LOVE AND DEATH IN PARIS
I will be in Paris on Valentine’s Eve – playing with the The Real Tuesday Weld at Le Comedy Club . I am looking forward to it especially as we have already released a live album ‘recorded in London on Valentine’s Eve 2012, the last night before the apocalypse’ This album was beamed back to us in a dream. Assuming the dream was metaphorical, as many are, that the Mayans or whoever it was got it wrong and that we are still all here on the 14th, I intend to spend Valentine’s day in the City of Love at Pere Lachaise – which is of course in fact a rather wonderful City of the Dead.
I’ve always associated love, death and dreams together. I guess true love is a kind of dying (une petit morte as it were) to one’s ego and hence something to be both feared and desired in equal measure. To paraphrase Mark Twain: I have always loved life so I hope I shall love death. That is one of the reasons we made Catherine Anyango’s artwork for the aforesaid album as a real life blank Last Will and Testament form. You can complete this for the benefit of your loved ones if you haven’t done one already (most of us, unable to contemplate the idea of our demise, have not).
Personally I find spending time thinking about my own inevitable end a useful prompt to love my friends and foes rather better.