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Today is my 60th birthday!

Indulgence time! Nostalgia time!

2010 - Garden Scene

2010 - Garden Scene

Yes, I am a real person and not just an ‘advertising machine’, as one reader of this blog suggested a few years ago.

I have been listening to these tunes today and last night, and they have had continued significance for me since I first heard them. I won’t go into it here regarding the ‘whys’ and ‘how comes’ these pieces of music have such significance for me. Perhaps I’ll do that if and when I hit 80!

Of course, I can’t get every piece of music that has played a role in my life in here, but here are just 47 examples:

Jollity Farm (1929) – Leslie Sarony with Jack Hylton and His Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dxHNAo_a7s – obviously recorded before I was born, but I used to play this 78 record when I was a kid.

No Strings (1936) – Fred Astaire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK4C7zXBOog – I also played this 78 a lot when I was a kid.

You Don’t Need a Licence for That (1946) – George Formby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWHHKMFY4yc – Ditto.

Lonely Pup in a Christmas Shop (1960) – Adam Faith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0_NKL2nr6I

Poetry in Motion (1960) – Johnny Tillotson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDCQEbJPPgI

Blue Velvet (1963) – Bobby Vinton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfq_foa5Mo

She Loves You (1963) – The Beatles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0YifXhm-Zc

Bits and Pieces (1964) – The Dave Clarke Five: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoRLIJJSG4o

Good Vibrations (1966) – The Beach Boys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCeD_6Y3GQc

Bike (1967) – Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR234BH9Cr4 [But I hear this until 1969]

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss, 1896): I first heard this 1968, when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Odeon, Leicester Square with my cousin, Gerhard. It was stunning; I bought the sound track as soon as I could. This got me into classical music:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o09L-hkrzhw and also the ‘Dawn of Man’ scene from the same film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2iiPpcwfCA – the film and music had such a big impact on my intellectual development. It would take ages to explain, so I won’t bore you with it!

Manco Capac (1969) – Quintessence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyYqOIqKRIU – If it hadn’t have been for this track I wouldn’t have applied to study at the University of East Anglia (1972-75 and 1976-77), and then wouldn’t have met Ruth. It’s a long story.

Cybernaut (1971) – Tonto’s Expanding Head Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec8BGEb7_iA

Battlefield (1971) – Emerson, Lake & Palmer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUtsc6GZuU&feature=fvst

Echoes (1971) – Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HehcJaTyd-E

Man Erg (1971) – Van der Graaf Generator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5y0GZPtJRM

Silver Machine (1972) – Hawkwind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfniG-AdSC4

Sylvia (1972) – Focus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OznS7X9BOxs

If there is Something (1972) – Roxy Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnV-agq0Yzw

The Great Gig in the Sky (1973): Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVM7ZpQrCnQ

Sleepwalkers (1975) – Van der Graaf Generator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbepiON2u08

I’m Not in Love (1975) – 10cc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rgepWg4rzw 

Don’t You Want Me (1981) – The Human League: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPudE8nDog0&ob=av3e

Nothing But Flowers (1988) – Talking Heads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=068AFYvd58E

Come Out Fighting (1989) – Easterhouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErQHc9N2O08 

Family Ties (1992) – Innocence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxrMLiZQ9Sg

Matthew the Man (1992) – Iona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_QefxfvXFY [I’m not religious, I hasten to add, but I love this track]

I Would Do Anything for Love (1993) – Meatloaf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tuYKUgBZEc

Jurassic Shift (1993) – Ozric Tentacles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzNPlQjL13A

Book of Hours (1995) Anekdoten: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brmPb8DYfHo

Idiot Prayer (1996) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQYMYls0MoI

Kobresia (1997) – Biosphere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKiuEHV6HWo

Toxicity (2001) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWSxELGNShk

Science (2001) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGpoEPcmOK4

Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here) (2005) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FveZKs2IZI live version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxiLuoWgi34

Lazarus (2005) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCTeDAh1_Pk [Live]

Lonely Day (2005) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnGdoEa1tPg&ob=av2e

Stop Making Speeches (2006) Khoma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFHiuwCJpQY

The Incident (2009) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVXbe2pSjbM

Harmony Corine (2009) – Steven Wilson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BClzBQmZZBc

Daystar (2010) – William Roberts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6f_pA5XUPk captures the magic of Bangor and Bangor University for me.

