The Wichita Lineman: And I need you more than want you

A friend and I have been swapping lists just lately of our favourite pieces of classical music. For our own education and maybe even a blog post on here sometime. The doing of these somehow made me think of ‘Wichita Lineman’. Not because it’s classical music, of course, though maybe it is now? I’ve been […]

In Liverpool: Those Three Sunny Days in April

If these were the only three sunny days we get they were great weren’t they? So I thought I’d write them down so I can remember them, later on. When the weather goes back to seeming like it’s colder than it used to be and it rains most days. It’s Saturday evening as I’m writing, […]

For the Love of Record Shops: Defend Vinyl

As Record Store Day 2018 approaches this weekend, an appreciation. I’m keen on high streets, as you may have noticed, reasoning they’re not only essential  for the well-being of our neighbourhoods but also in defining who we are and where we’re from. As in: ‘I’m Ronnie Hughes, I live just off Smithdown Road in Liverpool, […]

The Writer’s House

After I wrote about my friend the artist Emma Rushton’s house a couple of weeks ago, some other friends suggested I might like to do a series where I look around some other people’s houses. They thought this could be an interesting development from other writings and work I’ve done on, oh, the meaning of […]

Listening to Nick Cave

A record you won’t listen to very often but if you do hear it, and I urge you to, you will never forget it. “With my voice I am calling you” Made after one of his children accidentally died and I’d guess he knows we can’t not know that. “If you want to leave” Surround […]

Alone in Silence

Sarah has gone away, sea kayaking this time, and I’m alone again. Not lonely though. I find I rarely get lonely. Which is just as well as I find myself alone a lot. Usually I’m alone here in this peaceful house. This house where I’ve lived for twenty six years, the longest I’ve ever lived […]