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Author: Glenn

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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2 Years of Songs: No 13 – “​Don’t Stop Movin'”

“Don’t Stop Movin'”Sunshine, S Club 7 “Don’t Stop Movin'” came back into my world when I saw S Club 7 perform it live on the 11th of May, 2015. Below is the actual performance I witnessed that evening at the Bournemouth International Centre. I loved the song when it was released and it now has even more significance to me (I won’t go into why). It’s enough to say that “Don’t Stop Movin'” easily makes it into the list of defining songs from the past 2 years of my labyrinthine...

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2 Years of Songs: No 12 – “​What Is Love For?”

“What Is Love For?”What Is Love For, Justin Currie What Is Love For is my album of last year, by a country mile. Released in 2007 by Justin Currie – former lead singer of Del Amitri. I didn’t really listen to this album at all when I first discovered it a couple of years back (I hadn’t realised that Justin Currie had produced some solo music), but last year I decided on a whim to play it via Spotify. This time things were different. I got it, completely. I love the whole album, start to finish – not a single bad song. For me, as perfect an album as there could be. And the album starts off with this song – a slow, mournful kick to the nads. Once again, for me, it’s the last lines of the song that say it better than I ever could. What is love for What is love forWhat do I do with love I can’t use for her any moreWhere do I put this beautiful suit, another memoireWhat is love for Indeed, what is love...

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2 Years of Songs: No 11 – “​Only Love Can Hurt Like This”

“Only Love Can Hurt Like This”A Perfect Contradiction, Paloma Faith There was a time that this song meant something else to me, now its meaning has changed a little. It seemed that I would hear “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” every single time I stepped into the car to travel to Chippenham. I mean every time. It’s a great song, so that was no hardship. But each time I heard it I felt that sneaking feeling of prescience. As if Paloma was trying to tell me something. If only I had listened. To Paloma and to my own intuition. Great song, melody, beat and sentiment. My favourite lyrics are the first and the last lines. I tell myself you don’t mean a thing and: Save me, save me,Only love, only love,‘Cause only love can hurt like thisAnd it must have been a deadly...

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2 Years of Songs: No 10 – “I’m An Unbeliever”

​”I’m An Unbeliever”Del Amitri I absolutely adore this song. From one of my all time favourite bands comes this amazing b-side (to the single “Just Before You Leave”). I’d never even heard of the song before 18 months ago. But when I did, I quickly fell under its spell. Stand out moment for me is at 2m 43s when the guitars take over, providing an almost angry uplift from the mournful message of the previous verse: And out of nothing, she materialised A vision with her wings missing, she opened up my eyes A mission ready for kissing so the dead could be revived Cue glorious guitars… The quoted verse means a lot to me. The rest of the song builds and builds and builds, leading to Justin Currie’s falsetto voice crowning a fantastic song. Emotive. Spine tingling....

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