Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now. “my favourite artist right now”
Fatboy Slim isn’t my favourite artist, but after a whole year of quoting his quote from the movie “Strange Days”, it only seemed fitting to finish the whole thing off with this track.
There’s an obvious urgency to the track, not just given by the repeated title words, but also by the drum beat, the siren-like sample, even the opening bar, which recurs faster and faster until the spoken sample breaks in.
I’m listening out for the main verse, for the song to settle into a regular form, but it doesn’t. The nervous energy doesn’t let up until the very end. Further samples just push it further forwards.
Its a track I’ve been aware of for a long time, since it was on a free CD from the Guardian. But I’m more of a trance fan than big beat, so never really got blown away by it.
The restlessness is enervating, and like the song, this series of blogs is something that picked me up like a wave and carried me, spluttering and struggling to stay on the surface through the year. I think I’ve heard and thought about a lot of things in these late night writing sessions, and I may even have learned something about music, about songs I like, songs I didn’t know before and about how to write spontaneously. But it feels good to be unceremoniously thrown out of the surf onto the beach (though hopefully not the stony Brighton one best known to Norman Cook).
Probably the resonance of the exercise will stay reverberating with me for some time after I stop, like the sway of the ocean affects the balance even once on dry land. Possibly I will look back out at that ocean of music and think I was adrift on that great sea for 365 days, stuck in the here and now of listening to one track and writing about and around it. I will paddle out a little way from the shore and appreciate a brief reminder of what I had experienced.
But for now, that’s that. No more regular writing for sometime to come. Time to focus on other things – getting fit, reading books, developing my cooking, and above all getting more early nights.
Thanks to anyone who followed or read any of this blog during the year. Hope it was at least interesting reading!