Cos I'd rather go fishing than run in the race.
I'm naturally lazy but what can I do I?
I was born in the wrong place, wrong time too.
Just working for money working for pay
All seems so pointless day after day.
I'm happy dreaming and it's good for my health
And only when I'm dreaming am I really myself.
Some people say its just running away
But then everyone's running somewhere,
And I still believe that the best we can do
Is to know where we are and be there.
I have written elsewhere about 'my peripheral involvement' with the Canterbury Scene, "a term used to loosely describe the group of progressive rock, avant-garde and jazz musicians, many of whom were based around the city of Canterbury, Kent, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s."
Only two of these musicians, Robert Wyatt and Dave Stewart (not the Eurythmics one), have had hits, in terms of chart success, yet Kevin Ayres could have if only ….
He had the looks ….
Kevin was the musician I've felt most in tune with, but not so much for his music, which I have always enjoyed (and have nearly all his albums), but because of his attitude.
Many would say, in a negative sense, that he was an eccentric, but I admire folk with integrity, who follow their own path because that's the sum of their parts.
He could have been a star, but it would have been on someone else's terms.
He died in his sleep, aged 68, on Monday at home in a mediaeval village in France. A note was found by his bedside: "You can't shine if you don't burn."
He shone, and went fishing.