John Peel Day TODAY!
There are a lot of people I call as “HEROES” but the top two for me are both dead. One is buried in a small plot in Jerangau, Terengganu.
I’m looking forward to go and visit his grave this hari raya. It’s the only day where I would be heard reading the little Islamic prayers that I know while kneeling on a patch of wet ground.
He’s my father. The greatest person I’ve ever known. One person that have profoundly affected my whole life.
The other dead hero is John Peel.
It’s been a year since he died, almost a year since my band joined several local bands to do a tribute show for him at the old Paul’s Place. Time went by so fast, it’s astounding. Less than two weeks ago I saw my 42nd birthday surreally whizz pass and I thought about people that changed my life and wonder if anything I’ve done all my life has as much meaning as these guys. Yup, it’s very depressing in some ways. There are so much things to do but time is not really on my side nowadays. Everything is pretty urgent but I’m still tied up with so much mundane things. Like work! and carimakan & bayarsewa, etc.
Anyway, in the next few days I wanna to share with you my adventures with John Peel, which happened with a trusty shortwave transistor radio; my schooldays of punk rock and my imaginary friend John Peel.
But before that, go here ( JOHN PEEL DAY @ BBC ) or point your browser to a special documentary hosted Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker called as Keeping It Real and offer your respect to the guy that has single-handedly changed the music world by, what else, KEEPING IT REAL!!!