A while ago – I forget when – I gave you a heads-up about the Time project, of which I am part, under the auspices of the Lazy Gramophone Collective. I linked you to this video – I’ve put it down there below, too – which features some of the words of the strange, possibly delirious tale that forms a thread through the forthcoming book, which is itself the manifestation of this dizzying collaboration of fifty-five (yes, 55) artists and writers. Rima has provided wonderful illustrations for this story, which goes under the gnomic title of THE SCRIMSTONE CIRCUS GOSPEL, but you cannae see them yet (although you may glimpse some of them in the aforementioned video, if you are keen-eyed and quick-witted, as I’m sure you all are…)
As part of the pre-launch frenzy of excitement-up-stirring and general whoop-whoop that accompanies the release of such a thing, them at Lazy Gramophone asked me to give a brief introduction to FIVE THINGS that have inspired me creatively. A kind of half-size Desert Island Discs for unfamous people, if you like, although not really, as there’s no mention of a desert island and none of my things are music, but you get my drift, I hope. I eventually managed to send some words their way, having chosen five things almost-but-not-quite-at-random out of the vast ocean of influences and inspirations that make up this glittering, devastating net of jewels that is Reality. There are so many others that I could’ve chosen, but I wanted particularly to point you all in some curious directions, so there’s no mention of Stone Junction or Jitterbug Perfume, for example, nor By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept or In the Skin of a Lion… I could go on. Five really isn’t very many.
So, without further ado, hurry over to the Lazy Gramophone site and find out what my FIVE THINGS are. Then scurry excitedly back here and share five of your own, if you like – I’m curious to see what you strange beings out there are inspired by. It’s not as easy it sounds, believe me. See you back here. Go!