The Path (Part 2) (2010) – OrphanedLand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR9Eg8FbsyI

Cheerful Sin (2011) – Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

The Lamb (2011) – based on a poem by William Blake, and set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

Human Herbs (2012 version) – Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Stagnant (2012 version) – Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo

Soft Coda (2012) – North Atlantic Oscillation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkAhSSeR8j0

 

I hope you like at least some of these tracksGlenn Rikowski, 2nd May 2012

 

**END**

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub,Bangor, northWales)  

 

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

‘HUMAN HERBS’ – BY COLD HANDS & QUARTER MOON – A NEW REMIX & VIDEO

 

“I believe in the afterlife

It starts tomorrow

When I go to work”

 

The new remix was produced on 29th January 2011, in eastLondon.

The new remix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Live, original version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk

MySpace recording of ‘Human Herbs’: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

‘STAGNANT’ – BY COLD HANDS & QUARTER MOON – A NEW REMIX & VIDEO

 

“Psychology is a modern politician”

 

“Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun”

 

A new remix from the album track.

Mix made on 28th January 2012.

Copyright CHAQM. 

The new remix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo

Live at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ

MySpace recording of ‘Stagnant’: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic   

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

COLD HANDS & QUARTER MOON – TWO NEW TRACKS

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon entered two new tracks on their MySpace site today.

These are ‘Stagnant’ and ‘Slaves & Masters

You can listed to these new tracks at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

There are various versions of ‘Stagnant’ now available:

Live at the Belle View, Bangor, north Wales:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ 

Session in the basement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StqTevvSQ_k

The Cold Hands & Quarter Moon Profile is at: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/cold-hands-quarter-moon/

In addition, you can see ‘Daystar’, (an excellent video and song) by Will Roberts, who also plays in Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6f_pA5XUPk

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Wavering on Ether: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

COLD HANDS & QUARTER MOON – NOW AT MYSPACE

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon  are now at MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

You can hear the band play ‘Human Herbs’, and the quality of the recording is much better than on YouTube. The band had access to some proper recoding facilities for this version of ‘Human Herbs’.

For more information on Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, and more of their music, go to: 

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon at: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/cold-hands-quarter-moon/ – or click onto the page about the band at the top of this page.

Best wishes

Glenn Rikowski 

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Victor

COLD HANDS & QUARTER MOON

 
Introduced by Victor Rikowski
 
The band members:

Victor Rikowski – Guitar & Vocals

Alex Lowther-Harris – Guitar, Banjo, Accordion & Vocals

Louie Ashton-Butler – Vocals

Nicholas Frost – Violin

Jack Rennie – Bass Guitar

William J Roberts – Hand Percussion

In the autumn of 2008, Aaron Ledbury suggested to me that some kind of jam should take place between two musicians; namely, him and me. I knew he played the ukulele and he knew that I played the guitar and bass. A month or two later, Alex Lowther-Harris, who was a banjo, guitar & synthesiser extraordinaire, joined us. We began to do some general jamming, with me on the bass, Alex on banjo and Aaron on ukulele. It was around winter 2008/spring 2009 that we began to make it a regular thing. Sunday was our compulsory weekly jam. For the rest of the year we were trying to figure out what our band/music was about and what we wanted to get out of the whole thing. We recorded quite a few of our jam sessions on Dictaphone. We were working on a big repertoire of songs; songs without lyrics in a band without a singer. Most of the songs were a bunch of chords which Aaron would jam/improvise over occasionally, with Alex and me occasionally having our own time in the spotlight. In one song I played flute and Aaron played harmonica and Alex played guitar. We often swapped, switched and sometimes even modified our instruments. Our style was a kind-of bluegrass, jamming and, predominantly, blues style. But without any singer, lyrics or main melody for all of our songs we were stuck for where to go next. But we didn’t really care. We enjoyed playing music and having fun with it. Alex and Aaron wrote the songs/chords together and I wrote the baselines along with their ideas.

