(written in coffee house, one quick edit at home…)
Round goes the gossip,
north country accents machine gunning in a southern seaside town,
reshaping body shapes for coffee charged window-wishing dress buying,
Christmas decorations crisis early exhorted,
texting daughters rapid reply replayed,
proud envy sigh-shared;
make up base colours cross-checked,
creamier cream over beiger beige,
promised swift swap of free freebies,
vicious visits to inviting in-laws quick-chatted,
shops right rated by cross counter intercourse,
a sex of dancing words;
roads flash flooded in drenched downpours,
washing unhung as stair rods descended;
faded curtains charity shop listed,
husband’s lazy languidity sigh head-shook,
life’s quirky queries countered in ten minutes
girl-buddied word volley.
Carole King – Tapestry
I rediscovered this album when searching for bargain ‘2 for £10’ CDs in a local store last week. What a pleasure to revisit these wonderful songs and hear that delightful voice again. And the cat – immortalised on the front cover. Sweet.
Recently I’ve been reading a book about the 1920s and then wrote a short piece which included a flapper girl so I’ve found myself hunting for 1920s music on YouTube. A fascinating period in history.
Focus – Focus III
Great album from my teenage years, includes the classic ‘Sylvia’.
Just discovered this duo (oh dear, where have I been..?). Heard this on the Jo Whiley BBc Radio 2 programme. Beautiful and catchy.
Simon and Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
Just such a simple, clear sound with beautiful lyrics. Sums up the mid 60s so well.
Listening to the beautiful voice of the beautiful Amy Lee is the perfect way to find inspiration for writing. Especially if you writing is on the dark or melancholy side. I rediscovered Evanescence while working on my novella set in 1950s America and their music fitted perfectly with the main character’s worldly mood. Check them out, and in particular watch videos of their live performances – even better than their recorded music!