No Music Day 2020, was marked and celebrated in two European locations.
One was in The Republic of Užupis, where Gleb Divov, the Minister for Culture and Innovations, positioned posters around the Republic to announce their marking of No Music Day. These posters were in both English and Lithuanian. Lithuanian being the mother tongue of those living in The Republic of Užupis.
No Music Day 2021 is to be marked by The Republic of Užupis building international bridges.
Scharmien Zandi staging her Silent Opera.
Further information about The Repulic of Užupis building international bridges and the staging of Schamrmien Zandi’s Silent Opera will be made known via the Penkiln Burn site in the early days of November 2021.
A MUSIC FREE LIFE
November 17, 2020
On each 21st of November for five years between 2005 and 2009, Bill Drummond promoted and celebrated No Music Day. After that he let it lie. But he did not switch off the No Music Day website, he had decided that should remain as a museum piece.
Since 21st of November 2009 and early in November 2020, he did not think about No Music Day once. Then he received an email from someone in Vienna, who announced to him that they were going to be celebrating No Music Day this coming 21st of November.
Bill Drummond no longer marks No Music Day, he has in his private world
established a music free life.
To document this fact Tenzing Scott Brown has written one of his Forty Second Plays. It is entitled A Music Free Life. It features two characters. They are Music and the other is Bill. This is it:
A Music Free Life?
do you attend Music Lovers Anonymous?
start, I caught you listening to Gram Parsons on your Spotify app only last
night, when you thought no one was in the house.
but’ nothing. I know you listen to more music now than ever.
but that is because everywhere I go there is a Spotify Play List playing. And…
is a good thing.
the world a better place – something to be applauded.
exists to make you do things you don’t want to do.
to make you do things that you didn’t know you wanted to do.
get the kettle on.
And that is the end of that
particular Forty Second Play by Tenzing Scott Brown. For further research
explore the question ‘What is Music for?’
Find out which way Scharmien Zandie is celebrating No Music Day this coming 21st of November in a world riddled with the global pandemic of social media. A pandemic that did not exist back in 2005. And one we as yet have not found a vaccine for.
RAGWORT WEEK 2020
October 11, 2020
Week 2020 is being held between Monday the 12th and Sunday the 18th
To mark Ragwort Week 2020 the very short film The Great North Road Ragworts has been made:
As with the previous eight Ragwort Weeks, 100 copies of the book RAGWORTS by Bill Drummond are being made available from Alimentation. Click HERE to buy. Or at least know more.
October 8, 2020
is the name of a Forty Second Play by Tenzing Scott Brown.
SOFA was written in response to Bill Drummond being invited onto the Thursday afternoon show on BBC 6 Music, to discuss the film BEST BEFORE DEATH.
SOFA was written while Tenzing Scott Brown sat on the sofa in The Best Gent Hair Saloon on Albion Parade, N16.
Bill Drummond performed a version of the play, but the version lasted over nine minutes, much longer than the forty seconds as proclaimed, thus way too long to be broadcast on a music radio station.
Listen to SOFA as performed by Bill Drummond:
Duane, the director of BEST BEFORE DEATH was interviewed by Matt Everett for
the said Thursday afternoon show for BBC 6 Music.
To know more about or buy a copy of the blu-ray version of BEST BEFORE DEATH click HERE.
October 7, 2020
Below is the Post Script to the play FORGIVE ME NOT by Tenzing Scott Brown.
manuscript to this play was first made public via the Twitter feed of Rob
Manuel. But without a Post Script.
To read FORGIVE ME NOT on Rob Manuel’s Twitter feed click HERE.
To read the missing Post Script read on:
is now two days since I typed up the above Forty Second Play and hit send on it
to Rob Manuel. He has already pushed it
out there to begin its life in the world. But re-reading it now there are a
couple of points that I feel the need to clarify – they are:
don’t think the Presbyterian outlook on the Universe, to be better than any
other outlook, and I’m aware that as an outlook it has brought much friction
into the affairs of mankind. It was just the one that my childhood was drenched
Also I am one of those Guardian readers, whose only experience of the confession box is what is presented to us in certain films. And it was the Young Man who stated that the confession box was used as a “cliché” in a certain strand of American films. This was prompted by me (the Old Man) asking him, if he thought confession box scenes were a trope? He explained that trope was the wrong word but these clichéd scenes were used to get into the thoughts and fears of the protagonist mind, in a way that that regular dialogue would not reveal. He then gave me a number of examples where these confession box scenes had been used in films he had watched.
THE NEW RIVER FOUR
September 29, 2020
times Bill Drummond is asked to pass comment.
times Bill Drummond responds to being asked to pass comment by instigating one
of his other selves to write a Forty Second Play.
of these other selves takes the name Tenzing Scott Brown.
