It’s been a whirlwind few weeks over here on account of me becoming a father. The arrival of J Jnr. has meant that I’ve put some things on hold if I can’t get them done during a series of ‘stolen moments’. So blogging is / was on hold indefinitely as I focus on being there for my family.
I also anticipated that I wouldn’t get to stop by a record store to pick up, or investigate, some albums that I’m really keen to get my hands on. Especially during my time off work. Now that I’m back, though, I reckon there’s an opportunity for lunch-time digs and suchlike. But, y’know, it’s all good.
I’ve managed to listen to some records. A slightly different listening experience, but I’ve enjoyed dropping the needle on a few of my favourite LPs while the wee man has been sleeping or in need of soothing. Music, it seems, is as wonderful to that wee guy as it is to me. He’s already soothed by the baritone of Johnny Cash and the relaxing rhythms of, er, AC/DC. Lullabies here are a curious mix of murder ballads and dusty redemption songs.
Most importantly, I’ve just enjoyed being with my family; looking at my wife and our wonderful little boy. I feel blessed. And I don’t care if I don’t yet have my hands on Crosseyed Heart, The Epic or the reissue of my favourite Izzy Stradlin album (Music on Vinyl just recently put out 117°). Or the other hundred albums or so that I’ve added to the list thanks to all those ‘expensive’ blogs I read. All I care about is this. I love this wee guy to bits. The being there. The chaos. The noise. I wouldn’t swap it.
So, why’s this a round-up post? Well, there are a couple of new additions to the collection courtesy of my brother. He’d dropped me a line a while back asking whether I wanted “some old hippie records” as he was clearing out some that he didn’t listen to.
Joni Mitchell – Blue
I know that I’m in the minority here, but I just can’t connect with this one. At all. I get that it’s one of those albums, and maybe that’s what the problem is. I gave it a spin and can’t see me going back to it any time soon. Still, it’s one I can pull out when visitors are over and asking for something that isn’t Queens of the Stone Age.
Tim Hardin – Tim Hardin 2
Probably his best album. This is a reissue from 2006. A nice slice of heavyweight vinyl. Strangely there’s a Russian language only inner. Side two has a hairline scratch through track one which causes a slight pop for a couple of rotations, but overall this sounds really pretty nice. The wee yin reacted favourably to this one.
Tim Buckley – Goodbye and Hello and Blue Afternoon
I was very aware of the goods offered by Goodbye and Hello, but I was not at all familiar with Blue Afternoon (aside from Cafe – though Mark Lanegan’s take was somewhat different). Both of these are really pretty great, though Blue Afternoon is stunning (a really tremendous album). The wee yin appeared to approve of that one, too.
That’s it. That’s what’s been going on. Happy days.
Join me next time when I’ll be taking a look at one of the records in my collection.
Or maybe just posting another round-up.