Thursday, 27 May 2010


I sometimes think that in this game it's something of an advantage to believe in fate. Often I'm reassured that things are going well if there is a little pointer, a note of reference to something that seemed totally unrelated. I'm sure this kind of thing happens to everyone, and people might have different names and explanations for it. I'd just like to share this one little coincidence.

The very day that I found out I'd been selected to perform before Mark Knoplfer at the LG Arena, I decided to read a book that I started reading many years ago, stopped reading, thought about reading for a bit and finally just didn't, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams.

It was all going swimmingly well, and then this little passage presented itself

"Mark Knopfler has an extraordinary ability to make a Scheter Custon Stratocaster hoot and sing like angels on a Saturday night, exhausted from being good all week and needing a stiff beer"

I can confirm that on Sunday night, he did do this.

Thinking aboutit, back when we were recording Pessimistic Me Matty was listening to some Mark Knopfler, and I admitted I hadn't heard much of his music. Matty said, in what didn't seem and ironic voice "you'd like him, he plays guitar like you." Not very accurate (other way round if anything, but not really because Knopfler makes strats sound like naughty angels, and I don't) but nice. And another odd coincidence, or do I sound like a nutter?

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