I’d put it off on Friday, the deadline was first-thing Monday morning and it was a really boring  job brief; a proofread on a school prospectus brochure. I regretted it on Sunday, but got stuck in and went at it hard. Round midway through, I took a break, got myself a glass of wine and went into the garden for a cigarette.

My husband gave me the fright of my life by bursting through the garden door; he was meant to be out Christmas shopping with the Bunn, but he’d just dashed back to give me a surprise; the new Santana CD.

And what a surprise it is! Santana has teamed up with a host of singers and done 12 versions of classic guitar greats. Here’s what we have”

Whole lotta love (with Chris Cornell)

Can’t you hear me knocking (with Scott Weiland)

Sunshine of your love (with Rob Thomas)

While my guitar gently weeps (with India Aria and Yo Yo Ma)

Photograph (with Chris Daughtry)

Back in black (with NAS)

Riders on the storm (with Chester Bennington & Ray Manzarek) *

Smoke on the water (with Jacoby Shaddix)**

Dance the night away (with Pat Monahan)

Bang a gong (with Gavin Rossdale)

Little wing (with Joe Cocker)

I ain’t superstitious (with Johnny Lang)

* That Chester Bennington lad has a lot of tattoos; looks like he’s been slapped with a wet comic.

** Smoke on the water made me remember this story:

She was in the lounge, playing her guitar and Old Spouse started to sing along to the song she was playing. We all came down the mountain…

She stopped.

OB: No Dad, it’s Montreux, not mountain.

OS: Really?

OB: Yes, it’s about something that really happened. Deep Purple were going to record an album, but the studio burned down the night before during a Frank Zappa concert.

OS: Hell, where do you come from?

She’s just growing up too quickly.

From Wikipedia, here’s what really happened:
The lyrics of the song tell a true story: on 4 December 1971 Deep Purple had set up camp in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio (rented from the Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio – referred to as the “Rolling truck Stones thing” and “the mobile” in the song lyrics) at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino (referred to as “the gambling house” in the song lyric). On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino’s theatre. During the gig, a fire broke out. In the middle of Don Preston’s synthesizer solo on “King Kong”, the place suddenly caught fire. Somebody in the audience had fired a flare gun into the ceiling, at which point the rattan covering started to burn, as mentioned in the “some stupid with a flare gun” line. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers’ equipment. The “smoke on the water” that became the title of the song (credited to bass guitarist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later) referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake. The “Funky Claude” running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire.
We all came out to Montereax,
On the Lake Geneva shoreline.
To make records with a mobile,
We didn’t have much time.
But Frank Zappa and the Mothers,
Were at the best place around,
But some stupid with a flare gun,
Burned the place to the ground.
Smoke on the water and fire in the sky.
Smoke on the water…



  1. Hey, I want that Oxford Dictionary for Writers! I gotta find it somewhere! I’ll try on Amazon… (sorry, I saw it in the picture and fell in love with it! I love anything dealing with language and writing… :P)

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