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Mon, Feb. 7th, 2011, 10:12 am
Gary Moore RIP

Gary Moore died early yesterday morning whilst on holiday in Spain at the age of 58. Gary Moore was one of my first guitar heroes*, I first came across him in about 1995 or 1996 on a programme where he was talking a little about Queen (Magic Years, for those of you who are interested). This is before the internet really took off and so you had to learn about guitarist through word of mouth, and so I sought out some of his work. The first Gary Moore CD I purchased was 'Blues Alive' which was a good introduction to his live blues work. Some research told me that he had at various points been involved in Thin Lizzy, and that he was more than just a blues artist. Then we get into a period as a teenager where you are doing other things, experiencing other experiences and new music and you perhaps stray from your influences. Indeed from 1999 until about 2002/3 I left music behind entirely. When I came back to it the web had developed more and I learned more about Gary, about the Les Paul he acquired from Peter Green, and about his solo career. I've played a couple of his songs live down the years, perhaps most notably 'Walking By Myself', and I have heard them played in the strangest of places. I was at a holiday park in Mablethorpe in late 2009 when the house bands (fairly average) female lead singer left the stage playing party songs and the guitarist launched into a full on version of 'Still Got The Blues'. I don't think anyone else in the room knew the song or even cared, but it really meant something to me. His life, and talent is something that should be celebrated and I hope that with the passing of time he is not forgotten.

If I was physically up to it I would be making my way to either a jam session in Brierley Hill tomorrow, or begging my friend Richard to let me have a slot at his gig on Saturday night to pay tribute. When I'm well I will pay tribute to Gary Moore.

*The other guitarists that I was influenced by? Brian May, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Richie Sambora and Edward Van Halen.

Thu, Feb. 19th, 2009, 03:51 pm

My life just took a total change of direction. I hate this sometimes.

Sun, Jan. 21st, 2007, 08:08 am

Happy Birthday Katy, wherever you are.

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007, 10:53 pm

To anyone who might have sent me a birthday card or present, please I beg you don't. I have made arrangements to cancel my birthday this year, I'd rather forget it and just pass by. Honest.

Wed, Jan. 3rd, 2007, 09:52 pm

Faceman aka Dirk Benedict to win!

Sun, Jun. 11th, 2006, 08:43 am

I HAVE to get one of the Brian May Artist Series pedals when Digitech ship them! This looks like being AMAZING!

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006, 04:25 pm
Thank you....

Donations made to H Porter and Sons for Katy raised over £950 of which over £850 has gone to the Leukaemia Research Fund whilst other people had stated a preference for the Dogs Trust where over £100 has gone. We were arranging the headstone today, that will be pretty wonderful when it goes up in about three months time, just in time for the end of summer. I'll be receiving more information on that in the middle of next week.

Today I threw out many of my clothes that have lurked around my life for the last ten years or so. I've got some shockers I've thrown out, plus stuff that simply doesn't fit (and in many cases never did). I've been out shopping and bought a load of clothes (some stuff very new for me!) and I'm going to get some more tonight to replenish and refurbish my wardrobe!

Mon, Mar. 27th, 2006, 03:37 pm
Something sad...

I was scanning photos before and I couldn't resist scanning Katy's notepad, or at least this page. This is how Katy saw the future, with our kids. Enjoy.

Thu, Mar. 2nd, 2006, 01:55 pm

Thank you to everyone who came to the funeral yesterday, I guess it was a nice day in many ways, even though at one point I didn't want to go and was in a real state at about 2pm! I was glad so many people came, it was lovely to meet people I've not before and to see others I don't see very often. I just wish it wasn't in such sad circumstances. I think she'd have liked it! I still haven't got a clue what I'm going to do with my life now though, I feel a complete mess! For those of you that want to read my eulogy to Katy I've put it behind this LJ cut:

Mon, Feb. 20th, 2006, 02:51 pm

I just wanted to let you know that Katy slipped away at 11:35am this morning with us all there. It was very peaceful. I'll write more over the next few days but I'm totally gutted. At least we were kinda prepared. I'm probably not going back to work until after the funeral (I've seen PJ and he's cool with it).

Will write more soon I promise. I've got to go back to Stourbridge later to continue funeral discussions.

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