Late at night one day the three of us went down to the beach on the Menai Straight between Bangor and Anglesey. It was a stone beach with huge boulders and calm water. It was very dark and very cold but it was also very beautiful. We played for about half an hour before complaining about how cold our hands were. We carried on playing nonetheless. We then noticed that the moon was quarter full. It was in memory of that magical night that the band then became Cold Hands & Quarter Moon.

The academic year came to a close. Over the summer holidays I began writing songs again. I hadn’t written a song in years and it was nice to start again. I wrote them purely for my own enjoyment but when I came back to university and played a couple of them to Aaron he said he really liked them and that he wanted to work on them for the band. From then on the band had developed a whole new perspective. We were a band that did songs. The style of the songs maintained the original blues ethic, but also added in folk and even a few punk and country influences. The band line up began to change rapidly from then on. At the beginning of the year it was just me and Aaron in the band; me on guitar and vocals and Aaron on bass. Alex didn’t seem to like the new direction of the band, so then it was just me and Aaron.

However, Aaron and I both knew that we needed more musicians/singers in order to get the band to be how we wanted it to be. The next person to join the band was Nicholas Frost, who is a really good violinist and plays for the Bangor University Orchestra. He did a great job with the songs that we had. When Nick came to his first practice he brought along with him a guy known as Louie, who is a very good singer and recently (December 2009) performed a vocal solo in the Bangor University Winter Concert. I had been thinking for a week or two about finding myself another female singer but then suddenly it struck the band as obvious; why didn’t Louie join the band? We had a second singer.

Eventually Alex came back into the band playing banjo, guitar and, very brilliantly, the accordion. It was done: the band line-up was complete. Alex began to write songs too, and writing them very quickly. We began to practice regularly and for long hours of the day, much to our housemates’ annoyance. Just when we were getting pretty tight and ready to tour the pubs and open-mike’s of Bangor, disaster struck. Aaron was being thrown out of university because of his financial difficulties concerning last year’s rent. We had lost our bassist, the bassist who had learnt and written all the bass lines for the new songs by me and Alex along with the couple of cover songs we did.

We had to find a new bassist. Jack Rennie was the next person to join the band in autumn 2009 as the bassist. We began practicing again and re-learning the songs we had already done. Before too long we were performing songs in the pubs and open-mikes in Bangor. First we performed in the ‘Bell Vue’ (which was my personal favourite), and the next one we did was at ‘The Underground’ or ‘The Venue’ on Bangor High Street. The next was Open-Mike at ‘The Greek’. We did a session in the recording studio soon after that, which I was using as coursework for my music degree.

For quite some time I was thinking about having a drummer and Jack Rennie had an electric drum kit. I knew how rare/difficult it is for a band to get a drummer and so this was likely to be the only opportunity of having one but, having realized that it wouldn’t suit the aesthetics of the band, I stuck with what we had. But I still wanted some percussion in the band. I went down to the shop and bought some bongos, a tambourine and an egg shaker. Soon after this William Roberts wanted to join the band as our percussionist. So now we’ve settled for the six of us and look forward to recording more songs in the studio and performing more folk/blues/country songs in pubs and open-mike sessions.

Victor Rikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

You can hear some of the band’s session on YouTube:

‘Brown Shoes’ composed by Alex Lowther-Harris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ijUrtSOzQ

‘Traitor’ composed by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRIP6SyI1X4 

‘Human Herbs’ composed by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk

‘Reverence’ composed by Alex Lowther-Harris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVLjpWJfHgo

‘Stagnant’ composed by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StqTevvSQ_k

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