On Sunday I went to the premier of Garry Smout’s video of ‘Trees Dance Naked’. I have a small cameo role in this Gothic (?) tale of unrequited love and murder. Not sure I will be collecting a supporting actor Oscar in the near future…
Spiritualists believe in communicating with the spirits of discarnate humans. They believe that spirit mediums are humans gifted to do this, often through seances. Anyone may become a medium through study and practice. They believe that spirits are capable of growth and perfection, progressing through higher spheres or planes. The afterlife is not a static place, but one in which spirits evolve. The two beliefs—that contact with spirits is possible, and that spirits may lie on a higher plane—lead to a third belief, that spirits can provide knowledge about moral and ethical issues, as well as about God and the afterlife. Thus many members speak of spirit guides—specific spirits, often contacted, relied upon for worldly and spiritual guidance.
Spiritualism. (2012, June 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:16, June 26, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spiritualism&oldid=496396689
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Spiritualism developed and reached its peak growth in membership from the 1840s to the 1920s, especially in English-language countries. By 1897, it was said to have more than eight million followers in the United States and Europe, mostly drawn from the middle and upper classes, while the corresponding movement in continental Europe and Latin America is known as Spiritism.
Made a mad dash down to Paignton in South Devon to see me my old mate Garry and carry his bags while he made a stalker video – his latest project.
Paignton was a small fishing village until the 19th century, when in 1837 the Paington Harbour Act led to the construction of a new harbour and the modern spelling, Paignton, first appeared.
Paignton is now a dilapidated, run down dump of a place that makes Illfracombe feel like Nice. Everything about the town is slightly depressing, there appears to be no hope, no future, no dreams – I love the place and could see myself happily living there.
Out of the ruins creativity smoulders
The historic part of Paignton is centerd around Church Street, Winner Street and Palace Avenue which contain fine examples of Victorian architecture. Kirkham House is a late medieval stone house which is open to the public at certain times of year. The Coverdale Tower adjacent to Paignton Parish Church is named after Bishop Miles Coverdale, who published an English translation of the Bible in 1536. Coverdale was Bishop of Exeter between 1551 and 1553 and is reputed to have lived in the tower although this is doubted by modern historians.
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“A literal, visual version of one of my all time favourite singles by one of the, then, best live acts around.
The Dancing Did, (from Evesham, Worcestershire, UK and active in the early 1980s) took the essence of rural song, story telling, urban attitudes, punk’s musical aggression, New Wave’s sensibilities and then gloriously spun the whole thing on its tail with rather impressive results. ‘Neo rustic pagan bop’ as singer and lyricist Tim Harrison better described it.
(The name ‘Dancing Did’ is not a pretentious playing with an auxiliary verb but ‘did’ is a short form of ‘didicoi’, a local term for gypsy.)”
How Garry and I met.
This video only took Garry 30 years to make.
Live footage of Finish the Story at Exeter Art College Feb 1983 mixed with 8 track studio version from 1981/2, some new images, original sequences and ‘lost’ shots – such as the bedroom doorway from the farm (R.I.P) and very early footage of Nicola at farm window — not wanting to play! Even very rare footage of me playing guitar live.
This is a glimpse at my past!
This is probably the most in depth interview about This Window: gravejibes.com (We are on page 64).
This also includes early pictures of Finish The Story (some never been seen before) and some words of wisdom from Jake Bright (producer, instrumentalist extraordinaire) and a very generous review of our release ‘Cassette Culture 1989 – 2009?.
Cassette Culture 1989 – 2009 by This Window
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Here is a video featuring a track call ‘Tanks Le Lot’ which appears in the ‘Extraction’ remix on the album ‘Cassette Culture“. The images are of the exhibition of Peter Bright’s work in the 150 building at West Buckland School during June 2011.