Wednesday 27 November 2013

Wedding ties

Even if I was three stone lighter I wouldn't be able to get into my wedding suit. Like a lot of my clothes it ended up in a charity shop somewhere - no doubt with the jacket pockets full of confetti. And as for my shoes, I parted company with them at Cockfosters tube station; long story.

But I do still have the tie I wore. As you can see it has a Paul Gauguin reproduction plastered all over it. Most people seemed to like it. Even Jenny's mother. I found it the other day, in a bag of other discarded ties, at the back of my wardrobe. I don't wear ties anymore, save for weddings and funerals. The last time being earlier this year when we said goodbye to Jenny's mother. No, I decided against the Gauguin that day. Though I'm sure Margaret would have smiled had I given it an outing.

Many years later I discovered that Michael Franks had borrowed Gauguin's Two Tahitian Women for his Objects of Desire album cover in 1981 - nine years before we tied the knot (pun intended). Surrounded by the likes of Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Larry Carlton and David Sanborn it's a smooth jazz clssic. But it's still not as good as his Blue Pacific platter from which Long Slow Distance is taken. Jenny and I hope to be renewing our vows next year and this voluptuous tune will definitely be on the playlist.

Michael Franks: Long Slow Distance


  1. I think I still have my tie somewhere - however that was a boring grey thing with a red stripe in it... never one for fashion :-)

  2. I've still got the suit, shoes and tie. All have been lofted long agp - I may need o breathe in (and turn purple) to get the buttons done up..

  3. That's a really great tie and if I had to wear one, I'd want to wear that one (or perhaps a Picasso Blue Nude)

    Mr SDS didn't wear one on ours, but then we were both dressed in black, under our leather bike jackets, and exchanged skull and crossbones rings - t'was a very low key affair... Might have to blog about it some day!