Back in the Office

It’s only eight weeks back, but of course it now seems a lifetime ago that we wrapped up the latest VdGG tour. Alarums and excursions done, it fell to me to spend a fortnight or so sorting out the accounts and inevitable Outstanding Business. Once again, we came through OK on these fronts, which – considering the  nature of our joint enterprise and the continuing leaps of faith across many platforms which underlie it – remains a source of mild surprise but also of great satisfaction. Do right and you’ll be done right by. Naturally, there’s an enormous amount of paddling under the water which goes on from everyone involved but, once again, we got there.

Various bits of paddling on my own behalf took up most of the remainder of July. The reality of being a working writer/musician has always been that Business has got to be taken care of  and in my view that’s always been right and proper. “I’m only concerned with my art” would be a motto associated with the outlet for that art getting closed down sooner rather than later and/or with the Artist losing track of whatever passes for normality in whatever a normal life might be….

The trick – *if* it’s a trick – is to be absolutely clear about when one’s doing business and when one’s doing Art. If they’re kept apart from each other then both should be able to get along. I hope I’ve been pretty clear over the years that in order to keep going the eye’s got to be kept on the ball and that there’s no shame in that. In any event, I’ll leave the results of my July paddling for another day.

August arrived and – shock – I went on holiday.  No, I mean, I really stopped for a couple of weeks. No internet, no mails, no work at all. And what better place for an old school retreat to simpler times than North Norfolk? A long way away from anywhere in time/travel terms and all the better for it. It’s not (surprise, surprise!) that easy for me to slow down, calm down, but this time I managed it. And the lack of internet, that constant need-to-update/be-updated was fantastic. Sometimes I think I should take at least a week-long retreat from the voracious onslaught of Online each month in any case. Oh, but the paddling might suffer? Well, when I finally logged on again it was illuminating to find that, actually, there was nothing of urgency at all awaiting me.

And so to County Durham for two days of the Ashes. (I make no apologies for, once again, bringing sport – and for the most of the planet particularly arcane sport – into things.) Hey, we’re spur of the moment chaps, so we’d only bought our tickets for this game two years ago, the moment they went on sale. Neither the cricket nor County Durham was a disappointment. As if. And cricket is just such a wonderful game. Well, it is now that, finally, we win some matches!

Finally, then, back home, the Ashes won (I’d watched every ball of coverage and also – thanks Adam – had a day out at Lord’s) I got back to That Solo Album.

This has been a long, long process and still has a few weeks at least to run. I’m still diving in and out, playing minute parts which may or may not survive and then switching to attempts to get the big picture. It’s flying solo and actually it’s by far the most complicated of the various things I continue to do.

For that I’m thankful. Stuff continues to be done, to be found, to be honed. I’m back in the Office.


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  18. Peter Pyser says:

    It’s good to know you recorded every live performance. I hope the next live album comes out sooner than later.
    And, as Nigel reminded the Rockpalast DVD, what about the whole 2005 tour?
    It would be wonderful if you could put for sale a usb drive with all the 2005 performances in lossless format (flac or wav). I would definitely buy it.
    I can already imagine it…. a black rectangular usb with a big V….

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  20. J F says:

    This reminds me of the classic debate we had in the PH Society at Exeter University in, I think it was, 2002: Which was the last truly great PH solo album? That is if, and this was only just a majority view, that the last few years had shown a slight decline in quality. Not a Samsom and Deliah abrupt shaving but more a Learesque lasitude. Several held the line at “A Black Box”, at least two opined “Fireships”. There were many curate’s eggs.
    As I passed through the dissipation of post graduation, liasions grew less dangerous and more frank. I remember a drunken (Jagermeister Bombs) tirade at Nottingham’s Rock City at an early Foals gig when “S” claimed Clutch was as relevant as CITSOTN!
    We will never resolve these equations nor square the circle. Nevertheless, I am now 34 and maybe those golden promises are behind me. Maybe I auger false hope or true doubt but the anticipation of new PH: …. it totally LOADS me man!!

  21. Nigel says:

    Any chance of a DVD of solo TV performances? There is the odd bootleg of stuff but not the Playaway appearance (although I have heard it on a cassette). I believe you had it on Betamax? why not put it up on YouTube?

    What ever happened to the VDGG Rockpalast DVD?

  22. Vox inVerse says:

    Welcome back in the office, and then back to Tokyo later this month!

  23. Mark Penny says:

    I was just trying to comment positive when a blank in my memory occurred and could not sign on to this blasted site!!!! Oh well…..
    I believe this type of forgetfulness has been dealt with on TRISECTOR…..but the song title escapes me now….All the best from Montreal. 🙂

  24. Dave Srevens says:

    glad to see you are rested and ready for another vdgg tour …..perhaps?

  25. North Norfolk eh? I hope you saw the Alan Partridge movie!

    And I concur entirely with the sentiments about the Art / Business dichotomy – and of course – the beauty of Cricket.

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