ON THE STOOP:
Walked out alone into the fields, sat on the stoop of an
old caravan & got quiet. Birdsong, rabbit hop, pigeon swoop.
The world is crazy busy underneath a sky of languid clouds
that have no time for frenzy. I’m somewhere in the middle,
feeling the pull of ‘manny-things’ calling me to jump in
& jiggle. At the same time what I need is clarity & that
only comes when I pull back, sit quite & listen. A lot going
on here right now, most of it good-to-fantastic. A major
turn-around from not too long ago, but I wont bore you with
that. What you’ve been seeing & hearing is a direct result
of darker times transporting us into the light. I’ve sat at
the cross-roads a few times in my life, made the wrong choice
more than once & took the consequences. Here on the stoop
it’s like being at the confluence of giant rivers, relentless
yet beautiful. I’m watching them from the shore, checking out
the way they flow, the undercurrents, the whirlpools & rocks.
It’s good to step back just at that point when everything is
screaming for you to keep running. ‘That’s’ the best time to
‘stop’ & put the kettle on, breath & see what happens.
Some great work being made out here in the sticks & deep in the
city. Underworld, Rick, Tomato, Simon Taylor, John Warwicker,
artists we’ve grown with, but also the team around us, guiding,
feeding us, supporting us, letting us play in ‘the sand pit’,
which is all I ever really wanted. Now at last we have an
environment that gives us what we need & adapts daily to
changes in the weather. It’s fast on it’s feet & yet able to
laugh, really laugh & enjoy life. This is a frantic & yet
fabulous time, the time I must’ve wished for when I was a kid,
where grown-ups get to be children even when they’re being
responsible – the confluence of two giant rivers.
This weekend I would’ve liked to have been at the first ever
LAKE festival in Berlin. Our friends Efterklang, re-invernted
as a journey into the imaginations of artists getting off on
the energy of exploration, Yes, wish I was there. Tell me
how it is.