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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 4.17 am, Wednesday 2nd January, 2008
Subject: A Very Happy New Year
Security: Public
Mood:Sleepy
Music:The Monroe Transfer - Vox Humana
This is my favourite of all the new year memes I think.

The "First Lines" Meme

January
The New Year Round Up
03/01/07 01:11:00
Another year down, another tentative footstep towards the precipice that marks the future.

February
What words rhyme with buried alive?
19/02/07 19:09:00
Lots has happened since last I posted. I have dissected the old Doc Marten's and made an important discovery.

March
News in brief
01/03/07 19:00:00
Computer still buggered. At least a year of emails have gone up in smoke.

(First public text post. First post is the backdated Lenten Photographs 9/47)

April
Happy Birthday Oscar!
03/04/07 12:49:00
It's Oscar Sharp's birthday today! May he live to be old and crinkley, but always happy.

(First public text post. First post is the backdated Lenten Photographs 40/47)

May
Ah well.
08/05/07 02:53:00
I'm back from holiday and it's finally happened. I got mugged on the way home.

June
No public posts.

July
(no subject)
10/07/07 00:38:00
Thanks Joe.

(First public text post. First post is the more illuminating Voice Post)

August
Round up of the Weekend and Interesting Times Ahead
06/08/07 13:42:00
Last night of Drowsy Chaperone on Saturday was beautiful and heartbreaking. I cried at the power cut, having seen it before.

September
No public posts.

October
Cocksday
11/10/07 23:29:00
I hereby pronounce today Cocksday. I think everyone seems to have had a shit one today.

November
No public posts.

December
Jumbling It Up old school
07/12/06 17:34:00
Busy times. Interesting times.

This probably doesn't mean anything to anyone else, but it's good for me to read back on these things. Remember the good that has happened this year.

For anyone who got one through the post, or downloaded it through sendspace, here are the sleeve notes for my annual mixtape. This probably says more about what has happened this year. The link is still live if anyone is interested, and if anyone craves a CD copy, please comment or email your address to MMVII at weaselspoon dot com.

MMVII - Songs from and inspired by Two Thousand and Seven AD
Sleeve Notes:

1. Whole Lotta Love by Goldbug from the single, which samples and then mixes to Asteroid by Pete Moore taken from Nice 'n' Easy.
One of the recurring tracks from the summer jolly to Ardnamurchan. We discovered that between Nick and myself we were carrying both of the originals used, so tended to listen to all three quite a lot. This made dextress smile.

2. Leporello's Song by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from Don Giovanni.
For anyone interested, this is sung by Andrew Shore with the Philharmonia Orchestra under David Parry. The translation is by Amanda Holden. I believe it is a 2000 recording taken after the 1999 Opera North production. This is what I have mostly been singing with Max this year, although I do need to do my own translation. It was recommended to me years ago by Joe Atkins, who it has been my pleasure to run into at mountview.

3. Nagasaki by Hugh Laurie from the Jeeves and Wooster soundtrack.
Another track that came up in the Ardnamurchan trip. Then I found a cracking recording by Django at mirabehn's parents house. Then Max showed me a film of Willie "The Lion" Smith playin' anna mumblin' his way through it back in the sixties (the joys of youtube). It was written in 1928 by Harry Warren, who also wrote I Only Have Eyes For You.

4. Tonight We Fly by the Divine Comedy from Promenade.
Used in Daniel Kitson's Stories For the Wobbly-Hearted, and so here to remind me of his storytelling abilities. This year I've managed to see C90 and The Ballad of Roger & Grace. Both left me a little teary. Generally I've cried at many things this year, and as someone tried to point out to me, this isn't a bad thing. Also this song crops up in a mixtape which I shall post about later. It's a corking track from the end of a concept album about a day at the seaside.

5. Songbird by Jayne Sarah.
The recorded version of my cousin's first dance as a married woman. This will forever remind me of that day, and that night. More from the most lovely Jayne Sarah can be found on her myspace page. That day also marked the first outing for my kilt.

6. The Second Dance by Edward Rapley sampled from 10 Ways to Die On Stage.
This is from the Summer Jumble It Up in Oxford. This man is great. Go and see him if at all possible. He's performing this show at Warwick Arts Centre on the 17th January. In this section he performs a number of dances, including The Dance of The Entire Show. He's not very good at dancing, but he's getting better.

7. The Black Sea Waltz by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen from their eponymous album.
Used in Fidus Achates by Janine and Avis in the December Jumble It Up. I saw quite a bit of Mikelangelo in Edinburgh last year at the bongo club, and a little this year. I borrowed this album from Lily and I'm afraid I still haven't quite got round to giving it back.

