Wednesday, 20 February 2013

I have dreams of summer skies

I've just heard that Kevin Ayers has died. When I was about 16, I had a mate called Ken Woolley. He lived with his mum and dad and sister on the Park Springs estate over the by-pass from the Middlefield Lane estate. When I first went round to Ken's house, his elder sister, Wendy, was there playing Kevin Ayers' album, Shooting at the Moon, which I immediately loved. It quickly became (along with its predecessor Joy of a Toy) a favourite sound of mine as I kicked around the estate as a slightly aimless school leaver over that very hot summer of 1976. This is one of my favourite songs from the album, Red Green and You Blue, with a lovely soprano sax solo from Lol Coxhill, and Kevin's typically, er, 'relaxed' croon. R.I.P Bananamour.

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