...and the BIO STUFF is down at the bottom, below the line. Up to here is:
2 Sep 2021 I think this is the 5090 that wasn't meant to be. Just back from a quick run north re property and maintenance. About to spend a fortnight painting and renovating away from studio. Most unlikely to do or achieve anything. A bit sad....Life and lockdowns and continuing crises get in the way.
25 August 2021 How can life in isolation be so stuffed up? Part of it is all the detail finishing the kickstarter. And all the recording legalities and so on. Part of it is that the flats which are our income suddenly decide to generate tree problems and blow up hot water services. Part of it is our daughter on edge and trying to survive in her locked-down alpine business. Part ...never mind, there's still September yet!
21 Aug 2021 In quarantine/isolation. Occasionally we see a copper. And our closest human contact is someone who at intervals shoves a probe down our throats or up our left nostrils.... I would like to get back to "feeling it". I NEED to get back to 'feeling it'. But with a combination of being quarantined/isolated (it does get on the nerves eventually), external concerns with where our moderate retirement income comes from, daughters continuing disaster scenarios unfolding (bushfires wiping the summer alpine season and threatening everything burning to the ground, COVID wiping out the winter season, bushfire threats again, CoVID wiping out part of the summer season, COVID now wiping out the winter high season, is it any wonder she's taken to selling gin on line...) AND trying to edit 180 pages of lead sheets as a consequence of unwise stretch goals in Kickstarter...I've even stopped feelign guilty about the pile of Other People's Lyrics waiting expectantly. I was going to say September will be better but looks like I will be desperately renovating flats at Pt Augusta, again...
13 August 2021 THEY LET US BACK IN!!! So we're home, in isolation, with a crate of Moscato (Deborah) and Cuvee Brut Wolf Blass (me) plus meat from Horsham but no veggies yet (Coles will deliver). And only two more Covid tests and two weeks isolation to go! (Day 1 Covid test was at a roadside drive-in on the way home. Once you drove in for a hamburger, Now you drive in for a ferret up the nose!!
12 August 2021 Out of Vic lockdown, on our way baclk for 14 day quarantine WITHOUT Macci the Dog as Chairman Dans Victorian lockdowns have wiped out the Victorian ski season and the pressure to dognap for respite is no longer there. Ah well. At least there were 4 days of skiing by the unfit but still unbroken...
8 August 2021 Well...we got here. Found Macci the Dog. Did 2 day's skiing. About to go home and ....LOCKDOWN. All sorts of music problems, getting on top of computer issues, so no new songs and little communicaiton. Gave up and working on Kickstarter. Who knows when we can go hopme? Didnt this happen last year too??? YES IT DID for weeks and weeks and weeks but that time I brought my full studio...
31 July 2021 And now...our THIRD attempt to get to Falls Creek to bring Macci the Dog home for her winter layover. Haven't got permission yet to return to Sout Oz if we do go (!) I don't have COVID, and I'm fully vaccinated. But I have to prove I don't have it to go up the hill in Victoria. So, in for a COVID swab. For those old enough to remember Monty Python, I did think about bursting into a verse of "I've got a ferret climbing up my nose" then remembered public singing is prohibited...And, assuming we can go and come back c/w Macci the price is 14 days in total quarantine/iso and three (3) Covid swabs. At least I'll catch up on 5090 listening!
28 July 2021 COVID chaos continues. We're trying to get to Victoria to bring Macci the dog back for her winter holiday. But. We need a COVID test before we leave so that we have a -ve before we arrive at our destination, except we're not allowed into the mountains because case-free SA is a danger zone according to Vic. Then on return from Vic we face 14 days quarantine and three more covid tests. Does it count that we're both FULLY vaccinated? Not a crumpet... Ho bloody hum. I'm trying to finish the Kickstarter, listening is nowhere, other ordure continues to fly past, and I ahve at last count 7 sets of lyrics (not all from the same people either) to set to music. Ah well, this is why 5090 is 90, right? Right.
