My Music Lexicon: Introduction

Isn’t it handy that there are 26 letters in the alphabet and 52 weeks in the year? If my arithmetic is correct (it is), that means one letter for every fortnight.

So here’s the plan. Every two weeks, working my way through the alphabet, I’m going to publish a post about a group or artiste that has some kind of personal resonance for me. This isn’t going to be a series of learned musicological discussions – I’m not at all qualified for that. I just know what I like and I’ll try and explain what that is and why. It might be the music itself or it could be the associations it carries.

Some of my choices will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me (spoiler alert: ‘G’ is a shoo-in).

grateful-dead-are-putting-outI think some of the others might raise an eyebrow, though – or, who knows, perhaps even a flicker of interest.

I’ve already made my list, and in the process I found that in a lot of cases there was more than one suitable candidate, especially as anyone I’ve ever actually seen performing live was automatically on the short list. However, I’ve tried to be disciplined and confined myself to one featured ‘act’ (for want of a better word), but there will usually also be at least one ‘honourable mention’.

And why am I doing this, you may ask. And I’m glad you did. Well, until quite recently the intended music content of this blog was even more neglected than the rest. However, over the past couple of months I have been enjoyably participating in the ‘Song Lyric Sunday’ challenge hosted by Helen at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time and while I certainly hope to continue with that, it has also given me the appetite to set my own musical agenda, as it were.

Plus it legitimises the hours I spend dicking around on Youtube. And that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

We start tomorrow with, controversially enough, the letter ‘A’.

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