8. I've seen your arse (again) by Arthur Smith from (Not Very) Easy Listening Highlights.
One of the odder things I did in my four day stay in Edinburgh this summer was visit ARTURART at the Institute of Zoo Logic. Instead of taking a comedy show to Edinburgh, Arthur Smith took an art gallery, complete with security guard. It was over a five floor townhouse and included works by the man himself as well as Stuart Lee and Simon Munnery to name but a few. in one room, this track was playing on a loop, and it left me singing this old drinking song for many a day. On the album there is the original stand up piece about the song, which makes a lot more sense, but is a lot less odd. I told all my friends that I could find to go to the gallery, and embark on the Arthur Smith Tour of the Royal Mile, but none of them went.

9. Blanketty Blanc by Des O'Connor naughtily ripped from his myspace page.
Another Edinburgh memory. On my first night in town, Amanda Palmer of the Dresdon Dolls had a gathering at a bar on the north side of town. A dozen different acts took the mic, and this was the one that stuck. I'm a sucker for a ukulele. The other thing of note from that night was that Amanda Palmer said that I was a better man than my companion that night, Mr Fraser David Edmond. I win. (Recently Des O'Connor came up in conversation and he's more famous than I thought (Yes this Des O'Connor not the other one))

10. Another Irish Drinking Song by Da Vinci's Notebook from Brontosaurus.
Another track from the Ardnamurchan trip. Notably from strongtrousers collection. He has much odd music.

11. Choices by Suzanne Morrison sampled from Yoga Bitch.
This was the monologue show I was teching this summer. A young woman takes a trip to Bali to become a yogi. There she meets a number of bizarre people who invite her to drink her urine. Her teacher gives a lecture about how there are two birds in the same tree, the lower bird, who enjoys the pleasures of the world but inevitably is drawn into suffering and pain, and the higher bird, who is detached and so can live untroubled. Later, in a cafe facing a banana coconut milkshake and a killer brownie, this is her response. I've kind of adopted it as my philosophy.

Glittering Cloud by Imogen Heap from Plague Songs.
Plague Songs was part of the Margate Exodus project. Ten artists were asked to record songs based on the biblical plagues of Egypt. There was then a concert in Margate where local artists performed the songs, an album released of the original artists, and to mark the premiere of the film Exodus a concert at the barbican with as many of the original artists as possible, with other acts covering the songs given a chance to write about their own choice of plague in the second half. I was at the barbican gig, having followed the chain from Stephin Merritt's website. The two acts that stuck out were Rohan Kriwaczek's Funerary Dirge for a Plague Victim and Glittering Cloud by Imogen Heap, the song of the locust. This is based on the idea that an individual locust is a quiet, ordinary insect. It's only when they meet that they become rampaging hedonistic terror incarnate. The initial sound is a sample of a cloud of locusts, and the first instrument you hear is an Array Mbira. I want one.

12. Theme From Hot Fuzz by David Arnold from the film soundtrack.
I managed to spend a day in the Prince Charles cinema for free watching cop films at the Hot Fuzztival. Hard Boiled, Last Boy Scout, Point Break (gayest film ever) and Hot Fuzz with a live audio commentary from the cast. After that I had to watch Hot Fuzz again, and then the Bad Boys films, and the Die Hards, and the Lethal Weapons. It got to the point that I expected every stranger to pull a gun from their coat. This is the track that Simon Pegg goes jogging to in the mornings now.

13. Both Sides Of The Coin from the Original Cast Recording of the Mystery of Edwin Drood.
I've been transferring the library's old tapes to CDs and this is one of the gems I uncovered. Written in 1985, every single song in this show is a winner. It's currently playing at the Warehouse Theatre in Croydon, but I've yet to see it. I'm a sucker for a patter song. I can now sing this up to speed on a good day.

14. The First Recorder Playing Rock 'N' Roll Star by Gavin Osborn from In The Twee Small Hours.
In Edinburgh I managed to get tickets to one of the 2am performances of The Ballad of Roger & Grace by Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborne. It was cracking. I cried. Bought his album the next day. I like him a lot.

15. 5 Minuite Hallway by Poe from Haunted.
Last year I received House of Leaves from the lovely Mr. Edmond. I read it and then started reading into it. Poe is the author's sister, and there are various crossovers of note. This song is referenced in a late chapter of the book, being played by a band in a bar.

16. Untitled by Jason Falkner from Presents Author Unknown.
One of many songs longbird introduced me to. You ran outside and caught the moon/I knew then and there I'd never catch up to you. That's most of my year summed up.

17. You You You You You by the 6ths (with Katharine Whalen) from Hyacinths and Thistles.
Used as the closing music of Yoga Bitch. It was always a bit of a challenge to clear the audience by the time the song finished.

