Happy birthday Medway Eyes! Oh my haven’t you grown!!! You’re a year old now. Seems like a good time to look back and think about the early days. You won’t know this but I was there at your birth. Phil and Lisa were on the gas and air; I was hovering around with your family and friends in the background. I had my camera at the ready, excited as anyone about your entry to this world. It’d been a long time coming.
I’d been preparing for your arrival for a quite a while though didn’t know it at the time. I’d regularly walk the streets of your home towns, venturing out to the hinterlands of this urban sprawl. I’d visit dark cellars, dusty theatres and crowded drinking dens. The riverside became my friend; the country side my muse; the people my consort. I’d listen to the sounds and see the sights that make you what you are. I wanted to be part of your family however so vicariously as that sometimes happened to be.
To take pictures was a natural thing to do. I’ve always been a sucker for a family album, to fill it with memories and share it with friends. Your family, your heritage and your culture was though too rich for just me. If this album was to be filled then I needed some help. Your family album was thrown open to the world and the world was invited to join in.
It was a slow start but steadily they came. The occasional trickle became the odd shower. My eyes were opened wider through the vision of your extended family. Over time the prevailing trends became compatible with life and from there the album flourished. Blood lines merged, connections were made and your kith and kin grew. You should be proud of your forbearers; it was their through their love of your genealogy that you have come to be.
The love we have of your towns is like the love a parent has for their teenage child. Presentation is of no consequence. It’s what’s under the skin that counts. Truculent behaviour makes its mark but not so indelible to obscure the raw beauty. Recalcitrance is a passing phase to be engaged with, to be understood, to be recognised as the worthy expression of principles.
Your gestation was coming to an end. Surrogacy was a necessity but know your parentage is proudly shared. The labour was hard work but made bearable with the support of those that love you. There was a buzz in the air that day in October 2008. A nervous shuffling of feet, bitten lips and concerned activity abound. Family and friends did not let you down. It was an intimacy shared with many. Day turned to night. Anxiety and excitement swapped clothes seamlessly. The hour had come. The doors were opened and the bands began to play. Happy Birthday Medway Eyes. Your time has come. We have the pictures to prove it.
There is a Medway Eyes BIRTHDAY BUNDLE now available to download which includes:
ME1 E-Zine – featuring some of the highlights of the first year; photos, gig reviews, interviews and articles.
ME1 Compilation Album – featuring Lupen Crook, The Bresslaws, The Lovedays, Didi Bergman, Burn Paper Tigers, Stuart Turner, The Vandebilts, The Shagmonroes, Groovy Uncle, The Ambience, Unlucky Fried Kitten, The Flowing, Archie Wah Wahs, Slap Alice, Bob Collins, Wheels, Falling Lucid, The Deccas, Justin Fun, Rich Clark & Reavsey.