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A cur% I'd never heard A CURB FOR GRAVITY 47 before and have never heard since. He was arrogant and pretentious, but he was a c:haracter, and he tau&t me a lot of percussion tecknigue, and 1 appreciatt:d him on both counts. In fact, I was the whole perassion section. m s gave me an idea, With a bit of pl I could actudy play most of the percussion parts myself. I arranged the battery around me so that, with an o6:casional dramatic lunge, I could reach eveqhing, and I laid out all the charts across three music stands.
The place was unnervingly quiet, a silent graveyard of toilets, washbasins, and coffinesque tubs. Once or twice a day, someone would corne in and ask the price of something, 1 would look it up in a catalog, and i:hey would thank me and leave. The woman I worked with told me to look busy. " "aid. "' said the woman. The boss was a thuggish, piggy-eyed man with gseasy Mack hair. Most of the hair was held in place by Bylcreern; a few strands escaped to hang over a flushed and bloated face. He looked as though his head had been boiled.
18veheard music I &dn"t even like, and yet one element has stuck in my mind, and been gradually transformed into an ingredient of something new You'd never h a w where it came horn, and I'm not telling. it may not even remember. And so, since I'd never really known what "my" music was, I began to t h e that it could be whatever X wanted it to be, even if it was Sibelius one day and Miles Davis the next. During my first year as resident of a building site in Gosport, I also went into my first pub.