Saturday, January 13, 2007


So I was sitting in Wetherspoons on Deansgate yesterday reading about Beckham going to LA. I was relieved not to have to waste any more sympathy on him because he’d been rejected by Steve and Fabio.

I picked up the Arts section to find a great article by Laura Barton.

It stresses how powerful music is in our lives.

She’s writes beautifully about how the words, phrasing, notes and often a slight imperfection can create something you have to play over and over again.

I’ve never been a huge Dylan fan, but one long hot summer, I became obsessed by his song *To Ramona*.

It was mainly the words and his emphasis - I loved the phrase ‘Your cracked country lips I still wish to kiss,’.

Here is the article - well worth a read


Blogger Murph said...

*Love Minus Zero (No Limit)* was my Dylan all-time string vest.

12:24 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

She knows there's no success like failure/And that failure's no success at all.
Someone bought me that album for my 21st.

12:31 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Charlie Stubbs' song was Oasis' Whatever. If he survives I don't think he'll be able to listen to it again.

I can't listen to the same song twice in a row. Those cds with different versions of the same song wind me up.

2:35 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Ramona could use a good lip balm.

Geoff, what do you mean, if Charlie Stubbs survives? Do all his jilted lovers show up seeking revenge?

3:06 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Geoff: Like many other things - I did it a lot of it in my youth. Though replaying something on a vinyl LP was not exactly convenient.

I’ll be gad to see the back of Charlie Stubbs - the nastier he gets the more he forgets he’s from Lancashire and reverts back to being the posh git that he is in real life.

Mj: So do I in this weather.

No more on the subject of Charlie Stubbs - but I don’t think he’ll be joining Fred Elliot in Pantomime at the Palace theatre.

4:15 pm  
Blogger Anxious said...

A song I have to listen to more than once on my mp3 player is "Just Because" by Jane's Addiction. It's not that it's my favourite song ever or anything, but there's a compulsion to listen again.

Another is "Volcano" by Damien Rice.
And "Eagle" by Abba.

5:58 pm  
Blogger Lubin said...

We might end up being neighbours this year. I've been looking at apartments just off Deansgate. Will Manchester be able to cope?

6:35 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Anx: It’s not the obvious ones is it - it’s the ones that creep up on you quietly.

That’s great Lubin - you will be very welcome.
Manchester is brilliant nowadays and seems to get better every day.
I used to work in ‘the village’, which is a great place to socialise . Even the Arndale is cool since its makeover.

The Northern Quarter is supposed to be the place - but I don’t know it too well.

8:18 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

I can remember getting Subway Sect's Ambition after ordering it from Small Wonder records in the back of the NME and playing it twenty times in a row. Then again, I was about sixteen, so that's my excuse.

Manchester seems to have so much going for it. It's certainly better than bloody London.

10:28 am  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

Dylan was cool but overrated and clearly had no idea how to play that toy guitar of his. I preferred Dougal and Zebedee.

2:17 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Betty: The grass is always greener!
I’ve wanted to live in London since I was 15, but recently Manchester has improved so much I think I’ll stay put.

I used to read the NME before Julie Burchill was in it.

Zebedee dooh dah to you GB:
The banana daiquiris are on me tonight!

5:51 pm  

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