Toots

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  1. This afternoon, for the first time in a long, long while, I listened to Regina. Songs, Soviet Kitsch, and the Demos blared, the sun flared, and I forgot my cares, as I remembered just how great Regina could be.

    Her last album, I'm afraid, was poor. And some the more 'overly-effusive' fans have put me off her concerts of late. But this isn't the whingeing of an old fan, maligning her change in artistic direction. I just don't like her latest style, but I think she'll come good again, sooner or later. I guess I'm just telling the ether that I'm waiting for 'ginka to sweep me off my feet again.


  2. This afternoon, for the first time in a long, long while, I listened to Regina. Songs, Soviet Kitsch, and the Demos blared, the sun flared, and I forgot my cares, as I remembered just how great Regina could be.

    Her last album, I'm afraid, was poor. And some the more 'overly-effusive' fans have put me off her concerts of late. But this isn't the whingeing of an old fan, maligning her change in artistic direction. I just don't like her latest style, but I think she'll come good again, sooner or later. I guess I'm just telling the ether that I'm waiting for 'ginka to sweep me off my feet again.


  3. It's lovely to be missed - that's very kind of you! And a warm hello to thekiddrinkingfire, who I shamefully failed to respond to. I hope you're all in the finest of fettle.

    I'm loving the grumpy grudging affection doing the rounds on this thread! It's all a bit touching and strangely sibling, really!

    Geogaddi, I speak with fond regards as a fellow film-fumbling mick when I say: may your days bloom and your film fly, you feckin head-the-ball!


  4. I think you should trust in Lambie, Johnny C.

    Do you remember anything about it, Lambie? Any particular refrain? Any strange instrumentation? Tell all!

    Also: where on earth (or otherwise) have you been? And thekiddrinkingfire - are you still around? It's a whole new world since my recent return to the forum. I'm slightly discombobulated.


  5. This is fast becoming my favourite ever thread! Intriguing stuff, all in all, if a tad warped by a touch of the vapours.

    Geogaddi - I was creeping around the forum myself in those days. I must say: I'm a fairly close reader when it comes to these things, and I can't remember noting any implicit quotes from posts cropping up in 'ginka's notices. I agree: wherefore art thou, Lambchop?


  6. No! Ketchup is plain wrong! I used to live with a girl who would just throw ketchup in the bin the second she saw it, almost like a Pavlovian response; possibly not the most reasonable action, but I could kind of understand. She also liked to bark like a dog, at indescriminate times. I don't think the two were linked, but it remains a possibility. Rule nothing out, as Sherlock Holmes has taught us Wink


  7. So....what do people think about Acoustic Ladyland? It's easy to get carried away when a modern jazz group are even half-way not awful (ie: not 'smooth jazz'. SMOOTH JAZZ?! That term drives me absolutely nuts! It's bad, sloppy, soulless soul. It's got nothing to do with jazz! I thought we'd killed it at the end of the 80s - but no! Like a gorgon, it rears its ugly head on another, euphimistic neck) but...they're not too shabby.

    If only their album cover wasn't so DREADFUL! Question: can you honestly trust the taste of a band who choose to package all of their hard work with a picture of a stiletto-heeled woman, manacled to a disco ball? Help me, fellow 'stixers, I am genuinely disturbed by this!


  8. Hey Shawn,

    Peter Constantine has pretty much translated the whole kit and kaboodle, and his love for Babel really shines through, I think - like Michael Hoffmann with the equally great Joseph Roth - so he's a good guy to go with. Hope that points you in the right direction...though the learning Russian approach would be fantastic, wouldn't it? Roll Eyes(<wistfully)

    How are you finding Ezra Pound? I've only ever read his imagist stuff (they're not too shabby!), but I've been meaning to give the Cantos a go for ages. Would you recommend them?

    I think we're accidentally forging some kind of literary thread, here WinkCool!

    Enjoy your 'work'Big Grin


  9. Excellent use of a desk-job! I heartily approve! But I hope you're not saving up your pay to buy an overcoat. It's inadvisable Wink

    Whilst we're on the Russian literature tip: have you read much/any Isaac Babel? He was an absolute dream of a short-story writer. Track him down, if you haven't already. He's up there with Chekhov/Carver/Maupassant/Borges/Mansfield in the pantheon of the greats. Enjoy!


