Sunday, 19 July 2009

Wings of a Dove

Jerry Dammers performs an excellent set

Waking up in London on Friday morning was not a pleasant experience this time. I felt sick and tired. Today was a day I'd decided to attend when recovering from surgery and Caz and I had travelled the day before. We'd gone down to Carnaby St and met up for something to eat with Julie, Cazs lifetime friend. By the time we had returned to the hotel it was late and with the travelling throughout the day, I was tired out.
Caz and Julie

So after a lazy morning, we headed off on our trip to Victoria Park for Madstock. getting there, I'd started to recover my strength and the first band we saw were The Aggrolites where we met up with friends. From their set we went and watched Jerry Dammers and his Spatial AKA Ensemble which was excellent. I switched back to see Gregory Isaacs who was a bit disappointing and I now wished I'd seen the Blockheads instead.

It had started to rain and the downpour was quite heavy, stopping when The Pogues came on which never fails to impress. in between Ska classics were played

The build up was now at fever pitch and at 9pm on came Madness to perform an excellent set which included some old time hits and the lates from their excellent Norton Folgate album. By 11pm, we were heading back to the hotel in an ecstatic mood amongst a crowd of average age mid 30 - 40's. Close crops, Fred Perry's and Doctor Martins still evident in abundance.

Madness - Wings of a Dove lyrics - Daily Quote
The Collected Works, Vol. XV - 243

A clarity that is not induced

When there is inward awareness of every activity of your mind and your body, when you are aware of your thoughts, of your feelings, both secret and open, conscious and unconscious, then out of this awareness there comes a clarity that is not induced, not put together by the mind. And without that clarity you may do what you will, you may search the heavens and the earth and the deeps, but you will never find out what is true.

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