Monthly Archives: March 2017

Good Day Sunshine…ah, spring, when one’s fancy turns to…

“It was really very much a nod to The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Daydream,’ the same traditional, almost trad-jazz feel. That was our favourite record of theirs. ‘Good Day Sunshine’ was me trying to write something similar to ‘Daydream.’ John and I … Continue reading

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A few words about Pete Shotton…

“If anyone was doing the hanging on, it was John. He hung on to me, always had done. He always made me feel special, made it clear he was desperate for my company, especially when he was depressed and fed … Continue reading

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Jane Austen, alt-right heroine…say what…?

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” – Jane Austen Various news sources, both here in America and elsewhere, are claiming that Jane Austen, doyenne of … Continue reading

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Chuck Berry and the Beatles: standing on the shoulders of a giant and all that…

“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.” – John Lennon I had planned to write an essay this week about George Harrison’s brilliant synthesis of rock and Indian music, “Within You, … Continue reading

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Dancing about architecture: trying to read Paul Morley’s Words and Music…

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” – attributed variously, most likely by Martin Mull As I have explained previously, my 2017 reading list is devoted to reading books about music. I have covered only three books so far, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hank: a Storyteller’s Story by Rick Burnham

Hank: a Storyteller’s Story¬†tells a tale of identity theft of the most literal kind and how, as victims discover their true identities how much our pasts inform our futures. Rick Burnham’s brief novel Hank: a Storyteller’s Story¬†is an exploration of … Continue reading

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No Reply: the Beatles write a breakup song…

“It was my version of Silhouettes: I had that image of walking down the street and seeing her silhouetted in the window and not answering the phone, although I never called a girl on the phone in my life. Because … Continue reading

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