Is this normal?

Ask a silly question and…you know how it goes. ‘What silly question?’ you may be wondering. No, it’s not the title of this post, but rather what inspired it: today’s instalment of ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’: “The normal. Is being ‘normal’ – whatever that means to you – a good thing or a bad…

My Music Lexicon: L is for Led Zeppelin (and nobody else)

We’re not quite halfway through this musical lexicon and we’ve already had a few examples of musical epiphany. However, for sheer power and immediacy there has never been anything to match the very first time I heard Led Zeppelin. By the time we got to the Lower Sixth (first of two years of A-level studies),…

Song Lyric Sunday: Happy Memory – ‘Remember A Day’

This week, Helen at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time has challenged us to post a set of song lyrics that ‘surrounds a happy memory’. I suppose you could take this one of two ways: either a song that holds links to a personal happy memory (so could, theoretically, be about anything)…

Zoned Out

I don’t know about you, but I find that the older I get, the lower my boredom threshold sinks. And the shorter my attention span becomes…. Sorry, what was I saying? Oh yes: boredom. Perhaps a jaded appetite is simply an inevitable consequence of having been shuffling around this mortal coil for a long time,…

Song Lyric Sunday: Military – ‘Buffalo Soldier’

This week, Helen at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time is looking for a song about the military. Not as straightforward as some of the themes we’ve had – especially having discounted, as I did immediately, Village People’s ‘In The Navy’ – but inspiration struck a little later with this song by…

My Music Lexicon: K is for King (and The Kinks)

Looking back at my music lexicon so far, it’s pretty obvious that I’m a child of my time – more specifically from about the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies.That isn’t an apology: I suspect that most people’s musical tastes are largely defined by their formative years. Lucky me. As we reach the letter ‘K’, however, while…

Life’s Ups and Downs

When people say to me ‘you couldn’t make it up’ I can only agree. Imagination is not my strong point, which is why today’s instalment of WordPress’ ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’ poses something of a challenge: “Fictional Elevator. You’re stuck in an elevator with an intriguing stranger. Write this scene.” You lost me at…

Song Lyric Sunday: Name – ‘Pictures of Lily’

This week, Helen wants a song with a name in the title. No shortage of them, that’s for sure, but to give everyone a rest from the Grateful Dead (‘Althea’, ‘Bertha’, ‘Cassidy’, ‘Corinna’, ‘Loose Lucy’ et al) here’s a very early (1967) single by one of the greatest – and certainly the loudest – rock…

Sensory overload

Is it me* or is WordPress getting a bit personal, not to say voyeuristic, with this latest instalment of ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’: “Feed your senses. Write down the first sight, sound, smell and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to and write. (For a bigger challenge,…

Song Lyric Sunday: Flower – ‘It Must Have Been The Roses’

“All I know, I could not leave her there” It’s been a few weeks since the Grateful Dead featured in Song Lyric Sunday, but this week’s theme of ‘flowers’ provides a good opportunity to redress that. Both words and music of this sweet little song were written by Jerry Garcia’s long-term collaborator, Robert Hunter. Oh…