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Violet Immortal (RIP Prince)

14 May

His Royal Purpleness and Cat c.1988

Hey vio-let bro,
sonic blurring,
mind funk whirring,

guitar spurring,
beaux – 
I think I must love you;
 for my age, I’m too young
 don’t fit in my school;
still I know a star 
 when it’s earth far flung –
 you’ve learned me the notion of cool.

Hi, lavender youth,
 wink me a grin.
Sky spirited
no limited
 guitar guild that light hymn;
 sing high melody prose,
violet peach and rose.
Triksy dip trip-hip,
lofty kick split pose,
your deadliest darndest caper choose.

Dance on royal mate,
 street slick smarting,
flash glow hearting,
ace pro axing
bizzle wizzle, punk twirl
tassle twizzle whip furl,

you fearless easy
 pre Beyoncé girls,
shout too loud new world,

work them celestial drums and keys.

And though later years,
love proved dimming

and paisley poems
seemed no inspiration

of yours my favourites still:
the cheer cavalcade,
twice timed octic raid,

love God geek, text speak,

omnipotent transcendent thrill.

Shut up already,
dude man divine,
so headily,
freak – tatstically,
But though your mortal frame
no longer leaps nor lights,
 ‘til the very end
your songs will be friends,
their lush faiths suspend
Zion forever, in my life.

Sign o' the Times



30 Nov

Wet morning nose and marmelade paw,

On the doormat -wow! Muse 2nd Law –

bass man cries “Save Me”, volume past ten,

On my laptop – new lives, and with pen,

Bike, midnight blue, one marvellous ride

In the darkness, with you at my side.

Photos by JPW except Chris Wostenholme – Hans-Peter Van Velthoven

Heaven Made Match: Deadmau5 v Gerard Way

30 Oct

Deadmau5: the greatest – in my opinion – producer of dance music of the last decade and art-house rock god poster boy Gerard Way! I couldn’t believe it when I read they’d made a record together; it seemed an impossible combination. But on reflection not so unlikely. Hasn’t Gerard always been secretly longing to make a proper dance record? “Sharpest Lives” and more recently, “Planetary Go!” being the MCR boy’s first fantabulous, off kilter, forays into genre. Isn’t Deadmau5  always on the lookout for some super cool/visionary vocalist to set off the brilliance of his titanic, atmospheric genre evading, music – to -lose -your -head -to?

“Professional Griefers” is thrilling stuff indeed. Recommended play: some ear splitting volume. Dance track of the year so far, possibly of the century.

Live More, Think Less. (Bashing the Blues into Submission 3)

19 Feb

 The start of a brand new year is exciting. It’s a great time for looking forward to new things and also for reflecting, to look back over the year that’s gone, consider what went well and what didn’t. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently and I’ve come to the conclusion, whilst it’s good to do some (you do need to do some figuring out where you’re heading next or you’d do nothing exciting)  –  the long, drawn out, ‘what on earth am I doing?’ ‘Where is my life heading’ sort of mulling over things isn’t good. Because at times, life doesn’t always make sense in any rational way. And you can end up with a pretty sore head.

 I’ve made a “Live More” list to remind myself how to live in those grey, introspective times when you can’t see more than a milimetre in front of you.

 How to Live More:

  •  Trust your instinct.
  •  Enjoy every damn freaking moment you have, you don’t know if you’ll be here tomorrow.
  • Look to the future, not the past or you’ll lose today.
  • You’re not the only pebble on the beach – consider others too.
  • Give fear the heave- ho : Live dangerously.

Tune of the Moment:

Justice: Helix

Get Out More! (Bashing the Blues into Submission 2):

15 Dec

So you’re feeling down. A bit anxious, perhaps? Its a grey cold afternoon and it’s pelting down with rain. And you feel things are going down hill like they did a few months ago, i.e you’re getting worried and feeling depressed. A few days ago you and your friends bought some tickets for an extremely exciting club night you’ve been looking forward to for ages but you’re feeling so bad that you’re not going to bother and will stay in the house in front of the T.V. or go to bed. OK?

No! Get your arse upstairs, get showered, put on some slap and your best spangled party stuff and get yourself down to the pub for pre club drinks. And after half an hour or so you’ll find yourself forgetting you were ever feeling depressed but an hour earlier and have a one pretty awesome evening.

Thanks to Redlight and Zane Lowe this was one of the best club nights!

Tune of the moment:

Sub Focus: Falling Down

Ignore the News (Bashing the Blues into Submission 1)

1 Dec

Note to self: if you’re feeling even a tiny bit down: don’t go anywhere near a newspaper. They are written for the purpose of spreading as much panic as possible: World War 3; Facebook compiling huge files on all our activities on-line; how easily and cheaply our credit card details can be found and sold; these are only a small selection of the less than joyous stories found in one daily newsapaper.

It you must give into the temptation of buying some news sort of the above publication, skim the headlines with quarter of an eye and concentrate on the sport, arts, motoring sections etc… Better still, bury your head in vacuous but entertaining publications such as Hello and OK! For extra information you could also try watching Russell Howard’s “Good News.” You will be poorly informed about world events. But much more content.

Tune of the Moment: Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus

Rock is Not Dead 11: Foo Fighters

27 May

Love the Foo Fighters new album, “Wasting Light.” It’s definitely one of their best – full throttle, head banging, freak out rock which doesn’t let up  for a second until lump in the throat track, “I Should Have Known.” (Which could well be about K.)

Favourite track: White Limo.

Loved the Foo Fighters film “Back and Forth”.

Best moment(s): The track by track performance of Wasting Light at the end and the candid way each band member opens up about the band and it’s history. (Apparently no-one knew what anyone else said on camera until they all sat down and watched the film together – wonder if they still were talking to each other after wards?)

Loved the Foo Fighters set at Radio One’s 1 Big Weekend. It was in-credible.

Best moment: the blues infused jam in Monkey Wrench.

Love the Foo Fighters! Rock is truly alive and screaming and shaking it’s sweaty long locks.