Friday, 30 September 2011

Nancy Sinatra and those boots!

Sometimes a little bit of nostalgia does nobody any harm - sadly I remember this when it was released in 1966. I have even got the 45rpm single of it and if my memory is correct the 'B' side is 'The City Never Sleeps At Night'.

Nancy Sinatra was encouraged by Lee Hazlewood to sing the song as if she were a sixteen-year-old girl giving the brush-off to a forty-year-old man. Sinatra's recording of the song was made with the help of notable Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. This session included Hal Blaine on drums, Al Casey, Tommy Tedesco, Billy Strange and Mike Deasy on guitars, Ollie Mitchell, Roy Caton and Lew McCreary on horns, Carol Kaye on electric bass, and Chuck Berghofer on double bass.

The text below is lifted from Veronica Henry

I've spent about a million pounds in Clarks on children's shoes in the past, but never actually bought a pair for myself. But as I rushed in the other day for a tube of trainer whitener, I spotted these. As a committed boot girl the moment autumn arrives I am clomping around, and these will go with absolutely everything. And the best thing of all? *whispers* - they are incredibly comfortable.

Then I remembered this - they don't make them like this any more!

Leave the arts alone! Interesting reading in the UK press about the demise of 'Women's Commercial Fiction'...

Thursday, 29 September 2011

"Go" - Delilah

"Go" is the debut single recorded by British Singer Delilah.

The song was released as a single on 6 September 2011 as a digital download in the United Kingdom from her upcoming debut album. Delilah featured on Chase & Status's hit "Time" earlier this year, which reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Like 'Time', 'Go' utilizes some light drum and bass, though only towards the end of the track.

The song features lyrics and melodies from the 1983 Chaka Khan hit, "Ain't Nobody" ("The next thing I felt was you / Holding me close / What am I gonna do? / I let myself go"). In an interview with Pyromag in September 2011, Delilah mentioned that Chaka Khan has heard the track and thought it was "genius"

Today I'm off to Exeter to talk to the lovely Judi Spiers at Radio Devon about my new book, Marriage and Other Games, which comes out on 21 October. I bumped into her at Appledore Festival on Saturday, where we were both appering. No doubt we will touch on the subject of chick lit while we are there, and whether it is dead. Absolutely not! There are still legions of people out there buying uplifting, heartwarming, life-affirming fiction, which provides a much deserved escape during these tough times. And books still provide remarkably good value for money. So go on - stick one in your trolley!

While I'm there I get to choose a piece of music. I'm totally in love with this song at the moment, Go by Delilah. It is inspired by one of my old favourites, Ain't Nobody by Chaka Khan, which takes me right back to the eighties. But the spare way it's produced, and her stunning voice, send shivers down my spine. Gorgeous.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Last ever This Window live session - video

This is a hybrid performance which is an eclectic mix of the avant-garde ramblings of the early experimentation pieces of ‘Extraction’ and the 'dark song' musings of the tortured artist. Sadly this appears to be the last known live recording of This Window.

Double bass (Jake Bright) and guitar (Peter Bright) played with screwdrivers. Recorded and transmitted live on Soundart Radio (FM) Dartington College, Nr Totnes on 8th August 2008. The double bass was miked up and played through a Marshall Stack - very loud in a very small studio!

Video by Garry Smout (1981)
Audio by This Window - vocals Peter Bright

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Mail Art - bring it back!

Mail art is a worldwide art and music movement that began in the early 1960s. the principle is simple you send visual art (but also music, sound art, poetry, etc.) through the international postal system. Mail Art is sometimes known as Postal Art or Correspondence Art. Mail Art is a network, based on the principles of barter and equal one-to-one collaboration.

After a peak in popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Mail Art phenomenon has gradually migrated to the Internet, whose “social networks” were largely anticipated and predicted by the interactive processes of postal collaborations. Nevertheless, Mail Art is still practiced  by a loose planetary community involving thousands of mailartists from the most varied backgrounds.

See This Window the pseudonym of Peter Bright.

I will mail you a postcard of an image that was exhibited recently in an exhibition of mine. I have always loved the idea of Mail Art – the forerunner of the Internet! Mail art is a worldwide network… Continue reading →

Below is the original blurb and finished piece that was sent to a mailart exhibition in the USA in 2003. This was posted and accepted and an email was recieved confirming arrival on Sept 4th 2003.

"I just thought I'd let you know that your piece arrived today, completely in tact.  Not even bent!  I love the postal service!
Thank you so much for your contribution."
Melissa Muller

Capitalism = Terrorism

exhibited @ “Gallery Night & Day, October 24th & 25th, 2003 – Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Who buys Art online?

Do people make impulse ART purchases on the Internet? If you have your paintings hanging in a gallery, shop etc then you can encourage people to look, touch even smell your works of art. High Street shopping and gallery purchases … Continue reading ?
In the eyes of the ones who have nothing….Capitalism = Terrorism
Materials: Acrylic and Oil Paint with commercial vinyl.

This image was created on a computer running Windows 98, manipulated and edited using Signlab. The finished version was cut out in vinyl with a Camm-1 Plotter and stuck onto board.

'Mass Production and The New Jesus and Mary' Memorial design is now almost completely originated on the computer. Standard designs can be purchased from catalogs. My work as a memorial designer has involved producing bespoke designs for commercial clients who reproduce images over and over again.

Tue Apr 8 01:31:30 2003

'Christ the Capitalist' The corruption within the 'established church' has been exposed. Has Jesus cast out the money lenders from the temple or is he charging rent? Jesus Christ, a symbol of capitalism.

Sun July 27 11:18:46 2003
'Computer cut religious imagery; why look any further? ' Quote

North Devon business hosting Ilfracombe

From the blog of Veronica Henry Now is the time when I go into M and S and buy at least ten pairs of 60 deniers, in various colours and...