My Vocal Family
This was not intended as a poem, but it then started to flow. When I started on Vocal I wasn’t so sure what I was doing , then someone sent me a tip , befriended me and encouraged me, and from that lots more Vocal friends were complementary and positive. I never rate myself but among my Vocal family my poetry is loved and makes me feel incredibly valued. This is for my Vocal family.
Ouija Board, Ouija Board and a Non Seance
In the late nineteen fifties my mum and dad bought three derelict cottages, which had been ransacked by nomarks who had used the doors and floorboards for firewood, but they knocked them together and built a decent family home, although the original dwellings dated back to the sixteen hundreds..
The Poetic Genius of Nigel Blackwell
I think I was first exposed to the genius of Nigel Blackwell when I heard "All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit" by his band Half Man Half Biscuit . Nigel’s titles often skewed more famous song titles but are filled with the observations of minutiae in the mundanities of everyday British life from the 1980’s to today.
My Second Favourite Album: El Dorado by The Electric Light Orchestra
The genesis of the Electric Light Orchestra was a band that would take over from the Beatles at the fade outs to “Strawberry Fields Forever” and ”I Am The Walrus” , both heavy on strings but still steeped in rock. The Beatles had not been scared of orchestral arrangements and “Eleanor Rigby” contained only Paul McCartney on vocals , the music being provided double string quartet arranged by George Martin.
Weathering The Storm At Sea
Sometimes things seem to threaten and overwhelm us but we always have the strength to come through and succeed , especially with a wondrous , inspirational spirit like my Muse and the love and support she gives me and I try to give to her.
A Halloween Film Evening
A Halloween Film Evening has been proposed by my good friend Les. As usual I am going to stray from the norm. The selected films need to frighten you and maybe disturb you , but do they have to shock you or disgust you , I think not . Hitchcock said “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” and sometimes that is the sign of a great film, if it can scare you without resorting to special effects.