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.