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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, August 31, 2004
    Freedom bound
     
    My anticipated highlight of Greenbelt proved so - it was good to share the twisted brilliance of The Handsome Family with friends who'd not until then heard them. It was great entertainment seeing Brett and Rennie interacting on stage, hearing her carefully crafted crooked monologues between songs, watching her flickering eyes: the rest of the weekend I could not cease from singing "There will be power in the blood when that helicopter comes". But they were virtually the first act on at the festival so the rest paled by comparison.

    This was a Greenbelt of missed opportunities - too late to do my Dixie poem on the Twist, somewhere else at the time Maggi wanted me to read Rosie's bible poem in her talk, too tired to take in late night sets by Rosie T and Peter Case. But it was also a Greenbelt of many good conversations, many good bacon sandwiches, bumper crowds in Soul Space, a shopping trip round jewellery stalls with my 10-year-old niece, almost taking two nuns speed dating, and the successful launch of A Year of Living Generously, about which, more blogs soon.

    Dublin tomorrow, to see PJ Harvey in concert, at last. I shall be taking with me the book the festival published in just four days - Unbound Freedom: Creative writings and reflections from Greenbelt 04. As, quietly energised, empowered, affirmed, moving in anticipation towards the next festival, another year begins.