here / there
member since 02.03.2009
First there was 1:14:07!
then there was 1.06.59!!!!
alas then 1.03.54 (grrr!)
The more I listen to his work, the more convinced I become that John Barry was a genuine one-off.
Speak your brains!
this link is absolute genius -
"Let me get this straight: You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to *blackmail* this person? Good luck."
•"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning-- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
It's a bad old world. But it can't be all bad if it includes a good swally, Smokey Robinson, Beethoven, "Spaced", Antoni Gaudi, "This is Spinal Tap", astronauts, Kanye West, fresh garlic, The Beatles, Public Enemy, The Marx Brothers, Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections", Woody Allen, Jeremy Paxman and critical news reporting, "Fight Club", PG Wodehouse, Mahler, roasted flat field mushrooms, Neil Young, Johnny Cash (especially the "American" recordings with Rick Rubin), "Shaun of the Dead", George Orwell, Lee Child novels which simply aim to entertain, Picasso, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, early Summer, bananas, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", the healing power of Rioja, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, The Buzzcocks, Mark Rothko, Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo", the smell of freshly cut grass, birdsong, "Paul's Boutique" by the Beastie Boys, properly served Guinness, Bill Hicks, the work of Alan Moore, Frank Capra, Chris Morris, the Lakes, Dales, and Peaks, Led Zeppelin, random play facilities on an MP3 player, Jackson Pollock, early to mid period Stevie Wonder, just about anything on Motown, raging against the dying of the light, and the Pet Shop Boys (an ungrateful nation shrugs its shoulders with indifference - what is WRONG with you people!?). And seeing Jarvis Cocker, and hearing him speak, makes me proud to be British.
Things I can't stand, and believe me, this is not an exhaustive list, include people who talk loudly on their mobile phones on public transport - its not only rude, we're also not interested in your amazingly dull lives, and it's arrogant to think that we might be, you sickos; laziness; "can't do" attitudes; right wing thinking (an oxymoron if ever I heard one); people who think that they have the answer to everything for whatever political/religious reason -here's a newsflash - the world and beyond is just too complex for that, so just give it up; hard sums; avocado; overrated things (Van Morrison and Jennifer Aniston spring most readily to mind, along with Oasis - the bastard hybrid of the worst bits of The Beatles and Slade) and the term "genius" being bandied about without enough thought (though I am probably as guilty of that as anyone else). And bad poetry, especially on people's profiles. If I want bad poetry, I will go to Hallmark. And I don't believe world peace is possible, but the torture and killing of Westlife would be a good start. I think I need to see my doctor, cos I am convinced I am spending FAR too much time on here!
Last films - a revival of "Chinatown" (good) "Evil Dead" remake - perhaps the most gruesome film i've ever seen; "Iron Man 3" -slow to start, then goes to Tennessee, totally picks up, and never looks back. A "Batman" marathon. the new Star Trek movie. Looking forward to "Man Of Steel" and to catching "Gatsby".
Last gigs - Graham Gouldman and Friends - that man has written some corking songs. Jean-Jacques Boufflez - classical piano, don'tcha know. Chic - utterly, utterly awesome, and then when you think it cannot get any more awesome, Johnny Marr comes on stage with them.
Last albums bought - David Bowie's "Low" and "the next day", and a LOT of Electric Light Orchestra.
Am still steadily working through "The West Wing" - the greatest TV show ever made.
Currently reading - too many different things on my Kindle. But primarily "Solar" by Ian McEwan.
Remember, kids - if life is worth living, it's got to be run, as a means of giving, not as a race to be won.