Category Archives: Music & DJ

Looking back…

Nine races into our 12 race adventure, we’ll occasionally look back or talk about our plans. Those conversations inevitably bring me to this song and video – filmed in, and partly about, Bexhill-on-Sea. I ran past the wooden structure they show and the Sovereign Light Café itself six times each in the Poppy Half. Amazing memories (rather glossing over the foul weather that day)

Watch “Keane – Sovereign Light Café” on YouTube

Back home

It’s nice to be back at home finally and not be planning to head off for my next trip. Don’t get me wrong I still love the traveling but just not always back-to-back trips.

Zurich was excellent. OK it wasn’t uneventful, managing to get on one wrong train and having my hotel room given to someone else. Incidentally what exactly was going on in Zurich to fill up all the hotel rooms? The only thing I can find was a FIFA meeting. Can’t see it somehow.

Anyway, I’ve already had a quick gush elsewhere about the highlights so for today we’ll just focus on my favourite tunes from my iPod while I was away along with some vaguely relevant chitchat. Listen to them all. Ah go on now…

Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
This was the first tune of the trip, played walking from the plane to arrivals in Gatwick. Made the surely unnecessarily long trip nearly pleasant. Quite an achievement.

Courteeners – When You Want Something You Can’t Have
Just a good song. Not their best but still really good. Honorable mention for “Save Rosemary In Time” for using the lyric “smarter than the average bear”

Taylor Swift – The Lucky One
Despite having had this on my iPod since her Red album came out I’d never heard this before. I first heard it when leaving the Radisson Hotel in Zurich airport. When on the plane I checked for the title in case I had it and up it came!

Alistair Griffin – Always No.1
Nothing witty to say here. I just like him and this.

Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
Hand picked weird choice. Seemed appropriate on Tuesday morning. Not entirely sure why now.

Depeche Mode – Soft Touch / Raw Nerve
Almost like one of their 80s tunes but just made a bit more grubby. That’s a good thing by the way.

Biffy Clyro – Accident Without Emergency
Curiously familiar. Not sure why. Something about the drums I think. It’ll come to me one day. Probably one night actually and I’ll say it out loud and, quite rightly, get funny looks.

Keane – Sovereign Light Café
Brought back memories of my first 5k road run. Nice

Arctic Monkeys – Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Three reasons. 1. kids should be taught how to play the guitar like in the intro. 2. Cool title. 3. My tablet predicted the word “monkeys” after “arctic”

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
This is high up my list of “songs I’d never thought someone might request”. It’s not awful but not exactly danceable! Enjoyed it on the plane though!

Musical meandering

As I promised back in errr… January …. ahem…. I thought I’d put some more musically themed blogs around here sometime.

Tonight I was originally going to play some more Forza but felt I was too tired to do any good so just relaxed instead. And then I remembered my January post so thought I’d pick up my copy of 1,001 Songs To Hear Before You Die and leaf through from back to front (new to old).

And hope not to find the Birdie Song mentioned….

Starts off well enough Gorillaz “Stylo”. When this was released I remember being blown away by it. I saw it done live-ish on Later With Jools and it sounded outstanding but somehow never became as cool as their early stuff. Quite inexplicable to me.

Couple of world music bits or other things I can’t be bothered writing about next plus Lily Allen “The Fear” (top 1,000 songs ever? Really?!) and Florence & The Machine “Dog Days Are Over” (hmmm I guess)

Then Coldplay “Viva La Vida”. To me this originally was quite difficult to listen to so how it ever got to number one still puzzles me. Not that it’s not a great tune. Just not even Coldplay’s best work ever. Yet their only ever number 1 in either the US or UK. Quite bizarre.

iPod about to die so that’ll do for now. Night!!

First blog of 2011

Tonight I’ve had the most lovely relaxed evening. It’s just been great enjoying reading one of my Xmas pressies in such a fab relaxed atmosphere.

It got me thinking I really should post here more. I’m sure I have lots more nonsense in my head I should share but I don’t.

For example about 10 years ago before the Internet was like everywhere and around the time I was writing a web site, on Prestel before the Internet itself went mainstream, devoted to motor sport news and I had an idea late one December to write a page every day based on a relevant hopefully-motor-sport-related post. I guess someone came up with the idea of a blog before I executed it. I just didn’t know at the time. Being sweet and innocent and all that.

Anyway the book I was reading was 1001 Songs To Hear Before You Die. And what I’m thinking of doing is working my way back through the book finding things to witter on about.

Like how somehow Keane have only 2 songs in the top 10,000 yet Goldfrapp have 12. Dont get me wrong – I love Goldfrapp, especially “Number 1” but a whole albums worth? Naaahh.

