Mr Sandman Goes to the Countryside

It’s a windy Tuesday and I curled up in a chair but not very comfy. My back and knee are playing up at the moment and I keep getting an odd pain in my side, think I may switch to drinking cranberry juice and coconut milk for the next few days and see if that clears things up. As I type I am listening to the Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T) From Gagarin’s Point of View which was released in 1999 and was nominated for the Grammy Jazz Album of the year. This Swedish modern Jazz trio were a force to be reckoned with proved to be popular outside of fans of the genre and it is easy to see why, the music is fresh and invigorating taking Jazz Piano tradition and moving it into the 21st century, the album’s got more experimental and outlandish as they went on but always had that raw energy, it was a shock across the Jazz scene when Esbjorn became another artist in the dead before his time category. At least this one could be listed as tragic accident as opposed to the more common consequences.of recreational habits.
Last week we had a day trip out to Ashes Hollow and due to a weird SatNav glitch we ended up going up a big hill near Church Stretton on a very narrow road, near the edge, with no barriers and a 25% gradient. Going up wasn’t great but coming down was, well I was glad I was wearing brown trousers. Never have I held the steering wheel so tightly as the drop was very apparent and I was trying my best not to turn into James Stewart’s character in that movie where he suffers from Vertigo- what was it called?- Of course, Mr Smith Goes to Washington… The walk in Ashes Hollow wasn’t to bad but due to narrow streets I had to push the Car out of a ditch, it really wasn’t my day. After a pit stop for lunch we went for a stole on Lyth Hill just as the winds picked up.

Friday I went to see “The House with a Clock in it’s Walls” which is a family film starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Kyle McLaughlin, you can read a brief summary of my thoughts on it here. It’s coming up to that time of year and in the trailers there were adverts for three, yes three, Christmas movies. The Nutcracker and the Fourth Realm, Little Foot, and Dr. Seuss’s the Grinch; yup another Grinch movie and the trailer makes me certainly look as if I will be rooting for him. The other two don’t look too bad either, at the very least The Nutcracker looks as if it will be a visual triumph if nothing else.

I haven’t made many musical purchases lately only a Nat Gonella CD released on the Vocalation nostalgia label and it contains a good number of recordings by Nat I hadn’t heard before.

Anyways I am off to the flicks to see King of Thieves, so must dash.

Toodly bye

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