THIS IS THE PLACE

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THIS IS THE PLACE

THIS IS THE PLACE,

WHERE I FELL FIFTEEN FEET INTO A FLOOD SUMP,

AND WAS RESCUED BY FIREMEN…

OF COURSE THE TUNNEL IS BLOCKED NOW,

WITH FIFTY YEARS DETRITUS AND GROWTH…

BUT  REMEMBER IT WELL.

 

THIS IS THE PLACE,

WHERE MY BROTHER DIED ON A ROPE SWING…

THE TREE IS LONG GONE,

AND NEW TREES ARE MATURE THERE,

LIKE I MIND MELD, FALSE YET TRUE,

I REMEMBER IT WELL.

 

THIS IS THE PLACE,

WHERE MY MARIE ASKED ME BACK FOR LUNCH,

AND I ACCEPTED EVEN THOUGH,

I KNEW THAT I WAS ON THE MENU.

SHE HAD MY HEART FOR EVER.

I REMEMBER IT WELL.

 

THIS IS THE PLACE,

WHERE I HAD MY DEN,

IN AN OLD COW SHED,

WITH AN OLD POND,

ITS A RUGBY PITCH NOW,

I REMEMBER BOTH WELL.

 

THAT’S THE THING WITH RETURNING,

THIS TOWN HAS MEMORIES,

BUT WITH SEPIA EDGES,

NOTHING NEW CAN COME IN,

THERE’S NO REPLACING,

THE MEMORIES WELL.

 

DALE M WE WITH J

 

G IS FOR … PLAYLIST

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G IS FOR …

  1. GANG OF FOUR – AT HOME HE’S A TOURIST
  2. GALLAGHER & LYLE – HEART ON MY SLEEVE
  3. GARBAGE – ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS
  4. GARY NUMAN – DOWN IN THE PARK
  5. GAZ COOMBES – MATADOR
  6. GENE CHANDLER – THERE WAS A TIME
  7. GENE PITNEY – 24 HOURS FROM TULSA
  8. GENERATION X – INTO THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
  9. GENESIS – THE LAMB LAYS DOWN
  10. GENO WASHINGTON – MICHEAL
  11. GEORGE HARRISON – MY SWEET LORD
  12. GERRY RAFFERTY – BAKER STREET
  13. GHOST SOCIETY – UNDER THE SUN
  14. GHOSTPOET – FREAKSHOW
  15. GIL SCOTT-HERON – THE BOTTLE
  16. GLADYS KNIGHT – YOURE THE BEST THING
  17. GLASS CANDY – CANDY CASTLE
  18. GLASSER – APPLY
  19. GLOVE – PUNISH ME WITH KISSES
  20. GO! TEAM – LADYFLASH
  21. GO – BETWEENS – SPRING RAIN
  22. GOLDFRAPP – STRICT MACHINE
  23. GOMEZ – TURN AROUND
  24. GORILLAZ – DARE
  25. GRACE JONES – PULL UP TO THE BUMPER
  26. GRAHAM PARKER – HEY LORD
  27. GRANDADDY – CRYSTAL LAKE
  28. GREEN DAY – WORKING CLASS HERO
  29. GREGORY ISAACS – NIGHT NURSE
  30. GRENDEL – VOID MALIGN
  31. GRIMES – OBLIVION
  32. GROOVE ARMADA – HISTORY

G IS FOR ECLECTIC.

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I STILL RECALL THE WONDROUS MOMENT BY ALEKSANDR PUSHKIN

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I still recall the wondrous moment:
When you appeared before my sight
As though a brief and fleeting omen,
Pure phantom in enchanting light.

In sorrow, when I felt unwell,
Caught in the bustle, in a daze,
I fell under your voice’s spell
And dreamt the features of your face.

Years passed and gales had dispelled
My former hopes, and in those days,
I lost your voice’s sacred spell,

The holy features of your face.
Detained in darkness, isolation,
My days began to drag in strife.
Without faith and inspiration,
Without tears, and love and life.

My soul attained its waking moment:
You re-appeared before my sight,
As though a brief and fleeting omen,
Pure phantom in enchanting light.

And now, my heart, with fascination,
Beats rapidly and finds revived
Devout faith and inspiration,
And tender tears and love and life.

 

PUSHKIN SAYS IT BETTER!

DALE ‘M’

