Why not have an open song, a bit like an open mike, a group of musicians playing and you can walk in and play with them... link it with GUINESS Records... sort of Play along with Bill.... a backing track could be put out a few weeks earlier so you can slot in for your 5 minutes of fame...
Panic in the Yorkshire Landscape.... ? would be my vamp.
you might be on to the time traveller thing, if I could go back and leave a message for my thirteen year old self it would be .......
Once upon a time, Chuck Bird put together Multiplex - Our Secret Studios: A fan tribute to Bill Nelson. That was a double disc collection. He then topped himself and put together a 3 disc set with some sci-fi graphics.
Then he passed the baton to Mark Rushton, who put together a 3 disc collection.
I think the term Nelsonica came from another website, who began a gathering of like souls. CD's were created especially for those occasions.
I have mentioned the Dreamsville Projects, that Bill has graciously hosted. One was a birthday present to him.
In the World and His Wife there are being posted songs that continue to pay tribute to Bill. Most are pretty good, as they had a solid song to begin with as their base.
Anyway, my point is that a physical gathering is not necessary. Making music and sharing or gathering together and listening is a means of honoring Bill Nelson. I enjoy reading about folk's "reviews" of recent projects. Just listening is a joy.
I look forward to Martin's book. Even to the next journal entry.
I have shared my belief that Bill Nelson lives in the future. We are existing in different time zones. If I were to be in the same room with him, it would diminish the illusion.
I might have to get out and play some of the music I mentioned. Brooksie with Worra (who went crazy on guitar) might be my entry point.
Many moons ago, the lads got together and put together a Dreamsville Project - The Return of Birthday Bill. I have a picture somewhere of him holding the copy I sent him. If I remember correctly, apparently all the Nelsonica cd's are located somewhere. They might deserve a binge listening. I also remember some draft graphics for a Nelsonica USA. I know that there have been regional Nelsonica's in spirit, as we talked about Tilley and the Coastal Cowboys recently. That was LA. Wadders participated in Kansas City. I think that they drank: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porter, as Brewing Bob cleverly named his contribution.
I am up for an actual Nelsonica. We could hold it at MoPop at the Seattle Center. Bill could even appear live via internet from his music room. Won't have to leave the house. It could be a Zoom call!