As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I recently (or recentlyish) wrote a chapter for a book about Joy Division and today (Ian Curtis’s 60th birthday) is the day the book is finally released. So does that now make me a proper writer? I love writing, obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t spend so many of my precious spare moments writing this blog. I never intended the blog to be … Continue reading Blog – A proper writer?
Back in November I wrote about the Day of The Dead, and grief and loss. It felt like I’d been writing a lot about those subjects in 2015, so as I wrote that piece I made a silent pact with fate. By writing about this one more time, I’m drawing a line under 2015, and 2016 can be a year where I don’t lose anyone … Continue reading My memories of Bowie
Since becoming a parent, I’ve started to feel just a little bit more middle-aged. More mature or responsible might be a more positive spin to put on it, but really I just feel older. Not old, but older. And never have I felt more middle aged than last Saturday night. My wife was on a (rare and well-deserved) night out, and I spent my Saturday … Continue reading Do I Not Like Jazz?
Ultimately though, I totally believe it’s possible to be a great parent and a great musician. Musicians have barriers to overcome that most people don’t have when it comes to parenting, and those barriers increase the more successful and well known a musical becomes. But all parents have challenges, some deal with them well and some don’t. Musicians are an interesting case, but not an exceptional one. Continue reading Can a great musician be a great parent?
I mentioned Top of the Pops in a piece I wrote a couple of weeks back, and it got me thinking about my favourite moments from the show. There has been plenty of nostalgia for TOTP, but it mainly concentrates on moments from before my time (Pans People, Dexy’s performing in front of a picture of darts player Jocky Wilson etc.). Most of my memories are … Continue reading My 7 favourite Top of the Pops moments