The Sounds That Heaven Makes: Music to Write By

Making up playlists while listening to BBC Radio 3. For nearly all of my days I’ve loved music, virtually all music. Vast amounts of it have defined whole periods of my life. After the obvious Beatles days of growing up there was Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue to Héjira’ period, succeeded by David Bowie’s ‘Berlin Trilogy’ then […]

Another Planet

I’ve spent this weekend reading Tracey Thorn’s ‘Another Planet’ and it’s made me think about my own life. I thought it would, which is why I’d left its reading until a weekend when I knew I’d be on my own for the whole of the time. The book tells her story of growing up in […]

Music to Write By

I’ve done a lot of writing this year and only some of it on here and whilst at home. Much more often my writing gets done in and around the University of Liverpool in libraries and some other writing spaces I’ve found (finding that I do my best writing if I move around now and […]

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, […]