Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Praying for Rain
I recall from my anthropology course that hunters work less than farmers but the supply of game is erratic. Agriculture has a steadier food supply, but is subject to factors such as drought. You could hire a rain dancer. A water diviner? There, right there, is where you want to dig your well.
Posted by Philip Northover at 7:14 AM
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Going Through the Country
Drive across, or take the train, or a bus. Aeroplanes aren't much good. Faster though. But you don't see, for example, the old farms, with their log fences put up by hand over a hundred years ago. Once on a hot day, we went by a field with some horses in it. There was one large tree. Where do you think the horses were? Under the tree in the shade of course. Enough rays came through to show off their fine coats. Wish I'd had a camera. Once I was at a donut shop and there were no less than four police cars parked in the parking lot. Lucky for them, no one had a camera.
(And do you think that one large tree was left there by accident?)
Posted by Philip Northover at 7:02 AM
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Men Wearing Glasses
I suppose if we can have Men at Work, and Men without Hats, we can have Men Wearing Glasses... is there more to life than defunct pop bands?!? Pop bands didn't used to wear glasses much, even if they needed them. There were exceptions, of course, like Buddy Holly. And Elton John was said to have thousands of glasses at his disposal. That puts me in mind of an early Russian Heavy Metal Group that had a song containing the lyrics, "the rain washes off your makeup, and mine" (!!!) They'd missed the point that western bands, even if they've put on tons of white makeup and black lipstick like say, Kiss or glam, don't allude to the fact, for some reason. ... well hey, if it works, don't fix it.
Posted by Philip Northover at 9:36 AM
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Still Miss You
I was reacquainting myself with the power pop and new wave stuff being played on the radio just before I had to give it up and focus on my studies. I have a better ear for the musicianship now. The best were the Sinceros, followed by the Headboys, IMHO. Both bands are mostly forgotten today. The Sinceros had 2 albums, the Headboys only one. All the musicians played beautifully, with Ron Francois, the Sinceros' bass player, being a favourite. As far as I can tell from the internet, all moved on to session work, except for the Sinceros' lead singer, who has passed on. Check out the Sinceros' songs Take Me to Your Leader, Worlds Apart, Little White Lie, I Still Miss You... Headboys' Shape of Things to Come, Experiments...
Posted by Philip Northover at 7:41 AM