Actually sitting down here with a bottle of beer. It’s not something I do very often, sit doing nothing. Hang on.. . I’m blogging. The beer, incidentally, is non-alcoholic. There’s quite a lot of half decent alcohol-free beer and wine around these days, which is good for me. I’ve never been a great drinker. I do like the taste of wine and beer but perhaps fortunately for me, I like it more than the alcohol in the stuff likes me. It doesn’t make me merry, it just makes me feel ill.
I’m sure I’m not the only one: I’d go so far as to say that the alcohol-free option is so good now I can see it catching on and becoming the norm. People might turn to it from the hard stuff the way smokers have turned to vaping. An interesting future: smokeless cigarettes, driverless cars, alcohol free booze.. ..
Anyone who knows me offline will have heard me go on about Marc Ribot. I’ve been listening to a lot of his music recently. No-one I mention his name to seems to have heard of him. He does have British fans – it just seems to be the case that I don’t know any of them. I assume, too, that he’s better known in the States. Perhaps part of the problem is that he gets involved in such diverse projects – jazz, post-punk, Latin American, free improv- that you never know quite what to expect next. He’s both a professional and an enthusiast: it’s one of the things I really like about him. Is this the same guitarist I embedded two posts back, playing jazz at the Village Vanguard?