Sunday, 31 January 2010

Back to the future

Here is a video of PJ harvey and Bjork at the Brit Awards.
This was a life changing inspiring moment for me.
bjork with her Yamaha Su-10 sampler and PJ with her Long snake Moan
these people had messages. The idea of celebrity disgusted these Mercurial message bringers
13 years on........

people talk of the economic recession...
what about the cultural recession?
Where have all the musicians with inspirational firebrand do or die unique light giving gods and godesses gone?
2010 sees the U.K and pretty much the world over with
nothing but a pile of derivitive wet fish using music as a vehicule
to drive to them towards some holy grail of celebrity.

Looking at that clip of the marching bland depress the red carpet at the brits nominations, I feel proud to have a known another time of music when
the middle of the road was a shameful place to stand, Props to Dido to have the initiative to make her comeback with a new name and a snazzy top from dorothy perkins
Ellie Goulding must be Didos Ziggy Stardust persona. Smart move.

but seriously.....

is this a problem that gets worst with every generation? are human personalities getting blander as the more mums pop out unwanted children and
pram them round westfield shopping centre? is evolution and the digital takeover rapidly wiping out unique personalities and outrageousness from the food chain?


That said, Gaga, florence, roux, I honor you for breeding the different race. Keep it up.
creatures, be fearless.. be brave.. be exotic.. be a new invention!

Take me back to the future.......

xxx BB

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie

A living breathing icon, legend and most of all greatest singer songwriter alive

I cannot sum up what buffy-sainte marie means to me without spending the next month of my life researching every small detail of her life and reciting all my favourite lyrics of hers.
Her music has not only changed the world
Pioneered the art of the "singer/songwriter"
She was the original Patti Smith, The original Dylan.

here is buffy explaining and singing her eternal classic "Universal Soldier"
A song that breaks my heart, the most empathy filled protest song
A close spiritual relative of Joni Mitchells "Fiddle and the Drum" I think.

The reason why I decided to write about Buffy and will continue to so much on this blog
Is that I took an early morning walk to buy the papers and buffy has the been
the soundtrack to many a life changing morning and evening walk
her album "illuminations" which I will write about in detail one day soon
is a sonic cornucopia of beauty and magick
for those that love vespertine by bjork and diamanda galas
would love this album

illuminations, released in 1969 and available on itunes and of course on vinyl and cd
I recommend for pure obsessiveness to buy the vinyl copy and put in pride
of place upon your mantlepiece while listening to your download

now to the present day

while buying my milk and bread today, this song came on, loud on my headphones
the message is so powerful and inspiring

"Put Mother Nature on a luncheon plate.
They cut her up and call it real estate.
Want all the resources and all of the land.
They make a war over it: Blow things up for it"

she made her recent album "running for the drum" at the age of 67
Buffy makes me so happy and inspired that I as an individual on this planet can make a difference
even by staying positive on issues of ecology and politics
To not be afraid to be proud of my ethnicity and my folklore

Buffy long may you reign my record collection.

Buffy tours the UK in January

Sun, Jan. 24, 2010 - Basingstoke, UK The Anvil
Mon, Jan. 25, 2010 - Leamington Spa, UK, Leamington Assembly
Wed, Jan. 27, 2010 - Glasgow, UK The Fruit Market
Thu, Jan. 28, 2010 - Gateshead, UK Sage Theatre
Sat, Jan. 30, 2010- London, UK Sheperds Bush Empire

Be sure to catch this living legend live and leave the show inspired and ready to get obsessed and inspired

x BB x

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

King Quentin of Crisp Island 1908-1999

the phrase "those that live in glass houses should not throw stones"
comes to mind when reading peter tatchell's disappointless telegraph article
an icon of freedom and inspiration to many shouldn't be
brought down to a the trivialities of their circumstances while
living on the earth. I think quentin spread alot of love and light in his own way
when he was here on the planet. beautiful creatures that strive to protect their
innocence, magic or beauty in a hard unforgiving world often end up
developing very hard exteriors and fierce claws in the face of hard cold times and attitudes
quentin must be remembered, as we all should when we leave this earth
for the good that we did. peoples mistakes are there for us to learn from
not to persecute with.

x BB x

Cooking With Lady A

Let me introduce our guest writer, Lady A, chief on all things domestic, empathetic and
classy. The domestic goddess with no faith in the domestic but is trying her hardest.
Raised in the prisons and paradises of the 50's way of thought that a well to-do family
must have everything done for them.

Today Lady A tries to cook herself a light lunch snack while her husband is away.

Hello there dear readers
to the left is my vain attempt at making
the recipe of the day
inspired by christmas excess of watching
endless streams of bbc comedy
after returning from the tropics
I was suprised to come across
a recipe I remembered from my childhood
on a program called gavin and stacey

so in the dull days before
new years eve
may i recommend you start adding to your already
fat saturated body Xmas-Xterminated soul with a little Lady A comfort food.

for a single hungover or heartbroken boy or girl
two slices of bread
two eggs
whisk them eggs well
Get a good wide deep pan and heat
pour olive oil in or let butter melt
lay the two slices of bread on the pan
think a bit
then pour the egg mixture on top
look romantically, repeatedly out the window at the rain and think about what you
want to do tonight or if you should call an old friend
turn with bacon tongs (no fingers please your ragamuffins.. hot pan!)
then make sure it looks cooked.

get a brightly colored plate
winter is dark
you need to surround yourself with color
to remind yourself of florescence and summer

put some ketchup on it! KETCHUP!

then eat

This winter. When I am alone. I put on joni mitchells "clouds" album on vinyl.
listening side a from "Tin Angel" through to "Roses Blue"
will ease digestion and stop you from repeatedly checking your facebook status
and also make your heart feel like it is being sung to by a best friend for 15 minutes

until next time
xlady Ax

A Good Kate Morning Wake Up Song