One More Spring

“Follow me into just one more spring…” The song had been running around my head since I’d sat in the house listening to Scott Walker singing it this rainy Saturday afternoon just gone. A song of the deepest longing that has yearned through my life these fifty years past, for all of those springtimes. It’s […]

Ode to Bobbie Gentry

“It was the third of June another sleepy, dusty Delta day…” The song seeped into me in the years of my growing up and it has never left. I know now that it came out here in the late summer of 1967. But without looking it up I couldn’t have told you if it came […]

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 […]

One Shiny Day

So far this year here in the North of England that picture could only have been taken on one day, yesterday. A day that also happened to be my birthday. On this day I’ve become 62 years old and I reflect on becoming more aware than ever of the value of time and how much […]

Buying LPs again

It’s started. After a 23 year gap I’m buying LPs again. Not that I’ve got a turntable mind. That won’t come ’til next week. But it’s ordered. For months, possibly years, I’ve been magnetically pulled towards any turntables I’d happen to see when we’ve been in town shopping. Or rather when Sarah’s been shopping and […]

Listening to David Bowie – The Next Day

So here it is, ‘The Next Day.’ Heavily trailered by the surprise release of one song ‘Where are we now?’ a couple of months ago. All melodic longing beautifully expressed. And of course, I should have guessed, there’s nothing else here on ‘The Next Day’ sounds even remotely like it. He’s being that David Bowie […]