I thought I’d lighten the mood after my last blog and talk about my other passion – Music
I know I thought, my five favourite albums….. talk about setting yourself an impossible task, it would be easier to get a real Disability Alliance formed! I thought I’d start with a couple of my favourite artistes/bands easy Pink Floyd and David Bowie. So which album? For Floyd it had to be Dark Side, but then what about Wish you were Here ? OK Bowie then, Heroes.. oh shit… what about Ziggy Stardust? REM was easier, Automatic for the People, the Who? Who’s Next, it’s getting easier I thought. Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde.. no Highway 61, no Blood on the Tracks. This is bloody impossible!
My sons conned me into choosing my favourite band/artiste a few weeks ago by asking me a series of which one questions… REM or AC/DC ..hmmm REM REM or Bod Dylan… aaaargghh Bob Dylan… Bob Dylan or David Bowie… I was in agony… who to choose? Bowie I replied. Bowie or the Who.. grrr will the torture never stop, how do I choose?? Bowie again I replied, then the toughie… Pink Floyd or Bowie… as my head exploded I screamed STOP!!!! At that point I realised it had to be the Floyd.
I’ve seen Bowie and the Floyd about six or seven times each in each of their classic eras, I loved every minute of every concert, but the sharpest memories were definitely Floyd, although seeing Bowie perform in a pub stands out as one of my greatest memories. So Floyd it was, just and maybe on another day, it wouldn’t be….
So how does anyone choose favourite albums or bands or singers or tracks? For me it’s a mood thing, what to listen to is based on how I feel; today is an AC/DC day, yesterday was Leonard Cohen, tomorrow who knows? I have no musical ability, none whatsoever, can’t sing, play or keep rhythm but I can listen all day every day given the chance. I love live gigs, it almost doesn’t matter who I see, unsigned bands, old fogies from the seventies or the latest rock “sensation”. I was lucky enough to see Jimi Hendrix, I saw the Doors my daughter dragged me to see Boyzone with her(OK I did NOT enjoy that) . My taste is eclectic, from cheesy pop (if it’s bad enough) to death metal, so pinning myself down to five albums is impossible.
Maybe, just maybe I’ll try and produce a top 50 albums…. when I get time, when my head stops spinning, until then here are ten albums I love, but NOT my top ten….
Dark Side of the Moon
Automatic for the People
Wee Tam and Big Huge
Never Mind the Bollocks
Who’s N ext
Arrgghhh that’s too many, sod it I’m quitting while I’m ahead!