Friday, February 05, 2016

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Seeing Eileen & Matthew and going out all of us with Joan

Chatting to Isaac on his last full day at C4

Working through loads of proposals

Notes on Joy Division

Martin Hannett was as much the 5th Joy Divisioner as George Martin was the 5th Beatle - their music became the input for a 2nd creative process

Joy Division (Ian Curtis in particular) was picking up on the Bowie slipstream - Kraftwerk, Iggy, Velvets, etc.

Kraftwerk were an immensely important hub band - from Joy Division to Afrika Bambaataa (I saw both JD and AB)

Ian sang with a grown-up's voice

Ian had a certain detachedness, isolated from the others

Friday, January 29, 2016

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

  1. Reading 'Why Sinatra Matters' at Rugoletta - an Italian moment
  2. Watching 'A War' with U on Fri night whilst stroking Ziggy
  3. Drinking tea brought from China (in lovely tins)

Bowie facts

  • Bowie shared a birthday with Elvis (8th Jan)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


U in rabbit fur coat at Burns Night at Cha Cha Cha

Watching The Invention of Lying in breaks (in spite of Ricky Gervais)

Working through proposals etc listening to jazz which is new to me

Saturday, January 23, 2016


The smell of a new paperback - Brooklyn

Listening to Christy Moore while reading

Run at dusk

Monday, January 18, 2016

Berlin trips

1 Redbus 2001?
3 Leipzig - Olympic Stadium 2011
2 Zoo area - Sean
4 Dylan 1/15
5 Noah 1/16

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Punk Jews

  • Lou Reed
  • Joey Ramone
  • Tommy Ramone
  • Jonathan Richman
  • Lenny Kaye
  • Richard Hell
  • Chris Stein
Music Jews:
  • Bob Dylan
  • Carole King
  • Donald Fagen
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Carly Simon
  • Paul Simon
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Neil Diamond
  • Herb Alpert
  • David Guetta
  • Lenny Kravitz

Desert Island Discs 1/16 (Berlin)

1 james Taylor - fire & rain
2 Beatles - lucy in the sky with diamonds
3 carol king - it's too late
4 curtis mayfield - move on up
5 Bob dylan - hurricane
6 nirvana - teen spirit
7 the doors - riders on the storm
8 led Zep - stairway to heaven
Book: odyssey
Luxury: my pillow

1 curtis mayfield - move on up
2 john Martyn - small hours
3 miles Davis - flamenco sketches
4 john Coltrane - a love supreme, part 1
5 van - love in the afternoon
6 the clash - white man
7 marvin gaye - what's going on
8 Frank Sinatra - one for my baby

Book: Ulysses - james joyce
Luxury: pencil & notebooks

Bowie thoughts from Berlin

An earthworm or caterpillar chewing up a rich mix of influencers...

  • Anthony Newley
  • Syd Barrett
  • Lou Reed
  • The Rolling Stones
  • music hall
  • musical theatre
  • drum 'n' bass
  • etc.
...and spitting them out evolved into a sequence of personas (under the constructed name of David Bowie)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quotation on teaching

When one teaches, two learn.
Robert Heinlein


Can it be argued that all literature (perhaps all art) (or most) is about Loneliness? (and/or by extension Connection)