F IS FOR … PLAYLIST

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F IS FOR …

  1. FAITHLESS – GOD IS A DJ
  2. FALL – MR. PHARMACIST
  3. FARM – GROOVY TRAIN
  4. FAT WHITE FAMILY – TOUCH THE LEATHER
  5. FATBOY SLIM – SUNSET
  6. FATHER JOHN MISTY – LOVE YOU HUNNY BEAR
  7. FEIST – LOST DREAMS
  8. FELICE TAYLOR – I FEEL LOVE COMING ON
  9. FELT – SPACE BLUES
  10. FINN BROTHERS – PARADISE
  11. FIRST AID KIT – STAY GOLD
  12. FLAMING LIPS – DO YOU REALISE
  13. FLARES – FOOT STOMPING
  14. FLEETWOOD MAC – GO YOUR OWN WAY
  15. FLUKE – BLUE SKY
  16. FLUME – STAY CLOSE
  17. FOALS – BIG LOVE
  18. FOCUS – SYLVIA
  19. FOUNDATIONS – BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP
  20. FOUR TET – LA TRANCE
  21. FOUR TOPS – BABY I NEED YOUR LOVING
  22. FOX – IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU
  23. FRANK TURNER –  THE FISHER KING BLUES
  24. FRANK WILSON – DO I LOVE YOU
  25. FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD – RELAX
  26. FRANZ FERDINAND – RIGHT ACTION
  27. FRATELLIS – CHELSEA DAGGER
  28. FREDA PAYNE – BAND OF GOLD
  29. FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS – I’M TELLING YOU NOW
  30. FREESTYLERS – FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT
  31. FUNKADELIC – ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE
  32. FURNITURE – BRILLIANT MIND
  33. FUTURE ISLANDS – NORTH STAR
  34. FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON – CALCIUM

NOT SO MANY F’S.

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WHERE IS MY MIND

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Time to face facts. I have been in a deep depression for 18 months. Pretty much constantly since my beloved was ripped away from me, one darkest of nights at the start of January 2019, I have been totally rudderless and to be frank, suicidal when stuck in a deep blue funk. In February, just before the lockdown, I forced myself to go to Amsterdam, with the help of my we, Janet.  It was a very hard process, I changed my mind multiple times… not only was I depressed but I have a phobia for flying. Yet my will was stronger than my fear and I faced it down. Boy, was I grateful that I did! I love Amsterdam, it is one of my favourite places in the world, and the art museums were just as wonderful as I remembered. I had the added benefit of being able to share the place with Janet.

I have a therapist who is really nice and helpful, but I’ve only seen him once… I’ve always been ferociously independent, and self-reliant… In the past I have always been able to exorcise the blues by writing it out of me. I write honestly, holding nothing back… but recently, the thoughts I have been having are too dark to put into words. They have festered like a septic sore. I have been refusing myself the solace of the people I love and who love me, so much so, that even the thought of my little Phoenix has not been able to light the darkness.

Yet slowly, she has thawed my icy mind, she has such a wonderful intelligent creative mind, such a vivacious temperament and lovely sense of humour, she puts a smile in my heart. I realise the reason I remain on this god-awful planet, is that this new soul needs me. Hopefully I can hold on to this feeling, this kindling spark to keep away the darkest hours of the long night hours…

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E IS FOR… PLAYLIST

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E IS FOR…

  1.  EARL SIXTEEN/LEFTFIELD – RELEASE THE PRESSURE
  2. EARTH,WIND AND FIRE – GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE
  3. ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – THE KILLING MOON
  4. ECHO LAKE – WILD PEACE
  5. ECHOBELLY – GREAT THINGS
  6. EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO
  7. EDDIE FLOYD – KNOCK ON WOOD
  8. EDDIE HOLLAND – WHAT ABOUT ME
  9. EDITH PIAF – NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN
  10. EDITORS – MUNICH
  11. ELBOW – THE BIRDS
  12. ELO – TELEPHONE LINE
  13. ELEPHANT – SHIPWRECKED
  14. ELIZABETH FRAZER – MOSES
  15. ELTON JOHN – BENNIE &  THE JETS
  16. ELVIS COSTELLO – WATCHING THE DETECTIVES
  17. EMILIANA TORRINI – SUNNY ROAD
  18. EMPIRE OF THE SUN – WE ARE THE PEOPLE
  19. ERAAS – SKINNING
  20. ERIC CLAPTON – TEARS IN HEAVEN
  21. ESBEN & THE WITCH – NO DOG
  22. EURYTHMICS – THE WALK
  23. EVAN DANDO/KIRSTY MACCOLL – PERFECT DAY
  24. EVERLY BROS – CATHY’S CLOWN
  25. EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – WRONG
  26. EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – DISTANT PAST
  27. EXITMUSIC – THE COLD

SLIMMER PICKINGS BUT SOME GOOD TOONZ

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RABINDRANATH TAGORE

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Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore was the first asian to win a nobel prize for literature.

Well worth the accolade.

