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Some obscure, discreet but related thoughts about rain, fever, Decay Music, Michael Nyman, Brian Eno, Bifo Berardi, summer, sun, wisdom and ageing—oh, and just a few photos of Fleam Dyke and Fulbourn Fen to boot

I find myself stuck inside today, not just because it is raining but because I’m recovering from the tail-end of an unexpected fever which made conducting yesterday’s Sunday services, shall we say, less than pleasant. However, into every life a little rain may fall and fever descend and these moments are often not without their own creative and ultimately pleasurable benefits.

In this case these benefits came as I spent this morning rediscovering some recordings of music made available to us in the mid-1970s by Brian Eno on his influential, if short-lived, “Obscure Music” record label. The ten LPs the label released contain a few pieces that were really important to me in my teenage years, most notably, Gavin Bryars’ “Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet”, John Adams’ “American Standard”, Michael Nyman’s “Decay Music” and Eno’s own “Discreet Music.” I was able to listen to them again (my LPs and/or cassette recordings of these having long been lost in house-moves or thanks to infelic…

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