia called Alderney Landing. I need to be a bit more careful.
Not to worry. I was still able to get some fresh farm produce from Le Cocq’s. I love the Kiln Farm black cherry yoghurts so bought a half dozen for the week. Should keep me going. I also got one of the lovely spinach and ricotta pasties from The Hot Bread Shop in town for lunch, as well as an Eccles Cake. I’ve not had an Eccles Cake for ages. It was lovely – perfect Saturday treat!
Monday 28th January 2013
Spent the day writing and painting. I started a portrait of Sheridan, using an old press photo as the source. I might do a portrait of all our acts. They’d look good on the walls of the studio.
Chris from The Mignots popped by this evening to hand me a demo tape of some ideas he has had for songs. He’s very keen to get more stuff recorded but as always money is, as Mick Hucknall would have it, too tight to mention. There were four tracks on the tape: ‘Two Things First’, ‘Too Old To Dress Like That’, ‘Find A Hill And Climb It’ and ‘I Just Didn’t Find It As Funny’. The last track was the most immediate. Let’s see what happens.