Hello Dear Readers,
Listeners and Viewers,
have you been? It’s been a while since I last had the time to sit down
and write, but hopefully you’ve all been as busy and are fit and well.
I find myself today (May 28, 2004) in Bucharest, Romania, after riding the crewbus over night
(and over the next day too) from Serbia. A fifteen hour drive in a submarine
punctuated by border stops involving the evacuation of all aboard at
unheard of times of the morning, and various gaseous outpourings from
neighboring bunks. I think you get the picture.
think the last posting I made here was about my ride with The
Blue Angles, the short video resulting in lots of emails requesting
hard copies of aforementioned viewing. I have to ask: Why would anyone
want to see their normally composed keyboardist in a state of total
facial uncontrollability, accompanied by the sounds of early man learning
Anyway, for those who are still interested
in my aviation activities I can happily report that I began my PPL
Pilot License Course in December 2003, got my wings (solo) in January
2004 and completed my Cross Country Qualifier in March. All that remains
is to take the final test which I hope to do as soon as I get back
to Blighty. Editor's note: Andrew passed his final exam
in the air on June 6th and now holds his Pilot's Licence.
As a brief background, when I was
about ten years old my best friend Tim and I had already decided
we were going to be Pilots when we grew up. That was until our math
teacher informed me at least that my mathematical ability left a lot
to be desired. (They actually said my math sucked and that I would
never fly a plane). So thirty years on, I would like to meet that teacher,
show them my license and hard-wire their Zimmer Frame into the mains
outlet! Just kidding! You have to be so careful about what you joke
these days, don’t you?
Keating CD Released
In other news,
you will remember that some time ago I embarked on a musical cohort with one
Vyktoria Keating. I can tell you that the polished results are now gleaming with
musical ambiecence, (made up word) and available through her website www.vyktoria.com.
CD was a while in the making, mainly due to the fact that I was the whole
band and orchestra, and of course our schedules only allowed for intermittent
progress. Anyway, the album is called ‘Things
that Fall from the Sky’ and contains a collection of wonderfully
written songs, and some half-decent sounds too J. You can order
online from CD Baby.
Here are some reviews:
wrapped in the luscious textures of Andrew Giddings' production or
lonely as a new-born lamb at Chritmas with only a well-travelled
acoustic guitar for company, Vyktoria Pratt Keating never fails to
deliver the message. The touching, provocative and observational
songs pierce the heart, the soul and - if you buy this record - the
wallet. Truly the troubadour, VPK combines age-old songstress eduction
with technical expertise and offers up the musings of the thinking,
feeling and sometimes vulnerable female presence, so much a part
of contemporary music making."
Anderson, Jethro Tull, April 2003
the ethereal progressive rock of "Disembodied Voices on Tape" to
the exuberant pop-ness of "Spider" and the sci-fi syncopation
of "Black Helicopters," this otherworldly music seems at
times to have fallen straight from the stars. Things
that Fall from the Sky blends both acoustic and electric
instrumentation, featuring Vyktoria's unearthly vocals and guitar
with lush, artistic production. The songs are rich in unusual subject
paranormal and fortean imagery, showcasing her gift for writing intelligent,
inventive and surreal lyrics.
enchanting" 14 out of 16 Stars!
has produced what I feel is one of the most wonderful
albums I have ever heard."
Godfrey, Classic FM radio
death of comprehension demanded by the mass consumption of soul-less,
song-less, pseudo-sexual harpies fostered on the public by a dying
culture is the antithesis of the state of mind demanded to listen
to the offerings of the true female artist. And It is such art that
flows from the mind, heart and soul of Vyktoria Pratt Keating."
Bianchi, Mind Candy Magazine
avoiding musical cliches and forging his own path, Andrew has created
a truly unique sound for Vyktoria. This album is one that, come 20
years from now, you won't be able to tell when it was recorded."
So please visit Vyktoria’s
website and check out the new product. It is to date the closest thing
to an A.G. solo record, and for those who are still asking I may actually
try to put one together before the end of this year. Yes! It could start
with a big crash of something and then slide into a ripply thing and
to the tour in hand there are three shows left to do: Bucharest tonight, Sophia Bulgaria tomorrow
and Istanbul Turkey on Sunday. Then Ian is making me
get up in the dark again to fly back to England! One of these days I’m gonna try
going to bed before 3.00am….
look forward to seeing you in Western Europe later this year, then in the USA in November, brrrrr.
for now, take care and be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when
Giddings, Romania, May