Although discovering records and popular music rather later than many, the last several decades have been spent enthusiastically catching up. This has resulted in a substantial collection of music in various formats. Yet vinyl LPs remain the music source closest to this 33 rpm heart.

Over the years I have been all of the things below for durations varying from the mercifully temporary to great big chunks.

Some brought great satisfaction and modest success, others neither. Happily, those that are on-going have proven nourishing and sustaining.


administrative officer


bookshop assistant

careers officer

collector of records (and cds)

dungeon master (d&d)

freelance music writer

group facilitator

market researcher

music reviewer

night shift production worker (plastics)

optometry student




public radio presenter

shop assistant – electrical goods / records

shop manager – ski gear

student (repeat offender)

teacher of english – europe

travel writer


university lecturer in counselling

youth leader


 My other blog is called Lonely Keyboards. It is less music obsessed.

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  1. This is a very nice about page. I couldn’t tell if you were being funny or serious about the #FF tag. It’s #FollowFriday. You recommend a few people you follow and interact with, then retweet your friends’ recommendations. It’s an event to help everyone build their networks and play games at the same time.

    I blog music videos occasionally, and I would like to have more extensive music blogging on my site eventually, but I just haven’t found the right contributor yet.


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  2. Frank Spencer · · Reply

    Just discovered your blog and it looks good. I have just returned to vinyl with delight and enthusiasm
    Also to film cameras!I embraced the digital format and realised that’s it’s is not as good as claimed by
    Would anyone claim that digital radio sounds as foods as cm? Although I do like radio6.

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  3. Christopher · · Reply

    Hi Bruce. I’m Christopher, I commented on your post in the FB Progressive Rock Group — I just added your site to the links in my three music blogs. You have a great page. “Listening to Jimmy Smith = Coffee.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. Love it. Chris


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    1. Thanks Chris, that’s terrific. I’ve been enjoying the jazz at 365drymartinis and will check out the other two. Man, you are a busy blogger!


  4. Great bio – looking forward to some LP reading!

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  5. Hi. Just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is great, and I’ve nominated you for a VIB Award. 🙂 http://wp.me/p4Kuwe-tB

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  6. Thanks Bruce. Glad to have found your blog. Lots to explore. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in now).

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  7. Hi. Just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is great, and I’ve nominated you for a VIB Award. 🙂 http://wp.me/p3Kumn-1zW

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  8. All this and ghost writer too! I’m in 🙂

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  9. Thanks for visiting my blog, really interesting stuff you are doing!

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  10. Hi Bruce! I’ve nominated you for The Blogger Recognition Award.
    You can pick it up here: https://danicapiche.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/blogger-recognition-award-thank-you-the-music-edition/
    If you have an award free blog please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

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  11. Michael Mace · · Reply

    Bruce, I was interested in the Adelphi mentions and we are still going after 53 years !
    It was great to hear about the time you were with us.
    Cheers and regards, Michael

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    1. Wonderful to hear from you Michael. And most impressed to hear that Adelphi is still burning up the boards! Wishing you many thunderous curtain calls to come.


  12. Will be back when I have some time. Had a quick scroll and seen some good stuff. All need is to find more music inspiration. Later

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  13. Hey Bruce , thanks for the comment on ‘Clockwork’. Somehow it disappeared into the ozone after I looked at it. (Hit wrong key, sausage fingers) Anyways don’t think I can meet your deadline but I will look forward to what you’re putting together. Sounds very cool. Yeah at the time i went out and bought the Soundtrack for ‘CO’. Love it. (In CB’s half assed chronological musical trip I think the first soundtrack will be ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’)

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  14. I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. Keep up the good work!

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  15. Hey Bruce

    Matt here. We became reacquainted in JB recently – of course, had be to in the vinyl records section! Round & Round Records, Sydney Rd would have been cooler, though : ) Just wanted to send praise for your blog.Yep – its officially amazing. I see SO many shared tributaries feeding the stream of musical discovery… Prog, of course, but so much more. So I’ve saved you as a tab on my Macbook and I’ll endeavour to read as many posts as I can find time for. Just bought my first (albeit reconditioned) amp and speakers and getting back into vinyl again after decades away. Anyway, more importantly, the ‘Categories’ are great – can’t wait to dive in!…
    Enough with the water analogies!…. Cheers.

