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Blogging about Quotes is like Talking about Music

Its all happening now. I have my first equipment and service sponsors! Upside Down It (who designed the site) and James Robb (who programmed it) are both already there. Now I can put up the Honest Jon’s badge and a link; they are DJ’ing at my send off and are also acting as a kind of sonic consultancy; there’s also going to be a button for Cactus equipment, who are providing me with one very tough pair of shorts.  There is going to be a thrilling video about preparation for wearing these shorts very soon (I’m not joking, its fascinating).

While I’m on music; I have been compiling lists of music that I like cycling to. I don’t really know why, but I know that making a list is good for my nerves – it makes me feel like I’m preparing for the miles of silence, even though I’ll probably save the music for evenings. You can find beginnings of the list here.

As an aside I was thinking about the Frank Zappa thing where he said (at least I once thought he had said this) that “Talking about Music is like Dancing about Architecture”. My capitalisation. I like this epithet because it’s a bit cheeky. If you have any interest at all in the true origin of this quote, you will not satisfy your curiosity by visiting this page.  Perhaps it was Elvis Costello, maybe it was Henry Kissinger, who cares?

I was thinking about Frank Zappa because he is supposedly a fan of Tenores Di Bitti who are a group of singers/vocalists from Sardinia. They are on my cycling music list. I read somewhere that their music sounds like and was inspired by the lowing and bleating of livestock; its very warm and resonant stuff. My Uncle Tim gave it to me and I like it for cycling because it has a good regulating effect on one’s breathing – you sort of have to breathe for the singers because they don’t seem to. Don’t go listening to it and then complaining that you didn’t like it – I can’t help that.

I think I’m about to tie this one off by saying that getting a start on the equipment sponsors side of things is a good feeling – Honest Jon’s, Cactus, great. These things will hopefully make others more likely to join in, as there is nothing like seeing someone swimming in the sea and not shivering to encourage one to dive in, if you see what I mean.. “Come on in..” etc.

I should say that I will not be receiving monies from any equipment sponsors – What’s Driving Parkinson’s will get everything or maybe a sponsor will offer to pay for flights that I’ll need, but there will be no cash. Most of the people I am approaching for in-kind sponsorship are companies that I already respect for their long-lasting, well-made products, the way they go about their business or the fact they are just very good at what they do. If anything changes in this arena, I’ll let you know!

I almost forgot – if you have any ideas for music to cycle to, please let me know on here or in the forum.

By James Bowthorpe

My name is James Bowthorpe. On the 29th March 2009 I set out from London to break the round the world cycling record. I am doing this to raise 1.8 million pounds for much needed research into the cause of Parkinson’s Disease. I have been preparing for this challenge for the last 6 months and now I’m on my way! You can follow my progress and see photos, on my blog.

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