How do you feel when you see signs of the world changing from the one you you grew up in, the world you might have thought would be around forever?
Writing well: What’s a good word?
How do we best go about finding and choosing the perfect words to express what is in our mind and in our heart?
Seven books that mean the world to me
What seven books mean the most to you? This is my selection of seven books that mean the world to me right now – a mix of current raves and lifelong faves. At the start of this year, my friend Steve Tovey tagged me in a social media challenge to share covers of seven books that […]
Like nobody is reading
If a tree falls in a forest and no-one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?* Is the true Zen wisdom of blogging to be found not in whether it speaks to an audience, but in the purity of writing itself? Moby has been there and done that. In a fascinating chinwag […]
When did music begin for you?
Gentle reader: When and how did music come into your life? When did music “begin” for you? The tinniest little noise can spark a lifelong love. For most of us, there will be a moment when the magic of music reveals itself fully for the first time. It might be one single song clicking like […]
#7songs2016: Of Mobience and Talking Heads
If you had to pick seven songs from this year or yesteryear that have meant the world to you in 2016, what would they be? The best music is timeless. And some of it is completely free. All music plays with time. You might want a song you love never to end. You might want […]
You only live it twice
Worry and fear form an endlessly twisting path that may or may not have failure at its end. If you find yourself on this path, ask yourself: How bad is it, really? Rock stars who whinge about heroin withdrawal are crybabies. So opines Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones in his autobiography, Life.* Drawing on […]
Why does my heart feel so bad?
Life is always wildly unpredictable. This is always good and bad. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away. One day into the second half of this year, 2016 seems intent on proving itself more wildly unpredictable than any year in (my) living memory. Bookended by Bowie and Brexit, the first half […]