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Went today to record Jools Holland’s Radio 2 show. It’s due for transmission April 19th. Two weeks dead before the album’s release. Good chat, covering childhood (we’re both south-east London boys), young adulthood and pop. Jools glides through it, barely breaking sweat as we cover much ground. I think he’s better researched than the airy air gives credence to. It takes a lot of rehearsal to appear so ad-libbing, so the comedians both great and average tell us. His band (good players: double-bass, drums , guitar, JH himself on grand piano, and a couple of cool horn players, carried me Live through the only cover on the “Stranger Comes To Town” album, Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You In The End.”
Been clearing my study lately. It’s a difficult one, throwing stuff away. Shredding papers you’ve piled for no reason for years. There are piles even on the floor. Time passes so quickly now. I can remember adding that sheet to that pile the other day. No, it must be longer than that – like, five years longer.
All the team is now set up for the big push. Comeuppance is the record company. That’s the modern way. We have radio/tv plugger Jackie Gill, who will do everything she can to get a single play-listed on Radio 2, and all the good tv she can muster; publicist Chris Hewlett, who has already organised interviews for decent exposure with Classic Rock, Acoustic Magazine, Guitar &Bass, Sunday Times, and more – stuff that should appear in print late April, early May, timed to coincide with the release.
Got to Rome for the Caravaggio/Bacon show at the Galleria Borghese, and what a blast! The Bacons were mostly from private collections, and you have to wonder who hangs them at home? They were all (I recall uncertainly) large canvases, housed of course in large frames.
My Auntie Gertie comes to mind whenever snow falls. She was childless. She was my dad’s older sister, one of several, and maybe 15 years older. Dad is the youngest of 9 survivors. Two now survive, Uncle Cyril and dad. Auntie Gertie was a favourite. Childless, she was, but a kind nanny to me and a sibling or so of my own.
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