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I hardly listen but I remember that I listened to the Notting Hillbillies album in October and may give it another spin fairly soon.

One of Mark Knopfler's early projects after Dire Straits, good stuff.


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Two lovely discs arrived over the weekend:

Mark Kelly's Marathon: solo project from Marillion's keyboard player. Wonderfully written, played & produced.



The Cyberiam: Forging Nations (Live) I was at this show; they are a tight unit. Great energy.


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I am listening to two tracks.

Since I am supposed to come up with an acoustic guitar track for a second annual collaboration Christmas offering, I am learning River by Joni Mitchell. Pretty straightforward, I am working on capo 5 so the C is a cowboy chord G shape.
This makes the iconic "Jingle Bells goes minor" intro easier to finger and puts me well out of the way of the other guitar.

That's one.

I am also listening to the raw tracks of a remix competition on Metapop. Hana is the artist. I think I'll keep the lead vocal and start over on the rest of it. They compressed it and you can hear lots of breath noises and sibilance so it's sort of a disaster but I can always make it worse! The tempo and key information are included, it will be easy to build something completely different.


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the combination of COVID-19 sales and the usual holiday sales have sent a lot of vinyl to my doorstep...

The Police box set... the remastering of these records sounds incredible... I've never heard them sound this good.

Dire Straits studio album box set - ditto.

Roxy Music box set - other than a cassette someone made for me of the first record and "Avalon," I've never owned these though I've heard them and streamed them tons... sounds great to my ears.

The Band box set - again, knowing these records from thrift store vinyl copies or cds this is heaven!

New bands?

Deep Sea Diver... I'd noticed Jessica Dobson over the years playing guitar for Beck and The Shins... don't know how I'd missed her band but a rig rundown prompted me to give them a listen. Great indie pop with some 80s new wave (Pat Benatar, Quarterflash, Missing Persons, Divinyls) undercurrents and great guitar parts and tones. Ordered all the vinyl from them I could find.


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A while back, I posted a video of a woman performing Clair de Lune on classical guitar. Here she is again 💖💖💖💖💖


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What's in my ears?

Steve Howe's latest solo album Love Is. Reminds me a lot of his early 90's instrumental albums. His voice, which has always kind of annoyed me, actually works on most of these songs! And when Jon Davidson sings harmony, they blend really well.




Mark Kelly's Marathon. For a solo project form a keyboard player (from Marillion), I expected more of a "look at me" keyboard tour de force. But it's a great album of solid songs and excellent BAND work. Plenty of good guitar parts, too.



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For some reason, Cream's Pressed Rat and Warthog has been in my head for days . . .

Sadly they left, telling no one goodbye.
Pressed rat wore red jodhpurs, warthog a striped tie.
Between them, they carried a three-legged sack,
Went straight round the corner and never came back.


"Monsters are real, and Ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." Stephen King

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Currently listening to Joe Bonamassa's "Royal Tea" album. Interesting that he co-wrote a bunch of the songs with Bernie Marsden.

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