Fans of Brian Eno and David Byrne will be eagerly awaiting the results of their new collaboration. In 1981, the pair delivered an album titled MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS, which had a huge impact on popular music. Now, the duo have teamed up on a new project which moves from electronic folk gospel to indefinable areas of music. EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS WILL HAPPEN TODAY came into being as Eno and Byrne swapped music and ideas on the internet, with Byrne contributing lyrics and vocals as the music moved into abstract territory. Eno - who recently produced Coldplay's mighty VIVA lA VIDA album - is very excited by this project which will be released in digital form on 18th August at everythingthathappens.com, with a CD version due in October. It should prove well worth checking out for followers of this innovative duo.
Moving onto a totally unrelated subject, we decided to forget about our missed chance to catch the new X-FILES movie and settle down to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games from Beijing. At first, we didn't intend to view this lengthy broadcast in its entirety, but rather to stick around for the athletes parade as my wife wanted to see the American team and I wanted to see Team Great Britain. However, the ceremony was absolutely enthralling. A spectacle of colour, beauty and the most perfect choreography. So much so that we were hooked for the duration, right up to the amazing lighting of the Olympic flame. Due to the time difference, the events seem to take place during the early hours of the morning over here but I'm sure we'll be tuning in to the BBC for live coverage on several occasions. Of course, there are arguments against Beijing staging the games but after watching this wonderful opening ceremony and seeing the joy it brought to the citizens, it's that little bit harder to begrudge. Certainly, London 2012 will have one hell of a hard act to follow.
So, the next 17 days will provide thrills and triumph and heartache and we all wish the games to be a safe and exciting sporting event. The Olympics brings different races together, united, which is exactly how life should be. I think we should all remember that, long after the Olympic flame has been extinguished.