Given the ongoing cloud cover in northern Britain, today I was reliant on the handy Phases of the Moon app to let me know there was a new moon this morning. How apposite, I thought, we’re up to N, start of the week… thematic coherence in light of some of the recent posts…

… it was going to be some thing about symbolic resonance, all that. Then I remembered it sounds better in French.

La, la lune est libre, je crois…

(Stereolab – Lo Boob Oscillator)

Flipping through the vinyl section of one of the fundraising shops in town this fine Friday, feeling the final flashes of the Easter furlough fading, I found myself transfixed as I footered.

Her fascinating face…


today’s entry is going to be made using voice recognition typing type software and I’m going to further complicated by recording this will help Max and Ruby is on DVD in the background

I used to work in transcription about ten years ago and this kind of software would have been a bit of a godsend however even at the time it was clear that we meaning them human right as would be needed in an editorial capacity because if you read the original transcript of this it would be obvious that people would really get what you were talking about but id be a bit messy

and so it actually reading back this is exceeded my expectations even with the Wind somebody’s talking in the background and a crunchy of carrot for my little one who’s watching the DVD

here’s an idea – singing bluebird earrings are on offer at $4

the Lobster wants to share your birthday cake mix

downstairs after us a real episode the DVD has started skipping because of damage that the DS I’ll continue my dictation yeah writing for a living I had a lot of shortcuts on my keyboard and it was quite a useful

facility one that turn a hard job easy

something I’ve noticed about this dictation software is that it tends to just stop working in the middle of the sentence if you pause or hesitate apparently so you can have to go on a bit of a roll and hope that you’re not going to run out of things to say in the middle of saying them which is I realised pretty much really how I write

the function of this seems to be helpful if you were driving she can do a verbal notes but if you’re having Cris keep stopping to press record again because he keeps stopping while you’re doing it then that’s going to be a bit of an inconvenience and probably something that you might get pulled over and arrested for

also it appears to be introducing a narrative into my notes in that this character Cris is now the person responsible mm maybe that’s what I should call my dictation software note to self for all of the mistakes that I make

I mean considering that I’m actually talking quite quickly, and I keep forgetting to do much punctuation comma this device is coped admirably to be honest

I can’t get the YouTube app to embed that properly but that is somewhat predictively penetration with don’t dictate oh yeah.

US election result day meme refers to 9/11 and 11/9 as dates vying for America’s worst.

Maybe the reversal is symbolically important after all, as a moment in which voters turned against the last 15 years of global war on terror, Project for the New American Century machinations, reckless profiteering succeeded by festering resentment over the financial iniquity of so-called austerity… a numerological inversion denoting a calling forth of a new era and mode of being, signalling a genuine inauguration of an epoch of hope.

Or… Washington Post journo on the radio citing the end of the world as we know it, at least the current paradigm (prompting thoughts of comments attributed to Gandhi regarding Western civilisation…)

Maybe we’re locked into a historical repetition cycle after all, a Reichstag fire away from rapid descent into Atwood-Orwellian dystopia. 

Maybe… maybe it’ll just be more of the same shite.

Hey ho rock n roll, deliver me from nowhere.

Short break there while our singer had a holiday. 

Back to it this evening, in the practice studio, which is working well for us soundwise. They have a good drum kit (the marque evades me, but I have the drummer’s assurances), a chunky vocal rig. I am playing through a Laney Linebacker head and Marshall cabinet, which combi offers a good deal of trebly reverberous hoof, with a lovely plummy sound in the middle also. Delighted when the singer called it plummy tonight, as I had been thinking that precise word. Syncety sync!

 We have no bassist, but this is prompting some positive rearrangements. We probably do need to get “something else” in: there are definite gaps in the sound, but with the singer getting room to manoeuvre our melodies have improved, and she’s started to pick out bass and other fill patterns on the piano in the room.

Tonight we rattled out the bones of a new song, a bit country-ish, some sort of First Aid Kit, Dr Hook and Dolly Parton jam, with a good deal of that trebly reverb of which I spake. 

Speaking of, this side of awesome came to my attention in the last week:

Great, though, isn’t it? So if we could siphon off just a soupçon of this soulful slink… Only, everything we’re doing has to clock in under three minutes, or we cut something out. That’s probably our most enjoyable bit at rehearsals right now. 

Treating the songs mean, keepin’ ’em keen.

Had a rummage in a charity shop vinyl section at the weekend.  Naught but Mrs Mills at the piano, Golden Parade of Pops 1976, Val Doonican and Orchestral Sounds of Tijuana. There was me ready to splash a small amount of cash too. But no. The crates have all been dug.