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’…

Song Lyric Sunday: Fear – ‘Fearless’

A lot of people  seem to have found Helen’s theme of ‘Fear’ for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday pretty straightforward. I confess that I had to think about it for a while, having eschewed the perhaps too obvious ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’. However, this Pink Floyd song eventually came to me, and famously has the…

Song Lyric Sunday: Madness – ‘Brain Damage’

“There’s someone in my head but it’s not me” Helen’s chosen the theme of ‘Madness’ for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. You might say that – for me at any rate – that was a complete no-brainer. It’s pretty obvious from the title of this blog what my favourite group is, but Pink Floyd is…

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…

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)…

Song Lyric Sunday: Precious – ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’

First of all, many congratulations and best wishes to Helen from This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time on her marriage yesterday (which, quite unrelatedly, was also my 65th birthday). Appropriately, the theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is precious metal or stones. This song is not about love in the romantic…

Song Lyric Sunday: Sun – ‘Fat Old Sun’

Seeing this week’s theme of ‘Sun’ took me straight to this song by Pink Floyd, and also straight back to June 1973. I had finished my final exams and was occupying the peculiar status known – at British universities any way – as ‘graduand’. That’s the strange no-man’s land between being an undergraduate and a…

Faraway laughter

“Far from home. Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever travelled from home.” There’s a website – of course there is: did you really think there wouldn’t be? – that will tell you the precisely opposite position on the globe to wherever you are in the world. Useful to know. Thus it tells me that if, unaccountably, I…