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    1. Hi Matt. Welcome to the pleasure dome. Lovely to see you the other day and congrats on reverting to analogue ! Hope you enjoy a spin through the windmills of my (vinyl) mind. Cheers.


  16. Bruce, seen your comment on ‘CB Takes a Cigar Break’. Then it promptly disappeared. You’re one of my faves on this blog thing. You spark so much good music, old, new and in between. Some of your film faves would be welcomed. Chuck is laying it down and I’m enjoying a very good cigar.


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  18. I’ll definitely be going for the music obsessed one then! Thanks for stopping by, and the follow, Bruce

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  19. It’s about that time! Gifts! I’ve nominated you for The Sunshine Blogger Award, here: https://danicapiche.com/2018/07/05/the-sunshine-blogger-award-thank-you/
    There’s no obligation at all so if you’re unable to participate please consider this a gesture of appreciation and hope that a new reader or two will discover your blog.

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    1. Good on ya Danica. Your group initiative ‘Blog Dylan’ was one of the highlights of the past twelvemonth.

      Though I don’t do awards, I’m sincerely gratified to appear twice in your list (though Lonely Keyboards is pretty lonely at present!).

      Keep writing!

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  20. 50% – that’s 3 out of 6 red bind vinyl records that I have; Aphrodite’s Child, Zappa Trout Mask, and the sublime Jarre China concerts. Nice choices.
    Not bad odds from the zillions, OK maybe billions, of red bind records!

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    1. Cool, 00i. Do you know Ozric Tentacles? If you like Hawkwind, may well be a band you’d enjoy.


  21. Ozric Tentacles, yes, only got into them over the past couple years – hooked on Waterfall Cities and Spiralmind especially.
    Like them a lot, watched a few of their many live videos. Possibly a bit more intricate than Hawkwind but good psychedelic jams. Can’t believe it took me so long to become aware of them . Thanks for the remind, I’ve got them playing right now – good stuff.

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  22. Look At Yourself – Uriah Heep
    released September 1971 – 50 years ago this month.
    00 looked real good on that album cover in 1971!

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    1. It must be a Dorian Grey mirror. My image is also seriously decrepit. Should we demand our money back?


  23. Good one –
    no, I guess I’ll live with the $2.99 + tax loss.
    Actually, I think I still have that LP – I’ll take another look, could be an improvement!

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  24. Chris Blackman · · Reply

    Do you have any AuKUS albums? Might be worth a review since the name has suddenly become topical. https://www.jango.com/music/AuKUS/_full_bio

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    1. Not known to me, CB. However I did wonder about a feature on Le Yellow Submarine. 🌊


  25. Paul Robinson · · Reply


    I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic posts over the last few years! I recently decided to (somewhat impulsively, but also cumulatively) delete my blog, 365musicmusings, for a variety of reasons. Some mundane, some existential. Now that my thoughts and feelings have settled, I’ve been slowly getting around to saying my farewells to some of my readers. You were one of the few I actually had sustained and fulfilling interactions with and genuinely miss. It was fun, but I needed a clean break for the next stage of my life. I’m actually doing well and sincerely hope you are too. Perhaps one day inspiration and reinvention will lead to our digital paths crossing again, I’d like to think. ‘Till then, keep up the good work!

    Paul R.

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    1. Paul, I really appreciate you taking the time to pen those words. Blogging is an odd pastime, as you well know, and I have lost count of the number of times I’ve thought ‘fuck it, I’m done’. But VC trudges along, with communications like yours putting a spring back in its step. I want to thank you too, for throwing some left-field listening into my path, though I was never as adventurous as the little voice in my head said I should be! As for your own journey, for what it’s worth I do understand the excitement and terror of change and wish you well. If stepping away for WordPress is necessary, I hope you find a way to express yourself creatively elsewhere. Good wishes and good fortune. -Bruce


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