Very cold out with snow on the ground at the east end of the line but otherwise uneventful apart from the gentleman who had obviously had a good night out, either at a Bill Bailey look-a-like contest or an after production party for extras from “The Hobbit”. He stumbled off the train at FAI with the immediately recognisable look of someone who had no idea where they were and did a complete 180 degree spin before staggering off towards the exit. That pirouette would have been impressive on its own but with the addition of his long beard trailing in the air like some hairy streamer it achieved a level of artistic grace.
Sad news that Dave Brubeck has passed on. He grew up on a cattle ranch in California and originally was going to become a vet before switching to music at college. After graduating in 1942 he was drafted and while serving under Patton in Europe formed the US Army’s first mixed race jazz band. On his return to the US continued to oppose racial segregation and in 1958 refused to tour South Africa when asked to do so with an all-white band.
In 1959 his quartet recorded the Cool Jazz masterpiece “Time Out”, the first jazz album to sell over a million copies and when “Take Five” was released as a single it reached no. 25 on the Billboard chart. Quite possibly you’ve heard “Take Five” without knowing it was Brubeck but if you’ve never listened to “Time Out” then go forth and educate yourself.
And on the subject of music a quick plug for Nadean and Christopher’s “open deck” night at The Star on Bethnal Green Road; vinyl only, turn up, put your name down, wait your turn and play your five tracks. Turn up early enough and you might get to hear some 80s/90s indie classics spun by some train drive fellow before he heads off to work……..