Friday Music

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I have had this song before; I think last year.

I could play it every year around this time: today is the last day of the first class cricket season. Tomorrow and Sunday- if the weather holds- will be my last outings this season for Hutton Rudby cricket club.

Even though this has been in effect my first season, who knows? I am 50 & any day there will be younger and better cricketers. I am also carrying injuries and those injuries take longer to heal (this week I have laid off running to allow my leg strain to ease). Plus, my children are getting much better than me and will improve- I merely face a gentle decline.

This song is about cricket, but not really: it is about mortality: John Peel wanted it playing on the radio when he died. Listen, swallow hard and rage against the dying of the light.

Friday Music

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Every year from 1981-2014, I have managed to get to a cricket ground to watch a match between first class teams. This year, for the first time in 34 seasons I have not managed to indulge in that most holy of diversions.

There are many reasons for this, chief amongst them are moving house and changing vocation/occupation. I have missed a day drifting in and out of wakefulness watching cricket.

This song, with poignancy, marks the passing of another season with exquisite existential angst….