I am currently, right now, enjoying a rare moment of tranquility. I am working at home, there are no small children around so I am taking the chance to listen to the new recording of Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrows featuring Beth Gibbons of Portishead.
First impressions are “a thing of rare beauty, Beth Gibbons seemingly has never recorded a bum note in her life, what a talent she is.”
But how on earth does she live? She doesn’t tour, her recordings are few and far between, presumably they don’t sell like they used to. It’s hard to imagine her stacking shelves or working in PR to pay the morgage. I have no idea if she is married or not, part of me assumes she has a rich husband, but she may not.
I mean from the point of view of a music fan, I always prefer less great stuff than a mountain of over exposed mediocre stuff from a performer. But if you choose the latter, how do you eat?
See also Burial.