24 July 2021 Despite being in lockdown a whole lot of ordure has been getting in the way of both moving on the successful kickstarter and creating new stuff, including the increasing pile of lyrics I'm supposed to be setting...perhaps being misled by Paul's dragon George is not quite the way to get creation flowing again but it's all I've got right now. And I need to get back to listening. And commenting.
20 July 2021 ...and now everybody locked down here too. Perhaps I'll be able to get back to some listening...
16 July 2021 Sooooo....everybody locked down everywhere but here in S Oz. Snow is there, Macci the Milch Dog is there, I am here. Okay, different from last time when I was stuck there in the snow, training crows and crimson rosellas to feed me. No, wait, other way round.
Okay. Today, In the pouring rain, DROVE to the shopping centre to avoid sodden groceries. Did not get involved in any of the Russian Roulette undercoverparkspacesnatch manoeuvres but did legitimately find a park eventually. But left the shopping list in the car. No matter, I think I can remember. In to store, sign in, start wiping down trolley--trolley sodden. Find a dry trolley, wander store, find most stuff, notice rapid disappearance of cheap ibuprofen and toilet paper.
In to "assisted" checkout. Bags in tray, poke at "Brought my own bag" button. Machine sulks. Poke harder. Machine thinks "watch it, punk". Poke harder still. Machine accepts bag but also thinks "you wanna poke me? Just. You. Wait" Scan my first thing, a $2 raisin loaf (not for me, I'm on a champers diet, remember?). Bag it. Machine complains. I poke the "brought my own bag" button again. Machine retaliates by adding up total of $2 + $0 = $22.49. It wins. I signal assistant, and start again on another machine, watching it like a hawk. It pretends to operate perfectly.
Then out to car, and me old key finally gives up and refuses to unlock me old car (it was going to happen sometime). Fruitless attempts before I realise it's not my car. Same model. Same colour. Same condition. Different bag on back seat...
Eventually find my car, having totally forgotten where it was. Realise that if there's less than a half-bottle of champagne at home I'm not going to survive the night. Go to D*n M******'s to discover what I've been buying at $6/bottle is suddenly at $8/bottle because it's a "clearance". Grab another $6 "member's special" in rage, tho' it's a good brand, never ever having had a "member's special" and, at checkout, have hysterics because it's a $12 or $14 bottle. But lo, a happy ending. It is, in fact, to members, $6. But after all that went before, I predict it will be a VERY SHORT-LIVED $6 bottle. Pop!
15 July 2021 ALSO: no, next week no-one can go anywhere out of South Australia, lockdowns everywhere. Ah well. Week after, need to get Deb's #2 AZ shot (I'm immunised 'cos >I< didn't get shingles and need antivirals preventing the immunisation, did I? Nooooo...) And I can't help thinking that a kickstarter running into the start of 5090 mightn't have been such a good idea after all. Something had to give and currently it's the listening. But I'll get there yet.
15 July 2021 No, that didn't happen either. Now we're waiting to see perhaps next week. Other things getting in the way too, particularly THE INVASION OF POSSUMS! Or perhaps "The Enduring of Possums". Or perhaps "Possums own the roof". I'm trying to work through a backlog of collabs and then do more listening but it's going to be very disrupted the next 10 or so days...
13 July 2021 No, I don't believe my own existence either, sometimes. Organised for next week's dognapping of Macci the Milch Dog and 3 days' skiing but suddenly Sydney disappears in COVID and the banging you hear in the background are borders shutting down. Now looking at a mad scramble tomorrow/Thurs/Friday into Victoria for doggie and back before SA panics and shuts the last closed border with...Victoria... Music? well, the Tiniest Sgteinway got done, to my amazement. And I've only got six collabs I've undertaken to do plus 2 of my own plus Dragondreams House PizzaParty ... and in 24 hours it all changes again nae doot. legals eagle on in the background. Think PARANOID, it's the only way.
10 July 2021 It looks like I need to bow out for a couple of days and get my head back into shape. I'm not listening enough either, but there are external non-music stresses. Also looks like I'm on the road in a week's time. So it's a bit in and out.
