Friday, January 27, 2006

Brighton Beach

South of London, one of our favourite places is Brighton. This was where most of The Who's Quadrophenia was filmed. It was the place to be in the 60's during the Mod movement and again during the revival in the late 70's. Something about this seaside town and the cold, damp British winter weather make this the perfect day out. As you can see, Brewster (the dog) was in his element.... and so was I. Below is a photo of my gorgeous wife, Janie and our
daughter, Hannie sharing a happy moment together.

There is something charming about these shots of the dog and I running along the stones down to the sea front. This was the first time he had ever seen the sea and I really enjoyed the experience of introducing him. You know, it is so great that we have the ability to photograph these moments that are precious to us. Seeing a photograph really helps bring back the whole mood and atmosphere and clarifies in our memory exactly how happy we felt at the time. Thank you Mr Brownie... or Kodak... or whoever you were. Ok - just off to do some research....


PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY GRANT

Monday, January 16, 2006

Raised (2000)

My old PC recently crashed for the thousandth time and I decided enough was enough. As it happened, I had long since wanted to upgrade my modem to wireless anyway (for the Apple laptop) which meant a few changes. During the long, boring cleansing process I came across a few old 'gems' hidden in the darkest corners of my back up hard-drive, a place I would rarely go as it nearly always meant a restart which on the virus-riden Windows 98 would generally take atleast ten long, tedious minutes.... you get the picture! How it still remains in one piece is beyond me as I am not known for my patience OR anger management. Anyway, deep in the far corner of this dusty old.... etc... I found this video Bob K and I made for the song, 'Raised' and I figured I'd share it with you. It is nothing mind blowing but it is nevertheless home grown and for this reason, priceless. It has shots of my kids messing around, my old home studio and the much loved family Cocker Spaniel, Splodge, intercut with bits of live footage taken at the Grape Street Pub Philadelphia in 2000 with the infamous Andy Kravitz on drums. Andy co-wrote and produced the track. If you can be bothered to do the extremely long, laborious, frustrating... etc... download, I think you may find it interesting.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 'RAISED' CLIP

Friday, January 06, 2006

Bare...?

You tell me! I named the song after the album title, Bare Bodies Bare Assets - infact written nearly an entire year after the acoustic collection was released in 2000. The front cover shot was of a seedy XXX strip joint in Chicago so I went 'Half Nekkid' to continue the theme - music stripped down to its bare bones... an acoustic guitar and voice! I always wondered whether listeners thought I was singing 'Arses' instead of 'Assets', so when it was recently mistaken for 'Essence' I thought it may be a good compromise. What do you think?

Sunday, January 01, 2006

2006 Kicks In!

I saw this live performance of 'Bare Assets' (aka Bare Essence) from the Basement Jam posted by Alecia. There is something quaint about the poor quality of the film that feels good to me:
http://aleciajensen.com/BLOG/SimonTAX05M.wmv

And sticking with the song, I figured I might aswell upload a very short piece of film I put together for Animal Soup project when I was learning movie editting:
Click here to see Bare Assets strumming


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