Yet how good it is the Streets have several including “Dry Your Eyes” that apparently Chris Martin originally did the vocals for.

Anyhoo I decided I need more blogs about music. So going forward that lovely book will influence more.

And as for now I’d like to say on New Years Eve I particularly enjoyed playing….
McFly “Shine A Light”
Sugababes “Push the button”
Killers “Mr Brightside” (in the top 1,001 tunes!)

and wish I could have found a way of playing Taylor Swift “Back To December”

So for the first post in three months this has been quite wordy and I hope there’ll be lots more. Can’t promise tho!

Ash and Inside Job

Hey all. It seems like I’m posting roughly once a month at the moment so I thought I’d get my November post in early and who knows I might even manage another. Maybe.

The last three weekends have been pretty amazing really all starting with a really nice night out with a group from work. It was really good chatting to quite a few people who I don’t often get to. They also had an excellent band on – Inside Job – who did in particular a fantastic cover of the Stereophonics’ “Dakota”.

Then this weekend first featured a fab night out with family, but then last night I went to see Ash.

I was really impressed with a lot of their newer tracks but of course the classics were the best. Tim treated us to some guitar playing with a scythe and the band had originally come out wearing what really looked quite a lot like the blue catering size kitchen roll, and played their first song wearing it.

The night ended with an especially storming Burn Baby Burn which I enjoyed enormously from the mosh pit right in the of the band. Quality. My left ear is still ringing but really it was worth it! That’s about the extent of my social life for the month I think, although at some stage we need to play a pool semi-final and final too hopefully! Quite looking forward to a nice normal week now, but hoping to enjoy myself at least. Enjoy yourselves all!

Musical musings

I’m feeling in a very musical mood tonight. Probably because of hearing about Jersey Live coming up this weekend – which I’m not going to at present but I might change my mind on that yet! So I thought it might be appropriate to share with you all few songs off of my iPod for you all to remember or just think about.

1. Tin Tin Out – Strings for Yasmin One of those songs from the late 90s that any occasional club goer of about my age will probably remember even if they might not know it’s name. In fact I’m pretty sure I’ve danced to this in Folies nightclub many times myself way back when. Song stands the test of time well.

2. Joan Armatrading – Love and Affection Maybe I’m just not in the mood for this one. Yeah it’s nice but “nice” isn’t really doing it for me right now.

3. Will I Am feat. Cheryl Cole – Heartbreaker I quite like this but I feel it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure like somehow there’s something embarassing about liking it. Maybe that’s Cheryl’s presence – I don’t know. Tis good.

4. Coldplay – Trouble Ok I guess this establishes that I’m not just not enjoying slow tunes because this one is pretty chilled to say the least but I’m still liking it lots. Still not as good as “Yellow” or “The Scientist” though.

5. Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven Showing my age tonight aren’t I!! I remember when this came out originally I absolutely hated it as it was sloppy pap. But older and (slightly) wiser me quite likes it. Beautiful song really, even if it is from a film – that’s usually enough to put me off a tune!

That’ll do for tonight – off to get some beauty sleep I think. Enjoy the rest of your week!!

Third times a charm

I started writing this whilst listening to the very odd Windowlicker by the Aphex Twin in my daughters schools car park. I’ve been here passing the time for the best part of half an hour – productive evening then.

I’ve actually had three stabs at writing this now – here on the bus on the way home friday evening and Thursday whilst standing in Gorey chippy. None of this is particularly useful information either in terms of background or context to any of this but such is life – you read this drivel you takes your chances really.

So what’s been going on with me lately – quite a bit really I guess. The diet has been going well…….. I’ve not lost a heck of a lot more but I’m getting fit and keeping the weight off which is great.

Last weekend I was doing my first proper karaoke night and I have to say I think it went damn well. The crowd at Bobby’s Bar were well into it and I might well be heading back there some time soon. Time will tell. And there was me thinking I would actually hate doing karaoke. It were great. I even allowed myself to get talked into joining someone singing “Fast Car” and joined a group for “Bohemian Rhapsody” – got to be done really 🙂

I enjoyed watching Glastonbury coverage on tv last week. Blur seemed outstanding even if Damon seemed a touch preoccupied with “Positivity” – not all that sure what that was about but the music was great, especially opening with Girls and Boys – brilliant!

One thing I did notice though was this absolutely huuuuge banner with “I love sausage” (technically it was a heart sign but I haven’t got one in this font!). Where do people buy this stuff – is there like a 60ft banner shop somewhere on the internet or something? We should be told. Might not bother investing in one for Jersey Live though.

Right then – bus is nearly home so I think that’s a good place to stop as any. Highlight of the weekend is lunch with work tomorrow swiftly ttp followed by hosting several or many of our kids mates at ours. My head will hurt from one or the other!