Personal blog: one of those perfect nights

¦ dialling in from the Wild Trapeze cafe ¦

I’m in Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne. A few strides away from the street where I grew up, until the age of 9.  The street I was living in when Gary Numan crashed into my world and imagination – 1979.  A man who blends Cyberpunk themes and almost Lovecraftian flavours in some of his tunes. I flew up here two nights ago.  Crashing with Lone Pine.  Yesterday was one of those days you know you’ll remember for a long time.  A solo trip to the North East coast. Walking along the shoreline with William Orbit – “Strange Cargo Hinterland” on my headphones, turned down super low so I could still hear the crash, boom and hiss of the surf.

Back to Heaton. Lone Pine’s place.  A massive Victorian or Edwardian structure with high ceilings and a huge central staircase. Small modern kitchen, cosy, snug, warm.  He cooked up a feast of spag bol. Washed down with red wine.  A few of us there.  Rachel, the 20+ daughter, with her new chap Johnny – a musician.  He played acoustic guitar and sang folk style.  She harmonised.  Very Wicker Man. Very Paul Giovanni – “Gently Johnny”.  More wine flowed.  I gave a mini-performance of Cloudy Head ( a short children’s story for adults).  Rachel performed the Golden Salmon, a fable or myth she had created.  Then Lone Pine pulled out the novel he wrote back in 2007 and read a chapter aloud. Perfect moment.

Lights down low. Put on a jazz album by Chet Baker and let the late hours unravel into the silence of good companions.

 

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2 thoughts on “Personal blog: one of those perfect nights

  1. Don’t know how I missed this…William Orbit/Hinterland—fantastic! Montok Point is a fave off that album. Do you know Torch Song? I side-project to the Strange Cargo series with female vocalist Laurie Mayer.

    And is that Jaz Coleman at the top of the page?

    All the best, hope things are going well.

    CJS

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