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Monday, 11 April 2011

Some days...

Some days there is nothing.

But on those days there is still this...



  Several years ago I was travelling on a bus between Bolivia and Peru with two American girls who managed to persuade the driver to play their iPods instead of his own questionable selection. My own personal CD player was repeatedly coming a cropper over the rugged terrain and insisted on jumping continuously with every spin of the (4) wheel (drive). Clearly I hadn't planned ahead with my technological selection - when we were recording 'Come Get Some' I had looked at my engineer Demus' new fangled iPod and decided it would never catch on...
Anyway, feeling sorry for myself, and probably licking my wounds after being cast adrift from my grim major label musical experience, I was contemplating throwing myself under any of those wheels (particularly faced with the prospect of any more of the driver's German hip hop) when the most beautiful sound came over the speakers and flooded me with an renewed enthusiasm for music that I hadn't felt in quite some time.
People like to take the rise out of Americans and marvel at their supposed 'fakery' - we've all done it and I'm not about to put myself above the congregation. But, I confess, those two women taught a English sarcastic pessimist how to see the glass half full again in the South American arse-end of nowhere just by playing me Belle and Sebastian and teaching me how to say 'stoked'...

Alison Sara Robin and Loree Tamanaha - this is for you. Works every time...

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