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Posted: May 15 2008, 11:13

BBC broadcast journalist Daniel Garrett has informed us that BBC Radio Wiltshire has posted a 9 minute audio interview of Mike about his early success with Tubular Bells and the pressure from Richard Branson, inspiration, Music of the Spheres, spirituality, working with other people and then alone putting parts together, and lastly about taking a few years of rest and perhaps retiring.
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Posted: May 15 2008, 13:41

Good interview. Uplifting (Mikes pondering being thought of as a national treasure), interesting (Bilbao experience, trying to follow a waving stick and forgetting to come in! ) and depressing (please don't retire!!! ) all in one.

And not a single "Why"?  :laugh:

p.s. Did the BBC really contact tb.net directly about this? Respect!


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Posted: May 15 2008, 15:22

Oh yes, that was a treat, and Mark

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Posted: May 15 2008, 15:29

...Mark Seaman is a good interviewer, really got Mike Chuckling there, don't you just love him.

Yes, interesting when he said he was busy listening to the orchestra (woodwind), almost forgetting it was his turn to play and not used to a man wiggling his stick at him.....


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Posted: May 15 2008, 16:23

Mike was so relaxed on this interview and it was soo nice to hear!

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Posted: May 15 2008, 16:46

Quote (Tati The Sentinel @ May 15 2008, 21:23)
Mike was so relaxed on this interview and it was soo nice to hear!

I agree, it was a lot different to some of the interviews on TV I've seen where he's seemed almost defensive.

Awesome stuff.
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Posted: May 20 2008, 01:24

Great interview and i hope Mike enjoys sometime off but PLEASE don't retire yet  :O

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Posted: May 20 2008, 13:33

That was interesting but not surprising, "I'll take a couple of years off, maybe retire......". I really tried not to join in any threads about "Oh Mike, come play in my city" deals......So many Tubularians here are young and its good that young people still discover MO and find it as exciting as I did when I was young. But I wouldn't build myself up for something that probably may never happen. I think people like Clapton and others, who have a fews years on MO, still tour because they are fueled by some other need, money perhaps but I think it's the "adoration factor" I spoke of once. I don't think MO really wants to be adored anymore, by an audience anyway, just listen to the wind chimes and kick back and raise his kid. I still want that "legacy" album. But I won't set myself up for dissapointment if it doesn't happen. I'm just gratefull for all the stuff he recorded and the spark he created for "one man bands". It's been a lot of fun over the years learning keyboards and guitar, how to use a mixer, effects, multitracks, then midi, on and on. I think I can honestly say at almost 47, I would not have put the effort(and money) that I did into music/gear/studio electronics, let alone the reading and learning....if it were not for MO. Pink Floyd, Yes, Moody Blues would never have been enough to make me do that. They were groups of people working on an endeavor(with producers and engineers helping) instead of just one person alone using and discovering new studio tricks and pioneering new things. And I'm pretty much burned out on them all, never play their CD's deliberatly anymore. MO on the other hand, still holds my attention. In the car or in my studio. I keep listening to Incantations part 3 over and over and I don't know why. Well thats my Tubular moment for today. I can't count on one hand how may people I've known in the US, or Texas, who -owned- a MO album, let alone know who he is. Most of those 4-5 were at a university when MO was at his peak(1980-1984). It's nice to come to Tubular.net and share all this music. Good day,
                               Jim


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Posted: May 20 2008, 17:15

Well,Mike Oldfield(the musician we know) is on his hibernaculum and Michael Gordon Oldfield(the person) mode is on!

He did a short break in 2004 when Jake arrived,and now it's time to another one with Eugene.It's so important to him to enjoy this moment of fatherhood,it doesn't matter how much time it will take for him.

On Changeling,Mike said about his muse...it's not like in the past,but if it happens again for him "to be in the zone" like he said on the book,new music will come.

Let things happen naturally,I hate those forced things.Of course he's still young if you compare to other artists from his generation,but at least Mike isn't that golddigger type of artist that releases anything he composes,and the result is a complete disaster among his fanbase.

