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Hillbillies
jim muller
Rochester, NY

22nd April 2014

All these questions / comments about DS reunions etc. You guys still play DS songs. What about the Hillbillies? Is there no reunion planned? That one album is defintely one of the treasures of my collection. And now we don't even have a DVD to remember that collaboration. What's up? No, there never were any plans for a Hillbillies reunion.
Perfect song/perfect time
Denae F
Socal

22nd April 2014

Hi Guy, I've been thinking about music and how certain songs can be the perfect accompaniment to different life events. I've written to you before about Natural Selection and in particular Flame of Blue...how those opening notes can transport me to a calm frame of mind. I recently had the difficult task of selecting music for a photo montage for my mother's funeral. Nothing seemed quite right until I listened to The Long Road from the Cal soundtrack. It was perfect....beautiful and serene, just like my mother. Of the many difficult decisions that had to be made, that one was easy. I'd be grateful if you would pass on my thanks and gratitude to Mark. Will do, thanks and our condolences on your mother's passing.
Hem
bruno-xavier barbin
Aquitaine (France)

22nd April 2014

Hello Doc ! How are you ? I hope you're fine. I would like to share with you, and my co-forumers, a musical discovery that I made a few months ago (thanks Deezer!). It's a band from New-York called "Hem". Maybe you know them ? I love this band, their music is very beautiful, and they deserve to be (more) known. I recommend you more particularly, their album "eveningland". https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] Thanks, yes, I did check them out recently, nice.
Beverage
Scott Hawk
USA

22nd April 2014

Well, just back from London after having a jolly good time. One of our best discoveries was Britvic Tonic water which is the key ingredient in the best Vitamin G we ever had. Doc, what's your favorite tonic? Fever Tree
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Easter Bunny!
Isabella Lari
Cloudy Tuscany

22nd April 2014

Hi Doc! Just a few lines to wish you, your family and beloved ones, to Mr. MK, to the band and the lovely fans out there in the world, a wonderful Easter and a Joyful spring. Let's all hope for the best! Lots of love to you all. Isabella. Many thanks and a belated 'you too'
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Mark has better things to do...
Dan
SW3

21st April 2014

...than to read this forum full of boring people asking him to play songs he will never play again. And what's more, songs he has been very unambiguous about his desire never to play again. Therefore, people who still ask him to play those very songs are not only boring but also have a very obvious inability to understand simple statements in plain English. Would it be an unacceptable invasion of his privacy for you to ask him and share with those of us who are interested what book is he reading at the moment? Thanks.
For one old more there's one new less
Dominique
Antwerp, Belgium

21st April 2014

Hey Doc, If i read the old songs versus new songs discussions, i always think about this; ... for every old song more in the setlist,there's always one new song less ....and that's realy a pitty! :-)) All the best at BG this week with the gang ... Dom
Customers?
Hazel
Buckinghamshire UK

18th April 2014

The recent debates about set-lists and the DS back catalogue are very interesting. What’s fascinating is the intense emotional attachment people have to particular songs. There may of course be many reasons for this, for example the way a song makes you feel or the memories it evokes. I have some sympathy with requests for reworked versions of “Skateaway” and “Tunnel of Love,” but personally I’d be more disappointed if newer songs were jettisoned at their expense. There’s always a “Wow!” factor about hearing a new song for the first time – experiencing it live always adds an extra dimension. But I don’t believe I’m a customer of Mark’s. Does someone buying a Turner original consider themselves a customer of the artist? (“Come now Joseph Mallord, my lad, I don’t like that sunset. Can you make it bit smudgier? Or add a rainbow or two?”) We’re amazingly fortunate that Mark is so prolific and is still touring (and the good Doc with him). What's played is entirely Mark's decision, not ours; it's our privilege to listen and enjoy. The music has grown and evolved significantly since the old DS days. I wouldn’t want to got back to doing the things I did back in the 80s – why should Mark? Or to quote Paul Simon, “Music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.” indeed
Music Notation
Hank Collins
California

18th April 2014

Dear Doctor Guy : When you folks discuss new, or rearrange old music , how does Mark present parts for say Richard to play,violin , keyboards, or various other instruments ie wind instruments? Do you use standard music notation, TAB, just demonstrate a part on guitar, hum ?? Especially when you have such intricate long songs , I always wonder how does Mark introduces them. Let me add my thanks for your welcoming us into your world and taking the time to communicate with us. Set list ? Whats a set list ?? The simple answer is 'that's what musicians do'.
Glastonbury Diary?
Erwin
Netherlands

18th April 2014

Reading you are playing with JI on Glastonbury this year. Can i ask for a tiny little diary for that one? I know you are very busy...... but it would be great!! Are you doing more gigs with John this year? It all depends if I remember to take the camera...
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an other point of view to philip stinson ........
iris daetwyler
zurich

