Wednesday, October 12, 2005

In The Attic with Rachel, Mikey and Pete

Had a great time in the attic today with Rachel Fuller, Mikey and Pete Townshend! Was a lot of fun chatting and so amazing to play songs and see instant feedback online. The interaction is awesome! What an incredible platform for lesser known artists and with Pete overseeing it all. This is a wonderful opportunity we are being gifted.

Rachel and Mikey are not only very talented singer / songwriters they are totally natural presenters too - this really impressed me about them both. I do hope I am asked back again soon, I'm sure life will seem rather dull otherwise.

41 Comments:

Blogger Elaine said...

Yay! I'm the your first comment. You were awesome today. Welcome to blogland.

5:57 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

YOU better be invited back .
You were fabulous.
Welcome to the camp....
Peace!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Simon - I loved your performance today - simply excellent. I requested "I'm The Answer" - and am in the process of converting my vinyl copy of Sweet Sound to MP3's so I can listen to them. Is that an amazing song to play live?, I really like the whole song. I can tell you probably had a lot of fun writing and recording that song.

Awesome that you are playing with Bruce Foxton - check out my Blog, scroll down a little to see a momento from my days in the U.K. following The Jam. Bruce was one of the last people I spoke with before boarding a plane for California.

Glad to be corresponding with you. Please come back to In The Attic very soon. We love it.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Britta Ruth said...

You were brilliant on the show! I was painting and listening to the show and when I heard your first song, I stopped what I was doing, got up, sat at the computer and watched you play. It was fantastic! I ended up ruining that section of the painting by letting it dry while I was watching you, but I will re-paint it.

Glad you're on the band-wagon, you were fantastic and I will be sure to pick up the CD. Rachel and Mikey were equally lovely and brilliant.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Johanna in Vista said...

Simon, You look so cute...er..um...handsome....um...OK...you look hot!!

You sound awesome too!!!

See how my priorities are?

Seriously, you are very talented and I thoroughly enjoyed watching er..um...listening to you today.
:)
Johanna in Vista

6:49 PM  
Blogger Claire Eliza said...

You did so great today! I didn't get to see the whole thing, but was impressed! Thank you for appearing. It is so amazing to watch you guys, I am so glad I have the chance to be exposed to this music, it's good for me.
Thanks again, you were so groovy!

- claire -

7:22 PM  
Blogger josh said...

Cool seeing you on WhoTV today (great job, really enjoyed that) and now seeing you've started a blog. Everyone's doing this these days aren't they?

7:27 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

Simon,

I was glad to see you! Was my first visit today and by accident or by slip I managed to see you live, to see everyone there, talented, gifted, live. We're miles apart and yes it's an amazing gift to experience the informal and open approach to playing, singing, and here listening/watching, music. I loved "Misery needs a friend" or I might have forgotten the title. (I was at work, supposed to be working, not supposed to be listening.) :(

I think you should move in there. Good to see you.

-g

7:37 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Simon,

First off Si let me say how much you have been missed! It was great to see you in the Attic and to watch you perform I'm the Answer. Your backing vocals on Mikey's song, Misery was fantastic. You guys sounded great.

Welcome back to the land of the internet and to blogland.

Ann

7:42 PM  
Blogger Bri said...

Hi Simon! This was the most fun "In the Attic" webcast yet, although they have all been great. I loved today. Thanks for being the special guest; you need to be a recurring special guest, as often as possible. Hurry back.

I had never heard you sing until today. You and your songs pretty much blew me away, and I loved watching you, Rachel, Mikey, and Pete. (I refer to Pete as "Rachel's boyfriend" now, just because it's fun to call him that!)

Still smiling. It's been a great day. Thanks again for your part in it. I feel as though you were in my living room! And welcome to blogworld. You'll love it.

Please take a peek at my blog too!

Brina in Minneapolis

P.S. You're very youthful. I'm 48 and feel quite young most of the time, too. Are you 45?!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Welcome to the frighteningly wonderful world of blogging,
Simon.Sorry,gotta get say
this.......

For those of you who aren't
too familiar with Simon's work,
go ahead and get the 2002 release
called "simontownshendis".
You can get it from Amazon.com
One of the most beautiful pieces
of music I've ever heard.
All 18 tracks are absolute
gems.

Also,check out Kathy Van Tassels
Simon site....

http://www.kathyszaksite.com/simon/index.html

Simon,is there any new word
on the Casbah Club CD release?

11:30 PM  
Blogger Seychelle said...

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12:13 AM  
Blogger Rene said...

Si, glad to see you are blogging!
I agree, Rachel and Mikey are naturals on the show - hopefully there will be lots more... Your songs came across great.
Blog on! Rene

1:50 AM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

Soooo....Simon, Simon, Simon.

