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Rage, rage against the dying of the light…

Rage, rage against the dying of the light…

At around this time nine years ago, I was at my parents' house. A couple of hours earlier, I had been with my father when he drew his last breath, lying in a hospital bed that had been installed in his own bedroom as part of an end-of-life care package to allow him to...

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Well, so much for that plan…

Well, so much for that plan…

About a year ago, I quit the whirly hurly-burly of social media. I had had my fill of this toxic 21st century phenomenon and decided that my life would be nicer, calmer, more productive and generally all-round-better without the entrenched arseholery of Twitter, the...

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Slow burners

Slow burners

There's a saying in the music business - "Don't bore us, get to the chorus!" This is particularly true in the pop world, where it's all about getting into the body of the song quickly and getting those little melodic hooks and sing-a-long choruses into the listener's...

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Musical Losses…

Musical Losses…

Sticking with my current musical theme, but with with a much more sombre twist, the last couple of weeks have seen the loss of three musical greats of our time. Even though their particular types of music and styles were vastly different, each of them was supremely...

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A trip to the beach…

A trip to the beach…

Today's magic intros are a bit of a cheat. Two of them are very short and the third song doesn't really have any kind of intro at all. However, all three of them are so distinctive and immediately recognisable that I think they still count. Particularly since they are...

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All about the bass…

All about the bass…

Today's magic intro songs get the ball rolling with some distinctive bass guitar work - the first two using descending runs on the bass to kick things off, while the third has one of the greatest bass riffs in the business. It's back to the seventies we go......

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More magic…

More magic…

Continuing on the magic intro theme, today we're thinking about those songs that announce their arrival with an electrifying blast on the electric guitar. Of course, there are countless candidates in this category and I could probably come up with a dozen or more...

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The magic intro…

The magic intro…

You know, I’m enjoying this little spell of musical stuff here. So much so that I'm going to keep on doing it. Today, it's all about the Magic Intro. "Adrian", I hear you ask, "what's the magic intro?" Sorry, what? You didn't ask that? Oh well, I'm going to tell you...

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Industrial Metal…

Industrial Metal…

Well, having admitted to my occasional fondness for country music, I feel I had better return to one of my other musical favourites. This one is probably more in keeping with my appearance and everyone's general perception of the kind of thing you might expect to find...

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Guilty Pleasures…

Guilty Pleasures…

Continuing the musical theme which has taken hold around here, there is one genre of popular music that I didn't mention in my post the other day. It has many fans all over the world, but is a uniquely US phenomenon. I am, of course, referring to the occasionally...

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Can I see a Show of Hands?

Can I see a Show of Hands?

As many of you who know me are probably aware, my musical tastes are pretty wide-ranging and can be a bit eclectic. Alongside heavy rock/heavy metal, electronica, a bit of rap/hip-hop and a love of classical pieces, I'm also rather fond of the British folk scene. Or,...

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Reach out…

Reach out…

Some songs only really work when performed by their original artists or in some particular version that becomes the classic one that everyone loves and remembers. Others, however, can take on new leases of life when re-arranged or performed by someone else. For me,...

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