This post will be the first in a series highlighting various songs and albums which have been important to me during the last 2 years.

It’s been a turbulent couple of years for me – some of the very worst and darkest, and some of the best times of my life – but one thing has remained constant throughout that period… my love of music. Music has never let me down.

The Last Ship
Sting

Back at the end of 2013, when the shit was hitting the fan in my now ex-marriage, this album was released – and it kept me sane. I’ve long been an admirer of Sting. Although I’m not a collector of his albums, I recognise quality music from him when it comes along. This, to my eyes, is quality music. Ignore the almost comical Geordie accent affected by Sting at times (although to give him credit, he is from Newcastle and this album is the forerunner of a musical) and underneath are some real gems.


The Last Ship marked the end of the last few years of my life from 2009 until 2013. “So To Speak” in particular spoke to me as the last lament of a dying man, and reminded me of my late father, who passed from cancer in early 2009. Some great lines and a beautiful sentiment.

Other tracks marked a new beginning. Several tracks would turn out to be prescient – indicators of what followed. “And Yet” and “I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else” would turn out to have deeper meaning for me than I ever suspected on first listen.

There are many good solid tracks on The Last Ship. Songs like “Practical Arrangement” and “Language of Birds” certainly stand out.

 The Last Ship seemed to sum up some elements of my life before the album came out… and, sadly, predicted some of the things that came next.

Sting may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for me this album was like a refreshing brew – it’s not the best album ever made, but it was the best album for me at the time.