Some random stuff
Trying out guitars, Feb 5th 2020
I was browsing in a guitar shop on Denmark Street a few years ago, when a guy came in and asked for an American Strat. The seller behind the counter lifted one down from the wall and passed it over. The man just said "OK, you can bag it up".
"What, don't you want to try it?"
I was always massively impressed by that guy.
I recalled him whilst I was frigging around for hours at the weekend trying different Martin Dreadnoughts. I'd tried too many and was now lost in sound. Brighter, treblier, duller, bassier. Double backed guitars, treble backed guitars, newer strings, older strings. One crucially was lighter, it was better to hold. I had a 1970s Gibson Explorer once hewn out of an oak tree, which weighed a tonne and gave me massive neck ache. I settled on the brighter, lighter, older Martin D 28. I'd overthought it. Of course there was no real objective. Bassier, treblier compared to what? To Beyonce or Robert Johnson? Maybe I'll try that guy's approach next time.
I did once speculate that the guy was a roadie sent out to buy a Strat. Possibly, when he returned, he got a clip around the ear for buying something with buzzing frets. You didn't check? Anyway it says "Made in Taiwan" on the back.
STAY TUNED FOR "The Tale of Roland Gift and the nine tracks on my iPhone" ...
Couperin on the Radio
7 April 2020 - Some pieces of music are like a time capsule, passed perfectly through time. Listening to Couperin's Les Barricades Mystérieuses on radio. Could the listener in 1717 have felt any differently to the listener in 2020.
Full of Eastern Promise
1 Dec 2020 - Do facemasks slightly improve the overall attractiveness of Londoners ... Even the casual shopper in Budgens seems to be full of Eastern Promise.
My music distributor is officially pants
Jan 5th 2021
So my music computer gave up the ghost and I had to upgrade some gear. My reaction to this Solid State Logic Audio Interface was visceral; I had to have it. I disregarded any minor issues in the audio reviews, and hoped nothing major would turn up. I looked at about thirty different Interfaces and there are definitely some sleeker and higher spec ones. But some designs are too sleek, so simplified they become fussy and complicated again. Give me a dial or two, well spaced out, and in blue and red too. Also, as a rule of thumb, I find that if someone can be bothered to design something that looks really good, it will probably be really good too. Let us see
Stumbled across a fantastic song and video by a band called Vox Rea, "Dose Me Up". Class. I beseech you to check it out