Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

30 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 30 – My favourite song this time last year

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So, it’s the end of 30 days of music. I’m not entirely sure what to make of “my favourite song this time last year”, since if you mean “all-time favourite” then it was still the same as my choice for … Continue reading

29 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 29 – A song from my childhood

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For all that music means to me now, I don’t have much memory of it from my childhood. Partly, that’s because we weren’t a particularly musical family – we had an ancient gramophone with some old 78s (I kid you … Continue reading

28 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 28 – A song that makes me feel guilty

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I don’t think there are any songs which make me feel guilty, at least in the sense of being associated with something I’ve done wrong and feel ashamed of. But this song always reminds me that I don’t do as … Continue reading

27 June 2010
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I blame John Terry

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So, England are out of the World Cup. Never mind the dodgy linesman’s decision which wrongly ruled out Frank Lampard’s goal. The fact is, the team just weren’t good enough anyway. So, what went wrong? I blame John Terry. No, … Continue reading

27 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 27 – A song I wish I could play

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After yesterday’s songs that I can play on the keyboards, it doesn’t take much observation to guess that today’s song is going to feature an instrument that I can’t play. Or, at least, can’t play very well. I can manage … Continue reading

26 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 26 – A song I can play on an instrument

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Speaking as a musician, there are obviously plenty of songs which could fit this category. In fact, it would be harder to find a song which doesn’t fit this category, in one sense. But there’s a difference between playing a … Continue reading

25 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 25 – A song that makes me laugh

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I’m not quite sure what to make of this one. I don’t generally laugh at songs, unless they’re deliberately intended to be comedy songs (and, in those cases, they’re often not very good). But I can’t think of any other … Continue reading

24 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 24 – A song that I want to have played at my funeral

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Unlike yesterday’s topic, this is definitely still in the future – and hopefully quite a long way in the future, too! But I’m sticking with the same kind of theme as yesterday. Short of something deliberately ironic, such as My … Continue reading

23 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 23 – A song I want to have played at my wedding

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We’re a bit late for this one, since I’m already married and have no plans to have any more weddings. So, rather than try to come up with anything clever, here’s the song that Emma and I had at our … Continue reading

22 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 22 – A song that I listen to when I’m sad

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Happy songs are all alike, every sad song is sad in its own way. So Leo Tolstoy might have written if he’d been into music instead of literature. As with anger, a couple of days ago, there are different reasons … Continue reading

21 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 21 – A song that I listen to when I’m happy

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This song is a staple on my “driving songs” iPhone playlist, which primarily comprises upbeat, happy songs that sound good on the way home from work – particularly on a summer Friday afternoon when the sun is shining and the … Continue reading

20 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 20 – A song that I listen to when I’m angry

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This ought to be divided into subcategories. There are lots of different reasons why I get angry, and different songs fit different types of anger. There’s the anger when I’m angry with myself, usually for doing something stupid, there’s the … Continue reading

19 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 19 – A song from my favourite album

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Picking a favourite album is almost as hard as picking a favourite song. I’m not entirely sure if this really is my favourite album, but it’s certainly up there near the top. But the reason I’ve picked this is because … Continue reading

18 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 18 – A song that I wish I heard on the radio

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This is a bit trickier than yesterday, since on the whole I don’t tend to worry about songs that aren’t on the radio that I think ought to be. That’s partly because the radio I listen to out of choice … Continue reading

17 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 17 – A song I hear often on the radio

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I hear plenty of songs often on the radio, since we usually have it on at work and I tend to listen at home at the weekend as well. But this song seems to have been particularly ubiquitous recently since … Continue reading

16 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 16 – A song I used to love but now hate

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There really isn’t anything which fits this category. Apart from the fact that, as I’ve already said, I don’t “hate” any music – I just don’t listen to it if I don’t like it – my tastes haven’t changed so … Continue reading

15 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 15 – A song that describes me

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Well, now, there are lots of options for this, at least if I go just by the title. This Charming Man, maybe, or possibly anything by Captain Sensible. Or, more prosaically (but far more accurately), just plain Human. Having said … Continue reading

14 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 14 – A song no-one would expect me to love

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This is a bit too much like yesterday’s topic, really, and suffers from a similar flaw. Those who know me well won’t be all that surprised at any of my musical choices, while for those that don’t know me, they … Continue reading

13 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure

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I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. But this is a song that I tend not to own up to liking, at least in polite company. However, it is a very good one. I’m not a huge fan of rap … Continue reading

12 June 2010
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30 Days of Music: 12 – A song from a band I hate

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I don’t really hate any band. There are plenty of bands that I don’t listen to because I don’t particularly like their music, but that’s not the same thing as hating a band. What I do hate, though, is the … Continue reading