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Month: January, 2013

I came across this earlier

Listening to an anti drug song earlier by Roy Harper, the irony hadn’t escaped him either. As an introduction he mentioned that “Drugs for Everyone” was an anti-drug song he’d written some time ago, given his past relationships with chemicals and herbs, it was rather a strange thing for him to do.

I was reminded of another anti-drug song by Harry Nilsson called (I think) “The Ivy Colored Walls”, again not someone instantly associated as being anti-drug. A bit like Keef Richards dressed like a pirate and expecting us to believe he can act the part of Johnny Depp’s dad.

If there was ever a song of irony, however, it would have to be Ironic, by Alannis Morrisette. The thing about irony isn’t the fact it makes sense, it’s rather the fact that it seems strange. This is because we’re all strange in some way.

On that note I’ll bid you goodnight and catch you tomorrow.

Three little birds sit on my doorstep

Well, the blog I was going to post yesterday has been changed so often it’s now tomorrow, except its still today as today becomes yesterday.

I wonder if, this time, I can follow my train of thought to a conclusion. I started off when yesterday was today, today was tomorrow and the rain put me off going anywhere. I started off with the weather, then started moaning about all the rain, that draft was then scrapped. I next started talking about the music I’ve been listening to on both iPad and iPhone, then decided you wouldn’t be too interested, dear reader, so that was scrapped. I left it for a few hours while thinking what I could talk about, and fell asleep. Now that I’ve woken up I’m no further forward, but I really do want to try for 365 posts in 2013.

I can relate to people with problems, after all don’t we all have the same issues at some point in our lives? They reckon everyone is affected by mental health problems at some time in their lives, either suffering an illness or breakdown, or witnessing a breakdown as someone in the immediate family suffers. I’ve seen both sides as I’ve been bi-polar all my life and can no longer cover it up, and my mum had a nervous breakdown just after my youngest brother got married and moved out. She then suffered three heart attacks, was advised to take things easy and ignored that advice, took the Hoover upstairs, felt ill, went back down to the living room and was dead when my dad got in from work. I wasn’t even in the country that day as I’d travelled overnight the day before to pick up my daughter and her 3 step brothers so that they could spend summer with me.

I still find myself talking to my mum now, from time to time, and still miss her, I also miss my daughter (she’s not dead, just not talking to me because I made a stupid mistake in 1997). This is where I’ve got to decide whether or not to publish this, or scrap it and start again. Suppose, if I want to blog every day this year I should publish now and start a new blog tomorrow.

A little bird told me

I was amazed yesterday by the amount of repeats on the tv, a lot of these I’m convinced, are due to the plethora of channels available. However, I don’t think anyone can justify not just 2 or 3 days of “chick-flicks” but the same films in the same order only change was the start time of the first one.

Anyway, the music channels have been treating us to the best of 2012, by genre, the worst of 2012, which is always subject to opinion anyway. How many of us have sat through the 100 best dance tracks AND agreed with every single entry?

I really must get round to listening to more of the 100 best rock tracks of 2012 because the year seemed to have more real music than rap (most of the latter starts with a silent c). I’m not knocking any artists in particular, just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean they’ve got nothing going for them. Take Justin Bieber (please take him). I don’t deny the kid can sing, he has a certain charm about him as well, he’s just not my cup of cake. He has a huge fan base and this is down to YouTube and the Internet. I take my hat off to him for his huge risk in putting himself out there. Then there are the likes of Plan B, Professor Green and Dizzee Rascal, home grown rappers with huge fan bases who do nothing for me. I just can’t get into them at all. I do like some rappers, however, such as Biggie (Notorious BIG) and Eminem, mainly because of the tracks they sample.

Most of my life, however, I’ve spent enjoying rock n roll music, from Little Richard, Muddy Waters, Buddy Holly right through to recently discovered artists such as Robert Johnson, Bettye Levette, and the longevity of the Stones. I was 8 when they started, 9 when I first heard them on the radio and saw them on Ready, Steady Go. God I feel old. My favourite groups at any 1 time reflect the changes in attitude and music of the times. In the 50’s I loved Buddy Holly, Little Richard and couldn’t access Elvis at all. In the 60’s it was the standard bearers (Beatles, Stones) as well as Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, the Kinks, Yardbirds, John Mayall, Cream and later Pink Floyd.

In the early 70’s there were the glam groups and artists, T. Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music as well as the Stones and solo Beatles. In the late 70’s these had been joined by Kilburn and the High Roads, Sex Pistols, Clash and Siouxsie. In the 80’s John Lennon died and I felt as though my youth had ended, but there was still a lot of great rock music from the likes of Guns n Roses, PiL and more. The 90’s brought in Nirvana, Blur and Oasis, the noughties brought new hope in the form of Gorrilaz, never did enjoy the Archies in the late 60’s who were also cartoon characters. Now into this decade we have 2 of the most soulful women Britain has ever produced, Adele and Duffy, music from Jools Holland and his Later on BBC 2 keeps turning up new talent, the Hives, Maccabees, and a host of others.

Long may Later continue, as well as Hootenanny on New Years Eve. Here’s looking forward to more good music, some great music and some spectacular live events in lucky ’13.

What a day it was

Well it turned out to be an awesome day after all, I had started recording hootenanny just prior to turning over for Fletch yesterday morning and when there wasn’t anything worth watching this afternoon I watched it from the beginning again.

Today I had to go to the local shop, run by a Pakistani family, as I’d run out of sugar they charged me over the odds for it but at least I managed a cup of coffee and cereal. None of the other local shops were open when I went out, the wind was howling round my ears and got inside my pores and bit me to the bone. Today is a funny day, most of the shops are trading Sunday hours, but the shelves have been emptied as though people are stockpiling for a siege.

Only snow, so far, this winter was beginning of December not sure if that means we’re gonna escape for the second year in a row or if we’ll get lots soon. Hope your having a good 1st of January whoever you’re spending it with.

Lucky thirteen begins

I hope you enjoyed whatever you were doing to see in the New Year, I couldn’t have any alcohol, hence no hangover, and saw it in alone but I was not lonely, for a change. I had thought the neighbours from hell would mark the arrival with a bang and a huge wheelie bin fire, especially as they’ve been quiet for the past 2 weeks, but they went out by car early on.

I watched the New Year in with Jools Holland (as always) before turning over to watch Fletch, I just love Chevy Chase because he remains deadpan to deliver the one liners which makes them even funnier somehow. After Fletch I turned the box off and the lights on to wish my friends a Happy New Year, at least those I knew would still be up. I don’t have many friends which some might find strange, I go for quality not quantity and always have.

Anyway, I just want to say that I have every intention of putting some content on here more regularly in 2013 than I did in 2012, I hope you enjoy my rants, raves and laughs this year and everyone should enjoy life, living and not have any fears, whatever you do enjoy this year, and remember today is the first day of the rest of your life!

Happy New Year one and all.