Five Days High: Drug-free musician experiences Ketamine for the first time – will DC Cardwell’s next album be a psychedelic trip-out?

I’ve never talked publicly about my problems with a peculiar kind of back pain. I didn’t want to be known as “the guy with the back trouble”, as I’m actually pretty normal and if you see me I’m really pretty agile and not at all weak or dottery or ill-looking! I don’t usually walk around with a stoop or a limp and I can still lift a guitar amp if I need to. (Although I’m happy if I can get someone else to do it for me as it just might “put my back out.”) And I’m not depressed or even unhappy – not in the slightest.

But I do suffer a lot of pain, and when I stand up for a while it really gets out of control. It’s restricts my day-to-day life quite badly and there are a lot of things I can’t do because of it. I don’t, for example, do

three-hour Bruce Springsteen-style marathon sets, leaping around off monitor speakers and stuff like that. Not usually anyway.

And just so you know, I’m going into hospital tomorrow (18th Sept, 2013) for a major drug trip. It’s a Five-Day Ketamine Infusion and, well, it should be interesting, to say the least. Ketamine (AKA “Special-K”) is becoming increasingly well-known as a recreational drug, but it has been used as for medical purposes since the 1960s, as treatment for very strong pain and as a general anaesthetic on the battlefield. My pain specialist was telling me that they used it in Vietnam as one anaesthetist could look after up to a dozen patients at one time while they were undergoing surgery.

It’s my first time as an in-patient since I had kidney cancer (Wilms’ Tumour) as a small child and that freaks me out a little as I don’t generally like to be restricted or confined. Even at home I rarely sit down and watch TV for hours or anything like that. I have to be up and about and doing something. And I can’t lie down for long periods without a lot of pain. I almost never sleep through the night – I wake up many times and have to get up and walk around a bit.

My back pain is a complicated thing but it’s almost certainly a result of my childhood surgery and treatment. My pain specialist thinks I might have “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” brought on by the trauma of the surgery (“They would have cut through a lot of nerves!”, was what he said) and the radiation therapy afterwards, which was pretty coarse back in those days.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (or CRPS) is usually accompanied by weird skin changes and I don’t have that. But it’s now believed that it can happen inside the body as well as on the surface, so maybe that’s what I’ve got. Who knows what I look like in there! (Actually, I have a bit of an idea.)

This “ketamine infusion” lark is supposed to bring significant relief to up to 80% of chronic pain sufferers, so there’s a fairly good chance it will help a bit. And the risk is supposedly quite low. It’s not like ketamine coma therapy which is a bit more controversial and only carried out, as far as I know, in Mexico and Germany.

My doctor tells me I may experience hallucinations for most of the time, but that they’re usually not bad, scary hallucinations, but “good hallucinations” (Sunlit meadows covered in wildflowers? Beautiful women? The latest iPhone? Fancy pre-amps? Doughnuts?) I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get, at the very least, one Sgt Pepper out of it.

I’m also hoping that the ketamine will make me not care about the restrictions of hospitalization. If I can lie down for five days without discomfort it will be doing its job in the short term at least. I might beg them not to send me home!

Watch this space for news about how it goes. If you pray, my main request is that the treatment does indeed help me. And of course, I’d like there to be no bad side-effects. But I’m really not worried about it. It’s not like I have a life threatening illness or I’m going for some major surgery.

I don’t think I’ll be online during the procedure but to tell you the truth, I’m not sure exactly how spaced out I will be. And I’m told that my vision will be seriously impaired after the first 24 hours or so. I probably won’t be allowed, or able, to go online at all. Or who knows, I might be fairly alert and normal and able to use my phone or laptop to communicate with the outside world, like Marjorie did after her brain surgery last year. If it’s somewhere in between, you might see some very strange posts on Facebook and Twitter over the next five days, so just disregard them. The doctor said that a patient once escaped and was found walking down the road with no clothes on. If you see me, please take me back to the hospital.

