I've been planning to do a long post (à la my long Shirley Collins "Folk Roots New Routes" breakdown) about my new found obsession w/ Robert Wyatt's second Matching Mole album "Little Red Record" but every time I start I get bogged down in research(HA!); looking at pictures of him, or reading (or listening to or watching) interviews w/ him, or reading about his mother and future father in Robert Graves' diaries that are online, or (and I'm not particularly proud of this) Google Earthing the street that he lives on in Louth, Lincolnshire, or reading about the synthesizer (i.e. the much lusted after by me EMS VCS 3) that Brian Eno plays on "Gloria Gloom", and of course all the while listening to over and over again "Little Red Record".
Maybe looking at these pictures and scribblings will get my ass into gear but I highly doubt it?
Robert looking like a Bolshevik in a wondeful recent picture
I put my feet deep in the tracks that you made Walked behind you off into the wood "We'll know where when we get there" you said And we both knew we would
High above like a spider The colors turning brown Freeways passing by us I took your hand and we knelt down
Wheels paddle, wheels paddle Movement as we go Trees passing, trees passing Signs along the road A view thru the trees to a couple in the snow A view thru the trees To a couple standing in the snow
Suddenly the trees were flashing by us Clouds reflecting fast across your eye We turned into a frozen meadow The wind the only sound "We'll know where when we get there" you said "We'll know where when we get there" you said
"Hoarfrost", a Sonic Youth song sung by Lee Ranaldo from their great 1998 album Mille-feuille "A Thousand Leaves". Perhaps my favorite Sonic Youth song from perhaps my favorite of their records. I just picked up a used copy of that album recently and have been reliving hazy memories of painting to it years ago. My joke about "Hoarfrost" is that it's the best Michael Stipe song that he never did.