Dale

D IS FOR… PLAYLIST

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D IS FOR

  1. DAMNED – NEW ROSE
  2. DAMIEN ALBARN – EVERYDAY ROBOTS
  3. DANSE SOCIETY – COME INSIDE
  4. DARLENE LOVE – WAIT TIL MY BOBBY GETS HOME
  5. DAUGHTER – SMOTHER
  6. DAVE CLARK FIVE – DO YOU LOVE ME
  7. DAVE DEE DOZY BEAKY MICK & TICH – BEND IT
  8. DAVE GAHAN – A LITTLE LIE
  9. DAVID BOWIE – SUFFRAGETTE CITY
  10. DAVID BYRNE – EVERYDAY IS A MIRACLE
  11. DAVID ESSEX – ROCK ON
  12. DAVID LYNCH – THE BIG DREAM
  13. DEAD CAN DANCE – ULLYSES
  14. DEAD KENNEDYS – CALIFORNIA UBER ALLES
  15. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – YOU MOVED AWAY
  16. DEATH IN VEGAS – SOUL AUCTIONEER
  17. DEBORAH HARRY – ROCKBIRD
  18. DEBUSSY – CELLO SONATA
  19. DECEMBRISTS – LAKE SONG
  20. DEEP DISH – DREAMS
  21. DELTA 5 – MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS
  22. DEPARTMENT S – IS VIC THERE
  23. DEPECHE MODE – PERSONAL JESUS
  24. DEREK & THE DOMINOES – LAYLA
  25. DESMOND DEKKER – ISREALITES
  26. DESTROYER – HELL
  27. DEVO – NO SATISFACTION
  28. DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – GENO
  29. DIANA ROSS – COME SEE ABOUT ME
  30. DIDO – ONE STEP TOO FAR
  31. DINAH WASHINGTON – MAD ABOUT THE BOY
  32. DION – THE WANDERER
  33. DIONNE WARWICK – ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART
  34. DIRE STRAITS – ROMEO & JULIET
  35. DISCLOSURE – WHITE NOISE
  36. DIXIE CHICKS – WIDE OPEN SPACES
  37. DMX – RUFF RIDERS
  38. DONNA SUMMERS – STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
  39. DONOVAN – HURDY GURDY MAN
  40. DOORS – PEOPLE ARE STRANGE
  41. DOT ALLINSON – SWEET SURRENDER
  42. DOVES – BLACK AND WHITE TOWN
  43. DR. FEELGOOD – PUNCH DRUNK
  44. DRENGE – UNDERTOW
  45. DUBSTAR – STARS
  46. DUKE SPIRITS – PACIFIC
  47. DUM DUM GIRLS – LETTER TO HERMIONE
  48. DURAN DURAN – GIRLS ON FILM
  49. DURUTTI COLUMN – PARTY
  50. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD – BREAKFAST IN BED
  51. DUTCH UNCLES – FESTOR

I HAVE A LOT OF D’S BUT UNFORTUNATELY MOST ARE DAVID BOWIE…

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C IS FOR… PLAYLIST

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C IS FOR … PLAYLIST

  1. CABARET VOLTAIRE – JUST FASCINATION
  2. CAESAR’S PALACE – JERK IT OUT
  3. CAMERA OBSCURA – LLOYD I’M READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN
  4. CARDIGANS – RISE AND SHINE
  5. CARLA THOMAS – YES I’M READY
  6. CARLY SIMON – YOU’RE SO VAIN
  7. CAROLE KING – YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
  8. CARPENTERS – SUPERSTAR
  9. CARRIE UNDERWOOD – JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL
  10. CARTER USM – SHERIFF FATMAN
  11. CAT POWER – DREAMS
  12. CAT STEVENS – MORNING HAS BROKEN
  13. CATE LE BON – ARE YOU WITH ME NOW
  14. CAT’S EYES – THE LULL
  15. CELLOPHANE FLOWERS – TEARS OF A CLOWN
  16. CHARLES & INEZ FOXX – MOCKINGBIRD
  17. CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG – DEADLY VALENTINE
  18. CHASE & STATUS – END CREDITS
  19. CHASTITY BELT – I’M FINE
  20. CHELSEA – FOOLS & SOLDIERS
  21. CHELSEA WOLFE – SICK
  22. CHEMICAL BROS. – UNDER THE INFLUENCE
  23. CHERRY GLAZERR- WASTED NUN
  24. CHICORY TIP – SON OF MY FATHER
  25. CHROMATICS – SHADOW
  26. CHUCK BERRY – JOHNNY BE GOODE
  27. CHVRCHES – LIES
  28. CIGARETTES AFTER SEX – JOHN WAYNE
  29. CLAN OF XYMOX – STRANGER
  30. CLASH – TOMMY GUN
  31. CLINIC – BUBBLEGUM
  32. COCKNEY REBEL – JUDY TEEN
  33. COCTEAU TWINS – SUGAR HICCUP
  34. COLD CAVE – GLORY
  35. COLD WAR KIDS – QUIET, PLEASE
  36. COMSAT ANGELS – UNDER THE INFLUENCE
  37. COURTEENERS – BLACK & BLUE
  38. COURTNEY BARNETT – ELAVATOR OPERATOR
  39. CRANES – FUTURE SONG
  40. CRASH TEST DUMMIES – AFTERNOONS AND COFFEE SPOONS
  41. CREATURES – MISS THE GIRL
  42. CROWDED HOUSE – FINGERS OF LOVE
  43. CRYSTAL CASTLES – CRIMEWAVE
  44. CRYSTAL METHOD – BLOOD RAVE
  45. CRYSTALS – THEN HE KISSED ME
  46. CSS – ALALA
  47. CURE – FASCINATION STREET
  48. CURVE – DOPPELGANGER
  49. CURVED AIR – BACKSTREET LUV
  50. CYNDI LAUPER – TRUE COLOURS

 

ITS A LONG PROCESS THIS EXTENSIVE REVEALING OF MY RECORD COLLECTION,

HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.

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