~ DC Cardwell, 17th September, 2013

 

MUSIC AT THE MISSION: DC Cardwell & Victor Stranges live in Melbourne Docklands 22nd Mar 2013


♦MUSIC AT THE MISSION♦

Presented by Global Onslaught

Victor Stranges & DC Cardwell performed at the launch of this cozy & cool new venue in the Docklands heartland of Melbourne. The (mainly) acoustic show was performed in an intimate courtyard within the historic building, Mission To Seafarers, located in Flinders Street, Melbourne. The evening was presented by Global Onslaught and was the first night of a series of Music At The Mission shows.

Victor & DC performed their own songs to an enthusiastic audience, and also threw in a few covers, accompanied by Joel Cardwell on bass & guitar and Samuel Cardwell on bass & lap steel guitar. Up-and-coming Melbourne singer-songwriter Andrea Kocevska also performed some of her original songs with DC on guitar.

(Thanks to Mondo Quinn for most of these photos.)

Here’s a video of me (DC) singing “Know Me” at the gig, accompanied by Samuel on bass and Joel on guitar. We’d intended having the boys the other way round so Joel was a bit taken by surprise having to play a lead solo on it, but I think he came out of it with his reputation intact! (Thanks to Rod Neason for the clip.)

After the show, I asked someone about the mysterious dome that can be seen down the other end of the building (see the photo at the bottom of this page). I was led down to it and instructed to take my guitar too. Apparently it was a “personal experience” and no one would tell me what was special about it! It turned out that the acoustics are rather astounding. When you stand in the centre and try to speak, there is so much echo that you can’t make out what you’re saying and it’s almost impossible to say a whole sentence, never mind have a conversation! There’s an echo, slightly longer than a “slapback”, that actually seems louder than the original sound you make. When I played guitar, though, it sounded rather beautiful the way the sound bounced around, and I quite happily played it for a while. Then I was asked to sing The Beatles’ Blackbird, and I found it was a little easier to sing than speak. I wouldn’t say it was ideal acoustics for listening, but it was fascinating. Here’s a video that Rod Neason shot of me. Thanks to Jennifer Wallace for the impromptu harmonies!

Victor: www.victorstranges.com
DC: www.dccardwell.com
Andrea: www.reverbnation.com/andreakocevska
Global Onslaught: www.globalonslaught.com


Mission To Seafarers-Docklands-Melbourne
Mission To Seafarers, Melbourne Docklands
The dome is pretty cool, too!

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Richard Briers (1934 – 2013) / Bob Godfrey (1921 – 2013)

I was saddened to hear that the very wonderful Richard Briers passed away on 17th February 2013.

This is him in one of his greatest roles, as Roobarb The Dog:

I guess it’s a toss-up between that or his perfectly-cast role as Tom Good in The Good Life (AKA “Good Neighbours”). I loved both shows when they were first shown in the 70s (and ever since), but I’d have to say that Roobarb & Custard has had the most direct influence on my own philosophy, musical development and way of life.

I first came across Roobarb & Custard and its maker Bob Godfrey on the brilliant “Do It Yourself Film And Animation Show”, a TV series about, well, making animations. I was never actually going to do any of this because I never had a camera of any kind at that age and couldn’t even conceive of getting one. In the intervening years I’ve slowly forgotten how compelling and entertaining this series was, but I’ve just found episodes on Youtube and I’ve fallen in love with it all over again! You don’t have to be an actual or potential animator to enjoy it – there’s plenty of humour along with really illuminating insights into the world of animation and even film-making in general.

And, hey –  now I have more than enough technology to make animations – cameras, computers, lights! Even pencils and pens… if I can find them.

Pity I can’t draw.

Rather strangely, I wrote this blog on 22nd February 2013 and felt a little silly for including Bob Godfrey in what was supposed to be a tribute to Richard Briers. I even checked Wikipedia to see if Mr. Godfrey was still alive and found that it said he was. But today (23rd Feb) I was looking at the Facebook page for Roobarb and discovered that he had also died – on 21st February, just four days after Briers. A strange coincidence and very sad to hear.

So I’m now editing this post slightly to reflect the fact that it really has become a double obituary to both of these great men.

