Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Egg Sell Ant


That's my verdict on RROS (thanks, Blimpy)
Now that Blimpy has kindly let me in to the perfumed garden, I thought I should start by introducing myself. I first got hooked on the RR 'game' (as I then saw it) in '06. This was the period which witnessed the birth of a new word coming soon in the Oxford English Dictionary, and flame wars between Jason and NotJason. It also turned me on to Tindersticks. Before too long I caught Dorian's eye, getting a nomination into "Songs about lies" (Tous les Jours C'est Pas la Même by Carol Fran, since you didn't ask. Given it's half in French & half in English, it seems to suit RR's linguistic spectrum. It was on the New Orleans benefit album put together by Dr John. The real standout on that album was Cryin' in the street by Buckwheat Zydeco. If I ever work out how to post a song on this blog, I'll put it up).
Having scored, I kinda lost interest a bit, then went travelling round the world. After returning, I saw trains was the topic of the week, and eagerly logged on again. I worked for the railways once, and have more than an average number of train songs. But then I realised it was the previous weeks Guardian. Damn! (I assume gratefulhead nominated Casey Jones in my absence - "drivin' that train, high on cocaine..."). Anyhow, I soon got sucked into 'I am (noun)'. And of course I soon realised that RR is not a game, it's a way of life. When I 'played' in '06, RR was already a well developed flower bed. Since then it's become a whole rampant botanical garden. And now Blimpy's done a great job setting up this allotment. I look forward to being turned on to a whole lot more undiscovered sounds (and maybe occasionally doing the same for others). So much music, so little time.
To be honest, I have occasionally just 'lurked' on RR, as I have been so impressed by the dazzling musical erudition, and the irridescent wordery, that I have been intimidated. But nothing ventured...
The piccy (taken in a rare break in the weather this morning) is in response to Blimpy's curiosity. This is where I listen at home (note Bose wave player), but to be honest most of my listening is on trains & boats & planes (as the song goes) with my trusty iPod (bought in Hong Kong in 2002 and still going strong on the original battery!!). I'm listening to La-La by Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires. A feelgood song like Walking on Sunshine. (Having been raised in Trinidad, I have a more than average collection of steelband, calypso & soca, but most of it is in the Big Yellow). So, pleased to meet ya.

8 comments:

Blimpy McFlah said...

Brilliant first post, thank you and welcome aboard!

Lots more please!

Where is it you're posting from?

glasshalfempty said...

The surfing capital of the south - Bournemouth (where old people go...to see their parents)

TracyK said...

That's BOURNEMOUTH? Jeepers, looks far more tropical than that! Nice to know some background info on everyone, love the interiors because I am a nosey old bat!

nilpferd said...

Nice post, GHE. The feelings mutual.

glasshalfempty said...

I'm still pining about missing the train, so to speak - bet no-one nominated The Underground train by Lord Kitchener...'specially as I've driven one (Bakerloo) (And before someone tells me to ctrl-f, I can't find the posts on the Guardian site, just Dorian's article. Where do they hide the full monty?)

nilpferd said...

you can access the recommendation blogs either via Dorian's profile, which lists all his posts, or on the music blog through "previous posts" by picking the appropriate week. But in this respect I find GU could use some tidying up, as the recommendation posts don't appear under Readers Recommend; there you'll only find the playlists.

saneshane said...

ah Bournemouth its great..went to art college there, lived there 12 years and still sofa surf when I get the chance...finally sold our flat..5 minutes away from where they're building the reef...oh well.. too worn out for surfing now!!!

glasshalfempty said...

Thanks nilpferd - your researches into dondling have come in handy for me, cos you now know where everything's hidden! Yes, I've found the trains posts now, and delighted to see the Underground train got a mention courtesy SV80

@saneshane - if you look closely in my picture, the surfers were out today! I overlook the proposed reef - if the storms leave any of the sand put aside to fill the giant 'socks' that will make it up (it was supposed to have been built before the winter, but the Poole fishermen objected, which delayed Govt permission). Much envy that you used to surf - I never have, bar boogie boarding, but thinkin' of getting a canoe tho'...