Category Archives: music

If I’m not a philosopher, what am I instead?

I’ve already worked out what I’m not. With that in mind, what should I do, and how can I think, and what values can I have, so as to make my life meaningful? I’ve always had the lucky knack of … Continue reading

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When words leave off

Listening to Strawberry Fields Forever on the radio just now, I felt my insides drop vertiginously, Proust-like; but I seemed to land in someone else’s experiences. I was able to briefly imagine what it must have been like to listen … Continue reading

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It is good to be sociable sometimes, and never better than at Christmas

Living in a smallish town makes one quite sensitive to the social aspects of what might otherwise be viewed as purely commercial changes in its atmosphere. Around Christmas-time, the change in the quantity of people in Witney on a market … Continue reading

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Forget ol’ four-legs

A fair-weather friend, a fair-weather friend, He’ll sometimes let you down! He’s faithful and friendly ev’ry now and then; A wonderful (Where’s he gone?) Fair-weather friend! (To the tune of the unintentionally hilarious A Four-Legged Friend)

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Et in arcades ego

Last weekend we went to Cardiff. Trips away are trickier now we’ve got a cat: certainly weekends with K’s family have fallen into a slightly complicated routine. K. heads off on Friday; I stay until Saturday morning; and either I … Continue reading

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… But growing UP isn’t so bad

I mentioned to friends on Friday that I was planning to have a few drinks, despite K. not being around. A work colleague pointed out that drinking on his own was always an excuse to indulge in tunes from his … Continue reading

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Fade in gently

I’m a longstanding fan of John Peel. What do I mean by that? I love and appreciate what he did to promote and disseminate music; I enjoy at least some of the individual works he popularized; I feel a wistful … Continue reading

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