“I live in San Francisco, shop online in Scotland whenever I can and have made a pact to get out and see any Scottish band that has travelled across both the Atlantic and the continent to get here. Did I say any? — That wouldn’t actually be truthful. In fact, I am unapologetically hard to please. I like what I like and won’t be bothered with anything I wouldn’t fully recommend. My tastes are most likely even narrower than I would freely acknowledge. After 30 plus years of being rabidly passionate about ‘my music’ that won’t change. Luckily, I’ve never fallen victim to being stuck in my generation. Every 5 years, I find a whole new batch of artists to fall in love with and in the past few years they’ve been overwhelmingly Scottish. I’m obviously influenced by the 80’s, but thank my stars I don’t still live there.”
“I Hear Music” as Billie Holiday sang with her orchestra sums up the feeling of how sound can clear my head and get me going in the morning. While GlasGO-Thor schools me on the new Scottish sounds for our foray into the blog industry, I try and piece together a patchwork of old and forgotten tunes from my youth’s discoveries: a little Pentangle (Train Song), some JAMC (Far Gone and Out), and a Whiteout jam or two (Detroit) – are 3 that come to mind. These sounds left a reading on my musical radar, a reading tuned to a country, about the size of Maryland, which has exported more than its share of music over time. Tuning into Scotland also makes me think of Dylan’s “Highlands”, one of his finest…
Well, my heart’s in the Highlands at the break of day
Over the hills and far away
There’s a way to get there and
I’ll figure it out somehow
But I’m already there in my mind
And that’s good enough for now
Hopefully, we can help “the exportation process” along and have you enjoy some new sounds from abroad. Thanks for tuning in.
Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to a year of fabulous new records!!