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Bowling Green

Hello, I like that you are reading. I do this Village Green Machine thing, of course I want you to dig it, I want you to get it. I want it to turn you upside down, like all great pop music does. Now, we are in a funny era for music. One look at the Glastonbury festival confirms, it ain't a great time for music. Some of us have gotten habitual about looking back for inspiration- at the end of the day there's no point in re creating though, if that expression isn't a contradiction in terms. How can you re create?? Its about, for me, making new music which sounds like old music. We used to call it retro experimental, because guess what, its retro, and experimental. But, I'll say now, its retro, and CREATIVE. That explains Village Green Machine better.

Mark Lemon

And yes I do experiment, which is exciting, it is walking a tightrope because of course, I have no idea whether my experiments will work. They do, work with a regularity which really amazes me, but sometimes experiments fall flat. Take a listen to Rollercoaster on the player. We cut the whole last chorus off and patched a new ending on, because I experimented with a key change which killed the song. So we chopped it off and put a new end on, and no one need ever have known...and that ending too was experimental, but it worked, at least I think it did.

I could talk realms about what we are doing, ie recording, but I'd rather say what we have for you on the plate now. It is the album England's Dreaming Spires. + the video. You can hear it, (the album) at least brief excerpts of the tracks, here on the player. You can see the video. Hope you like it all, hope you will buy a CD or download(s) from I Tunes or any other major download outlet, where the music is available. They say I've got to fake it to make it, but Village Green Machine is not about fake anything. The more you fake it the more you get cut off from the source, so I won't be faking anything.I put the work in. I put the soul in. Its just records so far but live is imminent at last. Looking forward to this a lot, to some good times. And, White Plastic Moccasins was no 1 on Textatrack recently, pleasure and joy!

Everly Brothers

Classic pop- recently have been blasting 60s Everly Brothers in the car. Although I like their sweet country laden 50s pop, and am excited by their early rockers, it is now their mid 1960s output which excites me most. I acquired their mid 60s albums- original vinyl in great condition- for a few pounds on ebay a while ago. Now listening to a comp; immediate standouts being The Price Of Love, a blistering indictment of the darker side of romantic love. With its shimmering r&b riff, extraordinarily strong singing, and conciseness, this big hit fired arrows at The Beatles and Bob Dylan, proving how great a self penned Everlies recording could be. Their Man With Money is another top rate rocker, with overloaded guitars summoning thoughts of early Who- a definite shift from any 1950s traces that might be left in the Everly's sound. It is another emotional rocker, and a period piece with echoing harpsichord, easily another equal to The Beatles. Other compilation highlights include a version of Love Is Strange, similarly given a late beat era makeover, and Bowling Green, which is an idyllic folk rock orientated piece, with a solitary horn intro, which is very typically mid 60s, and in my view this recording one of their greatest moments. If you haven't heard this record, it is most highly recommended that you do. A top notch song with a special feel and atmosphere. Another favourite not on this album, is their song Mary Jane, allegedly a drug reference, and another great folk rock style song.

Classic comedy- I've been on a daily diet of Dad's Army. At its best, it seems extremely clever and subtle, and very funny. Of course it has been on British tv screens for about 400 years, and I never took much interest in it until it occured to me, how very quintessentially British it is, and quintessentially English, with the likes of Arthur Ridley (Godfrey) Wilson (played by the superb John Le Mesurier) and of course Mainwearing, Captain Mannering, played by the inimitable Arthur Lowe. Mannering is very much the British Bulldog type, having something of a complex and chip on his shoulder, having merely been to grammar school (he should have tried a stint at the one I went to, if he thinks that wasn't up to much). Always resentful of Wilson's higher social status and breeding, Mannering always comes unstuck in every conceivable circumstance, falling over often and bumbling around. He has great self respect, which is just as well when faced with warden Hodges, who is always being described as a horribly vulgar, common little man. Arthur Lowe somehow exudes a certain lower middle class respectability which is entirely in the past. Wison, is debonair, a ladies man who scores, an ex public schoolboy, and worse still for the slightly oafish Mainwaring, a true gentleman. Hard to ruffle, he is a more glamorous version of dear old Godfrey, who was another English gent; and who suffered from a weak bladder. These characters all appeal to me and remind me of relatives on my father's side, now deceased. The politeness, the absolutely clear standards expected, everything fixed and beyond question. An inflexible world of Christian politeness, when life was simpler, and society much less complex and more ordered. So I see Dad's Army as a time capsule, and great credit has to go not only to the writing team of David Croft and Jim Perry
but to the actors themselves, of whom I believe only Ian Lavender and Clive Dunn are still alive. They were great comic actors, with a chemistry approaching genius.
so, I say, bollocks to fashion- give Dad's Army a shot....respect to John Laurie, one of the very best characters- always ''doomed'', his broad Scottish accent telling tales of woe which would have seen Edgar Alan Poe trembling under the sheets...anyway here is a clip....

And with that I will wind up and say, do come and buy a CD, or invest in some downloads. The second LP is well on the way and is sounding great

Bye for now:-)

Mark Lemon

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