I recently returned to St Andrews and went to a favourite pub from my student days, The Criterion (or The Crit as we knew it). In those days it was the nearest to a spit and sawdust pub I had ever known, but with a great mix of people (but not the place you would take a young lady to ). It is now clean and sophisticated and would definitely a place that would meet the approval of a female companion.
We sat and soaked up the atmosphere and secretly I also reminisced of Mal Reid my best friend and Jim the Porter from our hall of residence. It was a perfect combination of the old and new. If you didn't know the old, you would be perfectly content with where you were. It is also a geat place to house your memories and allow new ones to be spawned.
Coming back here for the first time in a few months, I am just as surprised and pleased to be here again. I must confess that I spent a long time flitting from page to page just to be sure that this was still associated with John Hillarby. Had I entered an alternative universe?
I am satisfied to see that I am not lost. I HAVE come home, it's just that just like The Crit, there has been major refurbishment. Using the pop-out media player (http://www.johnmartyn.com/wp-content/plugins/mp3-jplayer/popout.php), I can now soak in the site with a perfect jukebox playing MY kind of music.
Yes, I have come home, and with the soundtrack of life playing in the background, I am spending the most perfect Sunday morning enjoying all that this new site has to offer.
I have a few questions though:
1 Will the old forum return to this site? The contributions were always a joy to read.
2 What happened to JH's plans to compile user's conributions of rare JM gems (of which I made a few contributions)? Did possible infractions and copyright issues make this a non-starter?
3 A suggestion. The audio jukebox provides a perfect introduction to the JM reportoire. Why isn't it given more prominence instead of being hidden away in the Multimedia section?
4 Were there ever any recordings made by JM of 'Tearing And Breaking'? As much as I like the versions done by Phil Collins, in my mind's ear I can hear JM singing it. I'd love to hear it in reality...
OK. Questions and suggestions over, I'm now off to explore more of the site. Thanks for keeping me on the mailing list and for informing me of the September release of the veritable treasure trove of additional JM material.
Thanks for keeping the site going, John. It is still one of favourite places on the www.
McGeachy if you will or Martyn or Big John, whatever, the voice of the poet touches many a far corner, call himself Jack or Bill or Fred. To have reached with that poetry is the mark; that's how I know him.
Exelent website i adore it !!
Great to see the revamped page. Still full of great information. A real labour of love. Last night went to see the Solid Air Band at MelloMello in Liverpool. Their set list is all JM songs, familiar and less familiar. Some People / One for The Road / Spencer The Rover / Solid Air / Ghosts / He Got All The Whisky / Bless The Weather / I'd Rather Be The Devil / Ways To Cry / Over The Hill / Lookin' On / May You Never / I Don't Want To Know / Big Muff & Sweet Little Mystery. A great sound and a real tribute to the spirit of the big man with some great banter with the enthusiastic audience. They tend to play around the Liverpool area. Check out their Facebook Page. Keep up the good work.
I will be back...I hope this will be a great Homage for the man...my best friend attracted my wife to John but I did not like him at first(don't hate me) but I grew into him slowly and I think that was a good way as he will now never leave me...
Hi i am 26 years old my mother has played john martyns songs to me since i was in the womb..... i have reminised, cried, laughed, sang, danced, and everything inbetween through the years and haved loved every minute i have spent listening to his music, lyrics and back stories, my mother used to tell me stories of what the songs ment and i used to read the booklets in the CDS . Now a days its my children that are hooked listening since they were very small ... all i can say is sometimes history should repeat itself .... john will never be forgotten 🙂 .............. xx
Fantastic! Just love the new site and incredible new stuff! What a difference! Johnny Boy Would Love This!