2002. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Band-in-a-box. New songs. Dot-bom. What's the deal with that, man?? You teased me with that stuff!!! You tripped my trigger and then your songs disappeared! Please come back!

Buck

5:33 AM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

Simon,

Missed the show (it better still be looping when I return from my trip) but heard you were HOT HOT HOT! Good job and looking for more.

-Bill

6:51 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

I loved your performance on the show yesterday. I hope you'll be on again. I had never heard your music before. I guess thats one of the things thats so great about The Attic, you get to hear music that just isn't played on the radio. I'll be sure to pick up one of your CD's so I can get a better listen :)

Welcome to blogland!!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Mark T said...

Really enjoyed the show. Welcome to Blogging. Look forward to seeing and hearing you when you guest again.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Lynney said...

Simon,

It was so lovely to see you on the 'Attic' with Rachel & pals. 'I'm the Answer' brought back wonderful sing-along memories of listening to 'Sweet Sound' on my turntable. I was thrilled to hear your plans to re-release it on CD via Eel Pie. YES!!

The harmonies with Mikey on 'Misery' were just beautiful. I could feel for Mikey when he shared that bad experience with a noisy, unappreciative audience. It really irks me when people are so rude and shout above the music, but thankfully there are suitable venues where music lovers flock.

I remember the let down of being too young to get into the club when you played Philadelphia back in the 80s. So, I'm looking forward to finally getting in and having the pleasure of seeing you perform live. There's a new venue in Philly called the World Café Live which is next door to WXPN studios, home of the World Café radio program. The Tin Angel would also be perfect... it's a cozy, intimate acoustic café.

We hope to see you all in the States soon…

Lynne

New Jersey/Philly

4:19 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Simon,
Memories came flooding back today. Me, as a young girl searching all the local record shops, (no internet at that time) for a Simon Townshend album. Never found it, my search ended.....but now here you are!
Dare I say 20 odd years later, thank heavens for the internet; I'm searching AMAZON!
If the Record Comapanies are paying attention...listen up guys....SIMON IS THE ANSWER!

5:23 PM  
Blogger josh said...

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7:10 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

Simon! I was so excited to see you on WHO TV!! I am so excited you have your own blog!! I miss your old web site. I just miss YOU!!! Rachel said in WHO TV that she is hoping to get you back on WHO TV! Isn't it great?

When I was 16 years old, you came to Detroit on tour (It was for one of your 1st 2 albums, can't remember which one.) but you were playing at a bar and I wasn't able to purchase tickets because of my age. Since it was a bar, you had to be at least 18 to get in. I rememebr calling up the bar and begging them to let me in. I even asked if they would let me in if I brought my mom with me. They told me no and we hung up. I cried so hard. The only time I saw you live was when you were at the Fox Theater in Detroit when Roger came to celebrate the Who/music of PT. You were so great!!!! I bought that CD when it came out because of you mostly but was extremely bummed when I found out it was recorded in NY and had some other guy on guitar that was not you. Angry, I was!

And...Since I'm reminiscing (sp) I still have an interview on VHS that you did on MTV with Martha Quinn. You had a white tank top and a black hat. It was for Moving Target and you's were talking about taking the Concord. I bring this up because when I saw you on WHO TV, really itty bitty like, I could still tell your mannerisms and how you do that cute little thing...I don't know how to describe it, but you are so cute and so adorable and so hunky and so hot and so talented and so nice....But truly, I do have an incredible man of my own that I love passionatly with all my heart. But that doesn't change the fact that you are wonderful.

So, can you tell that we are all thrilled to pieces for you to be in blog world and WHO TV?

I really really hope you can release your 1st 2 albums on CD. I only have cassette versions recorded from my vinyls. It's not good quality at all!!!!

Thank you Gary for telling me that Simon was on his own blog! Thank you!!!!

: D

7:30 PM  
Blogger josh said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Simon and for listening.

Thought I'd let you know that I gave your idea of writing a song around the middle bit some thought, and I'm working on it now. Seems so far like it will be a good one, so when this song makes me rich I will be eternally grateful to you. (it won't make me rich, but you know...IF)

8:37 PM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Thanks Simon for being the special guest on In the Attic! I so enjoyed your songs and your talent you shared so freely with us all. I would enjoy seeing more of you on the show!

So we usually ask questions of Rachel, Mikey and Pete. And in turn if we are lucky they blog back and answer here or on our own blogs...so here is MY question (ok 2 questions):

What kind of training did you have in Music? Was it formal or self taught?

and

What other artistic things/talents do you like to do/have?

There you go..a topic for your next blog! He he.

Have a good one!-Molly

9:56 PM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

I have to thank, or blame, Pete & Rachel for getting me into this whole blogging thing...I see they got to you too...heh heh.

