WHAT’S IN A NAME?

My friend Pete Sollet sent me this photograph. Big deal right? But this isn’t the central east side of London, it’s the lower east side of Manhattan. I do look forward to eating there soon – but if you get chance to check it out, do let us know whether it’s worthy of the name won’t you?

Unfortunately due to circumstances rather beyond my control, I may not be in New York this summer as planned. Having been there every year for so long now, it will seem strange to miss it this time around. Until last year, I nearly always stayed with Pete and Eva and their dog Rae in their lower east side apartment (I shared with Rae). Their films: ‘Five feet high and Rising’ and ‘Raising Victor Vargas’ are kind of hymns to that particular part of the city – as of course in a way, is ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ for which they moved to LA for Pete to direct.

I was pleased to be able to contribute some music to that film which I thoroughly enjoyed. Here is the instrumental of Last Words. I don’t think it’s available any where else and, despite having being written about walking around London in a daze wondering where it all went wrong, it will now always remind me of driving around New York in a yellow taxi wondering where it all went right.