Well, it’s 5.30pm on Saturday evening, and here I am pressing on once again with my C2C write-up. Will it ever be finished, I wonder? I’d like to think that’s a rhetorical question, but… *g* Well, I’m about half way through Reeth to Danby Wiske, and currently determined to finish that section this evening.
I’ve been into town to buy ingredients for another pork/prawn wonton with Thai’ish soup thing for this evening. I lost lots of body fat on the GR20, and about time too! But since I’ve been home, taking very little exercise, it’s been creeping back on again, and so I’m making a determined effort–not entirely successful–to avoid naughty salty, fatty snacks like crisps, and stick to yummy but relatively healthy things instead. I’ve made my wonton mix and it’s currently sitting in the fridge, so that the flavours can have a chance to amalgamate. If I’m sufficiently organised later, I’ll take a piccy or two of my little parcels with the new camera.
Anyway, PhilW responded to my posting about Ken Nicol, my former guitar teacher, and so I know that there’s at least one other acoustic guitar lover out there, and these days watching Ken play often reminds me of Tommy Emmanuel so I thought I’d post a bit of Tommy from YouTube. Tommy’s undoubtedly one of the best guitarists in the world–many people would say the very best–and he’s certainly the most accomplished all-round entertainer I’ve ever seen. I first saw him play in Keswick some years ago, and because I was the first to arrive at the theatre (determined to get a seat right at the front so that I could see everything he was doing) I was already there when he strolled in from a local takeaway with some sort of Chinese meal in a bag. He stopped to chat, and told me exactly where to sit to get the best view. Before he went into the back to get ready for the gig he reminded me that great playing comes from constant practice, and told me to “get to work!” *swoon*… 🙂
Here are three videos.
The first one is easy to love. Guitar Boogie! Wow, my heart races just listening to it as I post the link in here! Go and see him in concert, and he’ll play it for you just as amazingly as this 🙂
Tommy Emmanuel – Guitar Boogie
I’ve included the second one because I love the tune: Mombasa *melts*
Tommy Emmanuel – Mombasa
This last one is the tune I think of as the essence of TE. I’m not into percussive guitar playing just for the sake of it, but this is something else altogether. It’s the most atmospheric thing I’ve ever heard anyone play, and it took me some time to get my head round the fact that he really *was* creating the whole thing right there in front of me, with nothing but his guitar, some reverb and his amp. No backing tracks: just mind-boggling playing, almost unbelievable rhythm, and infinite musicality. Unsurprisingly, it’s best live, but this’ll give you at least a sense of it. It’s quite long, and if you happen to be reading this at night I’d recommend closing the door to guard against intrusions, turning off the lights and sitting back in a comfy chair to enjoy.
Tommy Emmanuel – Initiation
Right! Back to the C2C…