The Good Life, with Briers cast as the “back-to-nature” suburbanite Tom Good alongside his (usually) equal-partner, wife Barbara (played by Felicity Kendal) may seem very gentle to young modern people and hipsters, but it really did deserve its massive popularity and acclaim. It was one of those “perfect” sitcoms, like Dad’s Army or Fawlty Towers where each cast member is flawless in their role and there’s not a flat joke or wasted beat.

 

After a lengthy TV career, Briers also appeared in a number of Kenneth Branagh‘s stage and film adaptations of Shakespeare.

Not surprisingly, for anyone familiar with his roles, Briers appears to have been unfailingly likeable in real life. According to critic Michael Coveney, writing in The Guardian, Briers was “always the most modest and self-deprecating of actors, and the sweetest of men… Although he excelled in the plays of Alan Ayckbourn, and became a national figure in his television sitcoms of the 1970s and 80s, notably The Good Life, he could mine hidden depths on stage, giving notable performances in Ibsen, Chekhov and, for Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance company, Shakespeare.”

Richard Briers as Tom Good from the Good Life
Richard Briers as Tom Good from the Good Life

Merry Christmas! Plus new videos!

Thanks for your support throughout 2012 and if you only found time to open and read one email from us, we really appreciate it!

It’s been an interesting year for us, with DC finally giving up his day-job 100% and Marjorie being diagnosed with a brain tumour

That experience precipitated Marjorie’s very swiftly conceived and realised album,

And both our “boys”, Joel & Samuel, (whom you will know from some of our recordings and videos) graduated from university just recently. Samuel received his BA from the University Of Melbourne, and Joel passed his law degree at Monash University to add to the BA that he already has! They’re clever boys and we’re very proud of them, needless to say. Although we’re slightly worried that they’ll end up in academic careers or high-powered legal jobs when we’d prefer that they carry on the family tradition of being ROCK STARS. Haha.

We’d also like to share two new recordings with you: The first is DC’s cover of the famous, and very moving Christmas carol, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” which he just finished yesterday. Actually, Samuel did half of the work – he plays bass and drums and also the amazing guitar solo. The aim was to make it sound like The Byrds and whether or not that was successful overall, Samuel’s solo is a dead ringer for Roger McGuinn!

There’s an interesting and touching story behind this song, the words of which were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the American Civil War. The story is related in this video, along with the complete lyrics to the song.

Please download it for free from Bandcamp by clicking HERE so that you can add it to your Christmas Music collection! But you can also watch (and share) this video which includes the very moving story behind the song.

dc cardwell - i heard the bells on christmas day (with lyrics - in the style of the byrds)

The other song we’d like to share an old standard that Marjorie has covered for an upcoming Rick Nelson tribute album. It’s called Stars Fell On Alabama and it was written by Mitchell Parish and Frank Perkins in 1934. It’s previously been covered by many artists including Lee Wiley, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong; John Coltrane; Jack Teagarden; Jimmy Buffett; Billie Holiday; Anita O’Day; Dean Martin; Kay Starr; Frank Sinatra; Doris Day; Frankie Laine; Erroll Garner; Don Rondo; Kate Smith; Mel Torme; Renee Olstead; Ricky Nelson; Stan Getz; Ben Webster; Ralph Marterie and Cannonball Adderley.

Marjorie also made this quaint and amusing video using a very famous old (VERY old) film called A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune), a 1902 French black-and-white silent science fiction film directed by Georges Méliès.

marjorie cardwell - stars fell on alabama (from legacy: a tribute to rick nelson)

Have a very safe, joyous & peaceful Christmas with your family and friends, and may you have a very blessed New Year!

~ Marjorie & DC xo

Crowded House are the reason we’re in Australia

 

If it weren’t for Crowded House we wouldn’t be living in Australia. Kinda. Sorta. Pretty much.

Marjorie and I came to the band late, not long before Together Alone came out, when I picked up Woodface somewhere on CD and we instantly realised that tracks such as It’s Only Natural and Fall At Your Feet were a kind of music we’d been yearning for but had never really managed to find except in our own heads. We lived in Vancouver, Canada at the time and when we moved there in 1988 from Northern Ireland we were simultaneously perturbed by the prevailing poodle bands on the charts and heartened by the fact that every time we turned on CFMI classic rock radio while driving we heard the likes of Steely Dan, Van Morrison and other artists who seemed forgotten back home, swept away by the punk that we ourselves had loved and followed.

