May
9

Sods & Graces

Sods & Graces

When earth gives way to the farmers turn,

all thoughts of sods and graces are lost

to the art of survival, as time drips endlessly

to the relentless beat of the rotation tune.

This land beneath my feet

is scarcely different to that

which generations before

did proffer their time in the hope of food.

And the soil itself that has grown all

within it’s willing and bountiful womb,

is as it was two hundred years ago

and will outlast me and my clan and then some.

I walk these ancient paths

aware of these truths

and of her watching me so,

willing me on, holding my direction of travel.

A X

Apr
27

The Reef

The Reef

At some point,

deep and distant,

the storm began to brew.

Was it you or me,

it matters not

because it blew you right into my arms.

A X

Apr
15

The Next 10

The Next 10

The next ten records after my Top 10 & you start to get into territory of this could be one of 40 or 50 but here goes:

Whatever People Say I am, That’s what I’m not – Arctic Monkeys – one of those records that when it came out it blew you away with its energy and power and Northern guile. Quite raw in places and all the better for it

Sugaring Season – Beth Orton – after a 6 year hiatus she recorded this in 2012 & it’s sumptuous

Songs for Swinging Lovers – Frank Sinatra – happiness is this record

Bring it On – Gomez – unbelievably 20 years old and at the time a breath of fresh air. They are touring the album again now & we will luckily see them @ Rock City in 2 weeks

50 Words for Snow – Kate Bush – to be played none stop in winter

Diamond Mind – King Creosote & John Hopkins – press play & enter a world of perfect peace

Out of the Blue – ELO – at the time ELO took the path of pop and classical into new territory following on from George Martin’s work with Music that I think he would have admired

Band on the Run – Paul McCartney – an amazing record with an amazing back story. Released in 1973 it was his 5th album since leaving The Beatles in only 3 years! This has all time classics plus one of my favourite tunes ‘Bluebird’

The Bends – Radiohead – awesome. Tracks to literally never leave you. Pieces of poetry, built with craft and genius.

The White Album – The Beatles – also awesome. The most eclectic of the Beatles records and the one that most bands drew inspiration from including Radiohead. In its depth alone it is simply incredible. Then there’s the small matter of some of the most delectable tunes ever

And the beauty of music? I’ve got so much more to discover and there’s so much more to come out which means our choices are always positively affected. Here’s to discovery.

A X

Apr
14

Let it Be

Let it Be

10 Albums that changed my life.

Let it Be by The Beatles.

M first choice. This was where it all began for me. Everything before and I was waking up to music. Everything since and I can trace it back to here.

My dear friend Steve and I whilst in the sixth form used to buy fish & chips each Friday from the Sunnydale chippy, go back to his house and week after week revel in this one record.

Steve & I would go on to so many musical journeys with many of them a million miles away from here, but the threads from this record have laced our musical boots ever since.

A X

Apr
14

Grand Prix

Grand Prix

10 Albums that changed my life

Grand Prix by Teenage Fanclub

My second choice. I grew up musically in the 80’s and loved so much of the noises that hit me. It was a decade of eclectic mix, of tastes and sounds to enrapture and dance to. And yet I was desperate for the 90’s and the scene that brought pounding dance, layback chill and full on Indy to the fore.

Teenage Fanclub released their masterstroke in 1995 and once I heard it I was dazzled. Tunes to die for and harmonies to rip the emotions to shreds washed over me with effortless calm.

I adore this record utterly. It’s my favourite girlfriend.

A X