And I Feel Fine: Recollection of 2020 and Beyond 1.1

I was musing with fellow Joup associates Chester Whelks and Kitty in Manchester UK about six weeks ago wondering about the streets of Withington about 2 miles south of city center. They told me about the burrow and its charm and pitfalls. We ate and drank at a couple of different pubs. We talked about life…and music…and art…and hopes…and aspirations. We also discussed about how I’ve lost the will to write. I told them of how it seemed there were so many people writing on the internet now, recording podcasts or producing video content that it was just overkill and disheartening. Then they, as good mates do, advised me. Kitty offered that I should just start writing and not worry what comes out. Just do it as an exercise and continue to see what happens; you could find a very strong passion again.
Chester also advised me in the form of a quote from Nick Cave which is quite long so I’ll break it down into 3 parts.

Endless Loop 200: American Dream

lcdsoundsystemHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back (for one last time) to Endless Loop.

“American Dream” by LCD Soundsystem

And just like that, I’m 40 years old.

Now, I’m not one of those people that’s terrified of getting older, panicking as the sand grains fall faster and faster through the hourglass.  I don’t feel a midlife crisis coming on.  There are no convertible sportscars or barely legal mistresses or fad drug addictions in my immediate future.  But there is still something almost mythically daunting about that number.  And I don’t really know why.

Endless Loop: Staying Alive

cursiveHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Staying Alive” by Cursive

I have started and stopped and started and stopped writing this article about a dozen times now, mind blank and an unending stream of words erased parading in front of my eyeballs.  I start from one angle, then abandon it and begin again from another only to abandon it as well.  I change my song choice.  Start over.  Come back at it again.  Start over.  Change the song again.  Start over.  Come back to the original song.  Blank.  Blank.  Blank.

Endless Loop: Freedom! ’90

georgemichaelHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Freedom! ‘90” by George Michael

Endless Loop: Midnight Cowboy

midnightcowboyHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Midnight Cowboy” by John Barry

This week’s tune for my soon to be concluding column is “Midnight Cowboy,” John Barry’s theme song from John Schlesinger’s 1969 film.  The following story has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Endless Loop: Four Hearts in a Can

smogHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Four Hearts in a Can” by Smog

Endless Loop: To the End

blurHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“To The End” by Blur

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