Jack of all trades, master of none
ECLECTIC MIX JUNE 2022
Hello everybody, sorry it’s taken a little longer than usual to bring you last month’s playlist. As they say better late than never! So here is the playlist, a little tour through what’s been giving me vibes, and my ears some loving this month. The summer still hasn’t really arrived yet (although as I write we are due another heat wave), but it’s been fairly dry on the whole here in Scotland, so we count our blessings. Hopefully it’s almost upon us, as we are starting to run out of time to have the summer in, or perhaps we’ll have to all just travel from Scotland to see the sun. As always, the playlists are a little self-portrayal of my mood, and what’s going on with me at the time. This month isn’t any different, some of these song’s the lyrics really leapt out at me, or in some cases the sounds helped me deal with what’s been going on, in others I just liked what I heard and gave me those goosebumps when I heard them. Some were grower’s, the 1st song being one such my brother Kriss recommended to me and took me a while to get into. Others were old songs that I rediscovered or popped into my head and needed a dusting off and replayed. Some I just discovered by accident, by being in restaurant, to checking my discover weekly on Spotify, or because someone told me to check it out. Ultimately there’s a story behind all these tracks, and their reason for being here.
ECLECTIC MIX MAY 2022
Welcome one and all, for herein lies another monthly tour through the playlist which has been filling my ears. May has been a bit of a hit and miss weather wise. We’ve had the odd day of fine weather, and late sunny afternoons, but still not the warm summer we’d all love. On the flipside the days have gotten a lot longer. You wake up and it’s bright (which helps put a little more spring in the step) and the daylight extends well into the evenings. So, the signs are there, hopefully the summer is just around the corner. So, this playlist is semi-reflective of this varied-ness in the weather and being honest is probably the most eclectic one I’ve made in quite some time. So, I hope you enjoy!
ECLECTIC MIX APRIL 2022
We’ll spring has finally sprung, or by the time you read this it will well and truly be over. And you’ll have eaten all those easter eggs you got! The days have gotten longer, and although maybe not quite there, we’ve had a bit of a preview of what kind of days lie ahead. Ones hopefully full of sun, and better days for us all! So far, I’ve attended my best mates wedding this month and it was one of the best celebration events I’ve ever had the pleasure of being too. So, I am taking this as the start of all good things!
ECLECTIC MIX FEB/MARCH 22
Firstly, sorry to all for having to wait so long for monthly music post, and the latest playlist(s) that go with. Unfortunately my gran passed away quite quickly and suddenly at the beginning of March. As a result, I’ve not really felt in anyway shape, or form like doing one of my eclectic music posts. I have continued to listen to music, so I will share my playlists for the months of February and March. However what I will do is present the 2, separately, in this one article.
ECLECTIC MIX JANUARY 22
Well guys Christmas is over, and we find ourselves in a new year. Hopefully one which is better than last years, or even the year before that. CoVid finally seems to be fading into the background of our daily lives, and hopefully we now can all face forwards to better days. One’s we don’t take for granted, and with the past 2 years events and lessons still in our heads. January is now over, which tends to be one of the longest, and blues-y feeling months of the year, suppose it’s like a whole month-long hangover of the year just gone past. Now we can all jump on the new year, new me bandwagon. To help you on the way why not take up some musical tastes and indulge in this playlist to help you on the way. Sure, as they say variety is the spice of life!
THE ECLECTIC MIX 2021
A year which seen Trump lose his presidency, which caused a mob to invade capitol hill and the Congress building. A super tanker got jammed in the Suez Canal for 6 days, grinding the globe's commerce to a near halt. Several European football teams attempted to break ranks from UEFA and form a new super league. The Tokyo Olympics finally got under way a year later than planned, as did the EURO 2020. Hosted across several European cities, it marked the 60th anniversary of the competition. COP26 took place here in Glasgow, with world leaders making agreements and plans over a 2-week period to tackle climate change. And finally, just when it seemed like life was managing to move beyond CoVid-19, a new variant, Omicron reared up in South Africa. To date it has spread across the globe, causing the return of previous phased out CoVid regulations.
