Music for Monday: For the Love of Vinyl

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Last month, after two years in our new house, we finally got round to setting up our stereo.  Why did it take so long?  Because it’s taken us that long to get our house the way we wanted it and find a space for everything we own – or buy new furniture to fit in the space we had.

In the meantime, we’ve been using a little portable record player we actually bought for my daughter’s room whenever we’ve wanted to listen to a “real” record.  It wasn’t the best sound, but it worked.  Now, though, I am reminded just what I’ve been missing for the last two years.

So, instead of sharing a song this week (especially as I still have Christmas songs rattling around my head and I don’t want to inflict that on anyone again till December), I thought I would write my own little “love post” to vinyl and why – for me – it is still better than any other way of listening to music. Continue reading

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Music for Monday: It’s Christmas #2

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Morning all and welcome to another start of the week.  Did you get snow?  We did – not as much as I’d like but enough to make me hope for a White Christmas (all fingers and toes are now crossed).  In keeping with the season, and following on from last weeks Music for Monday, I’m sharing another three of my favourite Christmas songs because, cheesy as they are, I just can’t get enough. Continue reading

Music for Monday: It’s Christmas!

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It’s finally December, the season where even the most hardened hipster (a.k.a. known as my husband) lets their hair down and gives in to the most cheesiest music on the planet.   It only happens once a year but that’s what makes it so special.  For the next 21 days, I will be able to revel in some of the worst music out there without ruining my indie-cred.

In fact, I’ve already started.  As the first rolled around, we went away for the weekend and I spent three hours listening to Slade, Shaky, and Mud.  I don’t care what the nay-sayers like The Guardian say, or how many times I hear the same songs, it makes me happy, especially when I’m getting to sing along badly with others.

So, in honour of the season for the next three weeks I’m going to share three of my favourite Christmas songs.  Feel free to weep or sing along.  I’ve seen both with some of these…. Continue reading

Music for Monday: Kid Creole and the Coconuts

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So, I swear I do listen to new music and that I will get back to that at some point in the these Monday posts but – unfortunately for some (maybe not all of you?) – I am flashing back again this week to the 80’s.  It’s the decade I grew up in and the one I have some of the fondest music memories off but, normally, I don’t listen to the music much unless I’m digging out the vinyl.  This weekend though, we were away with friends and someone had downloaded an 80’s playlist and this was on it.  I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since…. Continue reading

Music for Monday: The Next Storm by Frank Turner

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One of the things I love most about Spotify is that I feel like I am always discovering new to me artists, either through the related artists section or because I am willing to give a musician “a go” whereas previously I might not have bought an album.  I say new to me because the artists I’m discovering aren’t always new to everyone; in fact, some have been around for years but they have passed me by.
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Music for Mondays: I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

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So this week’s Music for Monday does seem like a bit of a no brainer in that I’ve picked Tom Petty, who – sadly – died last week. Tom Petty is one of those artists that I feel like has been around forever and whose songs I seem to know all the words for, though I don’t own all his albums. Even if it’s a song you don’t know, you do instantly know it’s Petty as soon as you hear the first few bars. His music was distinctive, as was his voice.
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Music for Mondays: Black Hole by Charlie Bliss

record-336626_1920One of the things I love almost as much as books is music.  I listen to it – a lot – and worship at the alter of Spotify.  I also have an addiction to vinyl, which I still buy when I can because, well, there is nothing like it really – the feel, the sound, the experience of playing a record.  Still, I digress.  This is a long way of getting round to saying I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of my favourite songs, ones I can’t get out of my head or have recently (re)discovered.  Hopefully, you’ll love them too…or not.
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