Some information about my new record - One Eye to Morocco - officially released on 6th March 2009.
I was in the Jewish Quarter of Cracow listening to the related stories of Oscar Schindler when the voice faded - and then returned...
'Ah, Ian you have one eye to Morocco.'
So said Tommy Djiubinski.
He'd caught my appreciative gaze trailing the aura of an elegant patron as she drifted away on her personal cloud of musk.
The significance eluded me at first; until I heard the second part of the idiom.
In full (and in Poland) One eye to Morocco and the other to the Caucasus might describe a cross-eyed person. In England we would refer to a wandering eye, be it lazy in a physical context or actively roaming in a less prosaical sense.
A few years later (2008) there was a hiatus in DP's schedule when a great sadness occurred with the passing of Brenda - Roger Glover's lovely Mum.
So I returned to Buffalo and turned my mind to other things. More than thirty songs in various stages of readiness were squabbling for recognition - me, me, meeeee...
There was one I had written with Steve Morris that stood ahead of the rest as a natural focus for the reduction process. Ending up as the title track it became the selection criterion for an album that already had a pulse.
When completing the lyrics I was drawn back to Cracow and Tommy's wry comment. Here was a perfect musical metaphor; Deep Purple being the Caucasus and Morocco being the current project - my exotic sojourn...
...sitting alone in my room, waiting for no-one to call me, lost in a dream of my own.
It was a conscious decision to avoid the use of a rock rhythm section and you will notice the complete absence of guitar and keyboard solos - we get the very best of all that from DP. So the instrumentation is perhaps more seductive than thrusting (que?).
We rehearsed for the best part of a week in Buffalo then crossed the Peace Bridge and drove north alongside Lake Ontario to Metalworks studios in Mississauga, where the bed tracks were recorded in three days. Thereafter I finished off with the maestro (Nick Blagona) at his studio in nearby Dundas.
Michael Lee Jackson (MLJ) was there from the beginning, offering what can only be described as a holistic contribution.
The musicians were: MLJ - guitars, Rodney (now with a bulletless neck) Appleby - bass, Howard Wilson - drums, Steve Morris - guitars, Joe Mennonna - saxophones, Lance Anderson - Hammond organ, Jesse O'Brien - keyboards.
I thank you, cheers, ig