SONY THANKS & QUESTION FOR SHARON HORGAN
How are you? I am fine. Thanks for all your very kind messages of congratulation following our gold award at the Sony's the other week. Here's a picture of me with table buddies James Stirling (our producer of course), Jarvis Cocker and his 6 Music producer Alicia. It was the perfect night although Joe was very much missed. I said a few thankyous to listeners on the Smiles Davis podcast but thanks again to all of you who listen to our Saturday morning show for you contributions, encouragement and indulgence. I've said it many times before but the peculiarly funny and intelligent people that listen to the show have turned it into something much greater than the sum of our stupid parts and we're very grateful. Now back to Big Mix Tape business...
We're recording the next Mix Tape this coming Monday 24th, the theme is break up songs and I'm calling it The Splits. This is one of those mixes you make for yourself on the whole unless you've made it for the person you've just split up with to make them feel bad by listening to the depths of your despair in musical form. My own experience of The Splits was nights of indulgent misery spent compiling tapes to soundtrack further nights of indulgent misery. There's nothing like a few well chosen portions of musical melancholy to dignify a bit of heartbreak. I'd be keen to hear any stories that you have on the subject, particularly times that you may have handled a split badly, whether you were the one that got dumped or the dumper, as long as the stories aren't too miserable. I don't really have the requisite sincerity skills to do Our Tune.
My partner in heartbreak for The Splits will be the actress, comedienne and Guardian columnist, Sharon Horgan whom (correct use of 'whom' here?) many of you will know from the sitcoms Pulling and Free Agents as well as shows like Broken News, Charlie Brooker's You Have Been Watching and Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive. Any questions you may have for Sharon about her work, this week's theme or anything else will as usual be cherished and put to good use.
Finally a big thanks to the lady (I think the signature on her card says 'Roo' not 'Poo') who handed me this CD mix at BUG the other night. Hard to beat the beautifully made fluffy beard cover and the lovely touch of the green foil wrapper from a Viscount biscuit (the king of chill biscuits of course) on the spine. Great music on there too, most of which was new to me (Kyte, Babble, M83, Imogen Heap, Telefon Tel Aviv etc.) Especially liked The Operator by Barbara Morgenstern and will try to play it on a future show. Thanks Roo! All other mix tapes and CDs gratefully received.