A Quiet Game Of Bowls

Goodnight, my friends, goodnight

And it’s only art that can take you by the hand and show you the way towards joy, towards life.

Then up the mountainside, to wash your eyelids in the rain.

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A Quiet Game Of Bowls

Gimme Back My Heart Andrew Bird

Never underestimate the power of music. These past few years, I’d almost forgotten that. Forgotten that some music has the power to possess you. Music that turns your skin to goose flesh. Music that makes the hair on your arms stand on end. Music that makes your throat taut and tense. Music that leaves you catching your breath, that sends a rush of blood to every fibre in your body. It penetrates you, touches a little hidden spot somewhere in your brain, that sparks and resonates through your whole being. Mystical music, spiritual music, heady, crazy, mesmerising, sweet, sweet music. Read More

A Quiet Game Of Bowls

Favourite Lyrics

A couple of days ago it was revealed that the UK’s favourite song lyric is “One” by U2. While it’s undoubtedly a beautiful song, it wouldn’t make my top ten. I’m more inclined to go for the lyric that came in at number 2 in the poll by VH1: “How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths. While Morrissey’s genius is undisputed, in my opinion, that’s not my favourite Smiths song as it turns out. Anyway, for a bit of fun, here’s my top ten all time favourite lyrics (though it’s an interchangeable ranking depending on my mood) # 1 “Consolation Read More

A Quiet Game Of Bowls

The Ballad of Lennon & McCartney

So, my Helter Skelter shock therapy continues πŸ™‚ I’ve been listening to it again today – just to see how I feel about it now that I know that it’s actually Paul singing and not John. And it still hits me. For some reason I receive a little jolt from this song every time I hear it. Like a little electric prod to the brain. I have no idea why this is. I am not one to analyse these things. Something about the analysis leaves me cold, makes me fear that the music will somehow lose some of it’s power Read More

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“Before the bullfight”

I am sitting behind my laptop, the radio station playing quietly in the background, when a gentle swirl of music begins to filter through to me. At first it is just a faint, lingering sound. Slow and tentative, coming towards me, like a trickle of water. Then the drum rises up, perforates the melancholy, to combine with a trumpet, exotic and bold. It hits me, takes me aback, starts me dreaming of far away cities, far away people. Rouses me from some deep reverie. It’s David Sylvian. “Before The Bullfight” from the album “Gone To Earth” Is this the most Read More

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Dresden Dolls Live in Amsterdam

Now there is no way that I am ever going to do justice to last night’s concert with mere words. No, The Dresden Dolls are most definitely something to be experienced first hand. It is a genuine pleasure to stand in an intimate smoke filled hall and watch musicians perform. In an era when bland, vacant eyed popstars are the norm, The Dresden Dolls stand as proof positive that the good will out. And what performers they are. This was a very physical show, a show where the story was as important as the song. Brian Viglione ( think Little Read More