London has been given a taste of the good weather that’s to come (Well, as good as it can get in this island) these past few days and I’m pretty sure I wrote a blog update just like that a year ago but if you didn’t know, it is mandatory in this country to mention the weather at least once a day so it is no surprise I’m blogging about it again. Especially after listening to Smith Westerns new song ‘Varsity’ from their upcoming album ‘Soft Will’ which makes me want to drive with the top down on a hot Sunday afternoon blasting this song while the sun is setting down. Their music always makes me reminisce of the old times vacationing by the beach and ache for long summer days. Close your eyes, listen and let the music transport you to warmer corners.
As I understand the importance that lies in the making of the first post of the year, I’ll try to keep this update as meaningless as possible. So many drafts waiting to be published both in this blog and in my life. I’ve let 2012 led the way, like jumping in a river and letting the flow take you but I’ve got my lifesaver on now and I’ve built a boat. Happy New Year!
Hello there. You must be wondering what possessed me on this fine day that made me update my blog. Well, nothing extraordinary really. As it’s getting cold, I decided I’d pop in at a Starbucks and enjoy one of their seasonal beverages and make use of their free wifi as I still do not have internet at home (I know, right?) to post the most exciting thing from this past week for Johnny Marr has released the video from his first single from his upcoming album “The Messenger” out in February and it did not disappoint. It feels very mancunian… It is impressive how it sounds very unique, very ~Marr yet completely modern and refreshing. I’m not even going to start with the comparisons of Johnny’s solo material with Morrissey’s. Nope, I’m not going there. Just click play and enjoy the next 4 minutes and 26 seconds of musical genius.
Even though the rain seemed to want to truncate with my plans of getting rid of my first cold of this recently inaugurated Autumn-Winter season, a double dose of echinacea tablets gave me enough courage to venture outdoors and attend my date with Joy Division and New Order’s member Peter Hook at the presentation of his new book “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division” in London.
This is one of the instances in which I have to pinch myself and realize that yes I am actually living in London and such things are possible here. Never in a million years did I think that I would spend a Tuesday afternoon in a bookstore cafe listening to a member of Joy Division talk about the band and Ian Curtis. I’m in the process of finishing the book at the moment and I’d totally recommend it to you if you are a Joy Division fan (obviously!) or if you’ve read “Touching From a Distance” (written by Ian’s wife, Debbie) as it gives another perspective to the story we see in Control and although it sheds some light on the other sides of Ian Curtis, he remains as mysterious as ever.