18th April 2014

hi doc, i read from time to time the forum, and i would like to say : many thanks to all of your work, thoughts and every thing else you do and share in the forum and in the diaries with use! since a wile, people who call themselves fans, are complaining about set lists, about old songs which MK and band are not playing (sorry about my bad english writing..), it's all ridiculous and absurd! to you philip stinson especially: it's your decision to buy concert ticket; it's your decision to buy a cd and so far! if you not see the pleasure the band has to be on stage playing - playing the stuff they like to play - then you should stay at home. because that's the thing which is all about: to here and see MK and band with so much pleasure playing! and my opinion: they getting better and better and better- and i have no idea how they can getting better - because their are the best musicians, songwriter, the best band in the world i know. listen just once to songs like "haul away", how can you complain? looking forward to here and see more of the pleasure, with love iris Many thanks Iris, very well put. There will always be fans who want more, want different, want new, want old. We have always been aware of this which is why setlist requests fall on deaf ears.
hill farmer
nico de cadi
spain

18th April 2014

who was responsible for the unfortunate fade out "hill farmer's blues" why ...? For whatever reason, Mark never wanted it to be a big deal 'rock' fade..so there really isn't any more beyond the bottom of the fade.
Discussion
Bruno Mourao
Brazil

18th April 2014

The other day a guy made a very pointed question about old songs and consumers. While I understand what he meant, I thought he was kind of aggressive and understood your reply and I agree with you. BUT like you said Mark wants to provide new materials for fans and questions arise at this point. The latest albums have had many excellent songs that were not exploited live (especially "Kill to get crimson"). As they were not used when they were "new" what is the chance of a forgotten song being used in a show? There are chances for them or the selection process is based only on newly released album? When will we have good news? thanks Really Bruno, who knows?
2015 Tour
Gail Orshal
North Carolina, USA

18th April 2014

Hello Guy, I had the pleasure of traveling to your beautiful country last year and saw the "Privateering" concert at RAH in May. What a magical night, and I must say that you all are even more handsome in person! My question is typically how far in advance are the tour dates announced? I would love to come back for the new tour! And by the way for all the ones that complain about what Mark does not play, I would like to add that he is an artist and when you come to see him it is like going to an art gallery. You would not ask an artist to display only the paintings that you want to see, so why would someone think that he owes them playing their "favorite" song? 'blush'...dates are announced quite a way in advance, usually about 8 months.
Customers?
Doctor D.
Germany

18th April 2014

I have been following the discussions of this forum for quite some time now. I was surprised about the intensity of some the (futile) debates over setlist questions and DS nostalgia. Still, I did not choose to get involved, but reading in one of the recent posts about us fans as Mark's "customers," made me change my mind. This is my first online comment ever, and I do want to use it to say that I am not a "customer" of Mark's but an admirer of his art - and I pay to see him perform it. What I have always admired about Mark is his never-ending, even restless quest for new songs, sounds and styles, played together with the some of the finest musicians in the world for the fun and satisfaction of it. I sure hope that you all keep on with it, and never consider us fans as mere customers. Many thanks. Customers? weird. Fans are fans and we in the band are most appreciative.
English Countryside
Gordon
Richmond, BC Canada

18th April 2014

Hi Guy, We are going to be in jolly old England in September on our way to France and will stay out near Heathrow. As I've seen London before I wanted to rent a car and see some of the countryside. What has been suggested to me is Portsmouth ,the Isle of Wight (Osborne House), up towards Bath (don't bother with Stonehenge it's just a bunch of big rocks), possibly Oxford with it's University and of course Windsor Castle. Just wondering if you have any other suggestions. I believe that JI has a hotel on the Isle of Wight and a Pub not far from the Lymington Ferry dock. Definitely want to check out an English pub. Cheers Sounds good to me, enjoy
Compression
PY Assing
Lille, Fr

18th April 2014

Hi Guy, what do you prefer as far as compression is concerned when recording an instrument or vocals ? do you compress while recording (live) or during the "post production" process, just before mixing ? Maybe different approaches between vocals/guitars and more complex instruments like drums ? PS : you really need 40 hours each day if studio recording is your hobby....keep the faith... It all depends on the singer, the song, the style of music. There really is no set way to do things. I generally compress vocals a little on the way in.
Title race
G
UK

18th April 2014

So Doc, MK will need to come off the substitutes bench to fill in for Jordan Henderson now that he has a 3 game ban. Will the dodgy back stand up to it?! MK and Lucas Leiva certainly do share a likeness, he's just missing the head band! Big fan btw. Legends slot at Glastonbury still available I reckon...would it be something the band would like to do one day? Thanks for all you do on this site, always an enjoyable read. For me, yes. In fact I am playing Glastonbury this year with John Illsley.
Old stuff
Mike B
NC USA

18th April 2014

I know you are regularly asked about playing certain old DS songs (ToL, etc)- and I get that. Heck there are a few I'd like to hear reworked with this band in mind. But I agree fully that I'd rather have new tours that focus mainly on new material, especially when the new music is of the quality that MK has been producing. Every fan probably has nits to pick, including me-- I thought the last tour had a couple of tired songs- Telegraph Road/Speedway are great, but well played in recent years. Anyway - looking forward to the new music most of all, but if you do decide to look back a little for the next tour, ToL is fine, but with this band I always thought Skateaway could really take on another life with the instrumentation that this band offers. Ditto Love over Gold. Agreed
Bonus tracts album possibility
trudy berne
Portland, OR, USA