We were both “pop music literate” and knew that Neil had been in Split Enz. We loved I Got You when it was a hit in the UK. I’d heard Better Be Home Soon in the car on this “classic rock radio” which seemed unique to the New World, and been struck by its Beatlesque qualities. And we both knew Don’t Dream It’s Over, of course, and had admired it vaguely from a distance. And I recalled seeing them once on the MTV VMA awards (see video) and being astounded that they seemed to be a real band, playing real instruments and singing a real song. With a Hammond organ! In the 80s! Ever since then I’d made a mental note to buy one of their albums, but it simply didn’t happen until I picked up Woodface at a bargain price in 1993.

Live in Canada

Sadly, drummer Paul Hester had quit the band just two weeks before we first saw them in Vancouver and Seattle, but they were still a revelation live, a band who played smart, concise pop songs in the spirit of the “jam bands” – they never played a song the same way twice and you never knew what was going to happen at any moment. Neil Finn was edgy in the sense that at any moment he felt the freedom to do whichever option popped into his head, whether it was to morph into a random cover, play an extended free-form guitar solo, swap instruments with the drummer, write a song on the spot based on the support band’s setlist, have the band jam along to a demo CD that an aspiring musician threw onto the stage…

Crowded House backstage pass! Yeah! Wow! Cool!Crowded House backstage pass!

We managed to score backstage passes for their Seattle show. The show was great but being backstage afterwards wasn’t the most exciting of experiences. However, I guess there was a certain thrill of anticipation and the pass itself is quite nice!

I was hacking gently into the hospital computer system at my work and discovered that the network was hooked into a mysterious entity, The Internet, involving such things as “gophers”, a search engine named “Veronica” and something called “email”. Much to my surprise I found that there was an active group of Crowded House fans exchanging information, and that I was even able to set up an email account on my home computer using Vancouver’s Freenet text-based email service. Marjorie and I joined this community, known asTongue In The Mail, and in fact we’re still in it (although it’s been partly superseded by the Frenz forum, which I also use).

Trip to New Zealand

At one point in 1995 Crowded House were about to tour New Zealand and there was a vague feeling in the ranks that they might split up soon and this could be their last outing. I vividly recall saying to Marjorie, “You should

Marjorie's Ticket for the show in Palmerston North, New ZealandMarjorie’s Ticket for the show in Palmerston North, New Zealand

go and see them!” while realising that this was completely unfeasible. However, she took me at my word and three days later she was in New Zealand! She’d made arrangements to meet up with various people we’d met online, and she traipsed around after the band. Some of the people she met were close to the band and managed to get her backstage where she met, not only the Crowded House members and Tim, but Mr. and Mrs. Finn senior. This was, needless to say, quite a bit of fun. She had coffee with Mike Chunn (Split Enz bass player) and Dave Dobbyn and generally was made very welcome on the other side of the world. Even back then we felt really old and grown-up, having two children and being well settled down, so it seemed almost ridiculous that Marjorie should be on such an adventure. We’d sometimes play our own gigs at Vancouver’s rock clubs, look around and think “we’re old enough to be these people’s parents and I’m sure they think we’re like old fogies from another era!” Of course, looking back, we were only in our early 30s and nearly 20 years later we’re still running after bands and and still playing to people who now could practically be our grandchildren!

Marjorie's photo of Crowded House in New ZealandMarjorie’s photo of Crowded House in New Zealand

But that’s beside the point. Marjorie had a stopover in Melbourne on her way back to Canada. Neither of us had ever been to Australia before, but Marjorie simply fell in love with this city. Another internet friend took her round to see some of the Crowdie sites, such as Paul Hester’s café and Neil Finn’s old house where he wrote many of the Woodface songs.

