Michael Stipe and Kurt Cobain Freddie Mercury, Barack Hussein, Jack Kerouac, Kahlil Gibran, Oscar Wilde and Obi Wan,   Om Kolthoum, Naguib Mahfouz, Rumi, Khayyam and Amos Oz, Lennon, McCartney, Charles Darwin Tank Man, Hitchens, James Baldwin,   Nelson Mandela, Thomas Sankara, Pablo Neruda, Che Guevara, Carol Ann Duffy and Angelou This, my heroes, is […]

There is apparently a scientific reason why, as we grow older, we tend not to resonate with newer trends in music. The songs we fall in love with when we’re younger will typically guide our subsequent listening habits and they are also the songs that we carry with us as we age. Our music tastes […]

Music It could be my advancing years or the death of my brain cells, but I am increasingly unable to decipher one musical style from another, unless the piece of music was recorded in the twentieth century, or does not have the ‘pop’ tag attached to it. We live in eclectic times, or rather we […]

The tide is perennial, My heart sincere, Icarus, he fell apart under the ozone layer. The unrequited handshake the disappointed tear. All wings were not meant for flying   Make-believe is amorphous, big dreams disappear, Mercutio, he fell down on his own frontier, The infected heartache, The suffocated prayer. Most hopes have a habit of […]

This is not an English port, but it has a point. Air full of humid, history and salt and sky full of weather this isn’t just a sea, son it is the holy water of hope where we come to be cleansed from the fickleness of  life drink – drink but never forget this is […]

Now here’s the real story, tailored and spun like the emperor’s yarn for no one to hear he said, who said, a synopsis she made a scarecrow in the yard to keep the coast clear you’ve put on too much weight, one of them wrote, the people I know that you know but who won’t […]

waking is a curse it strips away the wizard’s curtain and opens your eye   this dream, this dream, to dance in the steps of conformity, drink away the blissful waters of Lethe   there are no Edens on the quester’s path, no bowls of milk for the cats who see through kings These are […]

Just so that I can say some things I have been wanting to say all year, I am going to start my annual rant of ‘what-a-great-year-it-has been’ that nobody really gives two hoots about, with some negatives. First, I do not think Sia’s Chandelier is a great song, nor is it worth all the attention […]

I remember the last time they made me listen to the haunting rhythm of life I heard the purposeful staccato syncopation of your grandfather’s swan song vhoop vhoop vhoop Can you hear it, the sonographer asks now but I was instead coiled in a stupor, like sitting at The Hatter’s table in several layers of […]

Now again I remember you capacious, the smile, Hammersmith & City a woollen scarf, the colours of Autumn eyes beaming like the sunshine from a film where’re you from? you asked   my coffee spills, big lady pushing at Euston Square it’s alright you said, laughing nervously Press pause. Rewind. I will evoke this on […]

It’s a sunny day in Camden, and I walk with a gait like a star in a play there’s a song playing somewhere, I think it is Blondie from back in the day I know all the words, it’s a song I could write but never reveal so I hide in the tune, thoughts that […]

I’m the devil with the horns and this is the pain in my eyes look, look   I am done with forgiveness I would like to pierce you deeply, one more time before I go before your friends applaud as you kill me for the last time come, let us dance then matador in a […]

My 40 Best Albums of All Time Automatic for the People R.E.M. (1992) Brothers in Arms DIRE STRAITS (1985) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band THE BEATLES (1967) Achtung Baby U2 (1991) The Stone Roses THE STONE ROSES (1989) Graceland PAUL SIMON (1986) The Joshua Tree U2(1987) Let It Be THE BEATLES (1970) Definitely Maybe OASIS (1994) Nevermind NIRVANA (1991) (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? OASIS (1995) Monster R.E.M. (1994) Different Class PULP (1995) The Beatles (The White Album) THE BEATLES (1968) […]

Someone said if I looked hard at the sun, you’d be there. but the vision has been a kaleidoscope… ….haze..daze…hallucinogenic… so I waited till I sobered up, because I thought reality would be a prism of colour. But I was wrong. I see nothing. The sleeping pill has dreamt itself out. I’ve woken up now […]

So if I were knee deep in a river of passion you’d think I’d be scared of the torrents and run? Maybe I am scared. But if I have undressed and am naked I might as well bathe. Let the river carry me where it will Let it rise, let it flow, let it gush […]

I wasn’t sure if I had walked out of a reverie Paul Simon’s National guitar was riffing off the radio as Kerouac whispers to me words bummed in my head The long, long road dropped into the Death Valley California Route 190, Mojave Desert I wasn’t sure if it was Hemingway who said this but it […]

Ageing is a wondrous, eclectic, beautiful thing, to wit, a balding, greying man starting the day with Daft Punk, then singing along to Lorde in between morning meetings, before turning to the 30-something wisdomesques of The National as the sun sets over Nairobi, before going home to the swinging voice of Michael Bublé. Youth limits your choices, age expands your frequency […]

Even with perfect hindsight we would properly make a sumptuous mess given all the years again a cat-and-mouse painting of delightful colour an elixir of youth to be drunk slowly, and then lived as we did, we pleasure seeking lotus-eaters venturing for energy and acceptable gods and then sending wish-you-were-here postcards over the hills and […]

I loved you, so I allowed madness take the heart to its furthest bounds to take the beatings and tempests that were the fruits of this desire and then release you little bird, to follow the mirage of peace that you seek, to the furthest cloud where perhaps you might see that what I had […]

They seem smaller goals now Kilimanjaro and Batian like the gods we made in our image a dozen years away from the college dreamers who would flag peaks and keeps paths open virile hopes preaching ambition, reaping the wind of a thousand hills but we don’t talk anymore our glittering successes just plastic mounts for […]