18th April 2014

Any interest in collecting all the bonus tract tunes into one album format? Not from me but maybe the label will. I have no idea about that.
Busy
Julio
East Coast of Iberian Peninsula

18th April 2014

Hello Doc. Since the diary entry you didnt updated about what you are doing these days and as your forum is sometimes without any update for long, I guess you are busy and thats great, Mk record and yours? Could you tell even briefly? Yes, very busy...updates soon.
IEM
Julio
East Coast of Iberian Peninsula

18th April 2014

Hello Doc. Re-reading some of your touring diaries I have found that in some venues there are difficulties finding fm frequencies to send the IEM signals to the musicians. It made me curious about if someone driving his cars near the venues can accidentaly catch the IEM signals and wonder what the heaven happened to his radio station, or while seatching for a particular radio, find the signal. If other signals from the outside can interfere yours, is it possible that could happen the other way, even when you are using a supposed free frequency. No, our signals are not of sufficient strength to reach outside the venue but yes, some venues are notoriously difficult to find frequencies and some are plagued with interference from Taxi's etc.
Money For Something
Dan Clark
United Kingdom

18th April 2014

Buy an album, get an album. Buy a ticket, get live music. What remains "owed"? Slightly comical to suggest fans' money buys an obligation to do requests. That said, only playing MFN for Land Rover might imply corporate requests carry more weight than fans'...does agreement to play specific songs command a bigger show fee, or did you suddenly redevelop a fondness for the tune which faded just as quickly? ;) http://youtu.be/ubg7l9h-oG0?t=[...] Fair point and you're right of course. I'm not sure I can add any more to this debate that hasn't already been said as I don't decide upon the set lists. (I could have sworn I banned setlist questions years ago).
SONGS
naif kara
Turkey

18th April 2014

Hello Doc, ı hope you're well. I will be happy if you share your opinion about why musicians can't write and play anymore the songs like Shine On You Crazy Diamond, If there's something, Telegraph Road, Stairway To Heaven, Bohemian Rhapsody... Even Mark write a much simple songs these days.By the way, best luck for your and Mark's new album recording process. 2013 concert was great and i hope to see you soon again in İstanbul, 2015 maybe? Best regards, Naif. There are plenty of kids who can write great stuff and play, they just rarely get the time of day from the labels anymore. It's a struggle. They're out there though.
Stéphane Brunello bis......
patrick vincent(the tennisman)
Nice

17th April 2014

Hey Guy, There has been so many incredible reactions to my last post about stéphane's new video clip -))) that i have decided, because of the overwhelming demands to post his first clip from his first solo album "Encore un jour".-))) Maybe you'll like that one.....Hope so Patrick http://www.youtube.com/watch?v[...]
new album/setlist
Allan
Abbotsford (near Vancouver)

17th April 2014

Hi Guy, I am looking forward to the new album...whenever it is released, and of course the tour and tour diary. I have been a huge DS and MK fan since 1979. I have enjoyed all of the concerts I have attended over the years, but I must admit I do miss hearing several DS classics. IMHO, a "perfect" concert by MK and the guys would feature 6-8 DS songs and perhaps 10 MK songs. Regardless of what Mark decides to play on his next tour, I will be at the Vancouver show, and I expect another excellent concert. Take care.
New album
James Q
Hampshire, England

16th April 2014

Hi Guy, I was wondering if you could give us some idea as to when the band are coming to British Grove for the new album recording sessions? And is it the normal band line up? Any guests been asked? Thanks for your time. Within days. There will of course be a diary.
Increasing Dynamic Range of recording
Sebastian Rittersma
Buitenpost Netherlands

16th April 2014

Hello Guy, I read your diaries about the recording sessions. I'm a long time fan an also an audiophile.. I wonder if it is possible to increase the dynamic range of the recordings. I find the recent recordings having to much compression to my taste. Why not give it a shot :) Best Regards Sebastian I think our recordings have plenty of dynamic range, certainly more than most records. It's a fine line as we're not in the business of making classical albums. However, I'm always in favour of more, in the right circumstances and certain songs can take it.
More fans
Ernst van de Luijtgaarden
Germany

16th April 2014

Dear Guy, I am studying in Heidelberg (Germany) for half a year. In just three weeks I made here several students fan of Marks' music. Especially they like the song 'Hill Farmer's Blues'. All the different solo's from the Privateering Tour are doing well here on youtube. Hope this song never leaves the setlist! All the best, Ernst. It's one of our favourites too.
MALTED MILK
BOUYER OLIVIER
FRANCE

16th April 2014

Hello Doc, do you know Malted Milk French Band : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v[...] Very cool.

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