When she returned to Vancouver, Marjorie simply said “We should move to Melbourne, it’s really nice!” Of course, this is easier said than done, especially when you have two small kids and an elderly mother-in-law (Marjorie’s mother) who lives with you. But we got the permanent residence visa application forms and had a look at them. We’d already emigrated once so the forms weren’t daunting in the least. We figured out that I, as a medical scientist, would have a reasonable chance of being accepted, but that if you were over 35 you had extra “points” taken off which would effectively scupper your chances of getting a visa.

Just up the road from where we lived in CanadaJust down the road from where we lived in Canada

And anyway, Vancouver is “really nice” too, to say the least! It consistently vies with Melbourne for the title of “The World’s Most Livable City” and it’s undeniably beautiful and comfortable. And we loved the Canadian people and had many close friends. So we filled out the forms but didn’t bother sending them.

However, two weeks before I turned 35, I mentioned that if we didn’t do it now we’d never get a visa. So we sent of the forms just so that we could say we’d had a go. Very shortly afterwards we got a letter saying that we’d been accepted into Australia! No interview or anything! And with that piece of paper in hand, we decided we may as well go and see what it’s like to live in Australia.

We moved in 1996, two boys and aging mother-in-law in tow (she’s still living with us 16 years later!) and have never regretted it, despite occasionally longing for real mountains, snow, the smell of cedar and the warm hospitality of Canadians… not that Australians aren’t hospitable, but they’re different.

Move to Australia

We stopped over in Auckland on our way to Australia, and were wined and dined very generously by ex-Split Enz members Paul Crowther and Mike Chunn. (We’d previously met Paul Crowther at a Mutton Birds show in Vancouver’s Railway Club when we popped in after our own gig over the road.)

One of our ENZSO ticketsOne of our ENZSO tickets

As soon as we arrived in Melbourne we heard that there was to be an ENZSO concert in the Rod Laver Arena. Exasperatingly, we couldn’t afford to go but I got a job after only two weeks and the first thing I did was buy tickets. Due to a slight misadventure we arrived slightly late and it was a very bizarre feeling to walk into a packed arena-sized venue and hear a full orchestra playing Six Months In A Leaky Boat with the audience lapping it up!

We’ve seen an amazing run of Finn-related events here in the hometown of Split Enz and Crowded House. The most memorable – sorry, unforgettable – were the warm-up shows for the Sydney Opera House Farewell To The World mega-show in which we got to see Crowded House with Paul Hester two nights in a row, up close, at the intimate Corner Hotel, thus more than making up for having missed out on seeing him with Crowded House before he quit them. It was very much a “who would have thunk?” experience for us.

We saw two more impromptu reunions of core members Finn, Seymour and Hester, one at “Hessie’s Shed” in the Espy Hotel, St Kilda and one at the TV recording of a Neil Finn solo show. And then, tragically, Paulo was gone, his life snuffed out by his own hand in this very city. But that awful incident doesn’t erase our memories of the sheer, joyful, uninhibited exuberance that he personified on stage.

Ticket for Corner Hotel warm-up show, 1996Ticket for Corner Hotel warm-up show, 1996

We got to see another Crowded House warm-up at the Corner Hotel, this time for their comeback tour. And it was surprisingly magnificent! Neither Marjorie nor I have warmed hugely to the two albums by the reunified band (save for about three great tracks on the first one which are up there with their greatest work), but the live shows have been almost as good as ever. And it’s typically admirable of Finn and Co. that they haven’t just done the get-together-and-play-the-old-hits-for-the-money-on-a-nostalgia-tour thing, but they’ve done it as a real band, written new material and simply carried on from where they left off. We may never get another Woodface, but on the other hand, perhaps we will!

~ DC Cardwell

 

NOTE: This is a quick, rough piece that I wrote as a comment on another blog, but it got too big so I posted it here instead. I may well come back to it , tidy it up and expand (or maybe contract) it later on. It’s also subject to revision by Marjorie if I’ve got some of the facts wrong!

