We were due to be going to see a film - The Great Beauty - on the outdoor screen at Somerset House this evening. It's pouring with rain. The Cat's Mother definitely won't go. I might, but it doesn't feel that appealing.
When I used to be an 'international business man', I used to try and organise my meetings for a Monday or a Friday. That way I could fly in and enjoy the weekend in a beautiful city. One of those cities was Madrid...it's a glorious place, and I loved exploring it. I came across an art exhibition, and for the first time I was 'moved' by the art I saw. It was a remarkable exhibition by Anish Kapoor. I'd never heard of him before, but instantly became a devotee, and have been to see many more of his exhibitions since. In fact one of the first outings that The Cat's Mother, The Cat, The Boy and I went to was one of his; it was may be a little unfortunate that the first exhibit had more than a passing resemblance to a vagina. He has risen to international prominence, and is considered one of Britain's greatest living sculptors...his works are far out of my reach, but I was very, very delighted by a 50th birthday present from The Cat's Mother - a pair of Anish Kapoor designed cufflinks. Anyway, the point of this is not so much about Anish Kapoor, but how unexpected discoveries can bring a lifetime of joy.
So to clarify this waffle. For years I used to get to Bermondsey (where my office is) early, buy a newspaper and read it whilst I drank a cappuccino in a pub that opened for breakfast. Across from where I sat, the directors of Kurt Geiger would have their daily management meeting, which I would occasionally listen in to (well I am nosy). Alas, they never thought to offer me a shoe discount. One day the background music caught my attention, and I asked what it was. A group called Easystar All Stars. It was a reggae version of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. I couldn't buy it quickly enough, and since then it is always near the top of my pile of music to listen to...in fact I've heard it many more times than the original. They've also done dub versions of Radiohead, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson...all great albums. Last night we got the chance to see them at he Jazz Club in Camden. They were sublime....I grinned from start to finish I enjoyed it so much. The icing on the cake was that the exit was right past out table on the balcony above the stage, so I could thank them for their music. They're on tour, and even if you're not a reggae fan, I'd still recommend you get to see them for a great night of music that will invigorate you.