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Jean Gabin quote
I came across this quote from the great French actor Jean Gabin:
I will drink milk when I see cows eating grapes
Meanwhile I got a ukelele as a present, I’m starting to play it quite well and I begin to understand why this was George Harrison’s favorite instrument.
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New and old Songs
| Just my kind
Sick Sad Morning
You see what I am
You Know Who I Am
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Mythical 70’s rock band re-unite in secret Périgord hideaway
Who would have thought that Domme, this sleepy Perigord village in deepest Dordogne, would be the venue for the long awaited reunion of the surviving members of the mythical rock band the Bros and the Sissies. An on-the-spot report from our beautiful French reporter Christine Froggy:
Despite being a little overweight and appearing slightly worn out after the years of drug abuse, alcoholism, mental institutes and rehab clinics, the Bros and Sissies are still going strong in a sleepy village in South West France. Leading duo, Captain Nikos and Colonel Obnoxious (photo right) play regularly here with their erstwhile drummer and backing soprano Marion “and here’s to you Mrs” Robinson.
The band still perform their eclectic mixture of Bob Dylan songs (they still can’t remember all the lyrics), Jethro Tull (they still can’t remember all the chords), Leonard Cohen (they can remember neither the chords nor the lyrics) and the occasional original hit tune from their 70’s repertoire, including “When I was Drunk the other Day..” and “Song for Petra von Kant”. “Of course it’s not the same without Martin” says Colonel Obnoxious referring to band mentor Martin Zero who died from a beer overdose while watching football on TV in the early 90’s. The Colonel, now in his late 60’s, is just recovering from his 19th session in rehab and his 22nd year without beer.
Captain Nikos agrees “Martin Zero was an inspiration to all of us, we miss him dearly”. Nikos, still looking very handsome for his 40 something age, now runs a cookery internet business in France and has the occasionally snog with the author if this article.
Marion “Mrs” Robinson has given up the drums but she can still take photos (see left) and she even listens to Bob Dylan on her iPod. The band are currently recording their 23rd album but have yet to find a record company deal.
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View from my bedroom and music stuff
The view of the Dordogne valley from my bedroom is different every morning and often very beautiful.
Here are two different mornings this week, the colours of autumn are stunning. Please don’t make comments about the clothesline and pegs, I left these on purpose to add just a little humanity in the picture
Meanwhile I found some time to play some music - latest offerings can be heard on my Soundtribes page
I still can’t work out the drum machine and my microphone doesn’t work so well, so new mixes of these songs will appear in due course.
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For those guitarists among us it may take a while and a few viewings to understand what he is doing here: www.glumbert.com/media/mckee but it remaims exceedingly uplifting.
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Jeanette was a Dancer
It was in the mid seventies when I worked in the cinema. An angel walked in one day to see Godard’s One Plus - One Sympathy for the Devil. She was wearing an Afghan coat and no make-up. She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.
After the film we went for a drink and we walked back to her place, she was living in a (very) luxury squat in Regent’s Park. We talked all night. She showed me photos and sketches and read me poems that seemed to mean a lot at the time.
Soon after I saw her photo in the papers, she was David Bowie’s new girlfriend or something like that.
We met again maybe two years later. I was at the Speakeasy with Phil Lynott and other friends. She was at the bar looking very extravagant and sometimes on the dancefloor dancing very close to another girl whose overmake-up seemed quite repellent. OK, I suppose punk was in full swing at the time but already I had started to see people from the outside in.
At a quiet moment I went up to her at the bar and said “do you remember me?”, she said “No, you must have just seen me in the papers”. “But no” I replied and I spoke of the movie and the poems.
Her angel light from the past came back, “you have a good memory” she said. We talked for a short while, she was embarassed about her past but happy to share, with someone who could do her no harm, the knowledge that she was lost.
Then she was gone.
I never saw her again but Leo Sayer wrote a song about her called THE DANCER (lyrics can be found here), at least I think it’s about her - I sent an e-mail to Leo but he never replied. I also asked Bowie about her when I was filming him in 1998, “my God that’s a long time ago” with a glint in the other eye.
Sometimes the magick moments are too short but so long as you can say what you feel at the time, the memories remain strong as if yesterday.
Her name was Jeannette, I often think of her and wonder where she is today. Dancing in the Isles with that Denis Weldone in some future life, methinks.
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