March 16, 2011
Greetings from Brighton! I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written, but it now felt like the right time to start up this journal again. I want to document my time writing a new album, doing shows, living in England, the things I’m thinking about, watching, reading and listening to. As usual, I’m sure most of it will probably only really amuse myself! My time recording in NYC with Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby wasn’t particularly well documented I’m afraid. I guess we realised how much work there was to do to record a whole album in ten days.. and so the journal entries fell by the wayside!… but you’ll hopefully get to hear the fruit of our labours very soon because we just had the album mastered. If you don’t know what I’m speaking of, please see the last couple of entries..
So, back to England.. I’ve lived here for a year now which is hard to believe, mostly because I’ve done so much travelling and spent so much time outside England. Last year As Day Follows Night was released all over the place… Sweden, Denmark, Norway, France, Germany, UK, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium & Poland. I might be missing somewhere.. and don’t say Australia, because it came out there the year before . I toured all around Europe and Australia and even did a show in Singapore. I don’t think I have a British accent yet, although I was hoping to get one like Kylie Minogue’s.. sort of French and British and Australian all rolled into one. No luck yet. I do find myself speaking in a bit of an accent when I’m at the supermarket though. I suppose I imitate the person I’m speaking to, which is incredibly rude when you think about it, but I guess it’s just trying to adapt and fit into your surroundings. This reminds me of my new favourite Woody Allen film ‘Zelig’… (as you know, I’m a Woody Allen fan) it’s a mockumentary about a human chameleon. It’s very, very funny. I recommend it.
Talking of human chameleons makes me think of Peter Sellers. ‘Being There’ is probably my favourite film of his. I’ve been dying to see it again lately. It’s quite an amazing film in my opinion. Peter Sellers really intrigues me as figure and I became a bit obsessed with him a while ago. I suppose the way he immersed himself into his roles and there is something just so unusual about his face and his characters.
Shirley Maclaine is lovely in it too.
I’ve also become a bit fascinated with Klaus Kinski, he was a German actor who was pretty nutty on set and worked with the director Werner Herzog.
Klaus would go off on huge angry rants at the drop of a hat and insult everyone around him beyond belief, and his acting is so incredibly intense. He plays a mad man in ‘Aguirre, The Wrath of God’ which I saw a couple of weeks ago because they’ve had a bit of a Werner Herzog fest at this amazing cinema here in Brighton. It’s called the Duke of York Picturehouse… it’s 100 years old and I love it.
Anyway, more news and bits and pieces to follow. Over and out.