Four of these Forty Second Plays were written at the corner table of the New River Café, N16.
They were written over a period of four days in early September 2020.
March 2020, Bill Drummond wrote a Forty Second Play, entitled Questions, Questions, Questions.
Questions, Questions, Questions was written as the
introduction for a book entitled questions.
questions was written by Andrew Shaw.
questions was published by The Silent Academy in Port Townsend, Jefferson County in the state of Washington, USA. For further information about questions or to order online click HERE.
THE GLORIFIED WALKING STICK
September 29, 2020
The Glorified Walking Stick is a forty second play by
The Glorified Walking Stick is set on a blue skied
Monday morning sometime between the spring of 1968 and the autumn of 2020.
The Glorified Walking Stick features two characters, Tenzing
Scott Brown and Kristina Bruuk.
Scott Brown is one of Bill Drummond’s other selves trying to break free.
Bruuk is an imagined poet and artist. She has been imagined by several
generations of loner women scattered across Europe.
Bruuk is originally from Helsinki in Finland.
of these loner women are unaware that there are other loner women imagining
Bruuk and Tenzing Scott Brown have been friends over several decades and
various continents. But they have never been lovers.
Bruuk once recorded an album of her own songs. It was titled Between Heaven & Helsinki. The
record company never released it.
say that Kristina Bruuk ended her life with an overdose of heroin. Others think
she is now an aged lady living out her life in a two-roomed apartment in
for the purposes of this play, she is of an uncertain age and is walking down a
tree-lined boulevard in Paris, taking in what the day has to offer. And
wondering why she burnt the hand written memoir she had spent the past seven
for Tenzing Scott Brown, he is sitting at one of the outside tables of a street
café, taking the last sip from his second café-au-lait of the morning. There is
a white plate on the table. On the plate is a scattering of crumbs. The crumbs
are those of a fresh croissant that Tenzing has just eaten. As usual he had
spread the freshly baked croissant with Normandy butter and blackcurrant jam. This
is what he has every morning, at the same table, at the same café, on the same
street, in the same French city. Or has done since…
are some pigeons on the ground close by, hoping for these crumbs to fall to the
ground. There is a lone crow flying across the Parisian sky, surveying the
scene. Tenzing is also imagining a lone red balloon drifting across the same
Parisian sky – but there isn’t. He imagines this most mornings.
his hand Tenzing is holding a copy of Should
We Meet At The Crossroads, Keep Walking by someone calling himself The Perambulator.
It had arrived in the post earlier this morning, it was addressed to him
personally. There was no covering note inside the package – thus no explanation
why this book had been sent to him. The postage stamps on the package were
Finnish, the postmark said Helsinki.
Scott Brown has been reading it without a break for over two hours at his table
at this street café in Paris. He is captivated by the words, the flow, the
atmosphere. It’s as if the book had been written for him. He had just read the
last sentence of page 211, the one that reads “I catch Rena’s eye and look down
to my feet” when he stops to look up at the sky to see if there might be a red
balloon floating across it – there isn’t.
he sees Kristina Bruuk approaching.
Bruuk is always approaching even when she is almost disappearing.
is where the actual Forty Second Play begins.
Tenzing, what are you reading?
Tenzing Scott Brown:
think it is a novel, but maybe a memoir.
to tell these days.
in Helsinki and it seems to feature you.
sits down on one of the chairs across the table from Tenzing Scott Brown
all feature me, even when they don’t know it.
Tenzing Scott Brown:
Tenzing Scott Brown:
like any great book set in Helsinki should be.
the walking stick?
is referring to the hazel walking stick with the honeysuckle spiral, leaning
against the table.
Tenzing Scott Brown:
is my version of The Glorified Walking Stick.
that supposed to mean something?
Tenzing Scott Brown:
you read the book…
any news on the release of your Between
Heaven & Helsinki album.
until after I am dead.
that is the official end of this Forty Second Play called The Glorified Walking Stick, Kristina Bruuk orders a café-au-lait
from an unseen waiter
up the copy of Should We Meet At The
Crossroads, Keep Walking
through the pages
up the glorified walking stick
its honeysuckle spiral.
while this is happening we the audience – whoever and wherever we are – hear Pleasant Valley Sunday as performed and
recorded by Kristina Bruuk playing on a Spotify playlist for the lost and the
Should We Meet At The Crossroads, Keep Walking by The Perambulator is to be published by Hesterglock Press in late 2020.
Between Heaven & Helsinki by Kristina Bruuk was recorded in Helsinki in 1997 for Kalevala Recordings, it might never be released.