I Cannes and I Did

Back on UK soil and I'm busy checking that my guitar is still functioning after being brutalised by airport baggage handlers. Nearly two weeks at the Cannes Film Festival promoting our short film and hob-knobbing with film-folk has been exhaustingly joyful. It was all a new experience for me and between the bewildering moments of red carpet glitz and being surrounded by the dazzling, electric-billboard eyes of the movie industry I met some wonderful filmmakers and have come back home with a belly full of inspiration (as well as canapes) for the next film project of my own. And meeting Michel Gondry for a brief chat at the screening of his new film was one of those miniature epiphany moments. Not in a celebrity-awestruck-giggling-moron kind of way, but in my eyes that man has done some magical things with his brain and a camera. It's always strange meeting someone who's been responsible for bringing lots of joy and imagination into your life with their work. I managed to shake his hand without squealing like a giddy four year old anyway, which was good. 

Here in the real world I am going to be getting ready for the next chunk of live shows around the country, starting with Manchester this Sunday and then through into the fast-approaching festival season. I also have the music for two films to write, and a bunch of seeds of ideas buzzing around my head for various other projects, in and outside of music. Suddenly I'm feeling there is too much to be done and so little time before death or weariness or insanity or age catches up, like Sal in Kerouac's On the Road:

"I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion."

I'll be back on this site soon to offer the next batch of my own confusion, be it musical or otherwise. I think this is actually all that any of us have to offer anyway, our own confusion, and here's hoping that it might occasionally be of some use to someone.

I'll leave you with this picture I took in Cannes. I am not good at taking pictures.


John