Big Quiz Thingo by Marjorie Cardwell

I answered one of these questionnaires on Facebook…

1. WHAT IS YOUR GIVEN NAME AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
My Christian name is Marjorie which means ‘pearl’. Pretty hideous, eh?
2. DO YOU LIKE YOUR NAME?
No. I only like it when French people say it and then it almost sounds nice.
3. IF YOU COULD PICK ANY NAME IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD YOU PICK?
Ariane
4. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE YOU CRY, WHAT MOVES YOU?
Injustice, cruelty, kindness.
5. ARE YOU RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED?
right
6. STAR TREK, STAR WARS, OR FIREFLY?
Star Trek.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE FOODS?
Chips, Chocolate and Champagne.
8. DO YOU ENJOY PLAYING WITH CHILDREN?
I enjoy having a laugh with children.
9. WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU VALUE MOST IN YOUR FRIENDS?
Honesty, loyalty and fun.
10. WHAT TYPES OF HUMOR DO YOU ENJOY MOST?
The sort that incapacitates or surprises me.
11. LORD OF THE RINGS, HARRY POTTER, OR THE GOLDEN COMPASS?
The Lord Of The Rings…duh!
12. WHICH LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?
English and French. Unlike Dave I wouldn’t presume to suggest I speak any German or Latin, although I should.
13. HAVE YOU EVER INTUITIVELY KNOWN ABOUT SOMETHING BEFORE IT HAPPENED?
All the time.
14. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLOR OR COLORS?
Yellow.
15. YOUR LEAST FAVORITE COLOR OR COLORS?
poop.
16. WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Tried to beat a train by ducking through the barriers. It still makes me shiver
17. WHAT IS YOUR SILLIEST FEAR?
The word ‘tasty’.
18. YOU WOULD RATHER SWIM IN A SWIMMING POOL, LAKE, RIVER, OCEAN?
Pool.
19. FAVORITE CELEBRITY YOU’VE BEEN COMPARED TO?
No one. I’m only ever compared to embarrassing people, except for Wanda Jackson – that was cool
20. LEAST FAVORITE CELEBRITY YOU’VE BEEN COMPARED TO?
Rita McNeil
21. FAVORITE FILM: DRAMA?
Pirates of the Carribbean II
22. FAVORITE FILM: COMEDY?
Gregory’s Girl.
23. FAVORITE FILM: ACTION?
Once Upon A Time in Mexico
24. FAVORITE FILM: ROMANCE?
Indiscreet
25. FAVORITE FILM: DOCUMENTARY?
None
26. FAVORITE FILM: CHILDRENS?
Jungle Book because of Louis Prima
27. FAVORITE SOCIAL SITUATION?
bed
28. LEAST FAVORITE SOCIAL SITUATION?
Parties with people I don’t know and probably wouldn’t like if I did
29. THE CAUSE OR CAUSES THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?
The Word
30. THE CHARITY THAT YOU MOST RECENTLY DONATED TO?
Bushfire Appeal
31. STRANGEST CELEBRITY ENCOUNTER?
Tim Finn speaking gibberish to me in NZ.
32. QUALITIES YOUR FRIENDS SAY THAT THEY MOST VALUE IN YOU?
Enthusiasm
33. WHICH CULTURES INTEREST YOU MOST?
American and French
34. FAVORITE PLACES IN THE WORLD THAT YOU HAVE VISITED?
France
35. PLACES THAT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT?
France
36. IF YOU COULD TALK WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS PASSED AWAY, WHO WOULD YOU PICK?
John
37. WHAT ARE YOU IGNORING RIGHT NOW IN ORDER TO ANSWER THIS LIST?
Eastenders!
38. WHAT IS PLAYING ON THE TAPE/CD/MP3 IN YOUR CAR THESE DAYS?
Darts live in 1978
39. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Yellow
40. WHAT SKILLS WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN THAT YOU HAVEN’T YET LEARNED?
Speaking French fluently.
41. DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT?
Guitar although today I played piano for a bunch of year 7s and got away with it.
42. FAVORITE SMELLS?
David
43. FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITES?
Sitting.
44. FAVORITE LANDSCAPE AND CLIMATE?
Snow anywhere
45. HAIR COLOR?
Sort of light brown, dark blonde reddish in bits.
46. EYE COLOR?
Hazel/brown/green – it depends
47. WHAT IS THE LAST MOVIE YOU LOVED?
Slumdog Millionaire
48. ARE YOU A HUGGY PERSON?
Sometimes.
49. WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU MOST RECENTLY READ?
The Gospel of John
50. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
The Bible
51. WHAT IS THE PICTURE ON YOUR WALL CALENDAR?
Something to do with chocolate
52. FAVORITE SOUNDS?
The Beatles
53. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
The Beatles
54. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I can make children happy to be learning grammar. It’s very magical and scary.
55. DO YOU HAVE RECURRING DREAMS, OR A FAVORITE DREAM?
Levitating. Sometimes I’m convinced I actually can because I’ve done it so often in dreams.

