Tuesday, July 17, 2012

RIP Jon Lord

Three friends emailed me today to tell me the news.  They know me well.

I grew up on classical music, mixed with Noel Coward, Frank Sinatra and swing.  So I was properly exposed to rock music at university.  I can lose myself in music - it's not a background thing to me. I used to blast the deep dark blues away, fall into the exuberance of a song, weep at Debussy's Clair de Lune.  Deep Purple is one of the bands I love.

Jon Lord was an incredible musician across a range of genres.  He founded one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll.  The "Wall of Sound" may be associated with the Beachboys, but the massive heartbeat of heavy metal was driven by Deep Purple and Jon Lord's brilliant amplified Hammond organ.

Vale Jon Lord

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Time's winged chariot

Hello ether!

Actually, the title was going to be Not About Heroes (may yet manage that one), but somehow May has morphed into July and content for this blog remains tucked in the shady corners of my mind, not quite ready to leap into the brave sunlight of the interwebs.

Very pleased to report that I continue to improve.   Polished some furniture on Saturday, and the house still smells deliciously of the liquid beeswax.  Had to sleep Sunday afternoon, but still, vastly better.

Finally finished A History of the Georgian People from the beginning down to the Russian Conquest in the Nineteenth Century (WED Allen).  First half felt very Old Testament/Norse saga-ish - lots of genealogy to keep straight in my head!  But quite fascinating to reflect on how the landscape and climate affects the history and how much difference individuals make - the chance or fate of being in a particular place and time, how behaviour and decisions can turn on small things, on big things, unintended consequences rippling through.

I am now allowed some light reading, but somehow have David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by my bedside.  I think this is a reaction to not having a functional brain for so long - it wants to polish itself back up :)