jeudi 5 juin 2008

Shires Shopping Centre, Leicester

Leicester isn't a place I ever go to. Not often anyway. Only really if I have a reason to go there - a meeting, appointment, wedding.

I'd been invited to speak to a group of MBA students at De Montfort University and had misjudged the traffic. So I found myself arriving early in Leicester, with time on my hands and a credit card in my pocket. That old dangerous combination.

I wandered around town for a while, got some coffee, generally mooching not buying. While drinking my coffee I read an interview between Mark Gatiss and a 'new' singer/songwriter about whom Gatiss was waxing lyrical, and for whom Gatiss had said he would leave his boyfriend and dog behind, gladly.

The singer/songwriter was a young blade from NYC via Montreal. A certain Mr Rufus Wainwright.

I decided that I'd nip over to HMV and see if they had the album they'd talked about in the interview.

I bought said album - 'Want One' - and carried on looking at shops. A couple of shirts and a pair of nikes (which I still own and love, despite their decrepit state) later, I went back to the car and set offf for the University.

Before leaving the car park, I remembered I had that new CD to listen to. I put it in the CD player and turned it up....The first track was all I needed. I was sold....

"....Why am I always on a plane or a fast train?
Oh what a world my parents gave me,
Always travelling, but not in love......"

hmm.

22 commentaires:

wontletlifedefineme a dit…

I was wondering where you got your blog name from - now I know! :)

Lewis a dit…

What you need is ME in the front seat to nip around with.....well, that, along with other things.

aims a dit…

Nothing here but a big ol' smile.

Daryl a dit…

Well that explains that ... I love Rufus too.

:-Daryl

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Marjolein, I'm a very simple man, all I need is a Rufus Wainwright lyric.

Lewis - you're more than welcome to join me in the cockpit..... anytime.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Hey Aims - that makes two of us.

I hear that song, and I smile.

And I love it when he does that dressing up as a witch thing (see the video link)....I saw him do that live a couple of times.

Such campery!

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Daryl, I'm glad to hear it. I always had you down as a lady of style, class and amazingly fabulous taste!

Swearing Mother a dit…

Travelling, I've watched the video clip and I really think you should marry that Rufus guy.

You'd make a real cool couple.

CawfeeGuy a dit…

what a wonderful CD to break you into Rufus! my favorite!

Lola a dit…

Now we know.

Can you put dates on these events? Would you? I don't know why, it makes it more real - where was I? did I hear that album? that track?

Took me ages to find the link in your post, but I'm rather drunk, I've been to a wine tasting. I've never commented while drunk before. It's very liberating.

Oh no, there's the random selection of letters to type. This may take some time

Lola a dit…

Forgot to check the 'email me' box...

travelling, but not in love a dit…

SM - I know, you know it, why doesn't Rufus know it?

I love that 'showbiz' opener....

travelling, but not in love a dit…

CG - absolutley the best Rufus album. I love all of it. Especially 14th Street. And Movies of Myself. And Go or Go Ahead.....basically all of it...!

Lola, I love drunk comments! So funny.

This was all in 2001.

And you're right, dates help a lot. I just forget to put them in....

Stew a dit…

you know, i've never, ever listned to this rufuf fellow. i'm off to youtube to dip my toe into his waters.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Stew, I'm sure Rufus would be more than happy for you to do that!

knifepainter a dit…

Little-known-not-very-exciting-fact;

I was born in Leicester.

(We're known as "Wooly-Backs")

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Hey KP...! You're back!?! Great news.

And whoever would have thunk it - you a wooly-back?

knifepainter a dit…

Steeped in Midlands culture, so I am.

Stew a dit…

Aargh! I've got "hallelujah" stuck in my head now. Bloody Rufus.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

KP - well, it just confirms my theory that midlanders rock.

Stew - it's a great version of a classic, eh? The KD Lang cover of it is also quite beautiful....

alan a dit…

I heard that very song on my way home last week in the car, and immediately thought of you! :)

I saw Rufus live a few nights ago. He was pretty awesome.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Alan, I'm so jealous....I was seriously thinking of flying to Ireland to see him, but figured that takes 'appreciation' into 'obsession' territory.

It's a fine line!