Today I was reminded afresh all over again why Johnís music was so important to me when I first discovered it.
I finally got to play Mirrorball for the first time since receiving the CD several weeks ago, this was the only opportunity Iíve had so far, a few weeks past I moved from living in the city, to living some distance outside in a village now. Itís a longer commute, but itís a better situation, and I no longer have to put up with a whole host of problems that seemed to have been part and parcel of living in a flat in the town for so much of my life. So Mirrorball has arrived at a transitional time for me, still living out of boxes, and Iíve not played any music since the move as I wanted this new album to be the thing to hear and associate with being in a new place. As I gazed out at the garden (crikey, a garden!) with the sounds of Mirrorball playing out under the changeable skies, instantly I fell in love with the album.
Last week in my misery of waiting to hear the CD, I looked at some of the personal reviews posted on Amazon, most are very favourable, one or two dismissive, but I donít care, should we care? nope! everything in this album works, yes I could say maybe its not what Iíd imagine it would turn out to be, and yet, well it actually really is. John and Robin have made something wonderful, seemingly a long time coming, and maybe to them as skilled artists its all just in a days work, a beautiful child from a beautiful partnership. If this album had come out all those years ago back in the day, well, Iíd have raved about it to all and sundry, as it is, my immediate thoughts were that it fulfilled the promise that In Mysterious Ways never quite did for me, for here is John clearly in love, in love with life, this album for me is Ďtheí true successor to The Garden.
As the music echoed around the house where I now live, I was glad Iíd waited to christen the new place with the sounds of Mirrorball, one play through so far, but Iím captivated, well done John and Robin.