2:38 AM  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Well done Simon, you were brilliant on 'In the Attic', your music and charm came accross brilliantly, you added not only more great music, but more colour to the show, I've been watching on loop, and love all the songs you played, can't get 'i'm the answer' out of my head, can't wait to hear the whole album, thanks mate.
mikey

5:46 AM  
Blogger AlianaDrex said...

Another one sucked in by the vortex of procrastination. Welcome Simon. Glad you came to play.
Ali

6:47 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Simon - I got the words to I'm the Answer, and had a blast last night singing it by myself, having seen what chords you played.

It is a great song, very catchy and it has deep meaning. "Have things been difficult for you?, has loneliness sunk deeply through?", I can remember hearing that during a period when I had a string of rejections by women and realizing that I would always have music to make me feel better. I know this one was probably written for the female perspective, but as a confused boy in his early 20's, that's what I got out of it.

Looking forward to hearing more of your music, and possible collaborations with your Bruv.

9:16 AM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Hi Simon,

Found here with a bit of a delay. Just wanted to thank you again for the songs you did on "In The Attic". Really great stuff. I had to go get whatever I could find in amazon.com right away. Hope you get Sweet Sound out soon, in whatever form, and hope to see you in "In The Attic" again.

Maria

9:19 AM  
Blogger Karel said...

Sweeet..even Simon has a blog now..

10:48 AM  
Blogger Bri said...

Hi Simon,

I love the way you used the word "gifted" there. Nice!

I wrote something about you in my blog today.

I read a quote from you online (googled you!) and wonder if you still feel this way. In it you were making a distinction between musicians (as in classically trained, music-reading musicians) and artists who play music (read: rock)...I hesitate to quote it here because for all I know you didn't actually say it.

But the gist of it was that musicians read music and play, but real artists create, bleed, and play with passion. Something along those lines.

Do you still think so? 'cause to me that sounds very boxy, and I don't think it's accurate. I'm a classical musician but I create, and I have much passion in my playing. Reading the notes is one level of classical playing but it's not all there is to it. Re-creating, or discovering anew, what a composer managed to write down, and then making it come alive again, that's art too. It's not a cookie-cutter thing.

What do you think?

2:21 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

One critique Simon....

When you are a blogger star you
need to respond tou your fans.

Love ya mate :)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Thank you so much for your post on my blog. Hope to correspond (and not overwhelm you) in the future.

It is so very cool that artists, Rachel, Mikey, yourself and yes Pete, are communicating with fans like this. Although, I have not had a post from Pete as yet, I feel certain he knows how I feel about him. I can tell how proud of him you are.

Thanks

3:52 PM  
Blogger Seychelle said...

Hey Simon,
You're the best. Oh, did I mention hot too?

A photo. anything, please?

Love ya,
Seychelle

5:19 PM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

Simon,
I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing the dot-bom that became The Casbah Club. It would be great to see you stateside performing your music again.

Buck

5:54 PM  
Blogger Seychelle said...

Hi Simon, please have your band The Casbah Club come and play at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California USA. Have you ever played there?

Congrats on giving up the addictions, it frees you up to be really present. Hope you find time to blog.
Best, S

10:47 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

>>>I'm still trying to figure out how to respond on my blog site<<<

I think that you just do what you
just did.You responded to me
personally.So that's how.I think.
Hahaha! I'll try to figure it out
when I've had some sleep.

Thanks for the positive vibes and comments. Looking at your picture, I'm pretty sure we have met, right?

Oh yeah,we've met many of times.
The Irish Pub,Righa Hotel in NYC.
The Cambridge House of Blues in
Boston, in Greenwhich Village NYC,
ETC ETC!Outside of MSG NYC.I have
many pics.Thanks for the music
mate,you are one of a kind!
You're music marvels me.

3:32 PM

4:59 AM  
Blogger JoeBoy said...

Simon,
Thanks for all you do and have done.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Debby C said...

Hi Simon - I just wanted to let you know I have seen you many of times in concert with Pete. I think you are very talented and I enjoyed watching you on Who TV with Pete, Rachel and Mikey. Hope to see you soon!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Storm said...

Unfortunately I missed your performance. I did hear rave reviews about it though. Hopefully there is some way I will be able to see it.

Rachel and Mikey are very talented. Rachel is such a wonderful songstress. Not to mention, she is beautiful too!

Welcome to the world of blogging!

12:27 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

Simon, when you get your blog going more, I would love to see some of your photography on it.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Tony L said...

Hey Simon,

Good to see you writing on the net again.

I missed the webcast but have heard some very good things about it. I really enjoyed Mikey's set at the 100 club.


As for the Quo tour, I think it would be good for the band. Can't understand why they would not want to do it.

4:50 AM  

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