There is by some measures a lot of storage attached to my computer, somewhere over 20TB today, along with various network drives. Beyond that there’s the ever expanding collection of hard drives, tapes and other legacy backup systems. Beyond that is the analog world. The problem, growing for everyone, but compounded by working in-house for a musician and organisation, both with large histories and multiple new projects in development, any of which may be called upon at any moment, is that once it’s something’s not immediately accessible, you are much less likely to use it.
Reading Jimmy Carter, a founding member of The Blind Boys of Alabama, recalling of his time with Real World - “Peter Gabriel is a nice gentleman…he’d give us sugar-free cakes we could eat. It was nice [laughs].” prompted a flip through some transparencies. These images now looking quite old, pre-digital, but they are this millennium, they just never got connected.
I encountered Jimmy’s recollections in the CBC interview series “The stories behind Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records” which has been looking at the history of the label in a series of interviews with Sheila Chandra, Thomas Mapfumo, The Afro Celt Sound System, Yungchen Lhamo, Joseph Arthur and Label Manager Amanda Jones - each one reminds me of something that should be connected to my computer.
The video of The Blind Boys of Alabama in action was connected, so you can see them in action.
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