– Marjorie

OK, OK, I’ve finally given in and DONE one of these things!

[One of those Facebook questions doing the rounds that I finally answered…]
___________________________
THE RULES: Just copy and paste and put your own answers in. The purpose of this is to get to know your friends better. Have fun! Here are the rules – post this list on your profile (in Notes) replacing my answers with yours. Tag 25 people to do the same thing. If I tagged YOU, it’s because I want to know more about YOU!

And even if I didn’t tag you… feel free to do the survey and drop me a note to let me know!

1. WHAT IS YOUR GIVEN NAME AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN? – David, which means “beloved”

2. DO YOU LIKE YOUR NAME? – Yes, except for one little problem… when I tell people here in Australia my name, they never understand what I’m saying because of my accent! They’ll reply, “How’re ya goin’ Devon?”, or “Pleased to meet you, Derek”, or, “Good morning, Divot”. And I use “DC” as my nom-de-rock because there are already several other notable David Cardwells on Google. And it really annoys me that Facebook won’t let me use the name “DC Cardwell”.

3. IF YOU COULD PICK ANY NAME IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD YOU PICK? – I once dreamt that my stage name was “Nick Shade”, which is just about as cool a name as you can imagine. But when the time came for me to actually pick a stage name, I decided it was way too cool for me.

4. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE YOU CRY, WHAT MOVES YOU? – The last time I cried was a few days after the Melbourne bushfires – I’d been numb, like a lot of people, and then one day I was reading the day’s newspaper accounts and I just burst out in tears. Not so surprising.

5. ARE YOU RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED? – Neither hand is much use for anything these days.

6. STAR TREK, STAR WARS, OR FIREFLY? – Star Trek. Watched it when I was little. I don’t mind Star Wars but it never had the same impact on me that it did on everyone else. Never seen Firefly.

7. WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE FOODS? – I’m useless at picking favourites but I like anchovies, mushrooms and Cadbury’s chocolate.

8. DO YOU ENJOY PLAYING WITH CHILDREN? – As long as they can hold down a groove.

9. WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU VALUE MOST IN YOUR FRIENDS? – Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

10. WHAT TYPES OF HUMOR DO YOU ENJOY MOST? – The funny sort.

11. LORD OF THE RINGS, HARRY POTTER, OR THE GOLDEN COMPASS? – The Lord Of The Rings is the only one I have read but I think I can safely guess that it would be my favourite anyway.

12. WHICH LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK? – Ulster, with a smidgen of French, German and Latin.

13. HAVE YOU EVER INTUITIVELY KNOWN ABOUT SOMETHING BEFORE IT HAPPENED? I knew you were going to ask that.

14. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLOR OR COLORS? – All colours deserve to be treated equally.

15. YOUR LEAST FAVORITE COLOR OR COLORS? Except maybe the colour of fried junk food.

16. WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE? – It was never going to kill me but I started to cut the end off a pencil once with an extremely sharp one-sided microtome blade, and just as my fingers started to press down on it I realised it was upside down. I still shudder at the thought.

17. WHAT IS YOUR SILLIEST FEAR? – Spiders.

18. YOU WOULD RATHER SWIM IN A SWIMMING POOL, LAKE, RIVER, OCEAN? The ocean. The thought of swimming in (most) lakes and (all) rivers disturbs me.

