Redemption is always possible.

Cold days here in the countryside, feels more exposed amongst all these fields but sadly no snow yet – last year in the “snow zone” area we lived we had weeks of thick beautiful deep snow with lots of fun sledging and skating. Still I always love January, at least the idea of a new month in a new year, where everything feels possible somehow despite the hardships and craziness of life….

January is always a slow month for music, but after a somewhat wild interview with Cat Power in uncut magazine. I’ve been enjoying her new album of covers. I’m crazy-excited for the new spiritualized album coming out soon, and next time I make it to the big city I’m gonna check out the new Neil Young album “Barn”. I also really want to go to the cinema next time we can get a babysitter to check out the new Brian Wilson doc. That poor guy messed his fragile mind up with drugs, but his genius remains intact.

So I’m trying to hibernate and read, which ain’t too easy with crazy kids trying to copy wilykit and wilycat’s thundercats antics. Anyway I read half of Roddy Doyle’s “Love” but got bored of reading about some boring guy cheating on his wife so took it back to the library. I’ve got a Dave Eggers book “heroes of the the frontier” waiting for me to start though, about leaving everything behind and finding freedom with your little family. Perfect! I also got sent in the post today the latest copy of Mutuality – this ain’t really the place for religious politics, but it’s this feminist Christian magazine I subscribe too. It’s awful the way women have been treated and continue to be treated by the church.   God ain’t no man, I know that for sure. My Mother as much as my Father….anyway…politics over. Haters gonna hate so whatever.

The radio is always cool. I got into this really mind-blowing story on Radio 4. It’s set 5 years in the future, but the world’s gone nuts and it doesn’t seem so surprising when you hear the news these days. I didn’t think it would be my kind of story, but it’s got me hooked. Check it out here

Stay warm….

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Norah Jones

I try to be addicted to music, without being boring or pretentious about it, but there are only a few bands and singers who can really cause me to forget who I am and to lose all sense of time and space, and be so overwhelmed by the music I’m incapable of doing much really except letting it wash all over me. Mark Kozelek has that effect. As does Spiritualized, and the only other person is Norah Jones. I don’t know, there’s something about her voice and the mood and setting of the music which causes me to break out in goosebumps. If I’m at home cleaning the house or something like that I’ll hear it and collapse on the sofa and before I know it 45 minutes has passed and the kids need picking up from school. That’s why I’m pretty selective about what music I’ll have on at home, cause it can be an awful distraction.

Anyway, Blue Note celebrated 75 years in May and they had a little get together. Norah Jone did one of her old songs (and I’m one of the few people in the world who vastly prefer her new darker stuff to the old!) with a trio of jazz heroes including Wayne Shorter and .John Patitucci. You can watch that on the link below. There’s also a little covers album out next month by a little band she’s in called Puss’N’Boots (sshh!) and below is her breezy boozy cover of a Neil Young classic too.

Before you think I’m getting all soft, I’m loving the Orwells cd

You can watch the Blue Note concert at NPR here http://www.npr.org/event/music/315274268/blue-note-at-75-the-concert-norah-jones

And after that you can listen to the Puss’n’Boots song

https://soundcloud.com/bluenoterecords/puss-n-boots-down-by-the-river