A WEEKLY DIARY EXCLUSIVELY WRITTEN FOR MIRABELLE MAGAZINE
4th January 1975
GOOD NEWS! I've just finished what I think has to be one of my best albums yet! I still can't talk about it too much - it's bad luck, you know. But everyone who's heard the first tracks thinks it's going to be fantastic!
It's not easy recording an album - it takes months really. I've been working on this one since the end of my last tour. First, I had to choose the tracks I wanted on the album. Just finding the right songs to make up an entire album takes a lot of thought and that's only the beginning.
Then I went to all the musicians who would be working on the album to discuss all the arrangements with them. Did you know that each part, the guitar, the bass, the piano, percussion and brass has to be written before you even step into the studio? Well, it's true, and when that's completed you can finally step into the studio for the recording to be done. That's the most complicated process, and it's done piece by piece. One day we'll do just the musicians' part and get that perfect, and then the next day the tape will be played back for me so that I can add the vocal parts to the original tape. This is done a few times and when it's finally completed the brass is added and other various sound effects.
After the record is actually recorded, it's up to the engineer, the producer, and, in this case, me. We all have to see that it's mixed perfectly, that the music sounds good with the vocals and so on. Does all this make sense? It really is quite a satisfying experience when the final product is completed.
When we finished this album, the crew gave me a surprise party at the studio. All the Mainman staff attended, plus a few close friends.
We all wound up toasting each other with champagne, and complimenting each other on what a good job we'd done. Thank goodness that studio was soundproofed! The din we all made would have disturbed the whole neighbourhood otherwise. I must say that it's great fun recording an album - but it's even more fun finishing it. I haven't got all my friends together under one roof for a long time and I really enjoyed it!
What's in the future? Well, a new tour, and new stories to tell, I hope. As I think I've already told you, I hope that before the end of the year is here, I'll be doing a concert in England so all my friends back home can see me. Anyway I'll keep you posted...
I have the most exciting news about my lovely Angie! She's taking a trip into deepest, darkest Africa! She's not going alone by any means. Our old friend, Lee Childers, will be accompanying her on the journey and acting as her photographer. And there will be plenty to photograph! They're venturing not only into Africa but also to Arabia and Angie is bringing her most beautiful and wildest clothes along. It's sort of going to be a fashion tour, you see. Angie's thought it all up and can't wait to meet and be photographed with all the rich and mysterious African and Arabian princes. She's never been to either place so she really can't wait to explore all this uncharted (to her) area! Who knows what she may come up with! Perhaps some African natives will fancy her and kidnap her and she'll wind up living with some tribe in the wilds of the jungle!
Seriously, though, she's promised to stay out of trouble and not wander too far into the jungle by herself! She's already received invitations from all sorts of royalty over there to visit, so she's prepared to live a life of luxury! It's partly business and partly pleasure, you know. Angie's really got a fabulous business head and so (with a little help from her friends) her trip is going to turn into a TV special in England and in the States. The 'Angie Bowie Takes You To Africa' sort of thing. So, you'll be able to see the whole trip, too!
I'm sure Angie will have a new look by the time she returns from her adventure! She'll have traded in her dresses and toreador pants for some elegant robes and caftans - and the Arab sheiks' wives she leaves behind could possibly be wearing the latest in British attire! At any rate, it's a sure thing that Angie will make an enormous impression on those countries and vice-versa. I'm terribly curious to see what happens and I wish I had time to go along!
As for me, I've become very houseproud lately. I've been busy overseeing the painting, the laying of rugs and the general putting together of my new house! My kind of overseeing means I take a quick look in at the progress of a certain room and then escape into another part of the house. I have the amazing knack of getting into mishaps whenever redecorating is concerned, so I've decided that the best course of action is just to stay out of the way! I've been very successful so far and the redecorating is coming along quite well - the house is really becoming quite beautiful!
I must tell you all about something funny that happened quite recently.
Suzie Crackers, Freddie's assistant designer is in the States for a visit. Angie and she are good friends, so Suzie is a guest in our house whenever she comes over here. One night Suzie just happened to mention to Angie that she hadn't yet seen my new show and that she'd love to, especially since she'd never seen me wearing the new clothes she'd helped Freddie make for me. So, Angie got the bright idea that the two of them would surprise me and show up at my next concert unexpectedly. Well, they found out it was was easier said than done!
They knew what hotel I was booked into, so since they were early getting into Madison - the city in Wisconsin I was playing in - they went straight there to surprise me before the show. And that's when the trouble began!
None of the hotel staff believed that Angie was who she said she was, and they wouldn't let her up to see me. In fact, when she told the manager that she was my wife and was just trying to surprise me, he said: "Sure, and I'm Queen Elizabeth!" This went on for about an hour and a half, so finally she and Suzie decided that they'd just meet me at the concert hall.
They came prepared with tickets for the show, but getting backstage was a different matter entirely. When Angie told the guard that she was Mrs. Bowie, the guard said that he'd seen pictures of Angela and she definitely wasn't her. Mind you, Angie has quite a new look these days. She's wearing her hair with a fringe and in a softer style, so she doesn't look like the Angie of her pictures.
It took quite a while to convince this fellow that she wasn't an impostor. He went backstage to double-check with me but, meanwhile, Angie and Suzie sneaked right past the other guards and made their way to my dressing room. They arrived backstage grinning from ear to ear and told me that they really hadn't had that much fun in ages!
When the show was over and we went back to the hotel the manager spotted us and practically went down on his knees trying to apologise, but by that time we'd all forgotten about the trouble. We did decide though, that in the future Angie should plan her surprises a bit more carefully!
You may think the holiday season is well and truly over but it isn't quite. My birthday's coming up, you see! Some people think birthdays are enough cause for a celebration and you know me - I'll use any excuse for a party! I'll soon be twenty-eight years old and I'm afraid I'm turning into an old man right before your very eyes! Only kidding - I've still got a few good years in me! Anyway, my room currently looks like a florist's shop with all the flowers sent by well-wishers, and I think that I could possibly pass out from the over-powering scent! Seriously, it's is quite fabulous that everyone over here has remembered my birthday.
Well, what next! Oh yes, I just saw the most fabulous film! It's probably old news to you 'cos I know that it's been out for months in England - but it's just out in America. It's the new David Essex movie, 'Stardust', and it shows what some pop stars' lives are really like. I found it very funny in parts and oh-so-sad in other parts. Angie saw it, too, and said that it should be shown to everyone who wants to be a star so that they know what they're in for. She doesn't mean that it's always as strange as it was in the film, but yes, it does happen!
Angie and Susie Crackers have joined a gym. They go almost every day to do their exercises, take saunas and steam baths and use the machines. It seems that they've both decided they were getting terribly out of shape and decided to do something about it. Of course, neither of them are the least bit out of shape, but it's no use telling them that! When they get an idea in their heads, there's no changing their minds. At any rate Angie comes back after she's been at the gym absolutely exhausted from all these workouts. It seems the only thing that Angie is getting herself in shape for is a night of deep sleep!
I've lost so much weight on this tour that I'm going to have to start getting back in shape myself. I'm starting by getting more sleep and eating regular meals. Angie is trying to fatten me up again with her home cooking! I'm not going to join any gym, though. That sounds more like torture than treatment to me!
Until next week,
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