19. FAVORITE CELEBRITY YOU’VE BEEN COMPARED TO? – Paul McCartney is the most common one. And he’ll do.

20. LEAST FAVORITE CELEBRITY YOU’VE BEEN COMPARED TO? – Pierluigi Collina.

21. FAVORITE FILM: DRAMA? – Skip Tracer.

22. FAVORITE FILM: COMEDY? – Gregory’s Girl.

23. FAVORITE FILM: ACTION? – I prefer films with no action.

24. FAVORITE FILM: ROMANCE? – Un Chien Andalou

25. FAVORITE FILM: DOCUMENTARY? Wayne’s World

26. FAVORITE FILM: CHILDRENS? – That animated Robin Hood one with Roger Miller

27. FAVORITE SOCIAL SITUATION? – A pub with a single good friend.

28. LEAST FAVORITE SOCIAL SITUATION? – Anywhere with lots of people and music that is not worth listening to but too loud to speak over.

29. THE CAUSE OR CAUSES THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU? – Helping widows and orphans.

30. THE CHARITY THAT YOU MOST RECENTLY DONATED TO? – The Cliff Richard Restoration Fund

31. STRANGEST CELEBRITY ENCOUNTER? – Larry Norman with sparkly beret dancing in the disco at a hotel in Lurgan.

32. QUALITIES YOUR FRIENDS SAY THAT THEY MOST VALUE IN YOU? – I’ve been told a number of times that I have a calming influence in the workplace.

33. WHICH CULTURES INTEREST YOU MOST? – American

34. FAVORITE PLACES IN THE WORLD THAT YOU HAVE VISITED? – Marysville before it was destroyed by fire.

35. PLACES THAT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT? – Places that I haven’t been to already? Southern USA, Russia, The Holy Land.

36. IF YOU COULD TALK WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS PASSED AWAY, WHO WOULD YOU PICK? – Adam.

37. WHAT ARE YOU IGNORING RIGHT NOW IN ORDER TO ANSWER THIS LIST? Recording music.

38. WHAT IS PLAYING ON THE TAPE/CD/MP3 IN YOUR CAR THESE DAYS? “Mental Notes” by Split Enz

39. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? This is just getting silly.

40. WHAT SKILLS WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN THAT YOU HAVEN’T YET LEARNED? – Memorizing lyrics.

41. DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT? Guitar and bass, mainly, but I also have a go at piano, drums and a few other things – whatever it takes to record my songs.

42. FAVORITE SMELLS? – Apart from food and drink… I like some smells that other people hate, like ammonia, mothballs and hexamine. And marijuana when other people smoke it. Toy gun caps. Matches.

43. FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITES? – Walking down the street.

44. FAVORITE LANDSCAPE AND CLIMATE? A clear, dark frosty winter’s night in Northern Ireland with the smell of coal fires in the air.

45. HAIR COLOR? Greyer than before.

46. EYE COLOR? Slate grey with a greenish tinge. Although they look penetratingly blue in that profile photo I’m using right now.

47. WHAT IS THE LAST MOVIE YOU LOVED? Ghost Town.

48. ARE YOU A HUGGY PERSON? I would be if people didn’t run away screaming.

49. WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU MOST RECENTLY READ? – I’m currently doing my duty and reading Outliers.

50. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? – The Bible, G.K. Chesterton, Dickens, How To Lie With Statistics, P.G. Wodehouse, ‘The Expert Encyclopedia Of Recording’ by Rick Clark, Solzhenitsyn… there are more in my “info” tab.

51. WHAT IS THE PICTURE ON YOUR WALL CALENDAR? Don’t have one. The wallpaper on my computer is a photo that a Facebook friend took of Led Zeppelin in Iceland in 1970 that I did a little bit of restorative work on this morning.

52. FAVORITE SOUNDS? – The Beatles

53. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? – The Beatles

54. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? – I cut extremely good frozen sections of human tissue.

55. DO YOU HAVE RECURRING DREAMS, OR A FAVORITE DREAM? Seeing aeroplanes crashing, or spacecraft or missiles flying or crashing or exploding.