I’ve always loved this song. But why? I feel it has something to do with (as is the case with a lot of Abba songs) the high pitch of Agnetha and Frida’s vocals giving a euphoric quality but interested to hear any other analyses.
SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me
Further to this post, as a fall-back in case the potential ‘hook-up’ (that the term?) I mention doesn’t transpire (preliminary contact through intermediaries has been instigated but it’s strictly deniable), how would one, hypothetically, go about engaging with one of those dating apps? Non seedy and strictly legal responses only, thanks.
I of course understand why this is the case, but a *cough* friend wanted to have a browse on that there Tinder the other day but found that he couldn’t do so without first creating his own profile – a step which my friend didn’t feel quite ready to take. Would be good if one could get a sense of what profiles look like before committing to one’s own. He felt.
Well as I’d splurged my private life all over these here ‘pages’ on a few occasions (like here and here among others, I thought some of you might appreciate an update. Also as a thankyou to the many folk on here who told me it would get better, and I’m here to tell ya – it does.
GLW tells me 3yrs ago that she ‘doesn’t want to be married to me anymore’ but we’ll continue as a ‘couple’ for the kids’ sake.
We live under same roof but in separate bedrooms since then. I still hold out hope that things may change but make no major changes in my mindset to bring about that scenario. Life plods along.
Mid-Jan this year she tells me she’s met someone. Cue emotional meltdown from me – the full (well actually a mad fluctuation between the first four) Kübler-Ross.
Many uncharacteristic tears (the full unstoppable tsunami) from me later, as well as many sarky remarks on both sides and all the rest of it, I have now arrived at:
Acceptance. Now open to the possibility of a new relationship for myself, whereas in my bleakest moments I literally could not » Continue Reading.
My current earworm is this version of one of the Carpenters’ slightly lesser-known tunes. Listening to a lot of Matthew Sweet in general at the moment, both on his own and with (*swoons*) Susanna Hoffs. So much good stuff.
As someone who has dysthymia / chronic depression / persistent depressive disorder yadda yadda yadda I’ve explored a few avenues in dealing with this condition. Currently on Sertraline, have been on Citalopram before, fluctuating between 50mg and 100mg. Can’t say I notice a great deal of difference to be honest. Also had CBT, hypnotherapy and ‘person-centred counselling’. I’m aware this will make me sound like a know-it-all (clearly I don’t, which is why I’m posting this) but once I became aware (like, pretty much immediately) of the therapist repeating back to me in slightly different words what I’d just said to them, it felt a bit futile to continue.
Anyway, I’m feeling that only a pretty profound experience is likely to shake me out of my all-pervasive ennui. Two approaches I’ve looked at recently intrigue me. First one psychedelic (therefore unfortunately highly illegal except in very exclusive research settings). Second one legal but pretty expensive (£3k for an average length of treatment plus travel costs, time off work etc).
Any thoughts on this most welcome.
Let’s never forget the utter wondrousness of his solo on this fantastic track.
The bleakly Bergmanesque beauty of this video has to be seen to be believed.
Ok my post title is a West of Scotland in-joke but please post your best message songs here.
I’ll kick off with an absolute belter…
Just as a bit of a counterweight to the prevailing themes of ‘how can America be so dumb?’ and ‘if only they were more civilised like us’.
The above-mentioned Joe Rogan is ‘an American stand-up comedian, martial arts color commentator and podcast host’.
‘Color commentator’ means essentially ‘co-commentator’, i.e. Gary Neville.
The depth of knowledge and skill in questioning shown in the below clip alone puts any superiority complex us Brits may harbour to shame.
More widely, it echoes what Raymond posted on here recently about the quality of the long form web-only shows like the Rubin Report with Brett and Eric Weinstein.
Three for a kick-off:
The Nightfly – Donald Fagen Famous Blue Raincoat – Jennifer Warnes Steve McQueen – Prefab Sprout
Any more for any more?
Well, sorry I’ve not checked in here for a while. Posting this tune may explain. Simultaneously uplifting and doomed and just generally fucking awesome. Some of you may remember my musings on this topic a couple of years ago. Well – ‘shit just got real’. The knowledge that things were not good between us as a couple has moved into the more tangible phase of someone she has been seeing and the more pressing need to inform our daughters (12 and 14) of the situation.
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper is of course fantastic in and of itself, but I must admit to never having ventured into the rest of the band’s Öeuvre (see what I did there?).
Let’s be ‘avin yer jangly guitar choices. Three from the wonderful and wonderfully-named Gin Blossoms to kick off…
Not a particular fan of the four circles myself, though I would quite like to be in the position of choosing between it and its Teutonic rivals, but found this ad very appealing. Surely one of the best theme tunes of the ‘golden age of telly’ (quotation marks very much intended) Are you free?
Things We Said Today.
Wanting to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Scotch, a recent googling led me to this wonderful treasure trove.
YouTube as we know is home to ne’er-do-wells of all stripes but let’s not forget that it makes sites such as this possible. Armed only with a rudimentary understanding of video technology an ordinary bloke (well as ordinary as an undertaker can be!) with a passion for a particular subject such as Ralf Mitchell can build a global audience.
For those such as myself wishing to delve slightly deeper into all things Scotch the first video I’ll post below is a good place to start but there is a positive cornucopia of information on his channel, including the occasional detour into the world of sipping rums, bourbons, even absinthe.
Also, a video he posted that made a greater impression on me than any amount of nanny state hectoring is shown below. All quality stuff and highly recommended.
Any other suggestions of similarly unlikely YouTubers welcome…
Favourite moments from this much-missed series?
Nil Fun singing Distant Sun would take some beating.
Nil might be the perfect live performer – equally adept at the between song banter as the actual performance. At the risk of coming over all mindfulness on yo’ ass, he’s as ‘in the moment’ during the jocularity of the banter between songs as he is during the often quite dark songs themselves. Great hair too 🙂
Other suggestions from this mostly fantastic programme welcome.
Following my appreciation of a current (to me but prehistoric to my daughters) top pop smasheroonie I felt we could widen this out to an appreciation of all things apologetic. It’ll be all contrite on the night perhaps…
An 80’s Caledoni-pop cult classic to begin from me.
and the video is a simple idea done really well.
On the latest Discover Weekly playlist that Spotify kindly compiled for me, this track appeared. To be honest I only knew the Carpenters version and was further surprised to learn that Klaatu were at one point suspected to be an actual undercover Beatles?!
I consider myself to have a pretty decent knowledge of all things Fab but I confess I wasn’t aware of this at all.
…is surely provided by this interview with Randy Newman.
I mention the Beach Boys, and how I love them (‘yeah, they’re great’), but that Brian Wilson’s arrangements sound meek next to Nelson Riddle’s. ‘Absolutely. Those guys were really sophisticated. Gordon Jenkins, Billy May. The Beach Boys was baby stuff.’ The one pop writer he gives unqualified praise to is Carole King. He recalls going up into the hills above LA with his teenage friend Lenny Waronker — the son of a music executive, who grew up to be one himself — so they could listen to a hip Chicago radio station. ‘He’d say, “Oh, that’s a Carole King song.” And it was better, her stuff. I could hear it. And a lot of the reason it was better is that she knew the old song repertory.’