Tag Archives: mortality

HE’S BEHIND YOU!!!

Disconsolate piano notes descend in a maudlin trickle; the guitar squawks like a tortured chicken. Then the band hits a catchy riff, though it’s not the spine of the song. The central nervous system is a four chord descending figure in counterpoint to a rising vocal line. The music is powerfully rocking, the words gloomily nihilistic, […]

THE LATE ROOSTER

For more than four years I’ve wanted to write about the first LP I bought. Over a year ago I finally squeezed out a first draft. Didn’t really like it and the file sat there on the desktop staring dolefully back at me whenever I glanced around for blogging inspiration. The second version stripped back […]

SHINE ON — 2014 DEPARTURES [COVERART #60]

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more” Players who departed in 2014 included… * Rik Mayall [March 7, 1958 – 9 June, 2014] Tommy Ramone [January 29, 1952 – July 11, 2014] Doc Neeson (The Angels) [January 4, 1947 […]

SOMETHING’S OUT TO GET YOU

Confessional songwriters have never been a particular favourite round these parts. I have a tendency to snap, “Speak for yourself!” followed by the chastened acknowledgment, “Oh, you are.” Yet for a while I’ve been yearning for an artist to tackle the themes we citizens of a certain age are confronting. Not global warming or China’s emergence […]