RT Discussion List Q&A - Two
1/11/2007 (updated 1/12/2007)

Pam Winters:
- Jump in the wayback machine with me, if you will, to revisit "Decameron," one of your earliest recorded songs. It's a co-write with Paul Ghosh and Andrew Horvitch. Among the young indie-minded folk I know, it's much admired--it sounds very modern to them. - Do you remember what specific part(s) you played in its composition--lyrics, themes, melody, etc.? And what inspired it?

[Here are the lyrics:]

She doesn't see the day today
No colours where the children play
She doesn't see the things she saw
White crosses painted on the door

See me fly, see me cry, see me walk away
Every time the sun shines, to me it's a rainy day

He didn't see the summer go
Though he knew what the shadows know
He didn't see his arms grow old
He didn't feel his blood run cold

See me fly, see me cry, see me walk away
Every time the sun shines, to me it's a rainy day

They listened to his voice grow pale
No stamps were on the morning mail
They all listened to the white truck ring
Words just didn't mean a thing

See me fly, see me cry, see me walk away
Every time the sun shines, to me it's a rainy day

RT: This is about as coherent as most songs written by a committee. I wrote the music and the words were a joint effort by myself and my flatmates, Andy and Paul (Andy is a film editor, and lives in LA. Paul lives in London, and is writing a book on the Crusades). Apart from eight pints of Abbott Ale, I don't really remember what inspired it.

- Do you ever visit the Tate Modern in London? Who are your favorite modern visual artists, as represented there or elsewhere?

RT: I enjoy the Tate Modern, wonderful space. My favourite things there have been the installations in the main hall, particularly the large sun peeking through the mist. My new fave artist is Ron Mueck. I loved his show at the Edinburgh Festival, amazing craftsmanship, and haunting juxtaposition of scale.

Flip Feij:
- You've said: "I'd love to do it, but it would be judged up against some very fine interpreters..I'd be nervous but willing" when asked about an album with traditional songs from the British isles (and Scotland).

- Who should be the one to ask to make you seriously consider making such a product?

RT: It will come in its own time, if it is meant to be.

Several questions have been expressing fear that you could be running out of ideas, all holding suggestions for more future products.

Could you reflect on each of them shortly?

- (Arie) - A DVD with RT performing songs w/ small orchestra arr. by Van Dyke Parks

RT: I love Van Dyke to death, and he is a good friend, but his style is too Americana for my stuff, I think. I have an invitation to work with a Norwegian string orchestra, if that seems workable, and I'm doing a song cycle for 2009 for the International Society of Bassists, which will include a string section of some size - quartet or bigger.

- (Arie) - Mini-album/EP (6 songs) website only release of songs for children,

RT: Well, maybe.

- (Arie) - Loud & Rich (a 4 songs collaboration with Loudon Wainwright III),

RT: Our next collaboration will be singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the LA Kings Hockey game - date tba. An EP? If we ever get the time.

- (Arie) - An instrumental outing with Danny Thompson,

RT: Nice. We will at some point. Danny will also be involved in the ISB project.

- (Arie) - Electric instrumental album,

RT: You know, I had one ready to go about 20 years ago. I could revive this concept.

- (Arie) - The "islamic" album with Henry Kaiser.

RT: Dunno.

- (Anonymous) - A remake of Henry The Human Fly (in state-of-the-art RT)

RT: I want to redo the vocals. I like the original tracks.

- (Tine Christensen) - A live solo album to keep up with the new material

RT: The Sierra DVD is coming soon.

- (Ian Pearson) - Working with Garth Hudson, John Kirkpatrick or Eliza Carthy again?

RT: Yes please.

Paul Yachnes:
- Would you consider putting together a Richard Thompson Band reunion concert (hopefully to be filmed) featuring various live and studio lineups from over the years. Something like the show that Steeleye Span did a few years ago that was recorded and released on cd. Some of the musicians I would love to see would include past and present regulars such as John Kirkpatrack, Pat Donaldson, Timi Donald, Simon Nicol, Aly Bain, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks, Pete Zorn, Alan Dunn, Clive Gregson, Christine Collister, Danny Thompson, Michael Jerome, and Teddy Thompson. Special guests could include people like Barry Dransfield, Dolores Keane, Sue Harris, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Philip Pickett, and the Watersons. And perhaps Linda Thompson could be persuaded to perform a few songs.

(Martin Jonas: I was at that Steeleye show in 1994, and it was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. The double CD that was released some years later ("The Voyage") is fine, but it doesn't capture the sheer brilliance of the entire day. Four hours of opening acts (i.e. the then-current bands of the ex- Steeleye members: The Albion Band, The John Kirkpatrick Band, Waterson:Carthy and, most amazingly, a reunion of the Rise Up Like The Sun line-up of the Albion Band performing an excerpt of The Mysteries, complete with Brian Glover as God), then another four hours of one amazing Steeleye line-up after another, with Tim Hart, fifteen years after retiring to the Canaries, sounding as if he had never been away. This should have been a DVD release, and I don't know why it wasn't: there were video cameras all over the place filming both halves of the show, but I've never seen even a minute of it).

RT: That's a lot of drummers! And a stageful of bass players - have you ever heard four of 'em at once? A modified version of this might work - perhaps for my 80th?