Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It took me years to write, will you take a look? (The Beatles)

Week 6 - Book 6: Read The Beatles (Edited by June Skinner Sawyers)  

Watching the English (book 5) turned into hard work and that means it took me nearly two weeks to read. I don't like that feeling - that reading is tough work. 

I should have stopped really but I was half way through it and past the point of no return. So it turned into a bit of a chore to finish. Hate that.

But as Mary Chapin Carpenter says - I take my chances! No remorse, no regrets.

Coincidentally, although kinda apropos nothing as well - my Seinfeld calendar for today has the following George quote: I got news for you, it it wasn't for the toilet, there would be no books.

Ahem, on to the next - I bought Read The Beatles last year, during a visit to see Jade in Palmerston North. We went for lunch and I had a minute to browse a bookshop. I walked out with this compendium of 'classic and new writings on The Beatles'.

A slight misnomer - it's divided into two parts - half the book is made up of writings on the Beatles, the other half is called 'Apart' and features writing about the Beatles' solo years.

I have quite a lot of this material already but it's fun to have in one edition and to read again. The foreword by Astrid is pretty cool too!

Sad and OCB? Mmm - probably.

Love and peace - Wozza

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Knock down the old grey wall, be a part of it all (Badfinger)

No, it's okay, hang on - you haven't strayed onto The Purdzilla Show blog by accident. 

I wanted to examine this idea for a bit in Wozza's Place.

Confucius' take on injury's in the same ball park as the Latin motto of the Royal Stuart dynasty of Scotland - Nemo me impune lacessit (No one "cuts" (attacks/assails) me with impunity). William Wallace would understand, no doubt.

Interestingly, Lao Tzu's take on injury differs from Confucius. 

He says in the Tao Te Ching that '(It is the way of the Tao) to act without (thinking of) acting; to conduct affairs without (feeling the) trouble of them; to taste without discerning any flavour; to consider what is small as great, and a few as many; and to recompense injury with kindness'.

Seems to me, this is way harder than meeting injury with justice.

Close to the Jesus' maxim to turn the other cheek (...resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also), Lao Tzu proposes non violent resistance  similar to Jesus' stance which can be seen as a command not to take vengeance.

All up I like Lao Tzu's method, because it advocates kindness, no matter what. Something to aspire towards!

Love and peace - Wozza

Monday, March 13, 2017

All together now, all together now (The Beatles)

The newest iteration of my music room, Abbey Road Three, is now complete (readers with long memories will know that I had AR1 at Otane and AR2 at Waipuk).

The builders took three days to divide the garage and I took a week to paint it as well as I ever paint anything and the carpet went down a few days ago. Moving in took the best part of another week (I have a LOT of stuff).

Decorating was completed on the weekend and now...aarrrr...deep contented's ready for use!

It's week five (of 52) of my goal and I'm up to Book 5 - Watching The English (Kate Fox).

On the shelf for ages, this one has now made its way to the front of the queue. It's sub-titled
'The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour' and it hits home often!

As our links with mother England are particularly strong for New Zealanders of my generation and earlier, we will definitely find themselves peering out of this book.

Basically it tackles our tendency to awkwardness, embarrassment, reserve and general social ineptitude and inhibition. 


Love and peace - Wozza

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Into the great gramophone of puzzling existence (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Book 4 - San Francisco Poems (Lawrence Ferlinghetti) 

The final book bought on my recent overseas jolly comes from City Lights Bookstore.

Because of its concentration on San Francisco and his life there, it's pretty much a perfect collection of his poetry. 

As he himself says in one of his poems, Write an endless poem about your life on earth or elsewhere.

Thanks to an autumnal storm, we had a power cut last night and it brought home to us again how reliant we are on the flow of electricity. 

It meant no water (pump needs power), no light, no dinner (half way through cooking some chicken), no more setting up of my ART room (hard to read record labels in the dark), no phones (cell phones ran out of juice, land line plugs in), no showers, no television, no Internet!!

