I am back in Berlin after a couple of splendid weeks of Italing. And the night after returning, it was onto the BeatStreet stage at Joe’s Bar for the 3rd and final launch of SAND journal, which is truly splendid and should be on all your bookshelves, coffee tables and/or bedsides, if not in your hands. And I protest that this is an honest opinion, not swayed at all by my being in it. A simple glance at MC Jabber‘s contribution, for one, should be ample to seal the deal. Here ends the sales pitch.
The gig was great fun, even if I did feel a little rusty, and I was chuffed with both Eric Eckhart‘s guitar accompaniment and the great vibe from the large audience. The other performers, Alistair Noon, Ryan T. Jacobs, Linden Horvath and host, Rob Grant, were all in top form. Seek them out if you’ve not heard them yet. (The easiest way to do this, of course, is to pick yourself up a copy of SAND, which you can get from St George’s bookshop, or soon, also from Dialogue.)
To celebrate last night’s public premiere of my newish words and music piece, The Happy Plant, I’ve posted a version of it on my electric MySpace page. It was recorded by the multitalented and marvellous Ms Sam Wareing at what I would argue is Berlin’s 2nd-finest accoustic space (Sam will understand what it’s trailing, and that this is no insult). It also so happens that this piece will be performed in selfsame space at the first of the Moabit Kulturtage Sofa Sessions gigs on 18 June. Check my events page here or on The Sofa Sessions Blog for details. The series also features the delicious talents of host, Wasp Summer, Eric Eckhart and the globe-spanning Mesalina Trio.