Tomorrow I’ll post the Significant Albums of 2004 piece that I’ve been writing since around about the time I woke up this morning. Word construction being a tortuous affair; most people I know seem more than capable of sitting at the keyboard for half an hour, banging out a couple of hundred words, then getting on with the rest of their lives. Me – I alternate between laptop and turntable, writing, tweaking, then deleting entire paragraphs as if arbitrarily. For hours on end. And whilst the thrill of getting down in (digital) print those sentences that work is a tangible affair, it’s not necessarily mirrored in the amount of effort invested.
As the cliché goes: writing about music is akin to dancing about architecture. And although that’s a view I’ll never subscribe to, I very much understand the reasoning behind the argument. How else to detail that bit in The KLF’s ‘Last Train To Transcentral’ where the backing singers coo “woo-woo”? I could spend paragraphs attempting to replicate that moment, and still arrive nowhere close to those two simple syllables.
Still, at least there’s a fall-back option. That old trick of sticking a YouTube video onto the site in lieu of proper content. Also helps that I can watch the vid for Air’s ‘Radio Number One’ for hours without growing bored. Is sexy the correct adjective? Or: this is what I wish my life were like? Either way, note that neither protagonist heads to the keyboard for a fourteen hour oopsie session. Hmm.