Goooooooooooodness. Dial up....ugh. Once you've tasted the speed of broadband you just can't go back. one hour just to get to this stage of writing the blog. brrrrr.
Anywayz...I am listening to a cat coughing up a furball in my dad's living room right now, now he/ she of the cat variety is sneezing. cutie. There are almost a zillion (that is another word for four, right?) cats here at my dad's. I am alone in this house where we all grew up. Same old squeeky floorboards and the grandfather clock, still going. The coutryside is silent apart from the wind knocking at the windows and the odd motorbike racing round the lanes at silly mile an hour.
Dad's up North for the weekend so I thought I'd take my chance, come down here armed with some mics, a little mixer and my laptop. I'm going to record the piano that lives here too. The one I grew up playing. It's suffered a bit over the years and is getting a touch arthrytic. Siezing up. It needs to be played (hint, dad)...I've come to warm it up again. It's a grand Steinway. A few of the ivories have come loose and the action's not too great but I still love it more than any other on the planet. We go a looooooong way back. It even has my name "engraved" on it. I was slightly younger than I am now. It was midnight. It was a biro. A blue one. Three times on the lid, just to be sure everyone knew it was mine... i wasn't too popular in the Heap household after that. It's the piano I recorded "Sleep" on for i megaphone.
Good to be here. Will try and get a minute or so of me improvising something for you tomorrow and pop it up here. May not get it up 'til Monday though.
Love to you all xxx
Good to get back to your roots every now and then.
Heap in fluffy rug photo taken by Vicky Dawe at my studio a few days back for a bit o fun x
it was lunchtime...it was the local studio cafe, I rested my bicycle outside while I went in to get some nosh...not ten feet away from it...as I have done nearly everyday for the past 10 months. I had a brief chat with Atomic Rob. said my goodbyes armed with a salad box and a freshly squeezed satsuma juice, headed for the door, to my bicycle to the studio...but...NO BICYCLE! Totally confused...but it was here, it was heeeeeeere. waaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Some geezer had been seen speeding off into the distance on MY BIKE. MY BIKE who'd been sooooo far with me...and been pranged and survived with me...not happy.
I feel like I let my bike down. I was meant to look after it and I failed. We were buddies. We'd come a long way together. I feel lost. Please, whoever ends up with it, be nice and try to love it as your own...EVEN THOUGH IT"S TOTALLY NOT, WHY YOU LITTLE...IF I GET MY HANDS ON YOU...YOU..YOU...
However...I have been a theremin for Sean Lennon. And that was gooooood. On a song called Spectacle. Not sure when the album's coming out but it is already mixed so he'll probably beat me to it. I've heard some stuff from the album and It's really lush sounding. I love the way he plays with chords. They sent me over the choon via, iDisk, then I brought it into Pro-Tools, sung a ton of vocals, made them lovely and then sent all 9 tracks of my vox back to them. All within the space of 2 days, him in LA me in London, on a record mixed and all. Wow...how we move these days.
I have a wardrobe now. Spent all weekend sewing the cover for it, reds, pinks, blues, silks..mmmm. Breathed in a ton of MDF filaments from the sawing going on by the guy who built it, then spent hours and hours hoovering it all up. Painted the bedroom...white. it was kinda grey looking, fingerprinted upon.
Somewhere in all this, finishing the album. Working song by song in order as they will be on the album, some harder than others. Loving my new monitors...M & K's.
and my big knob. eh hem.
These photos I'm putting up are getting pretty dull eh? Will try to brighten it up over the next few days.
p.s. radiohead, rodeohead...
Sean Lennon's theramin
Lonely Planet's London
Okonomiyaki's soooo tasty. Everytime. Bliss.
Kate Kobro in the bush
Pillow fight's r us.
more detail soon xx
Hope all is dandy
p.s.t....has anyone tried my nice rice recipe?... Just curious xxx
Taken from two photos and put together coz the rainbow was just too big to fit into one! wow...i love rainbows...soppy I know. Feeling better...I know my sofa better than ever now. About to begin doing my quarterly VAT return. yay, I can hardly contain myself with excitement. That's about it...have a great weekend. kisses
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