Friday Music

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After this week I can go back to listening to music and not endless reruns of the dialogue of ‘Inspector Hound’.

The only music I have listened to for light relief is ‘The Queen is Dead’ (there is something deeply Freudian about a republican listening to that this week).

I had a track from it last week. This is this week’s track: a kind of wonky self aggrandising nod to my pantomime career. I also think about this track, every time I make the long journey to Manchester and watch a gig at the Student’s Union and look up at the vast bulk of the Church of the Holy Name…

Friday Music

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I’m rehearsing for a Tom Stoppard play at the moment so I am not listening to much music: I’m trying to learn lines and listening to a recording of the lines. It begins next Thursday. You can even buy tickets-heck, if yo come, I might even remember my lines for you.

I allowed myself a break last week and listened again to ‘The Queen is Dead’: one of my top ten albums ever. Re listening to it, I remembered that this track is on it; my second favourite (after ‘Panic‘) Smiths track in the whole entire history of the universe. A track with more soul, integrity and feeling in it than a 100 ersatz X Factor shows.

From the opening riff, it just makes me glad to be alive. I hope it does you.

Friday (Birthday) Music

It is my annual birthday today. I will probably go walking: I increasingly like wild places and solitude. Around 9 in the evening (as I am childminding up to that time), some stragglers from the pub may make it to our house for malt whisky and cheese. Almost a perfect day.

Every Friday I put a piece of music on here that means something. As it is my birthday, I will cheat; you can have 5. All of these, played together sum up my life, hopes, aspiration, philosophy and theology.

Yes: there are no happy songs & they tend towards the morbid and introspective. But so do I. Listen to 1 or listen to all 5. Remove sharp objects first…

 

Low:Death of a Salesman

A song about longing & not being conformed, even if trying to be different leads to being crushed…

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U2: I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I still struggle with the Christian artist who changed the words to ‘I finally found what I am looking for. This will be at my funeral.

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Leonard Cohen: Anthem

Maybe another funeral song and the only artist on here I have not seen in concert. The lines ‘Ring out the bells that still can ring; forget the perfect offering. There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in’ have become something of a mantra.

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Martyn Joseph: Turn me tender

This song, from the moment I first heard it, made me stop and gulp. It still does: perfect. In November he played our village hall and deviated from the set to play this as I told him it was a song that saved my life.

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The Smiths: Panic

I have applied this song to music, life, theology and art…. struggle to see, hear, sing,take part in stuff that says nothing to me about my life.

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Friday Music

Tonight is the first night of my village panto: I am the Dame (again). I thought of including a song from that pinnacle of the dramatic arts but decided against it.

In the end I went for that other Dame: Morrissey. It is the 30th anniversary of their first album and this is my favourite Smiths track. Every person over 30 (and a great number under)should have a favourite Smiths track. If they say ‘who?’ or ‘I never really liked them’, it is a struggle to hold a conversation. I once saw them live, by accident.

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Take this song, U2: I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, Low: Death of a Salesman, Martyn Joseph: Turn me tender and Leonard Cohen: Anthem and you have practically my life in song.