I’m sitting down to type up this list, and there’s a prompt appearing in the WordPress text box, which I delete in order to write this sentence. It says: “Have you ever performed on stage, or given a speech?” The answer to that question, is yes, on both counts, but that’s not why we’re here… Read More My Favourite Albums of 2022
I don’t know how other to start this post than with the line: I went for a drink with a woman once. It wasn’t by definition a date, and I’m not entirely sure that we knew each other well enough at the time to even qualify as friends, but we went for a drink and,… Read More Answering the Question, Fourteen Months Late (On toe and My Favourite Song)
I sit down in front of my computer today and realise that for the first time in a few months I have no pressing engagements to attend to. It’s a nice feeling after a busy (but enjoyable) summer. A couple of holidays, some solo travelling, and an intensive month long teaching course just to balance… Read More On Trying Something New
“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. America two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956. I can’t stand my own mind. America when will we end the human war?” – Allen Ginsberg, 1956 This time last year, I had been living in Columbus, Georgia for four weeks. I was travelling as a student… Read More 1,000 words for America, from a quiet English city on a Wednesday night.
Bit of a weird one, about the notion of fear and how I managed to relate it to trampolining. … Read More Fear and Floating in (Chichester) Las Vegas
I turned twenty-two yesterday. I heard Taylor Swift’s hit song 22 probably more than twenty-two times yesterday. Probably twenty-three Turning twenty-two means that it’s been twelve years since I owned my first iPod. At ten, to celebrate moving into double-digits, my parents bought me an iPod Mini, in bright blue. I think they bought it… Read More On the Importance of the iPod, Over the Years
Another thought piece, this time pondering positivity and what it means going forwards.
To potential endings and new beginnings.… Read More On Positivity, Poetry, and the Future
I love long train rides. I love being able to just sit beside a window and watch the world pass me by, catching glimpses of life in motion while staying static in coach. I love throwing on City and Colour, or Because Of The Times and drifting in and out of some kind of presence,… Read More On Memory: Thoughts On A Train, Travelling to Seattle
Inspired by Mikill Pane’s No-One Gets Left Behind: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds The cab arrives on time, its bright yellow sides reflecting on the snow piled high opposite the Swiss hotel we’re staying in for one night only, our lightly packed suitcases still standing by the door, casting shadows from the early… Read More A Short Story I Wrote For University
There’s something about a sunny day that makes me reflective and a little melancholic. I could say the same about rainy days, or snowy days, or most days, but sunny days tend to have that effect more so. I’ve never been able to truly enjoy a sunny day, because I’m normally worrying about sunburn, or… Read More Fields And Thoughts (An Update)
This morning I woke up feeling fine, and then I checked Twitter, and felt anything but. This drop in my mood was caused by an article I read courtesy of The Daily Mail, an article about a teenager I won’t name who committed suicide, and the article I read highlighted the fifteen year old’s music… Read More In Defense Of… Heavy Music (A Response To The Daily Mail)
Back when Lower Than Atlantis were more hardcore than radio-friendly rock Mike Duce shouted ‘Genre, must be hard to distinguish, with only a GCSE in English.’ About a year after ‘Far Q’ was released I achieved a GCSE in English and a year after the release of ‘Changing Tune’ I achieved an A-Level in it.… Read More Thoughts: Genre
When I tell people I buy records chances are their first response is ‘why?’ and it’s a fair reply. What is the appeal of vinyl as opposed to CD’s and digital downloads? It’s a question I ask myself every time I consider splashing out on a record and it’s one I don’t dwell on for… Read More Thoughts: Vinyl Records and Why I Prefer Them
Are music albums starting to contain fewer tracks? Is this better? Should I even write about this stuff? Yes, Maybe, No. I’ve had a lot of time to think lately, so it was only a matter of time until I stumbled upon something fairly irrelevant but still made me wonder. I got onto thinking about music,… Read More Thoughts: Are Music Albums Starting To Contain Fewer Tracks?