Many years ago, on one of our trips to Scotland, my family and I visited Culzean (“Cull-ane”) castle in Ayrshire. The gardens soon became the setting of an early scene in Dust to Dust. Even sooner, though—as in, when we returned to the hotel—I realized that the album I’d bought in the gift shop was missing.
I dug through the suitcases I’d packed for our trip home. I phoned the castle. Nada.
Still, we stopped by on our way to the airport the next morning. The people in the shop were very nice but couldn’t help.... Until, out of the mirk and mist, appeared a young man who was the doppelganger of Michael Campbell, the hero of Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust. He handed over the damp but undamaged album, announced, “‘Twas in the carrr parrrk,” and vanished.
That album is, appropriately enough, Scottish folk/rock group Runrig’s "Discovery". Story of my musical life. [Read more...]