Sunday, 28 March 2010

by the way

A quick update, then.

Whilst the kitchen seems full of people making rhubarb recipes by Delia Smith and others are listening to Rowlf Waits, I seem superfluous until the dinner is nearly ready.

Tantalisingly, I will talk about orange lights in the sky at another time.  However, for those interested parties you may be interested to know that Nanci Griffith's album Other Voices, Too has an interesting "sing-around" version of Desperadoes Waiting For A Train on it that features Guy Clark and RT (We're not worthy).  Well worth a listen. I'm sure iTunes has it.  Although not a Times reader - I happened to read it yesterday and they gave a £5 voucher for iTunes which meant that if you buy a £25 voucher from Smiths, you get it for £20.  Too good to miss.

And just in case you're sitting there wondering why there aren't any good songs about mobile phones, as I'm sure you all are, check out the song 'cept You and Me Babe by Greg Brown (.79p well worth spending). It was written in 2000 but still stands as current.  Fantastic guitar work - great deep bass voice.  Take my word for it - don't think about it, just do it.

And then there was the thing about orange lights in the sky . . .


Brendini said...

Dave, you are worryingly starting to sound like the rockpool crabs from The Perishers. You know, Boot the dog and the eyeballs in the sky.

Dave Leeke said...

I remember the cartoons but only visually. I'm not really sure what you mean.

What was the title of the last Bruce Cockburn album? Oh yes, "Life Short, Call Now".

Dave Leeke said...

Oh, click! It's the "orange lights in the sky", isn't it?

Well, that's all about Friday night - and I'd seen them ON THE WAY TO THE PUB, not before. More on that later . . .

Do you know the Czech poet/immunologist Miroslav Holub's work? (Why not?) He wrote a poem called "Brief Reflections On Cats Growing On Trees". In it moles send emissaries to look above the ground and the first reports that birds grow on trees. The second that cats grow on trees. A third, more intelligent one goes up to check (at night):

"Both schools are mistaken the venerable mole declared.
Birds and cats are optical illusions produced
by the refraction of light. In fact, things above

Are the same as below, only the clay was less dense and
the upper roots of the trees were whispering something
but only a little."

The upshot is, we see what we want to see.