Yikes - instead we reverted to candle power, a cold cereal meal, and early bedtime.

Thankfully, we're back on the grid this morning. Phew! Just in time for me to write and post this message.

Love and peace - Wozza

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Therapy through hell (Macca)

Book 3 - Man on the Run (Tom Doyle) 

Again, this one came from that great little discount bookshop in Upper Street, North London town.

I'm about half way through it. Grrrr.

Which means, I'm behind schedule.

That's not Tom's fault, or Macca's for that matter. It's nobody's fault but mine, and two days away at a conference, oh, and a day away for school athletics.

Means I need to go hard out this week and read TWO books. Eek.

Love and peace - Wozza.

P.S. blackberry sequel: SWMBO made a pie!! It was yummy!

P.S. 2 - This edition is late - sorry. Blame it on the painting of my newest music room- Abbey Road Three. Builders came last week and sub-divided the garage - I have spent the weekend painting inside and out, ready for some carpet to go down during the week. Pictures at 11.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

This shirt is just an old faded piece of cotton shining like the memories inside those silver buttons (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

When I visit Patrick and Randy's Ferntower north residence, I always marvel at the collection of shoes and jackets and bags and other stuff in their massive walk in wardrobe.

I can't compete. Except when it comes to T shirts. Then, sorry boys, I win hands down!

This weekend SWMBO and I finished converting a useless office space in the centre of the house (yes - centre) into a walk in wardrobe/ linen area. 

Jacky has some of her shoe collection organised in there (she has a lot of shoes) and I have a corner for my shirts.

A casual look will reveal my passionate devotion to football - both national sides like Brazil, Qatar and, of course Arsenal F.C., and Rochdale F.C.

Yes, okay - mainly Arsenal shirts - from 1971 replicas. and from 1990s onwards - home and away shirts and other  Arsenal themed casual attire.

But wait there's more. There are Star Wars, Hard Rock Cafe, Beatles, John Lennon, All Blacks, Seinfeld T shirts, and loads of others.

Over the last few years, they've been scattered about in various draws in our houses. Now my own golden boys have been collected up into a nice quiet corner of our brand spanking walk in wardrobe.


Love and peace - Wozza

P.S. Jerry understands!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fortune has its cookies to give out (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Book 1 - Pictures of the Gone World (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Book 2 - The Beatles in 100 Objects (Brian Southall)

My goal of 50 books in 52 weeks kicked off in earnest last week with the Ferlinghetti collection, and this week I'm into the Southall book on the fabs (up to page 124 at this point).

Both were recent purchases from our Christmas holiday trip to San Francisco and London.

I couldn't let a visit to City Lights Books go by without some Ferlinghetti. It's almost against the law! I read Coney Island for the Mind back in Auckland University days and the beat poets put their crazy hooks in me.

This one took my eye because it was his first collection, published in 1955.

I've had to have a few goes at it - the intensity of the word pictures is erm...intense. Rewarding in unexpected ways. 

The fabs book was bought from a bookstore on Upper Street in the Highbury/Islington area, close to where we were staying at Pat and Randy's place in Newington Green.

It's written by Brian Southall - I have another of his Beatle related books (which looks at Abbey Road), and this one is also a wee gem.

This time he uses 100 items like posters, suits, records, guitars, cars and other groovy objects to tell the story of the greatest band of all time (it's official!).

Every page has a photo of the object in question and a mini essay about it. This one, on the left, for instance, features a run down of the Beatles' bug logo used on a French LP.

Apparently it was first roughed out as a design by Macca, who passed it to Liverpool sign writer and artist Tex O'Hara (whose brother was a member...shock horror probe... of The Fourmost) who developed the idea further.

I know!! Fascinating stuff, right?

It's a quality, largish format book with brilliant colour reproductions, great stories and well, gush gush gush. It's fab and gear and I just love it! 

Love and peace - Wozza