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Author: Glenn

Sleep, interrupted

I had a strange night. Before bed I made the mistake of reading some things I shouldn’t have. Words from the past. They really jolted my system. They wound me up, and by the time I switched off the light I knew I’d struggle to sleep. And I did struggle. Long time to drift off, and many times waking up. Although I did eventually sleep for long enough to dream at one stage – not nice dreams. Horrible dreams. The things I read really got to me. A real eye opener. Made me realise what an idiot I was...

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2 Years of Songs: No 19 – “​Somebody That I Used To Know”

“​Somebody That I Used To Know” Making Mirrors, Gotye (ft. Kimbra) Utterly addictive song, for me at least. One I can listen to over and over. Great tune and lyrics. Love the interplay, lyrically, between the man and woman. I can identify with both sides. A friend of mine shared this tune on their Facebook page back in about September 2015. I already knew the song, but seeing the video reminded me of how good it is. Over the Christmas period, 2015, I listened to this...

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2 Years of Songs: No 18 – “​Flaws”

“Flaws”III, Take That​A great track, made even better when I watched it live at the O2 back in June. The arrangement that night was excellent and, for me, was the standout moment of the show. Here it is: The recording of this performance isn’t the best – it came across as much better than this in the venue. Great lyrics, lovely song. Relevant to me and my life – particularly the last 2 years – in so many...

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Happier dreams etc.

I had dreams last night. I don’t remember them clearly but I do know they didn’t involve betrayal or the woman from the previous night’s dreams. So, a much better feeling this morning. I have been seeing reviews of the a-ha gig which took place at the O2 on Saturday night. I was supposed to be going. I purchased 2 tickets, one for myself and one for my significant other at the time, but I couldn’t go. Shame. That’s probably the last chance I’ll ever get to see a-ha perform. But that’s life – you can’t always get what you want. By all accounts it was a great gig. Just been looking at my notes for 2 Years Of Songs… I have 30 tracks on my list, so still a few more to come! It’s very likely that no one is reading or seeing my posts about these songs, but it doesn’t matter because I am enjoying putting them out there. It’s also given me the chance to find alternate and live versions of some of the tracks, which is a massive bonus. I’ve also been making some music using my trusty guitar, my voice, and my iMac. So far so good. My two girls particularly enjoyed it when I turned my recorded voice into a high pitched squeal. There’s a setting in GarageBand where you can alter the...

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Telemetry and dreams/nightmares

I had two strange dreams last night, both involving the same woman. Each dream ended in betrayal of me by this woman. The two dreams began well enough – happy, although always with an undercurrent of tension. The tension was there because I sensed, in the dreamworld, that all was not right. Then two betrayals… Cheery start to an Easter Monday 😀 In other news, it turns out that my daughter, Grace, has been having (according to the telemetry from her recent hospital stay) an average of 8 seizures per hour. Yes, per hour. That’s a hundred seizures on most days! No surprise that she’s struggling at school. Given her problems I think that she is doing remarkably well. Once I have the full report in a few weeks I shall write a longer post about...

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2 Years of Songs: No 17 – “​If I Ever Loved You”

“​If I Ever Loved You”What Is Love For, Justin Currie What Is Love For is a great album awash with great songs. This is one of them. “If I Ever Loved You” was one of the tracks that I instantly liked – many of the other tracks are slow burners but I recognised the brilliance of this song right from the beginning. Beautiful and stunning. And this acoustic version is incredible. Music that can move you to tears is music for the soul. Just… beautiful. The lyrics are perfect too, like the opening lines: Baby, I was not the oneI guess you know that nowBut I kept you real distracted for a while And then these words, nearer the end: Maybe I was not the one but I had to tryAnd in the end there’s no such thingAs wasted time I was the interimBetween nothingness and himSo how is that a crime? Here’s the original piano based track, from the...

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2 Years of Songs: No 16 – “​Love Will Come Through”

“Love Will Come Through”12 Memories, Travis This is a great track from Travis. Over the past year I listened to this many times, particularly when Apple Music was released. One of the benefits of Siri integration with Apple Music is the ability to say “Play me some Travis” – and off Siri will go, obediently finding and playing me Travis songs. “Love Will Come Through” was one of the many songs which stuck limpet-like in my mind. There’s something else, though. When I first listened to this song I agreed with its sentiments. Particularly these lyrics: So take me, don’t leave meTake me, don’t leave meBaby, love will come throughIt’s just waiting for you My feelings on love and “romance” have altered since then. I believe that love will not just “come through” anymore. It’s bullshit. One needs to be more proactive to build and establish relationships. But I still love the song. Just no longer go along with its premise. Maybe one day someone or something will prove me wrong? We’ll...

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2 Years of Songs: No 15 – “​Rather Be”

“Rather Be”New Eyes, Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)We’re a thousand miles from comfort, we have traveled land and seaBut as long as you are with me, there’s no place I’d rather be I heard those lyrics a lot last year. “Rather Be” regularly popped up on the radio, travelling to Trowbridge from Chippenham, late at night. There was a strange disconnect when hearing those words. In my mind they were true – they said what I was feeling at the time. Yet, the song often came on when I was leaving the place I’d rather be.  Usually not through my own choice, either. So this song brings up mixed emotions. “Rather Be” makes it into my 2 Years of Songs because I like it, obviously, but also because I heard it many times at crucial...

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A few weeks

These last few weeks have been trying. Week before last mum had another heart attack – luckily this took place while she was on a visit to see a specialist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. She had the attack before she’d even had the scheduled appointment. If you’re going to have a heart attack the best place would be where she had it – surrounded by doctors. Thankfully mum is back home now, after undergoing various treatments, one of which was an angiogram. A second stent was inserted, as well as the first one “re-inflated” – apparently it had become furred. On top of that, since Sunday evening I have had the pleasure of having my youngest daughter, Billie, staying with me. This, though, is because Grace, my eldest, is in a Surrey hospital undergoing extensive testing to do with her epilepsy. Apparently things are going well, though Grace has had a lot of seizures. That, though, I am looking on as a positive thing because it means the specialists will get a clearer idea of what is going on inside poor little Grace’s brain. The up side of this is having Billie stay with me for a few days. She has been lovely. Getting her up and ready for school – with her looking adorable in her uniform. Reading and doing her keywords. Getting to school early so...

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2 Years of Songs: No 14 – “​Closer”

“Closer”The Boy With No Name, Travis In 2015 Apple introduced their Apple Music service. Part of the grand introduction was to offer all iTunes account holders a free 3-month trial of the service. During this time I reacquainted myself with the music of Travis, and I found some real gems. “Closer” was one of them. Favourite lyrics: [FIRST VERSE]I’ve had enough of this paradeI’m thinking of the words to sayWe open up unfinished partsBroken upIt’s only love [SECOND VERSE]Keep waking up without you hereAnother day another yearI seek the truth, we set apartSecond danceA second...

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