ECLECTIC MIX NOVEMBER 21
This month past it seems like winter has finally arrived on our doorstep, and we were battered here in the UK by our 1st storm of the year, Arwen. The storm left many people without power for over a week, and mainland seen wind speeds of 70-80mph, along with heavy snowfall across the north of Scotland. I know what anyone across the pond reading us will think that the storm probably sounds ‘cute’ but for us over here, it was a big deal! So don’t take that energy, or heating for granted over the next few months, especially as we are to hit again with some more severe weather.
ECLECTIC MIX OCTOBER 21
Well last month finally seen autumnal weather hit us, a little later than usual most probably due to climate change, which in itself is ironic as my city of Glasgow hosts COP26. The tree’s have now practically dropped all their leaves, and the wet and windy weather is giving way to shorter, darker colder days and nights. So it’s time to get cosy, crank the heating up (not too warm now, think of the planet) and enjoy home comforts while the weather shifts closer to winter.
ECLECTIC MIX SEPTEMBER 21
Well it’s been a month of real opposites. We continued into a small short heat wave again, and had temperatures hitting the mid 20’s if you can believe it. Yip Scotland (well the central belt) was practically tropical! However like all good things they end, and the wet, windy weather that so stereotypical of Scotland reared its head again. The tree’s green’s gave way to all shades of red, gold and browns, before litterying our pavements and roads. But the flipside, its a great excuse to get used to the colder weather, and wrap up warmer, and take comfort sitting on the couch or being warm and cozy in bed while the wind and rain batter’s the windows.
ECLECTIC MIX AUGUST 21
Well it happened everyone, we had a heatwave and it was glorious. This drizzly famous land of Scotland has been scorched by the stunningly sunny weather, and as of the time of writing its continued into September! So this playlist has been influenced partially by it, but also heavily by my viewing this month. I discovered on Netflix the show called Hip Hop Evolution, if you have the time, and love Gangsta Rap, R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Trap, or G-Funk then it’s definitly worth a viewing. Similarly so if you only have a passing interest then its still brillant viewing, and will explain the world of Hip-Hop and show you how actually varied, and important it has been to the music scene. Its 30 years+ history and origins all laid out, and told in great detail by those who made it, by the end of it you'll know your MC Ren to Q-Tip, The Neptunes, De La Soul, Goodie Mobb and everything in between. Another show which influenced this playlist was The Defiant Ones, a show exploring the origins of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, their eventual union, and the impact the 2 of them have had on their respective areas before and after working togther. Don’t stress though, this list is just as varied as ever, and as always eclectic, just this month with a heavier slant towards R&B. Your ears will feast on old 80’s beats, iconic R&B, Trip-Hop, Dance, Indie, 80’s Classics, Alternative and Rock !
The Flying Fox, Helena
The hold up had been a success. It couldn’t have gone any better than I planned. The courier’s crashing through the ice, into the freezing cold water being an added bonus. Meant we didn’t have to deal with any heroes. Riding hard, the cold wintery night air stabs at my face, through a thick scruffy beard. Hard to feel my face is actually there. It’s like my conscious thoughts are the heaviest part of my head. Cold air starts to bring me back down, grounding my reality. The giddiness of pulling off the heist fades, my mind changes gear. Catching up with Pete before we get into Helena becomes the priority.
Pike Creek, Helena
‘This is the final score’ I told Pistol-Pete. And myself. I was tired from a decade of hoodwinking, robbing, and sticking up places. I’d put aside some money to retire on. I never wanted to be an outlaw, not that I’d really seen myself as one. But I’d never wanted to stay in this life until I was gunned down like a chump, by some hothead wanting a name for themselves. I was thirty-two, and it was time!