Did you miss me, darlings?
C’est la vie (or is it guerre?)
Je ne sais pas, darlings, but it is with exquisite pleasure that I am here, stretching my writing muscles like a cat after a nap in the warm sunshine.
Record Store Day was lovely, and Montreal was full of Couche Tards, but more on that later, I suspect.
There’s a melancholy song by a melancholy and sadly disturbed guy named Syd Barrett that you may or may not have heard of — he was one of the original members of Pink Floyd, in the early days of acid-rock and sort of mystical folky-psychedelia, before they started producing the staples of Classic Rock stations everywhere.
But poor Syd went bonkers, as they say — one too many trips on Timothy Leary’s magic sauce — and left the band. Syd did go on to make two wonderful albums with a little help from his old band mates, who really did try to make it work for their tortured genius of a friend.
This song is one of my favourites, and when I learned it was being issued as a Back To Back 45 on Record Store Day, I made sure to get a copy.
The A-Side is Syd Barrett’s original, Dark Globe
The B-Side is R.E.M.’s cover, which is definitely worth hearing.
The Countess Penelope of Arcadia sends her regards, and wants to know how you enjoyed her book?