Im sitting on the terrace of my home in Portugal, looking out over the vineyard, having breakfast, and drinking in the peace and quiet. Its always been a place where I can recharge the batteries.
Someone has just arrived from the winery to collect grapes from different areas of the vineyard; they check them regularly to make sure theyre healthy and ripening. Theres so much more to wine-making than people realise, and of course everything is dependent on the weather. So far, so good! Weve had a few cool evenings which may slow the fruit down a bit but shouldnt do any harm.
While I was in Barbados in May and June, it was a break after several months of concert touring of course, but I also recorded five tracks for the forthcoming CD of love songs to be released later this year. Obviously it will largely consist of the best love songs Ive recorded over the years, but EMI asked me to choose five more to add to the collection, and I recorded them at Eddie Grants studio in Barbados. The big challenge when recording someone elses classic is to make it your own and, with the help of Michael Omartian (producer and arranger) and Keith Bessey (who came over from the UK to engineer my sessions), I hope I have managed to do that with each track.
I also spent a couple of days on a photo-shoot for the 2008 official calendar. Its hard for me to get excited about photo-sessions but I did enjoy these. I hope youll like the results!
Barbados was also where I had my first real input into the book that will be the official commemoration of my 50th year in showbiz in 2008. Penny Junor, whos written many books (including biographies of the Prince of Wales and Margaret Thatcher, among others) came over and for a week I just talked and talked. She recorded every-thing and now has to try and make sense of it all! There will be at least one more talk session; meanwhile, shes also interviewing family, friends, business colleagues and others. Im hoping that this book will be different to some of the previous ones, where theres been a lot of speculation. Perhaps this one will portray more of how I feel about my music and my life. Well see!
As you know, I wasnt around for the first week of Wimbledon this year but, as it turned out, because of all the rain I didnt miss much! However, in my view, the Championships ended the right way, with Federer winning his fifth title and equalling Borgs record of five in a row. I have no doubt that Nadal will take the Championship before long but I confess to hoping he can be beaten one more time. It would be great if Federer could take his sixth title - I love being present when a record is set!
While Im in Portugal, we will be filming a commercial for the new EMI album, and Im also going into a studio to record some readings for an audio book of Bible stories for children (for 2008 publication) so, along with the pleasure of being here, Im still mixing in a bit of business!
Id better go and see if my grapes have ripened a bit more! See ya!
NB: un peu long mais sympa de sa part. Si vs connaissez l'anglais, aucun pro. La classe de donner de ses nouvelles. Très court résumé: comme je vous l'avais dit depuis longtemps, Cliff est allé aux Barbades, se reposer en mai-juin mais il prévoit un nouveau CD fin de l'année et il travaille aussi pour un nouveau livre. Il nous écrit de la terrasse de sa maison au Portugal et prend le petit-déj en admirant ses vignes. Il recharge ses batteries après une tournée 2006-2007 aux quatre coins du monde éprouvante.
Il a bcp manqué Wimbledon (amateur de tennis) en raison de la pluie (mais on l'a vu une fois sur les écrans de TV dans la tribune d'honneur lors de la finale remportée par Federer). Au Portugal, il produit un film commercial. Il et prépare son calendrier 2008 etc.......Il termine en disant qu'il se sent bien. Comme d'hab, très croyant, il n'a pas oublié les enfants et la Bible (publication 2008).
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Demain jeudi, rien à voir avec Sir CLIFF, une fameuse affaire à ne pas manquer. Le scandale de l'année sur Bloguez.com.