I’ve had a tough tough, rough, lumpy and bumpy day.
Not the commute part (either end), because I’m lucky to have a brand spanking new car to do the trip in, and I’m still learning how to use all the onboard toys.
No, not because of the commutage.
It was the actual day itself.
There was the sleepless bit around 2.45am.
There were the hurt words and acrimoniousness (yep, that’s a proper word and everything) that just fall between two people who have had a seriously painful discussion, hurt words that arrived before getting in to bed and went right through to leaving the house.
Then there was the actual day at work itself.
It was a full-on day of the busy.
And then home, where I’ve been rendering and re-rendering a film I’ve edited, in to a variety of video formats; looking for the right screen resolution for the screen that it will be featured on tomorrow evening.
And, to sprinkle a little edgy toughness on top, it’s been a Monday.
With all the extra tiredness and worn-outness that a typical Monday brings, after a weekend of being a different kind of busy.
I just want to pull on my favourite ear-muff headphones, and shut the world out, and lose myself in a visually-negative world, where the warm embrace of music wraps me up, and tells me that everything is going to be alright in a few minutes.
I can play (really badly) the rhythm guitar parts of most of Pink Floyd’s back-catalogue.
I generally lack the creative imagination to do my own thing with the work of Wright, Waters, Gilmour, and Mason.
Besides, why would I want to muck about with something that’s too good to muck about with?
But there is a song that I can play; a song that I put my own distinctive style on.
I play it on my Gibson SG.
I run the guitar through my Thunderbird amp, where I introduce some reverb, some echo, and quite a lot of co-channel distortion.
I slow the tempo – keeping it in 4/4 time, but slowing the tempo by almost 1/3rd.
Fuzzed up, slowed down, and with a huge amount of reverb and quite a lot of distortion, my version of ‘Knights In White Satin’ is fun to play (even if it isn’t quite as much fun for anyone else to listen to).