  10. Hey Shawn!

    So what was the film, anyway? You were a little coy, not saying what it was Wink I'm intrigued! Hope it was worth the 2 year wait!

    Ps: I'm in the same desk-job, internet-bound boat. Currently using the time trying to learn Yiddish, which is slightly...random...

    Pps: Can't speak for the rest of the forum, but I'm okay, thank you Smiler

    Ppps: Hey, also, to Giulia! I like your posts! Smiler


  11. Regina as the Uptown Girl? I like it! Wink

    Billy Jo-elle is clearly an influence - plain as the nose on Pinnochio's face.

    I've changed my mind about this thread: I hope it never ends. This topic is like the everliving; the undead. Nothing can kill it. It will survive us all: Every. Last. One of us. Even the cockroaches. Mwahahahah! Eeker


  12. Jaysus! Eeker

    Is this carry-on still carrying on?!

    They are both women; they both play piano; they both sing songs. It is a happy, vaguely distracting coincidence. There you go Roll Eyes

    I pray to whatever God there is in the cosmos that this thread dies a sudden, painless death in its sleep. Amen. Big Grin


  13. "I like hearing songs performed by their authors"

    Does that mean you don't like great swathes of Aretha Franklin; Frank Sinatra; Billie Holliday; Motown, etc?

    I understand where you're coming from, but there's certainly great merit in the skill of interpretation. There are a lot of bland covers, I know; but there are also many inspired interpretations that equal the original version by the author, and can definitely be considered creations in their own right: Screamin' Jay Hawkins'/Nina Simone's 'I Put A Spell On You'; Bob Dylan's/Van Morrison's 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue'; Dylan's/Hendrix's 'All Along the Watchtower'; Leonard Cohen's/Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah', to name but an obvious few.

    The act of investing the song with their own emotions - almost possessing it for themselves - reanimates the composition and creates it anew. It IS their song. It's like great acting in the theatre, or on film; Tennessee Williams wrote the words, but Brando brought them to life. The act of interpretation, at its best, can be just as vital as the original composition, that's all I'm saying (and saying..and saying!)

    I'm sure no one on this thread wants Regina to forsake writing her own songs. I think we might possibly just have been having some...wait for it...fun.


  14. I LOVE 'Just Like the Movies'! It is officially (there was an awards ceremony...in my addled mind) my favourite bit of 'Ginka doings. How great would it be to hear it played live? Answer: muchly great.

    A forever of thankyous to thekiddrinkingfire for letting me hear it in the first place! (to continue the awards theme Wink)


  15. I suppose, in general, the inherent nature of being 'a fan' is conservative; you have an appetite for a certain quality in the artist you want satisfied time and again.

    BUT: the most enthralling part of following any artist is watching them develop their ideas, and exploring the different nuances of their preoccupations. It's kind of beautiful watching that logical progression, that flowering of their essential interests: the movement of Tom Waits from 'Heartattack & Vine' to 'Bone Machine'; of John Coltrane from 'Giant Steps' to 'Crescent'; of Orson Welles from 'Citizen Kane' to 'F for Fake'. It's far more fulfilling taking that meandering journey with them, than asking them to always stay the same.

    You shouldn't be berated for having your opinion, but I do think it's closing you off to even richer treasures to come. As Joni Mitchell said: if you want to hear the same song over and over, put your money in a jukebox. Wink


  16. I can play the jew's harp. I give it the occasional bluesy twang, and envisage baying crowds. That's right: baying. I'm not particularly good.

    It's great for accompanying the works of Ennio Morricone, and Leonard Cohen, mind.

    There was a guy, used to busk in Leicester Square tube, who blew tunes through a traffic cone. We're not talking profoundly unamusing student-style japery, here; this guy had the breath control of your boppenest be-bopper. His rendition of Dizzie Gillespie's 'Salt Peanuts' was very salty, indeed. Wink


  17. Hey, Kidda!

    Cheers for the offer! Marc B is helping me just fine at the mo, but I'll doubtless come back begging to you at some point in the future, shameless hussy, that I am!

    Hope the pancreas is better! Yikes! Sounds painful! Frowner