21 Music Questions Answered

A few weeks ago (what can I tell you? I’ve been busy), the prolific Fandango posted his answers to 21 questions about musical tastes, set by another blogger. This gave me the idea of doing something similar, if only to relieve the thin and no doubt tedious diet of ‘One-Liner Wednesdays’ and ‘Song Lyric Sundays’…

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…

‘The road to Hell…

…is paved with good intentions’ as somebody once said. Given that it’s that time of year, but also bearing in mind that we’ve already established that I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, I thought I might at least to set down some intentions, blog-wise, for the coming year. At least it makes a…

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…

Your prompt response is much appreciated

When I finally managed to shift myself and publish a new post recently I think I was fair enough to apportion blame. Which is to say that I claimed it wasn’t all my fault. In particular, I railed against the absence of sufficiently inspiring daily prompts from WordPress – and it was while doing so that…

Excuses? No sirree. Reasons, reasons

‘Where have you been?’ you’re almost certainly not wondering. Look, I know it’s been over a month since my last post, but it’s not for the want of trying. Let me assure you, I haven’t been idle. Although not for the want of trying. So here are ten perfectly good reasons – not excuses, oh dear…

#idle misanthrope

My Twitter account is a bit like my bicycle; it’s there, it’s mine alright, but it doesn’t get used much. WordPress is the only reason I signed up to Twitter in the first place, but as I pointed out at the time, since I know hardly anybody else with a Twitter account, its value as…

Colonic irritation

Oh WordPress, you shouldn’t have got me started. A recent Daily Prompt asked about punctuation. In particular, it asked ‘do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without?’  Like it says on Wikipedia, punctuation is: “the use of spacing, conventional signs, and certain typographical…

The unkindest cut

You may not even have noticed – and I wouldn’t pretend or presume that, in the great scheme of things, it makes any difference whether you have or not – but of late there’s not been too much in the way of output on this plucky little blog. Quite literally, you haven’t missed much. I would not…

A matter of perspective

The Universe, we are told, is a very big place and we are a very insignificant part of it. That’s fine by me. I love all those TV documentaries about the origins and unimaginable scale of the Universe, quantum physics and the nature of reality. Although this serenity is probably just a consequence of my inability…