A Year in 52 Albums – no.20: La Mer – Claude Debussy

(as performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan) This isn’t a full album. The full thing also includes Ravel’s Bolero and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – both of which I have heard a number of times before – and let’s face it, who of us that are over 30 can’t hum a … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums – no.20: La Mer – Claude Debussy

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Why am I still doing this? (developing some thoughts on the shopping ban)

The first sentence I wrote on this blog in 2018 was a statement: “I want to live much more intentionally.” Needless raking over of old problems won’t achieve much, but confronting habits that refuse to die absolutely will. Although it’s not without some pain. Since my April review post, I’ve been thinking a bit more … Continue reading Why am I still doing this? (developing some thoughts on the shopping ban)

A Year in 52 Albums – no.19: Hello Cruel World – Gretchen Peters

Music often makes us feel something we’re not expecting to. At least, that’s what I find. When I was a teenager, I discovered that if I was having a particularly bad time, listening to some of Dodgy’s ‘Free Peace Sweet’ album (especially Good Enough) would often pull me out of it. But I only found … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums – no.19: Hello Cruel World – Gretchen Peters

A Year in 52 Albums – no.18: Eurovision 2018, part 1

I almost added a specific exception to my shopping ban rules for Eurovision. It seems silly to write that sentence down, but it’s the one regular music purchase I know I make every year. I’ve never written about it before though, so this could be interesting! Some small caveats: my opinions do change on some … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums – no.18: Eurovision 2018, part 1