Niall (malenfant) wrote,

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Ghosts On Every Street Corner

Tonight was the night of meeting people from my past.

It was just a quiet night in town with Gary and Toby, but I kept running into people I knew years ago. There was Rachel, the girl from secondary school that everyone was in love with. She did english and drama and bohemian-cool. Sometimes people look completely different when you see them after several years, but she looked just the same. Conversation was strictly limited to banal pleasantries; it's not like we'd been friends, or anything, but you feel obliged to say something when you just bump into someone like that.

Then there was Sarah. I didn't recognise her, she recognised me: We were at primary school together. I had only the vaguest recollections, but she reeled off teachers and anecdotes that rang bells in my head, and we ended up having a long, involved conversation. She's moving to Spain to be a beautician, apparently, and has been going out with a guy who looks astoundingly like Bill and Ted-era Keanu Reeves for the past seven years. I liked her. She was fun.

Then there was the guy in the kebab shop. I don't know his name, but I recognised his face: I know he used to bowl in the same league I did. Every saturday morning for three years, you'd think I'd remember his name, but apparently not. It was a slightly awkward exchange.

All of which made for a quite interesting night. The final surrealist touch was the two guys playing big tribal-type drums (drums, drums in the street...) on the high street at 11pm, studiously ignored by the drunks ambling about (although there are older and fouler things than drunks in the dark places of Maidenhead...)

Sometime in the past few years, I started thinking of Oxford as home; Maidenhead was just somewhere I came back to visit now and then. Well, I've been back here for about eight months, now, and when I have an evening like this, it reminds me - this town may not be my home any more, but I still have a lot of history here, lying around in the corners.
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Matthew Jay
Oct 10 1978 - September 24 2003 R.I.P.

15 July 2004 - is happy to announce that the second album is now almost ready for release. The album, entitled MATTHEW JAY '...too soon,' will be available in August from selected online retailers (details to follow).

The album will serve both as an introduction to Matthew's music for new fans, and provide copies of early and rare recordings for those fans already bitten by the Jay 'bug'.

Due to popular demand, it has been decided that this album of rarities should precede the release of new material, as many of the early songs are still missing from the collections of fans around the world, especially in countries outside the UK. Therefore, Matthew's family have gathered together a specially selected collection of the songs that are harder to find, such as tracks from the EPs, and single flipsides. Together, these tracks form a great album.

Mattthew Jay '....too soon'. will have a limited release with retail entirely online. Proceeds from the sales of '...too soon' will hopefully fund production of a third album, featuring the exquisite recordings made shortly prior to Matthew's passing. So spread the word: the more albums that are sold, the sooner we all get to hear those wonderful songs!

MATTHEW JAY '...too soon,'
The track listing for the album is as follows:

Heading Out
Body and Eyes
I Hope She's Alright
Drawing Circles
You're Not Here
Four Minute Rebellion (Original Demo)
Please Don't Send Me Away (Bent Remix)
Drawing Circles (Fug Remix)