My Music Lexicon: O is for Orbison (and Oasis)

Around the time my age reached double figures, singles – 45s (ask your grandad) – cost 6/8d each, which in the new money is 33.33 recurring pence. In other words, you could get three records for a pound. And we did. Every couple of weeks, my brother and I were allowed to order three records…

Song Lyric Sunday: Friendship – ‘Bob Dylan’s Dream’

“We thought we could sit forever in fun Our chances really was a million to one” Serendipity can be the strangest thing. Today, Helen has set us the theme of ‘Friendship’ for Song Lyric Sunday – and only yesterday I published a post about my five most-viewed posts, but only specified four of them. The…

False Pretences: The Way Forward

It’s one of those days today – a glorious morn when the designated theme from ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’ actually throws up something that stirs a response. “The Stat Connection. Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them and…

Song Lyric Sunday: Duet – ‘Fairytale of New York’

This week for the Song Lyric Sunday challenge she hosts at her blog This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time, Helen has invited us to post the lyrics of a duet. My initial thought was the Jagger/Bowie version of ‘Dancin’ In The Streets’ but, let’s be honest, it isn’t that great. More to the…

SoCS: Never As Good As The First Time

First time for everything  – even participating in Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week’s theme is ‘book title’. I try always to have a ‘proper’ book on the go and make a point of reading at least a few pages every day. I spent a couple of years working my way through the Guardian list…

My Music Lexicon: N is for…(struggling here)

I’ve been dreading reaching this stage of my Music Lexicon because I’m damned if I can think of an artiste or artistes that I give more than half a hoot about whose name begins with ‘N’. The only group I could come up with from when I was in what passed for my pomp was…

Song Lyric Sunday: Magic – ‘Black Magic Woman’

“Got your spell on me, baby” Helen is looking for a song relating to ‘Magic’ this week. There are plenty out there, certainly. To be perfectly honest, the first one that came into my head was Barry Manilow’s ‘Could It Be Magic?’ Hmmm…oui, mais non, as the French are wont to say. More attuned to…

Song Lyric Sunday: Freedom – ‘Me and Bobby McGee’

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” Song selection this week – for the theme of ‘freedom’ – was one of the easier decisions I’ve had to make on a Sunday morning. This seminal Kris Kristofferson song – performed here by Janis Joplin – provides perhaps a different take on what is usually…