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August 30th, 2009

a tease [Aug. 30th, 2009|07:27 pm]
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[music |Joao Gilberto: Agua de marco.]

Just seen advance artwork from Stephan Martiniere for Pyr's edition of The Dervish House. Of course, I couldn't possibly show you anything, but it is surely awesome. As soon as I can, I'll post it, until then, let this be a little tease....

While we're on Turkey: we got six figs (so far) off the Brown Turkey fig up along the warm wall, and about five off the White Sicilian, which is more decorative as a specimen tree but more delicate. There is nothing quite as... Mediterranean... feeling as pulling a fig from your own tree --this far north (and that north of Nova Scotia, you North Americans).

With more time, I'm getting back into biking, (human powered not hydrocarbon) and exploring the extent of the National Cycle network here in the black north: train/bike combos are pretty good here, people take bikes a lot on the train. It's interesting discovering other landscape networks: it's all to easy to think of roads as the main links between places, but it's a scale thing: on a bike, at that scale, the Lagan canal towpath --Route 9-- becomes the main highway, the railway line its adjunct. Other geographies. (This is the kind of thing Georgios Feretinou, in The Dervish House has made a career out of studying and applying to economics)

Music wise: long after finishing the book, I'm still discovering the breadth and depth of Brazilian music, and how Joao Gilberto does so much with just a guitar, a whispered voice and the merest brush of a hi-hat. It is music that seems to require to be listened to in solitude : a social setting, an audience of more than one and it evaporates, its delicacies unwind, the saudade deliqueces and it can turn into that thing that northerners criticise in Brazilian music: it becomes 'elevator music'. At least twice in my life I've wandered off the superhighway of white western pop into other musics; MPB has been a joyous scenic route for three years now and I'm still only scratching the surface. Got a nice new Gilles Peterson compilation, but at the moment I'm finding the most value in classic bossa nova.
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