It was a message on the Flower Kings newsgroup that sent me to Mike Dickson’s web site. “Listen to his Mellotronworks” it said. I’ve long enjoyed the sound of the mellotron, from listening to the Moody, Blues, Strawbs, Yes, and in particular Tangerine Dream and King Crimson. Mike Dickson’s Mellotronworks is a loving crafted rendition of some glorious classical pieces, all performed on his mellotron. It’s a work of wonder.
As I listened, I read his notes, how he chose the pieces, how he arranged them. At the bottom of the page he named his home city: Edinburgh – a fine coffee splurting moment. Not some distant state in the USA, nope: Edinburgh in Scotland – my home town.
My fingers tapped out the email before my brain had truly engaged – can I meet your mellotron - and you?
A few days later I was ushered into the room with the mellotron by a very obliging and enthusiastic Mike Dickson. Continue Reading »