Creative Fires

‘Bands squabble. Musical outfits, I mean. Vocals, lead, bass and drums: all that jazz, rock or pop. Squabble, squabble, squabble. Chickens over feed, foxes over chickens, hounds over foxes. What a sticky mess! Haven’t we had enough of it? Pull yourselves together boys. It’s just music. Then again, keep a hand on those cows – can you imagine a novel written by a band of writers? I’ll do structure, you do local colour, you do characters, you do style. That wouldn’t be squabbling chickens. That’d be carnage. World bleeding war. I know. I’ve been there – and at least two of my toes didn’t come back’ (Lucien Ropes)

Lucien Ropes reflecting, not for the first time, on the infamous Fires of Wilmeldestran project. I’m not exactly what he means by ‘at least two of my toes didn’t come back’ – I knew it was a tortuous experience, but I never heard of any actual dismemberment. But then, this is Lucien writing…

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