Monday, August 25, 2008

we are the music-makers...

this all started quite some time ago but this morning seems like a pretty good place to jump in...

at around 6:30am i approached our guest bedroom to rouse one mr. david dark from some short-slept slumber to get him to an aeroplane that would take his weary bones back home... instead of finding a bleary eyed traveler i found an alarmingly alert dave motioning towards a copy of paul morley's words and music... eyes alight and affirmations ready to launch...

and so a new conversation began.... i don't know if i've seen anyone, save my 20-month old daughter, who is so ready to speak with every word they have a hold of and with all the passion they can muster, so early in the morning...

the conversation was brief but one of the hooks it all seemed to hang on was a quote at the opening of morley's book (a well loved present from the mighty troy harkin):

"we are the music-makers and we are the dreamers of dreams"
willy wonka after arthur o'shaughnessy

this stuck in my head and rolled around inside it for the rest of the day... it felt like one of those scenes in a movie where the character couldn't quite connect the dots... meanwhile the audience is screaming at the screen... the only example i can think of right now is the finkel=einhorn conundrum in ace ventura: pet detective but there must be a better example than that... from a slightly better film... possibly from a film with subtitles... sadly, ace ventura is all i've got right now...

eventually the penny dropped...

about three days ago i had finally got hold of an aphex twin track called (wait for it) we are the music makers... the reason i had been pursuing it was down to a magnificent cover version played by the dylan group on their album it's all about (rimshots and faulty wiring)... i had discovered the dylan group through mice parade who penned the tune that this very blog is named after...

it's a wonder we can move around at all, surrounded by all the threads that run through everything we touch and hear and hold...

so here they are, for your listening pleasure and for the sake of this notion flowing somewhere else...

::we are the music makers:: by the aphex twin after willy wonka after arthur o'shaughnessy by way of paul morley by way of david dark by way of t-roy harkin...

and

::we are the music makers:: by the dylan group after the aphex twin after willy wonka after arthur o'shaughnessy by way of david dark by way of paul morley by way of t-roy harkin...


...enjoy






2 comments:

jdaviddark said...

the flowing of notion. this is what there is.
sorry it took me so dadgum long to comment.
must meet this t-roy harkin person.
for the record, i've been trying to somehow match (or reach) your enthusiasm for the notions that flow lo these many years. and let it be known that, amid a recent presentation on the state of hip hop in a class called "the idea of black culture," i made mention of the fact that i owe whate'er "hip hop" literacy i can claim to the mix-tape ministry delivered unto me by your skilled self. i thank thee.
please keep at it with the posts. the public benefits.
fondly,
jdd

The Diarist said...

yes... things have been quiet on this blog for a while now mr. d...

the last couple of months have been mighty busy... miriam is with child again (we actually discovered this the day you were in toronto but kept the secret for a while longer)...

there has been much to blog about but precious little time to type... hoping that a break in the festive season will at least let me get to write a best of 2008 post...

i would very much like to have heard your presentation... i was amazed to see i'd nearly missed two hip-hop related posts at your own blog... ever so good...

i nearly called this blog "attuning ourselves to def" as a nod to the postman book you turned me onto a decade or more ago...

if you found yourslef time to write an essay on hip-hop or even better a whole book... i'd happily give you that title for free...

congratulations on the completion of your 39th trip around the sun...

..ewan:)