Went 2 dinner w TG last night. Still smokes 50 fags (cigarettes) a day, but he cut out the whiskey. He only had 6 bottles of beer, 3 glasses of white whine + most of a bottle of red (I had about 3 glasses). TG knows his shit + works hard. After dinner we (Jon, Stefan, Tony + I) went back 2 the Hilton + listened 2 a Philipino Sinatra sound-alike. His daughter was beautiful + talented, but unfortunately sang w that lounge quality.
2day Tony handed us our golden record awards. Nouveau has sold over 40,000 copies in Australia. We’ll get a golden award 4 Nu Z.land 4 sales over 7,500 when we get 2 Wellington.
I believe the term New Age was 1st used on a record by the German band ASHRA, who used 2 B called ASHRA TEMPLE, I believe. Said band had a record in 1975 called “New Age of Earth” + of course ’twas German synthesizer space music. That was also the year I believe that Eno came out w the name “AMBIENT MUSIC”. The other comes from a book I found that’s called MUSIC OF THE MIND: “Of the 4 dimensions only 1 is a 1 way street + that 1 keeps the COSMOS from becoming CHAOS.” I’m paraphrasing of course. So I’m gonna call my next studio record “OPIUM”, ’cause its gonna work on yer mind like a drug. It’s gonna rain on yer brain. It’s gonna fall thru the crax. It’s gonna hug your mind like fog. Now, I wanna get a recording of the hiss they can detect in the universe of the sound of the big bang 2 billion years ago. That would B a cool sound 2 start the record off w. It would B a truly old sound! It would B history as far back as history goes. Yet I feel down 2 earth down under + quite happy + satisfied.
Jon + eye R sitting @ 25,000 ft. in seats 1A + 1B of the Quantas flight – service w a sneer – from Sid Knee 2 Mel Burn, which is a gr8 improvement over our flight from Mexico City 2 Leon when the pilot announced that we were cruising @ an altitude of 25 feet above C-level. Last knight we played @ Carlsbad Caverns- oops, we meant Sid Knee Town Hall. Considering the slap-back we gave 1 hell of a fine performance. Know anybody who invented a reverberation-vacuum-cleaner?
In Nu Z.land Jon + I will B flown 2 an island winery 4 lunch – in a helicopter. Just like Stevie-Ray. Its 2 cold, it’s 2 humid, it’s 2 hot, it’s 2 beautiful, she’s 2 beautiful, I’m 2 hungry, the wine is 2 cold….. Here is a question 4 U: Y is Peephole magazine called WHO in Australia? Just saw a headline in a paper: Ottmar on a style roller coaster. What does that mean? I guess it is a better headline than Guitarist + Bassplayer killed in helicopter crash? A couple a days ago we was given a didgeridoo by sony. 2day the owner of a store gave me a long object, wrapped in white paper that even 2 my untrained eye screamed didg…… The man told me it was a very special Australian present. I said, well, we R flying 2 Melbourne right after this appearance + I should keep whatever this is wrapped up, because it will B easier 2 check @ the airline. He said good idea it will B a gr8 surprise, something really Australian. @ that moment Calvin came by + said in front of this very surprised individual: “Is that another didgeridoo?”. U shoulda seen the guys face. It went right down 2 the floor + el guerro sauntered off in that oblivious way of his.
I’m getting sleepy. Stayed up after our show in Sydney on Thursdaynight until 6:30am Fri.morning + had 2 get up @ 9:30am. Now it’s already 2:00am Saturday. Time 2 hit bed.
I bought a Macintosh Portable computer early in 1993, while we were recording “The Hours between Night + Day” in Santa Barbara, + joined Compuserve. Of course that computer was relatively huge, cost me almost 4 grand + was worthless within 8 months…
I do remember playing Lode Runner + getting up 2 about 700,000 points 1 sleepless night in Santa Barbara…
1993 was a busy year 4 us. We recorded “The Hours between Night + Day” in Santa Barbara, Cali4nia in the beginning of the year. The album was released by Epic Records in August + was followed by a long tour in the USA + Canada, + shows in Singapore, England, Germany and Italy.