Monday, March 10, 2008

Bumbling apologies

Its not been much fun around here of late. My long suffering other half Julie has been back and forth to hospital getting prodded about by any number of doctors and consultants. Despite early fears of cervical cancer we found out for sure today that she has nothing immediately life threatening. A significant and somewhat life changing operation now needs to follow, but we now know where we stand, and some of the stress and worry has been lifted.

Anyway, for once this isn't a post begging for pity, but a brief apology to the countless people I have let down one way or the other over the past few weeks. Delayed reviews, slow to appear Mp3s, a lack of posts here, CDs mailed out taking forever, emails not replied to, forthcoming Cathnor releases not being focussed upon etc...

Sorry guys, I'm catching up and normal (still very slow) service will be resumed soon.

Today though, out of the blue someone I'd never heard from before sent me a kind email about this blog and attached the above photo, which cheered me up no end. Thanks for that.


Just recently there's been a number of really great CDs landed here. Three in particular have really stood out over the last month, Toshimaru Nakamura and Jean-Luc Guionnet's MAP on the consistently strong Potlatch label is a really fine bundle of tension. I'm a bit late discovering Joe Foster and Kevin Parks' Ipsi sibi somnia fingunt but again a really great release, markedly different from much else out there right now and a really vibrant, exciting piece of music. Lastly Eric Cordier's disc of field recordings called Osorezan is also quite wonderful. Made up of brightly detailed recordings of a Japanese volcano letting off steam, the first three tracks on the album are really quite stunning. Reviews of all three of these are in the works and will appear at Bagatellen or here soon(ish)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Richard

Anything you do is UP. So if you need a break, please do take it. No need to appologize

Best to you and Julie

Cor

Brian Olewnick said...

Yeah, my thoughts are with you two. Personal life does trump this stuff once in a while, you know.

take care.

Richard Pinnell said...

Thanks both.

Hope you're having fun in Oz Cor!

Doug Holbrook said...

Richard...


What Cor said..

Best wishes for you two...All will be well!

Richard Pinnell said...

Doug thanks

Reading IHM right now it seems you've had a tough time of late also. My best wishes to you too.

There's a line in Finding Nemo (its one of Julie's favourite films OK??!!) when the two fish seem to be searching endlessly in the huge ocean with little hope of finding their goal....

"just keep swimming... just keep swimming.... just keep swimming..."

http://tinyurl.com/2q42c9

Doug H said...

How very true....

Jon said...

"Finding Nemo"

Yuko really liked the shark in the ad, but thankfully she couldn't tolerate much of the actual movie. we do watch that few minutes with the shark occasionally, though...

Jesse said...

Richard, my best to Julie, and to you, of course.
Cathnor will abide until you are able to return. But you know that.