8:30 – Get up.
9:00 – Sitting.
9:40 – Breakfast.
10:00 – I spend a while rekerning a typeface, then some Guildhalling. There’s an ad for the back page from a sheet music company. Someone calls from their offices, I miss it by a couple of seconds, 1471 to call them back and then wonder why a computerised switchboard is trying to sell me song-books.
13:30 – Lunch – spicy pasta.
Difficult getting back to work. A bit of Guildhalling, then some guitar work.
Haruko has baked bread rolls. I’m slightly astounded at them – quite lovely. So nicely shaped it seems a shame to eat them. But I force myself.
I convert all the Beowulf spreads to EPS to go onto a DVD and be sent over.
We leave to go to the Scala to see Robyn Hitchcock. I remember the Scala when it was a cinema. I’m not sure it’s improved by being a venue, but better a functioning venue than a closed cinema.
We position ourselves at the back for the support (whose name I can’t remember, except it’s a date in May. 18th of May, I think). They’re given a huge build-up by Andy Kershaw, which they don’t quite live up to. Good, though, particularly at some points in the set, which seem much more vivid. What’s telling is they’re best when they’re folkiest. Folk music is the one area in English music that’s preserved a sense of craft. The problem is that it’s usually offset by self-effacingness.
But then I’m disappointed in myself when I notice the group fall in my estimation when I realise they’re from Liverpool. Rather than Oregon, or something.
We move to the side at the front so that H can sit down. We can’t really see anything (if I stay with H I can see Mr Reiflin, if I move over to the left I can see Mr Hitchcock). I comment later that I have a list of favourite Robyn Hitchcock songs and he didn’t play any of them, but it was still a stonking gig.
Robyn Hitchcock is a bit like Eddie Izzard fronting the Byrds. Very funny. I’d like to see him again.
We loiter for a bit, say hello to Sandra and Ben, then go home on the tube.
We pick up snack foods (well cream crackers and Boursin Light) and go home and eat them.
1:14 – Posting this and soon to bed. Probably not going to get up early tomorrow.