Back to work this week. It's always a bit of a shock after the long Summer holidays. My legs are taking a pounding getting used to cycling twice a day even though this is meant to be an easy week!
I'm not sure that there are huge advantages to all the weight I lost but I can tell you that hot weather really doesn't bother me anymore. In days gone by when the temperature got into the 30's I really used to struggle but yesterday I was riding home and the bike computer declared that it was 38 degrees - I felt just fine.
Angus is back from his 'adventure' at the coast. We had to take him straight to the hospital to have his foot sorted out. A 10mm puncture wound into a nerve has certainly slowed him down a little bit. It was amusing with me in the ER waiting room and Alison sending me text updates from where the doctor was using implements of destruction on Angus' foot. Everyone agreed that they didn't need me in there because they would've ended up with another patient.
If you didn't know already Pete Seeger died this week. It's hard to know what to say about him. His influence is so broad and so many people know at least a few of his songs. Let's just play a couple.
Pete Seeger - Turn, Turn, Turn - http://youtu.be/ivshYkrNWrg
Pete Seeger - If I Had A Hammer - http://youtu.be/Rl-yszPdRTk
BBC item with Billy Bragg talking about Pete Seeger - http://youtu.be/MlzV8ET80Nk
I went to see the latest Coen Brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis" the other day. It's not a fantastic movie but it's far from dreadful. I think that it's one that actually gets better a few days after you've seen it and bits sink in. Essentially it's about a week or so in the life of a struggling folk singer in the early 1960s. It has a great soundtrack and a cat steals the show. But, for me, there were too many things left open ended or undeveloped. This is a song from the film that is also very much one from my childhood. It's originally by Tom Paxton. The guy who sings it in the film has his character loosely based on him.
Stark Sands and Punch Brothers - The Last Thing On My Mind - http://youtu.be/coX8RsAN3V4
To be totally frank with you all dear listeners I am worn out. I'm not usually one of the TGIF brigade but today I certainly am. I'll be riding home the short way and probably falling in a heap. I very rarely sleep in but this would be the ideal moment!
Divinyls - Sleeping Beauty - http://youtu.be/5JOBHNWS65s
This next song I may have played before but I can't remember. DJ Broose and I played it a long time ago in a covers band. Australian Crawl were a fantastic band who, not unlike Midnight Oil, deviated far enough from the pub rock sound to make it interesting without alienating their mainstream audience. My favourite line in this song is, "we went a-walking down on Rodeo Drive, saw Barry Gibb he was stayin' alive".
Australian Crawl - La Califusa - http://youtu.be/RRnlpVVUW4U
And of course "Stayin' Alive" has just one of the coolest riffs ever. It would be remiss of me not to play it.
Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive - http://youtu.be/I_izvAbhExY
Yesterday I wanted to listen to a new DVD I have. But I forgot that new laptops don't come with optical drives anymore. It's not outdated technology in my book. Here's the band I thought would keep me going through a few admin tasks!
Hayseed Dixie - I Love Rock 'n' Roll - http://youtu.be/6kh0K3A-CFQ
Let's finish with a band that I listen to sporadically. To me they are much better live and their performances that I've seen are a lot better than the majority of their contemporaries.
Aerosmith - Walk This Way (live) - http://youtu.be/4HcR-HrVM5A
I still maintain that I could be a huge rock star if I had some hair! Ha ha!
That's it folks.
"Rock and roll is here to stay" - Neil Young (My, My, Hey, Hey (Out of the blue) 1979)