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Author: Glenn

Being Kind

Today I have been reacquainting myself with Nanny Moore’s Law. Even if I don’t feel good inside there’s no reason not to be kind to others. So, that’s what I’ve been doing today – trying to follow Nan’s wisdom. She’s another woman I miss. RIP Nan. And thank you for helping me to come to my senses, even from beyond the grave. Photo by...

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Whitehall Revisited and A New Song

This afternoon I went to Whitehall garden centre. I wanted to have a look at the toy section because they often have unusual toys there and I wanted something for my eldest daughter, Grace, who turns 8 next week. I also was looking for a couple of items for the garden that I had seen on sale last year. I have to admit that it was strange going there. I’ve not been to Whitehall since November 2015 – a visit which holds sad memories for me. But it is a lovely place to visit on a beautiful day. I...

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De-stressing

It’s been an interesting day. Good, but stressful in parts. This is when I’m happy that I have the gym to go to. I will push myself to the limit to work off some of my stress and frustration. An hour where I’m not thinking, just in the zone. So. Tonight. 7pm. Gym, I’m coming to get you.Photo by...

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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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