Of course I'd love to see him playing live once again,but he doesn't feel a musician like some other artists,okay,I respect.

Mike,take you time and relax.You deserve it so much.
Michael Gordon,enjoy being the person you are again  ;)


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Posted: May 21 2008, 06:22

Can't be easy - working in the creative field which, of course, is reliant on having good ideas, visions etc. but then being at the beck and call of record companies, to which you are contracted and who are constantly breathing down your neck for new material.  And then, to cap it all, half of us aren't satisfied because it's too electronic, doesn't feature electric guitar, has processed vocals etc. etc.!!

I guess that in any job, there comes a point in time where going to work becomes an unbearable chore and, if that's where MO has got to, then it's probably for the best that he takes time to enjoy his private life.  Who knows, sometime in the future, he may be inspired to deliver another great work but, to be honest, I'm not holding my breath for something in the near future. It'll be a shame if we have heard the last of MO's new albums but, at least, we can console ourselves with a great and varied back catalogue, videos covering most of the memorable concert tours and sites like this one to share thoughts and memories.
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Posted: May 21 2008, 15:58

Yes - I agree - it would be a shame to go out on a bum note - so to speak.

Ray  :cool:


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Posted: May 21 2008, 16:03

Quote (Scatterplot @ May 20 2008, 18:33)
......It's been a lot of fun over the years learning keyboards and guitar, how to use a mixer, effects, multitracks, then midi, on and on. I think I can honestly say at almost 47, I would not have put the effort(and money) that I did into music/gear/studio electronics, let alone the reading and learning....if it were not for MO. .......

He Jim - looks like we've had a similar hobbie over the past 35 years.....

Ray


PS - I may be in Houston in the next few weeks - if you are about we can meet in the Guitar Centre north of Woodlands and have an MO sparring competition on the $25000 Gibson TV Junior they have hangin up on the wall in a case!!!


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Posted: May 22 2008, 00:14

I agree with most of the others on tubularnet. Have a well deserved rest, writing the book and working on MOTs must have been tiring. creativity can't flow until one can have a mental break, and Mike you have more than earned that.
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Posted: May 25 2008, 11:45

Quote (Matt @ May 15 2008, 19:41)
p.s. Did the BBC really contact tb.net directly about this? Respect!

If that's the case soon they'll start quoting us in their articles.

...Oldfield has talked about retiring, but according to "Harmono", that is all "bullcrap".
BBC
 

I really have to start paying attention to what I write. :laugh:
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Posted: May 25 2008, 14:39

mm, agree as well.. think Mike is a smart man, take a break and do other things! Relax, enjoy life, hopefully get some new idees..  :zzz:

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Posted: May 28 2008, 21:53

We will have to be patient and wait for Mike or his administrators to give us an official reply.

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Posted: May 29 2008, 22:36

I have to agree that it was a nice interview. A book, baby, album, launch all within a pretty short time span is pretty intense. Who wouldn't need a bit of recharging and stepping back?  He's welcome to join us in SL for a recharge and some R&R--might get those creative juices flowing again. :) But all in good time. Maybe he could hold some seminars or clinics to mentor young guitarists.

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Posted: June 03 2008, 11:42

That was a great interview. Thanks for that ! It was nice too hear Mike so relaxed. Enjoy your time off Mike with your family, hopefully your muse isn't retiring just yet..

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Posted: June 05 2008, 10:47

You know what's weird?  That one of the most moving things (to me) that MO ever did was this one little moment at the end of the interview on the old "Elements" tape.  He pointed out the fly on the interviewer's nose and then cracked up.  And even as the playout music started he could still be seen unable to stop laughing.  To me that was just as heartwarming as any of his most beautiful music.  Hard to explain why.

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Posted: July 24 2008, 02:05

Nice to hear him mentioning Sid James, how wonderfully old school is that? Plus I now have the amusing image in my mind of the conductor pointing his stick at Mike.
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