I stumbled across an article online about the man who inspired Joni Mitchell’s song ‘Carey’. I haven’t heard that song in years but oh how I used to love it! It’s so exotic and carefree and just a fabulous tune. So of course I had to listen to it again. And it is just as […]
I feel I should be writing loads and loads about the old year and the new one. But I have so much to say that I can’t say anything at all. So here are two songs that capture my current mood, perhaps best summed up as a defiant, almost joyous “bloody hell, I’m still here, […]
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin My rating: 4 of 5 stars A really evocative and poetic telling of the lives of one black family in 1930s America. I particularly loved the resilience and independence running through so many of the characters, and the way the lens moves through each of them, […]
If you’re looking for Christmas music that isn’t annoying as hell, then I recommend Tori Amos’s album, Midwinter Graces. I despise wrapping presents and writing cards. I like buying them, I love giving them, it’s just the in between that depresses me. But I now have a tradition which is to play this album while […]
This is my favourite Florence song, and it’s one that has always resonated with me. I do go through periods of energy and enthusiasm, often to cover up a void, but mostly actually because it’s fun, but I wear myself out. I can feel myself teetering on the brink of a breakdown, ready to collapse […]
Something officially happened this week. I got divorced. In a way it’s no big deal, just a formality. We have been separated for three years. Three years since I realised I would die if I stayed with him, so I walked out, got a job, bought my own house, never looked back. So in a […]
I came on here to delete my last post, because it was so personal and so raw, and not the kind of thing we’re supposed to talk about. But I am going to let it stand. That’s because it is actually a very good depiction of what it’s like to be inside an RSD spiral. […]
So, where to start. How to say it. Be warned. This is going to be a miserable journey into self hatred and despair. I am getting better at life these days, or at least I think I am, in that I can step back from things a little and see my own reactions, and realise […]
A friend recently drew this to my attention and I’m glad he did as it’s awesome. This is a really beautiful cover, but it has prompted me to revisit Neil Young, which is always a trip worth making. Provided to YouTube by Polyvinyl Records Ambulance Blues · Jeff Rosenstock · Laura Stevenson Still Young ℗ […]
A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan My rating: 2 of 5 stars I found this book both disappointing and frustrating. I wanted so much to like it as it had been recommended to me. I enjoy internal monologues, and I am actively seeking more neurodivergent perspectives, and I had a sense that I could […]
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