Saturday, 26 May 2012
All coming up in the next week, three duo gigs with different music buddies. Lots to look forward to.
Please come and join us if you're in Brighton.
Tomorrow - Sunday 27th May 8pm
Sitar and violin
I'm playing a set of new pieces with Garima.
We're sharing the gig with Nil and Scrying ylem.
Wednesday 30th May 8pm
Guitar and violin like you might never have heard them before.
A set with my favourite guitarist, Dave Allen.
We're sharing the gig with ACZ and the Static memories.
Saturday 2nd June 8pm
Double bass and violin
Gus Garside and I play in various combos, but this is a new venture.
We're sharing the gig with Sunsets over Whitehawk, The Y bend and Simon Drinkwater
The Coach House is a lovely small venue in a back street in Brighton. Great place to play and a great place to come and hear unusual gigs. Get there early as it is a small venue!! Put some £ in the donations pot at the door. Cash bar. It's near the hospital and Brighton College.
The Coach House
Down the side path
22 Walpole Road
Here's the link to the Coach House pages.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Walking down the steps to go for a paddle early this morning, flocks of white birds flew across old walls on the promenade. Guess someone had a big ladder or abseiled down from the railings!
I absolutely love this!
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Picked in the drizzle, the last leeks and the first rhubarb came home and scented the kitchen. And although there are clumps of weeds taller than some of the crops, it's good to see the ground has enjoyed rain after rain.
There are a couple of new projects on the way as well as the usual stuff we grow every year. Celeriac seedlings bought from a stall, looking a bit like parsley. I'm wondering how they'll ever grow into big, rough globes ready from the Autumn. Guess I'll find out!! And here are the broad beans we're trying for the first time. They seem to be doing well. It's good to learn what they like for support and to watch them do their thing, never having had them before. Not sure how long until that French style salad that I so love.
It's been so good to see and hear the bees happy in the apple tree and on the rosemary flowers. Guess they've sat out of the rain a bit like me these last few weeks. Making up for lost time.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
That journey home from work, the evening stretching out that way you long for and have almost forgotten. As the bus swings down the hill past the station and joins a juddering queue of traffic, you catch a glimpse of the Downs that encircle the town, see a field of rape like a fluorescence against the purple slate of retreating storms, follow threads of hedgerows like rivers that run up and over hills.
It's a slow ride from here, start stop. Mainly stop. The sky seems to lift from the top floors of skyscrapers in a fast film sequence, reveals the top of the big wheel like a magician's scarf ta-daaa across a hint of optimistic blue.
The roundabout lets you lurch out of the traffic and it's foot down along the seafront and not sure if you see it or hear it first, it makes your day, low tide, far out, the perigee moon dragging the waves into a slow hush.
And you forget the hunger that has leaned on you for the last two hours. Once off the bus, you're running home, casting off your work, the jacket, the smartness that held your day. Old shoes, warm layers. Out. Grab the camera. Out. Out. Out. You make yourself look both ways before you chance the road.
And the mist is on the run with the tide, heading towards a white space where the sea and sky have fallen, only the wind brush of mackerel shallows between you and there. No-one else in sight.
That old jetty stands like a small crowd at the edge of the world. They wait as you walk towards them across dulled mirror sand, every sunrise shell flung open, pecked clean.
And once you gave in and slowed down, you saw those last uprights as sculpture against the light, felt the moment when the mud stirred, heard the sound flip back this way, felt the dampness on you cheeks, watched the mist turn back to shore.
Monday, 7 May 2012
I'm listening to the rain pounding against the windows, slapping against leaves, not quite believing that I sat on a bench beside the wallflowers for an hour this afternoon, sleeves rolled up, squinting in the sun within the sound of cresting waves while I scribbled on page after page.
That was in between rain and more rain. Any break in the clouds, I've been out that door for a quick walk, but I haven't seen many breaks.
Every stem is drunk with green and the blackbird who had only clucked through this last year has taken to singing in my garden every morning and evening. And it's beautiful.
Yes, I'm sick of getting wet, of having shoes drying out in a row on the boiler and of weeds growing taller and more prolific than everything else. But today, pen and notebook got cracking how they like best and just that hour was enough to restore and refresh ideas that have spent far too many days indoors.
Projects have still been cranking along these last few weeks, but this is better better better.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Talk about making the most of it. Any chance I've had this last week, I've been trying to head out the door. Only thing is, there haven't been too many chances. Battling through gales and torrential rain wasn't quite what I had in mind for me and my creative projects.
So lately, I've spent far too much time going over to the window to see if it has stopped yet. You know the sort of thing. Unsettled. Stuck indoors. Not the place for my best ideas to emerge from.
However, I've taken to tactics which have helped me through big projects in the past and have chomped away working for an hour at a time, sometimes getting carried away and realising that a whole dark morning has skimmed past me, pages and pages running with ink.
Funny, that while I've been thinking that not much is happening, my big project has taken on a life of it's own and I seem to have 30 days of poetic threads sitting beside me.
The house seems to be very clean and tidy as well. I'm not sure how that happened except it was me who did it, must have been musing with duster or hoover in hand instead of walking the stormy beach.
In between storm clouds the shadows seem to be particularly inky.