Tuesday, 11 August 2009
We've made a blog for a precious friend of mine Heather, who isn't very well at the moment. Called Things for Aitch, people are invited to send me things that are going to be funny, entertaining, interesting, inspiring etc. It's not much in the circumstances but it's something I guess. Well Jestanbury has pulled a beauty out of the hat for her blog. I'd never heard of Stan Rogers but after one song I am in love. So not only am I now just enjoying listening to his music and watching the documentary about him, One Warm Line, but he is inspiring in me a longing for the sea; or more precisely perhaps, things associated with the sea - music in particular. I have often talked with the very talented illustrator Richard Dinnis about doing some work with the singers and sailors of Cornwall. This reinvigorates me to do just that.
This particular song shown above, The Lock Keeper, has the marvelous theme of wondering whether a rat should become ocean bound, or whether it should stay at home within the inland waterways. Any mention of home right now gets my attention, and the notion of home / the lure of the road is always something that I suspect is going to be part of my life. Lately though, this notion is almost becoming foolish (cause for now I'm in no position to go anywhere) and perhaps even a little boring for those around me dare I say. Increasingly I'm becoming to understand that to dream large is sometimes to live small, as the Welsh poet R.S.Thomas might put it. Maybe there is sometimes a need to stop concentrating so much on the horizon and start concentrating on the ground on which you're stood, and the things that you're lucky enough to be around.
Anyway, yadda yadda. Enjoy Stan.