On Jarvis, Solar and The (Didcot) Girls
So I was kicking myself this afternoon at 3:58 this afternoon because i thought I had missed some of Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service on 6music. Never mind it being an institution of a Sunday, (Some people have church, we have Jarvis) it's also a threatened one, what with bbc seriously thinking about scrapping 6music - thus ditching the best part of the whole company. So we 6music loyalists(1) HAVE to tune in whenever we can, and keep our favourite presenters in our diaries (or for more capable people, our memories) so we can never miss a show There's nothing like having a twenty-word comment made national (even international) to member of the apparently NICHE group of "6music listeners"
Anyway, turns out that - when i tuned in at 4:10(2), Jarvis turned up. The wally had forgotten about the clocks going forward. Victory! Hadn't missed a thing. I was still one of Jarvis' congregation. Just as I am one of Adam and Joe's black squadron. I "sign in" with George Lamb, embracing terms like "nutty" and "havin' it". At 12:00 every week day i down tools and get ready to assemble something daft out of objects around me for Lauren Lavern's "Workers' playtime", and once chose the good day song for "Good day/bad day" with Steve Lamacq.
It helps to no end that jarvis just read out an extract from Ian McEwan's "Solar" over the sound of howling seals - i defy anyone that listens to it not to be bewitched (BBC radio archive, begins at about 17:05, that's hour 3 on 28/3/10). I'm reading the book at the moment and the part he just read was the part i most remember out of all i've read so far. Genius, McEwan, can't wait to see him - CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HIM - on the 29th April :D
Oh...in 33 minutes I'm going out for a get-together with the girls. I have two "the girls" but the one I reference here is the Didcot "the girls" who are actually too much fun! :D. We buy large bottles of white zinfandel, talk about everything (with increasing exaggeration) and drink until it feels like a Tuesday. Love them girls.
(1)That is the precious many who have realised as I have that while there are hundreds of thousands of 6music listeners, at any one time the odds are there're not enough listeners for every one of my own texts/e-mails to be overlooked.
(2) takes 10 bloody minutes to open the computer, upload the net and choose the right page OR relocate my digital radio from any one of the hundreds of rooms in this warren of a student house