18. Prayer Entreating the Awaited Saviour to Embrace the Lord by Max A Rush.
This was my birthday canon composed for me by my housemate Max. It is a palindromic canon in many ways. The lyrics are "Do God do o Godot to do good do God".

19. Rockabye by Kit & The Widow from 100 Not Out.
This is actually a memory from last Christmas. Seeing the last performance of Kit and the Widow's Christmas Roast as a very last minute thing at the end of a very busy week sitting in the second row of the Arts Theatre with a separate seat for my enormous rucksack. And crying at this song. Those performances were recorded and released this year.

20. Musetta's Waltz by Giacomo Puccini from La Boheme.
Just before lent this year I got to light a production of La Boheme in a barn in Bentley. It was wonderful. See accounts elsewhere in this journal. This is the moment in the show where I would cry every night, although this isn't a great recording. The death in Act IV never did anything for me.

21. Petulance by Cameron Rimington sampled from the film Best Man Cam.
This year Katherine and Jeavon got married and Cameron was the best man. For a month before the wedding every spare minute was spent agonising over his speech. Oscar and Cameron made a film. These are the last words spoken on the tape.

The Scrotum Song by the Asylum Street Spankers from Dirty Ditties.
I finally got me a copy of this EP this year. It also includes the classic Everybody's Fucking But Me. Memories of Scrotum include singing it loud and proud in the get out of Yoga Bitch at the Burton Taylor and, because it's based on a fairly standard tune, in the bar at the BAC waiting to go in to the Red Death Lates.

22. A Swinging Safari by Bert Kaempfert.
Used in Best Man Cam as underscoring for the story of how the best man met the groom.

Angle Grinders? by Cameron Rimington sampled from the film Best Man Cam.
In the story, Cam gets stuck down a cattle grid and they call the fire brigade to get him out. This is his response.

23. The Cereal Song by Uke Til U Puke.
Used in a mixtape of ukulele songs. If you haven't heard why I made this mixtape, it's a long and complicated story. It's a present, several years overdue, and I still haven't sent it.

24. Love Is Always Lovely In the End from the original cast recording of the Drowsy Chaperone.
This was a wonderful show, which was cut tragically short over here. OK, it should have had an interval, it was a bugger to sell, and not many of the songs stand alone from the show, but it does what a musical is supposed to do. It takes you to another world, and it gives you a little tune to carry with you in your head for when you're feeling blue. I could recite the first ten minutes when I came out from seeing it the first time.

25. Leftbank 2 by the Noveltones.
AKA Vision On's gallery theme. Used in Best Man Cam to underscore a slideshow of baby photos.

26. You've Got To Learn To Live With What You Are by Ben Folds from Sunny 16.
Again this is longbird's fault. She took me to see Ben Folds and Clem Snide at the Hammersmith Apollo or whatever it's called now (in return, she joined me in watching NIN at Brixton). This EP has been a constant joy since. I was torn between this, and There's Always Someone Cooler Than You, both of which are songs I should learn from.

27. Beautiful You by Goldrich & Heisler from Song Sampler.

28. Wise Words by Ian McKellen sampled from an interview on BBC Radio 2.
I heard Macca being interviewed on Parkie's final show. this really struck a chord with me.

29. 22DS ends by Jumbled sampled from 22 Death Scenes at the Space.
This was Jumbled's show last year, which was retired in January. In this final sequence, Mike Tweddle and Lucy Foster recreate Daphne's death scene from Neighbours. Or how it should have been. This was the ending of the show, with the lights very slowly fading to black.

30. The Curtain Falls by Marc Almond from Stardom Road.
Marc Almond turned 50 this year and I was lucky enough to be present at his birthday gig with my good friend Joe Mahon. It rocked. He closed with this number, the song that Bobby Darin sang when he retired. The album is excellent as well.

31. Twinkle Twinkle by Mr Wells after Mr Gill.
Since the Monroe Transfer's new album is a 50 minute single track, I found it hard to edit something to fit on this album, so here is my own arrangement of Twinkle Twinkle for musical box.

The photograph used on the cover is by KC and is of a work of art made by me, owned by her. It was the prize from this year's lent puzzle and for that reason I won't be posting its name here.

Happy New Year to all you lovely people. I think I should resolve to post more up here.
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turpentinekiss_
User: turpentinekiss_
Date: 10.03 pm, Wednesday 2nd January, 2008 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have a good 2008 :)

Sorry for missing you whilst you were in Coventry, I think I was without a phone for a few days over Christmas due to hoovering up my charger. It'd be nice to catch up at some point.

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Robert Wells or Mr Waters: Eye
User: weaselspoon
Date: 11.02 am, Thursday 17th January, 2008 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Eye
If you happen to be about tonight, I'm going to see the show at the WAC that I linked to above. It would be lovely to see you. Unfortunately, I then have to go and get on a late train back to nodnoL.
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