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, […]

Still Bill: On appreciating Bill Withers

Today, in early April 2020 I’ve just heard that Bill Withers has died. So I’m thinking of him, a wonderful songwriter and a magnificent human being. This is a blog post about him from a few years back, and this evening I’ll be having another watch of “Still Bill” from the link you’ll find in […]

On Smithdown: Defend Vinyl

Defend vinyl? Of course I do. Since I returned to buying LPs several years ago many of my happiest hours have been spent in record shops and charity shops doing the ‘flicking through LPs’ thing I’d thought I’d left long behind me. But until recently there hadn’t been a proper record shop I could go […]

Good Day Sunshine

“I need to laugh and when the sun is out I’ve got something I can laugh about” My last post on here was no laughing matter. ‘Shadow Days’ was written at the beginning of what turned out to be the best part of a week of fairly deep depression. A depression that has now lifted […]