The night began for us tossing cards into a pile in the middle of the table.
‘Bull shit! You’ve put down six seven’s already!’
Everyone’s easy. The sails are risen, the deck is clean and the waters are still and calm. We kick the boat from the harbour and direct it towards the path of the tempest. Steady as she goes.
Familiar faces, friends old and new and potential acquaintances grinning with drink fill the audience as ‘Our Mutual Friend’ begin their set. We have had the pleasure of playing with them once before and I am glad they could make it. It’s like they have been thrown into the future from some forgotten decade, where style and wit reigned. They play with cool groove, entirely masterful. Not even a renegade cuff-link could stop them. According to lead singer and guitarist Jack Goodall he had been warned that Rock n’ Roll and Cuff-Links do not mix; but Jack my friend sometimes you have to take these risks to look dapper!
‘Our Mutual Friend’ hand the night over to us and we cut into new tracks and new arrangements we had been saving for tonight. Anna from Anushka joins us on stage once more for the last four tracks. It seems as though she has become quite a permanent fixture at our gigs recently and it is an honour to have her in the Midnight Bonfires family. The world feels vibrant and young as two lads skank it at the front to ‘Misbehave’.
Our set ends but the music always continues while JAM HOTT DJ Ben Dunn is around. With his eclectic range of Soul, Funk, Electro, Reggae, Drum & Bass, Mash ups and more the night continues till 2am when the lights rise.
But the party doesn’t end there as we all head back to Anna’s to celebrate her birthday. The sort of night ensues where leaving at 5am is considered early…
The next day as I bathe and doze I have a vision of a sallow grey beach, an extinguished fire, a creeping cold and a limbless radioactive child. Dark days are looming over the ocean. May the Almighty Comedian spare the good humoured, as we are too busy laughing to save ourselves.