Monday, February 28, 2011


Courtesy: Associated Press

Frank Buckles, the last surviving American who served in the Great War, passed away yesterday at the age of 110. Only two veterans from the First World War are known to survive to this day (Claude Choules, 109 and Florence Green, 110). Read the story on the Beeb.

When randoms go bad

1. "Simulate" is one letter removed from being "stimulate" but eight letters removed from "or".

2. Fuzzums?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Random act of randomness

Excalibur: So shiny and yet, so terrible.

Except for Helen Mirren.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Four down, possibly nineteen to go. Continuing work on the Phil Ford/JATSDFM joint project, which has been an absolute delight. I owe that man a pint or two for throwing some of his brilliant work my way.

Music for this weekend's brekkies: Alan Hovhaness' Saint Vartan Symphony (1956) and The Early Years by Jah Wobble (2001).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lorbeer... in Madrid (again)

Thought you saw the end to postings about Johan Lorbeer larking about? Think again...

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Why not?

Doremi Fasol Latido (1972)

Space Ritual (1973)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tele to the kids

(Proving there is no shortage of bad puns I can produce.)

Needing an electric guitar for a joint venture project in the works, I did a little shopping Monday afternoon and ended up purchasing a Tele knockoff at Competition Music for a bill. Decent electronics, straight neck, and solid build overall. Should get the job done, me thinks.

Mullet and sleeveless tee not included. "Copperhead Road" optional.

Wonder if I'll wake up one morning to find that I've been sacked and replaced by Buckethead...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Well... yes

For the past few weeks I have found myself listening to orchestral works, and in particular to compositions by Holst (The Planets), Handel (Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B flat major and Oboe Concerto No. 2 in B flat major)... and to be particularly particular, Vaughan Williams (whose work, The Lark Ascending, was posted on this blog last Friday).

The keen-eyed reader/classical music buff/web searching sleuth/all the above/none of the above may have noticed that the composers mentioned above are English (well, technically George Frideric Handel was German but so is the Royal Family, and they're considered quintessentially irrelevant British) and some might conclude *cough* Ken *cough* that this is due to my acute Anglophilia. That very well may be true but I fear that I'm straying from the main point of this post, as riveting as it is.

Alluding admittance? Possibly. Back to the studio, so to speak...

On Monday I acquired the Decca double CD release Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works via Amazon. Barring the flimsy casing (the lid disintegrated while attempting to remove the security seal) the music is a welcome addition to the collection. One of my favorites from this collection:

(Performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with Celia Nicklin on oboe and conducted by Neville Marriner)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Found you, you little bastard!

I had searched for this piece of music several years ago when I first heard it on Top Gear (Series 10, Episode 1, before James, Richard, and Jeremy pull over to admire the view of the road from Davos to Stelvio... Anybody still out there?) but the hunt proved to be fruitless. Tonight, after viewing this particular episode again and deciding to redouble my efforts to discover the information pertaining to this particular tune, the mystery has been solved.

I really need to get a life.

John Powell, "Mystic Prelude"

Friday, February 4, 2011

Second verse, same as the first

Day number four at home. Slept much, much, much later than I wanted to (one in the afternoon. 1:12pm to be more precise... and pedantic) but made coffee and toast for a faux morning meal. Listened to Tago Mago and the first disc of New Order's Singles. Wrote and recorded two songs earmarked for the JATSDFM project in the works. Watched Law & Order: UK. Pretty much my day in a nutshell... well, summarized on this blog. "Pedantic" the recurring theme: Did you notice?

Tago Mago (1971)

Tago Mago (1971)

B/W "Cries and Whispers", "Mesh" (1981)

(Live from Ukrainian National Home, 19 November 1981)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Trapped under ice

Well, "by" the ice and snow, to be more precise (and less Metallica-ish).

Day number two at home. As the majority of the major motorways in Fort Worth have been cleared of the wintry mix (or, at least enough of it to make travel feasible) the same cannot be said of the rural roads north of Weatherford. The electricity has fortunately not gone out, which has allowed me to maintain a supply of water, heat, and the ability to utilize this unscheduled time off for recording. With the temperature entrenched in the mid-teens during the day and single digits at night it looks like I'll be here for the rest of the week... not complaining, mind you. All should be hunky dory so long it thaws out by Monday and can make it to the bank (and if the the power lines don't snap at some point. Fingers crossed... ).

Hunky Dory (1971)