I particularly miss the discipline of live performance. Being well rehearsed for a tour makes you feel fit and focused. And yes, it’s good to know when your audience is having a good time (not otherwise!)
Thank you very much indeed! I don’t feel particularly nostalgic of those times, I think for that you require a certain sentimentality. I simply like how photographs and film footage, as a form of recording, become more significant over time, but I can’t feel any particular fondness … possibly the opposite. I’m kinda thankful those times feel as remote as they do.
Playing drums is all well and good within a band but as a solo artist you need a bit more musicality and compositional skills. Actually I’ve never been purely a rhythmical musician. Initially I didn’t take to drumming right away, my beginnings were on guitar, then switching to keyboards and settling on drums, more as a means to an end since David and I were a ‘two-piece’ and percussion seemed more of a necessity at the time. Then it made sense to find a bass player and my role in that particular band was set. In the eighties after ‘JAPAN’ split I started to focus on composition, and therefore keyboards, a lot more. I’d been playing them on various recordings as well as live performances prior to that so I was no stranger to it. I had a Prophet 5, as most of us did, and bought an upright piano. I enjoy composition that doesn’t always rely upon a rhythm section. To be honest, I don’t think of myself as a drummer anymore, it’d be a bit limiting if I did.
It’s a sign everyone’s getting old? But seriously they sound like three very different projects to me. I’m not aware of the lyric-based biog of David and his work. If I wanted to read fiction, I wouldn’t opt for SNB’s books as he seemingly hopes they’re perceived as fact. And Anthony …well he’s written to me so much I feel I’ve already read his novel, but I can determine he’s a jolly good egg and has a nice way with words so I hope it’s a work well received. He hasn’t paid me to say this … yet.
There is … and has been for a while now. Perhaps I need a kick-stopper project to help me adjust from continually making it to actually releasing it!
Thank you for sharing with me your enjoyment of these titles. It’s genuinely nice to know and to receive some feedback. In response to your question, I made those clarinet phrases along with the aid of a few technologies. The reason there are no credits for the musical performances on ‘Exit North’, ‘Captured…’ and more recently ‘Faced With Nothing’ is simply because there are no other players involved aside from myself.
I did take a few rolls but they are seriously unremarkable. At Miraval in France where the work commenced with much enthusiasm we spent very long hours playing the heck out of anything that moved, (and things that didn’t) and when the day was finally done I was more likely to reach for a bottle than a camera, and simply enjoy a few hours chill time with Mick and Pat who would light up a few. Not much thought of taking photos … not until the morning when the light was good, but since we all emerged at different times those are mostly photos of the resident dog. We spent a month like that and by the time we were well into our second month at Condulmer in Italy the novelty had worn off and the idea of taking pictures of band members would have felt akin to setting up a photo session with your cell mates.
With the type of vocalists I tend to work with I feel it’d be a waste not to allow free scope with lyrical content. Since I’ve written the music and played most of the instruments I’m really looking for someone else to inject their creativity into it, therefore I hope the music suggests something inspiring. In the case of ‘slope’ I think there were some pretty decent interpretations, only a couple of rejects in fact. If the vocalist hasn’t suggested a title then I’ll select one from the lyrics. In the case of ‘sleepyard’ I believe Mr. Elsenberg made the suggestion (not too sure). I’m working in a similar way with new material and I’ve not yet included myself in the line-up of lead vocalists.