I realised that a couple of years ago I stopped listening to new music. I stayed up on new releases from old favourites, but most music from the last few years has passed me by. After some recommendations from friends I’ve been listening to music more often. Here’s what is catching my attention at the moment; it’s a mix of new(ish) tracks and old favourites.
Youth | Daughter
Haze – Tessa Violet
Green Light – Lorde
Chanel – Frank Ocean
Russian Roulette – Rihanna
Cranes in the Sky – Solange
Jesus to a Child – George Michael
Eve, the Apple of my Eye – Bell X1
Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole – Martha Wainwright
Jonathan (feat. Perfume Genius) | Christine and the Queens
Grief is a strange thing. It can sneak up on you, even after time has passed. Sometimes out of the blue, sometimes you know the reason. Today is my nanny’s twentieth anniversary. I knew I would feel it, but I wasn’t prepared for the amount of sadness and loss that hit me yesterday. I miss her. I know I’m not the only one who does. This makes it a little easier, but doesn’t change the sense of loss.
I currently have two half written blog posts waiting in my drafts folder, but instead of finishing either of them I’m, messing about, listening to music on YouTube. If I turn my playlist into a blog post about my favourite songs then I can call it a productive morning, right?
I know that ten is usually a good number for a list, but I couldn’t whittle it down to any more than fifteen so you’ll have to forgive me.
There is no order to this list, other than starting with my absolute favourite song, and there’s only one song per artist otherwise I would have been here all day. I could have dedicated an entire list to my love of Tori Amos alone. Actually, I must do that at some point.
The world is full of blogs, on pretty much every topic you can possibly think of, I’m sure we’ve all got ones that we visit over and over as well as just dipping in and out of others as and when a particular post catches our eye.
One of my favourites is Derek Flynn’s Rant, with Occasional Music and it turned one last week. Now I realise that I’m a little late with this (time keeping has never been my strongest point) but I wanted to mark the occasion by sharing just some of the reasons why I love Derek’s blog.
1. New Music Monday – Mondays wouldn’t be complete without me checking in to see what song Derek has to offer this week. Some weeks it’s original material and other weeks it’s cover versions.
2. ‘Do You Dream At All?’ – April 2nd saw the release of Derek’s debut album ‘Do You Dream At All?’. You can read his thoughts on the whole experience here and here.
The album contains ten original songs which take you on a journey that manages to both hit you where it hurts and compel you to sing along (often at the same time). The two stand out tracks, for me, are ‘The Way We Lie’ and ‘Original Sin’
Here’s the official video for ‘Do You Dream At All?’, the first single from the album.
3. What Can Writers Learn From Songwriters? – I love this series of posts which examines the writing lessons that can be found in the songwriting skills of the greats such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
4. This post which made me full on sob while I was on the bus on the way to #dubtweetmas. Okay so it was actually a post that was linked to that set me off but Derek was the one who led me to it and it was the inclusion of the Leonard Cohen lyrics at the end of his round up that tipped me into full on sobbing territory. I’m pretty sure I called him all the names under the sun, to his face, when I arrived into the pub with puffy eyes and mascara streaming down my face. I meant them in the nicest possible way, of course.
I could go on but we’d be here all day at that rate so you’re just gonna have to go read his blog for yourself. No seriously if you’re into music, are a writer or an aspiring writer and/or just love reading then you’re bound to enjoy Derek’s unique blend of music and writing.
On a personal note, thanks to Twitter and the power that is the tweet up I now count Derek as a friend so to see both his writing and music going from strength to strength is brilliant and it’s richly deserved because apart from being talented he’s also one of life’s good guys.
He’s always on hand with an encouraging word or two when it’s needed and is a big part of the reason why, amongst other things, I’ve started entering short story competitions as opposed to just throwing a story aside and forgetting about it once I’ve written it.
This post is just my way of saying thank you Derek and wishing you every success for the future.
You’ll find Derek in the following places: