A note on ‘A Note Let Go’

A Note Let Go

Anyone who knows me well knows that I like my music. I don’t have a particular taste but I do tend to lean more towards the chilled out and laid back genres.

The mothership was also a great lover of music and two of her favourite artists were Christie Hennessy and Duke Special. Christie Hennessy sadly passed away on the 11th December 2007 and I am not sure that my mother ever fully recovered.

I can’t remember her first introduction to Duke Special, but my sister thinks it may have either been through the postman and their daily chats about music, or perhaps through Gerry Anderson and his radio show. Regardless of their introduction, the Duke was music to my mothers ears and she would tell anyone who would listen how great he was.

Luckily for the Mothership my Sister liked him too and she would take my Mum to some of the venues at which he played. The dear old Fathership got dragged along too sometimes, and considering it was not his thing at all, he too seemed to enjoy the shows.

Although I listened to the music on many occasions as my Mum danced around the living room, I never branched out to listen on my own or ventured to any of the shows.

Recently Duke Special teamed up with a band called Ulaid and their collaborative album ‘A Note Let Go’ was the result. My sister on hearing they were going to be playing a show in Belfast asked if I would like to go and much to her shock I said yes. It was time to see what all the fuss was about.

‘The Duncairn’ situated on the Antrim Road in Belfast is an old 19th century church that has been transformed into a shared space culture and arts centre. It is an intimate little venue with wonderful acoustics that enhance the music being played within and to me it felt like the perfect setting for this show.

I’d only had a brief listen to ‘A Note Let Go’ prior to attending, and I was worried that my lack of knowledge would somehow affect my enjoyment, but I needn’t have worried.

Duke Special has a way of drawing you in with his words and arrangements. During the show he led into songs with a story about where the inspiration for each came from, seemingly more often than not from text found in the Central Library in Belfast. Those same lyrics coupled with the traditional Irish music of Ulaid make for interesting listening. and believe me, there was plenty of top tapping and hand clapping during ‘Far Set’ and ‘Little Italy’ and also some tugging of the heartstrings when they played ‘Shipyards of Belfast’ and ‘My Lagan Love’, not to mention the poor dearly departed Dog Fido.

This show was a genuine surprise, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and it has left me wanting to experience more of what both Duke Special and Ulaid have to offer, whether that be separately or together.

Trust me ‘A Note Let Go’ is well worth a listen, you won’t be disappointed. My personal favourites are Far Set and My Lagan Love, which gives me goosebumps every time I listen.

My Way – FFF42

 

From the shadows she watched him play, his fingers caressing the piano keys, his voice caressing her heart.

She could still feel the pull of him, even after all this time. There was no denying she still loved him. 

It was comical that this was his favourite song. She was sure he had more than a few regrets and he had certainly done things his way. 

As the song ended and the audience applauded she stepped out of the dark. 

‘Remember darling, that when the end came I did it my way’ she said placing divorce papers on the piano. 

 


This is my entry for this weeks Flash Fiction hosted by Matt the Book Blogger. If you would like to give this a try, you can find all the information for this weeks challenge HERE.

More general information about the challenge can be found on his Flash Fiction Foray page.

Spot on 100 words, but it took a bit of effort!

I’m off to read the other entries now! I don’t like to until my own is finished!

Happy Sunday folks :)

 

Listening…

For me, music is a little like blogging, I forget how much I miss it until I start to participate again.

I don’t have a soundtrack for my life, just a selection of random tunes, some of which have meaning and others which don’t.

I adore the feelings that music can invoke, and the fact that technology has moved on sufficiently enough that we can carry a whole library in our pockets, something for every minute of every day should we desire.

I’ve been listening to my various play lists in Spotify on the journeys home. I find myself getting lost in the music, for a short time imagining I am somewhere else. Easing myself over the bridge between work and home.

This morning I didn’t notice the crowds around me as I completed my usual train change, only the sunshine and the warmth upon my face as I was serenaded every step I took.

The problem is the moment I hit work or home the music stops and there is only silence, which can sometimes be deafening.

I wish that there could be music all the time, automatically selected to suit either your mood or the situation you find yourself in. Now that would be an awesome playlist.

For now I’ll just keep listening and tapping out my post, enjoying the calm before the storm.

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This post also applies to the Daily Prompt – Music

A Songful Saturday!

Happy Saturday people, what you at? I bet you’re surprised to see me here at this early hour, it is after all only 20.45pm. I’m surprised to see myself…….every time I look in the mirror! Boom Boom!

So why am I on so early, Well it’s like this, I’m listening to music, but not just any old music. I’m listening to my good friend Steve from Talk About Pop Music hosting his Saturday night request show.

If you’re currently blogging and want to join in you can tune in HERE!

Want a song played, well then you can contact him via Twitter @stevesays2014 or leave a comment on his Radio post for this week HERE!

Tune in, sure it’s great craic!

Is Summer coming?

Everyone is all a dither, there have been strange sightings in the sky, some say it is sunshine, but others disbelieve due to the fact that it has not been seen on the Emerald Isle for some time. I’m warm and itchy and generally uncomfortable in my clothing, so I think for me, that signals it’s at least getting warmer. Don’t worry though, I have no intention of stripping off and running through the bluebells. Poor, poor bluebells.

Last night I put my phone on to charge, which would have been great if only I had remembered to turn on the plug…..doh!! I went to work and due to the fact that it was busy all day, I never even got to plug it in. Fast forward a few hours and I am sitting on the train at the start of my journey home, ready to have a few hands of Yahtzee and catch up on blog reading and bam, there’s only a slither of battery power left. When travelling by NIR, you always need to think ahead, at any time there could be a train failure, or leaves on the line, and without a mobile phone, how would I ever be able to inform the Fathership of my late arrival.

Weighing up all these options in my head, I decided it best not to use the phone and instead opted for the Ipod Touch. Whilst virtually redundant now for most things, it still plays music, and plays it rather well might I add.  I listen to tunes sometimes whilst working on my computer, rarely however when I am blogging as I find it distracts my thoughts, but today, between the music and the sunshine, the thoughts were coming thick and fast. Snippets of poems like the old days, adventures for May and perhaps even for Polly Carmichael who I have not written about in a while.

I had no paper.

I had a pen, but no paper.

I had no phone, the mere slither of battery power left rendering it almost useless to write a post with.

I had a redundant Ipod touch, great music, no WordPress.

Bollocks.

I came home and I’ve got nothing. All my great ideas disappeared like the sun!

Technology

Technology is one of those things you either love or hate. What is an absolute joy for some, can be a heartache for others.

Back in the days when I was foolish with money and thought it grew on trees, I loved all things gadgety and geeky. These days though, on finding out the hard way that money has to be earned and cannot be found at the end of rainbows, I am a little more considered with my purchases and carry out substantial research before I part with any cash. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It was only after the purchase of my laptop that I realised that size does in fact matter.

Loving music as I do, I put a lot of thought into my purchase of an MP 3 player, if that’s what the cool kids still call them. Eventually I bit the bullet and purchased an IPod touch, not cheap at the £150 it cost me after discount. I thought it would be my friend for life, sadly after three years that is no longer the case.

Whilst I am not yet at the stage where I have to mourn its demise, I am finding more and more that it is no longer equipped to do all that I expect from it.

It would be at this point that you may advise me that perhaps I expect too much, but actually I don’t, I am a simple soul, I just expect it to function. My little friend still has the ability to amuse my eardrums as it pumps music from my pocket to my wonky top box, but sadly due to lack lustre software it can no longer help me surf, blog, game or lament the emptiness of my bank account.

I need a software upgrade. Almost every app tells me it can no longer function without the aid of IOS 7. No problem says I as I navigate my way to the store nestled within ITunes. I sit watching a loading symbol with glee, eager to eye the new changes only to be told that I cannot upgrade. WTF!! like seriously WT absolute F!

I move straight past sadness and despair to anger, stopping short at throwing my outdated (according to Apple) little friend against a wall, the though of not being able to listen to music the only thing that keeps me from a gadget gore fest extravaganza.

So where does that leave me then, well I’m kind of stuck up a tree without a ladder I guess. I can listen to the birdsong and pick apples, but I can’t look up a recipe to make a pie. Truth is, I am not upset with my little friend, but more at the company who introduced it to the world. I paid a sizeable chunk of money (thank you BNPL) only for my beloved gadget to  become 50% obsolete after 3 years. Surely this doesn’t have to happen, there must be something that can be done to make the crossover a possibility.  In effect, eventually I will be forced to move with the times and upgrade, either that or I will have to make peace with the fact that it will be all about the music and nothing else, basically because I won’t be able to do anything fecking else.

In the meantime however I need to just suck it up! As long as there is music…

Sunday Round Up!

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You know, as far as Sundays go, this one did not totally suck. Between Austin over at The Return of the Modern Philosopher’s Blog Pitch Party and Suzie’s #SundayBlogShare on Twitter I have been thoroughly amused and entertained and met some new bloggers in the process. Both are still ongoing, so it’s not to late to drop in and check them out.

The past week was marginally better than the last, I didn’t randomly burst into tears at any point, although I was still plagued with confidence issues. I really do need to give myself a good talking too, I am without a shadow of a doubt my own worst enemy. When faced with obstacles, both at home and work I need to remember to remain calm instead of running round like a headless chicken screaming ‘Oh feck’ over and over again. Three years ago I would have loved this job and quite possibly done it well, but now I just feel that with all the additional stress with the Mothership and Alien Leg,  that everything is sitting heavy on my shoulders. Perhaps the arrival of Spring will put an extra bounce in my step!

I finally decided to embrace Twitter this week, and not in the usual death like I am going to throw this phone against the wall grip I have previously favoured, this was a more quizzical gentle hand holding effort as I dipped the tip of my finger into the tepid waters. I think I like it, I don’t fecking understand it half time, but I like it none the less. It was all tweeting birds, gold stars and gentle pings, that’s good right?

Also of late, Ndorfman (who is worthy of a follow) and I have been sharing our love of music via my Music Bubble page. I am loving his suggestions, it’s nice to be introduced to tunes which without intervention I might never have found. Check out some of the songs and if you have any to add, please feel free to do so. Eventually I will start stripping away the video’s and will just  leave a list of the songs, the page is already getting noticeably slower.

Last but by no means least we have the lovely Steve’s foray into the world of Vlogging, he’s a lot less fidgety that he was in his very first one, but as I was telling him today he needs to curl the corners of that tache! Also, he has also promised that if I send him a hat he will wear it. I can’t wait to go to the big smoke to see if I can find a leprechaun one. Here is the main man in action:

Till next time original eejits and a very warm welcome to the new ones, make yourselves at home!

Moving on

Moving On

At some point I am going to have to make the conscious decision to sell all my CD’s. I no longer have a stereo in my room, it had to be removed to make room for the Xbox One. Something new comes in, something old goes out.

When I started work 23 years ago, my Kenwood stacking system was the first thing I bought with my very first monthly wage packet. Since then it has served me faithfully and been with me through every heartbreak, happiness and general hassle. It’s played the CD’s that have provided the soundtrack for my life so far.

Life however has moved on and technology has evolved. I would never have guessed then that I would one day carry in my pocket a little machine that could house my entire music collection, never mind shuffle it at the touch of a button.

I’ve been wracking my brains to try and remember what the very first CD I bought was and I am not 100% sure, but I believe it might have been a little 3″ effort containing Love in an Elevator by Aerosmith. More than likely I had no money left after purchasing the stereo.

Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of CD’s, which for the last couple of years since I purchased an Ipod have been gathering dust. It’s time to consider passing them on to someone who actually wants them, but somehow it feels like you are giving away little pieces of your memory, little pieces of a life lived. While they are not gone forever, because they can be imported to digital, they are no longer there to look at, open and peruse. At the end of the day though does that really matter, as long as I can listen to the music.

What started this train of thought, well the need for extra shelf space and the importation of the amazing album ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon. I was bopping through every word of this post! Enjoy :)

Cosmic Musicology – Hopelessly Addicited

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Steve still has a big golden ball!

Righty ho folks it’s that time of the week again. Actually it was that time of the week a good few days ago but, ach well, you know how things go! For those new to Steve’s Cosmic Musicology Challenge, here is a quick refresher of the rules.

For each test Steve (at the above link) will post 3 new questions so…

(1) Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
(2) Say the questions aloud and press play
(3) Use the song title as your answers
(4) NO CHEATING

Title your post “Cosmic Musicology: …” and link back to the latest page.

Post your response in the comment section of that week’s page.

This weeks questions, and my answers:

1. I’m addicted to? – Storm Clouds Gathering – America History X Soundtrack by Anne Dudley – Now there are two ways you could look that this. If we’re talking about the storm clouds in the sky, then yes I do like that and to watch them, although I am not such a big fan of thunder and lightening. If however you are talking about storm clouds gathering before an argument or some kind of altercation then no, I’ll steer well clear thank you. If you’re talking about storm clouds gathering in the undergarments then you know I have had one to many Brussel sprouts!

2. I wish I didn’t? – Young, Single and Sexy by Rita Ora – I have no need to wish that I didn’t at least two of these. I am just slightly on the wrong side of 40 to be classed as young anymore. I am not sexy in any shape form or fashion. I am however single and yes, sometimes I wish I wasn’t, but that’s life!

3. I would love to? – Lego House by Ed Sheeran – When things get tough here, I do wish I had a house, somewhere I could go and just clear my head. A lego house would be pretty amazing wouldn’t it, you could just tear it down and rebuild it as and when you wished. You could remodel every other week. No need for paint, just change the colour of your bricks….hey Jed, I think I feel a what if post coming on? lol

If you would like to give Steve’s quiz a try, just follow the links. What are you waiting for??? …well……..c’mon, scoot!

 

Keeping you up to date…….

I know you have all been wondering where I have been…..you have right!? Well the truth is I haven’t been anywhere, now that’ll be a shock to those of you who regularly read my blog, me having such a fantastic social life and all……not!!

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Image from Silver Diner – not my dinner table….sadly!

Actually that’s a lie, I did go out for tea last week with the friend who sends the texts  that make me smile and it was great fun, I ordered a burger that when it arrived I had no idea whether to climb it or eat it. I decided on the latter and it was bloody good! Hopefully I’ll go again, if I am asked that is.

I realised something this week, and it is something of great importance….you lot write too fecking much. The amount of unread posts in my Bloglovin never seems to go below 70, WTF….where do you all get the time. I’ve reached the stage of reading and not liking (by pressing the button that is), but even that is not making a dent in the list. So take a deep breath, relax have a cup of coffee and slow the feck down will ya!

Thank you and welcome to all my new followers, and thank you for sticking around to all the old ones. Even little Miss May has had a few new ones which is why I have finally stopped reblogging her posts. It’s time to see if she can stand on her own two Louis Buttons.

I’ve been loving the new Alt-J album, This is all yours . It’s been on constant repeat on my music player. That said, Steve from Now this is what I would call music, also introduced me to Sia’s new album. I’ve already had some of her music, but the tune ‘Fair Game’ has also become a firm favourite this week. Considering Steve was also the one who introduced me to the song ‘Moving on’ by James which you can listen to on my Music Bubble page, then I would say his site is well worth checking out.

Well that’s about it from me, what’s been happening with you lot?