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Month, hour, weather, mood

She smiled at you is bright Spring sunlight at 1015

The end of a way of life is freezing February sunrise mist

You’re meeting her for a drink is any of the 12 nights of Christmas

A few hours into work is the blanket of uncontrollable 3pm winter gruel that they call stormy

The argument is the lightning sparkling across the water at 10pm November

Loneliness is the first bite of autumn before the sunset starts

Musical bliss is the beat of sunlight on an unforgiving July afternoon

Love is the second summer of September, about 230pm


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At least I’ve got options…

What is the point of life?

When you work full time, work can seem the point. No, not the point, if you work full time, what is the point? Surviving it long enough to reach a place (the weekend) when you can feel freedom, however fleeting it may be?

Maybe money is the point, since making money is why we work. Money brings freedom also, to a point. The love of money is the root of all evil, but that doesn’t stop us all spending extraordinary amounts of time obsessing over it.

Instead of loving money, maybe we should love a person, so maybe love is the point. Love is also obsessed over and can be painful but it’s sweet when you hear the words thrown your way.

If I was asked the point of life, I’d probably go for striving for freedom, creativity, love, not in that order necessarily. At least I’ve got options. Which brings me to Gomez.

I heard Options, their new single, on 6 Music and loved it and was surprised to find that it was them. Then, on a whim, I went to see them play and they were great. And I bought the album Whatever’s On Your Mind and found it to have a surprisingly strong pop sensibility about it.

It has been pointed out to me that I haven’t blogged for a while, so I’m going to make an effort to blog a bit more over the next week or month.

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Are you what you love? Am I?

If so, somewhere in the following wonderful things is a little box with a keyhole shaped like my soul!

Some lovely songs I enjoyed a dalliance with in 2010:

I loved The Writer by Ellie Goulding, it had a big heart and wasn’t afraid to throw it out there. Either Side Of The World by Crowded House, One Life Stand by Hot Chip and Stylo by Gorillaz were stupendous and sexy. The Bike Song by Mark Ronson and the Business International was possibly a pop highlight, definitely the number one singalong for me.

The albums I took to my heart started with Plastic Beach by Gorillaz. The aforementioned Stylo was adored by me all year but the album has an ambition and grandeur that it pulls off completely with help from the bold and beautiful from varied corners of the music world whilst containing a bewildering number of classic pop songs – Superfast Jellyfish, Broken, On Melancholy Hill, Some Kind Of Nature, Rhinestone Eyes, To Binge and my fave, Empire Ants. I enjoyed the Bon Iver album, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ and I discovered I Am Kloot, their eponymous album being an almighty joy. Also loved Angles by Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip. Mark Ronson’s Record Collection appeared to contain much in common with mine and the 80s revival never sounded so good. Another album with a wealth of pop classics.

But three albums towered above all others for me this year. I finally caught up with The End of History by Fionn Regan as it was donated to me by a very generous and beautiful benefactor and became a soundtrack for my autumn and is truly special for me. The Bees released their 4th album, Every Step’s A Yes. I felt it should perhaps be subtitled, Essence Of Bees as it distills everything that is wonderful about this amazing band. It is my favourite of their albums and opens up in me a beautiful reverie. Not quite as much as my favourite album of the year though. High Violet by The National walks a tightrope between uplifting and heartbreaking almost constantly and I played it every day for about three months and still love it now and I become a little helpless if it catches me in the right (or wrong) mood.

There were three gigs that hit the right note for me this year. Crowded House made me cry, The Bees made us love life and the Pet Shop Boys at Glastonbury were a revelation.

A televisual gem I caught up with this year was the Flight Of The Conchords – Carol Brown, Hurt Feelings, Sugalumps, Brahbrah, ‘he’s gonna wake up in a smoothie’, ‘baguette, haw haw, haw’ – classic! On a darker note, Red Riding and Any Human Heart were amazing but not quite as amazing as Accused.

And as for films, it was a thrill, and an education, to see Metropolis on the big screen, Toy Story 3 hardly needs any introduction (not a dry eye in the Glastonbury house!), The Town was wonderful and Inception became my favourite film of the year…once I’d seen it twice!

Happy New Ones everybody.


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This is a low, but it won’t hurt you…

When do you become a man?

When you’ve been flattened by life (or by February)? When you become a father? When you make love for the first time? When you realise that what you want to do is going to become a reality and you have to adjust to that? When your parents die?

And when do you feel it? During those moments or does it happen while you’re concentrating on other things?

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Love and Photography #1

It’s the marketing season of love and I have my romantic moments now and then. I was singing about someone wearing my bandana last night (in a barely related incident). My housemate told her he thought I was in love with her but I’m not. She’s cute though!

So, yeah, anyway, the season of love. It’s lovely being in love but I find that rarely do two people feel mutually. With so many options around for lifestyle, so many things keeping us from being content, I think we struggle these days with love. I also think it’s becoming less effective. Less people, if they stood there and admitted it truthfully, seem really really happy with what they’ve got. Maybe coz they’re being selfish, maybe coz the grass is greener, maybe because they’ve been hurt one too many times. It’s a shame.

Anyway, Happy Valentine’s!

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