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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...