8 July 2021 Why do people insist I have a remarkable/strange/warped imagination? Do they think I MAKE THINGS UP? I have NO NEED to invent things, even were I able to. It's the same reason I can't write fiction. I just can't make stuff up for a story superior to what is actually happening or has or was. I write quite rational and reasonable versions of reality, that's REALITY, folks, because fiction can't match it.
7 July 2021...and now it's NOT happening for another fortnight or so. instead: vehicle issues, legal issues, solar panel issues, this, that, sideways. At last count there were 3 fragments/song skeletons, three collabs and two slabs of my own stuff in waiting, and I need to listen after a good day1 start, and generally things are just chaotic. Ah well.
6 July 2021 ...and everything going so well when first brickwall comes round the corner. I'm out of contact for a week, careering across continents waving my ever increasing tail of paper permits I now have to carry round bits of Australia. It's getting ridiculous. But so is my general existence. I'm here to make music, not to waste what time's left on idiocies...!
of permits5 July 2021 and the Kickstarter has passed its minimum fundign goal, even with not many backers. Anyone reading this, there's even a space for $2 backers! Come along for the ride?
4 July 2021 ...and away we go. Midnight and one piano composition down. So okay it's classical, so whut?
2 July 2021 Ah well, the legal things swirl around. In the long run it'll all work out, but in the long run we're all... AZ 2nd shot shortly today, finally. And...semi-commitments right left and centre for collabs, so i need yet more goals to not-quite-reach. My life as a part-time dweller in deserts is now well and truly over, a decade over in fact after the stretch 1971-2010. It's memory both mental, visual and physical now rather than real-time experience. Soooo, I think I might surround myself, as inspiration flags, with photos and collected oddities and try putting more of it to music. Perhaps I'll even clean the former office and properly finish the archives...oink oink flap.
29 June 2021 My life is in its normal chaos of legal messes and trying to spring clean the house in the depth of winter and waiting on COVID vaccinations etc. but the THROTTLE ME A BUSKER Kickstarter is three-quarters on its way to the minimum needed to be a goer, so that's great. I'm starting to sort stuff out on the assumption that it will happen (but it won't without at few more backers, hint hint. Even a dollar or two helps folks!)
22 Jun 21 AaaaaaannnnnnnnnnddddD!!!! The "THROTTLE ME A BUSKER" Kickstarter is LAUNCHED. Don't all rush at once! Umm, er, rush in by all means! Quick! QuicK! only 29 days to its end!
14 Jun 2021 NO PLANS! NO PLANS!! There's too much else happening. I think there'll be a LOT of collaboration this year, as both I and Flying Tadpole and the exponentially increasing Flying Tadpole alter egos all fight to get their past stuff out in the world before the Grim Reaper sickles us all!! (Doing my best to damp down negatives. The more things change, the more they stay the same...)
BIG news is the THROTTLE ME A BUSKER Kickstarter! About to roll--pure Flying Tadpole, the best of the best curated, remixed and remastered from past 5090s and FAWMs. Well perhaps not altogether pure: there are two ...collaborators... whose identity I haven't yet revealed to protect the guilty. Anyway, here's the link. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flyingtadpole/throttle-me-a-busker-cd Launching in a week or so.
Ignore the date mischief! I KNOW I was here 12 years ago, in 2009! I've got the archive and opera to prove it! Anyway, I followed @Hummingbird in. My 5090s tend to be spotty. After some dire years, 5090-2018 was great! Alas, 2019 collapsed under survival's demands, but wow! 2020 was wonderful with magic joint albums coming out of it! So no plan for 2021 but HIGH EXPECTATIONS!.
Occasionally paid musician, long-term unpaid satirist, paid-up internet junkie: in polite company as Tim Fatchen (quiet, serious, good dinner companion); impolite company as Flying Tadpole (loud, rabid, good kennel cleaner...songs marked [FT]).
A quick sampling of both Tim Fatchen & Flying Tadpole is on http://www.youtube.com/flyingtadpole , Or http://flyingtadpole.com will give you all the links! And the tip hat is sitting at http://patreon.com/timfatchen Throw a dollar in occasionally and get some extra music!
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|2||Networking Lies [FT]||otagoseaburial||10||12 months 1 day|
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