I’m working up slowly to Jazz Day, as Friday May 17 shall henceforth be known. Yesterday was pretty easy, though I did have the odd fight with myself and the ‘skip’ button. Today was harder because it was all one artist, and I knew that even if I didn’t like him, we’d be stuck with each other for an hour. Searching for Sugar Man, by the way, is not a song, but a documentary about American folk musician Rodríguez . This morning I’ve been listening to his first album, Cold Fact, as recommended by Kerry. Thank you Kerry!
The last couple of days have made me realise how often I press ‘skip’ – both in a musical sense, and in everyday life. In addition to hopping around inside records and listening to the same tracks over and over again (I think I could listen to Porcelina by the Smashing Pumpkins for 3 or 4 days at a time), I switch from one task to another every few minutes. By the time I finish writing this blog, I’ll have stopped to deal with 2 emails, take a phone call, brief a colleague and got my breakfast.
I’m starting to realise that there might just be some advantages to having no fast forward option, and to only having to think about what you’re doing right now. As a serial multi-tasker, this is a bit of a revelation.
Anyway, time for some key objectives:
Better shape – burn calories and get fitter
Once a day I climb this hill …
…. Which at 7.30am feels like climbing this hill.
Bring it on, suckers.
Clearer head – blow away the cobwebs and relieve stress
There’s something in this. The people I see at the start of my journey, before 7am, look more relaxed and happier than the commuters I see as I get towards work at 8, who all look a lot grimmer.
Hidden treasures – make new discoveries in your area
Something I learned this morning: everyone’s favourite Norwegian Romantic composer Edvard Grieg once lived on Clapham Common North Side.
Today’s track: Rodríguez, Only Good for Conversation. A bit like Cream, if Cat Stevens had been in the line-up.