Pogue, A moment of seasonal nostalgia. The same songs come round again and again and, forbid I should say it, some are becoming like hymns! Written in ages past and yet held by the faithful to still be relevant. Yes, some are absolute classics. John Lennon, Chris de Burgh, Greg Lake, Slade… But I am … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Pogue, Your grandmother has banked quite a few years and whilst I would not say she’s old (I wouldn’t dare!), I’d have to suggest she is in her twilight years. But then, how long are those? Thing is, she can talk about events that your children can only related to through history documentaries and do … Continue reading Seasonal Expectations
Dear Pogue, It is December and the world around us has turned it’s focus, wholeheartedly, towards Christmas. That is, unless you have been shopping in some of our mainline supermarkets where Christmas starts around the 1st October and continues until the beginning of Easter which I think is now the 2nd January. And that’s a … Continue reading Monday Musing
Hi Pogue, So here I am and I’m still thinking about ‘weird’, your ‘weird’, my ‘weird’ and looking around and about for other people who have found their’s together with the determination and freedom to give it expression. To that end I spotted an account in a book I’m currently reading, A Moveable Feast, Ernest … Continue reading Monday Musing
YOU ARE NOT EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEAThe world is filled with people who, no matterwhat vou do, no matter what you try, will simplynot like you. But the world is also filled with thosewho will love you fiercely. The ones who love you:they are Your People. Don't waste your finite time and heart trying toconvince … Continue reading Be Your Weird
Well Pogue, We’ve spent two Musings thinking about the fact that we all have unique qualities and characteristics that make us different. Our weirdness. These things set us aside from others and make life more interesting. At least I think so. They also give us a new sense of freedom once we have learnt to … Continue reading Monday Musing.
Pogue, Saturday morning and there’s no rush. No need to get out and head to work. Sweeeet! So here we are just sitting and taking time to enjoy that first cup of coffee. To really savour the flavour. And letting our minds drift, free from the pressures of the week. But we need a song … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
I will be your be your priestAnd I will bring rest for your soul,In a confessional of light.You will give up your desiresWith hands held forthBearing your scars.The pain, I will release you from your pain,You will know that there is lightWhen the darkness fadesAnd in the light there will be absolution,Your heart will be … Continue reading Your Priest
There’s an old woman in a winter coatA coat that has known the coldShe wears her scarf up highAgainst the coming frost foretoldWoollen gloves that have seen better daysAnd boots that are perhaps too old But walking the country pathsWith greying hair set freeShe cares nothing of what others thinkPreferring just to beThe person that … Continue reading Winter Coat
Hi Pogue, Remember last Monday we talked about embracing your weird? Well today I’ve been listening to the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, on the TV, five days before his first budget statement. And it was refreshing to listen to him because he told it as it is. We’ve some hard times ahead as a country and … Continue reading Monday Musing
If you were to look God in the eye,Could you hold that gaze for long?Even for a moment?Find your smile to wearAnd pretend not to feel brazen?In a wild momentWould you dare to ask the questionThat steals your sleeping hours?The question you ask as ‘Why’?Adorned in tones of accusationFire smouldering in your eyesBearing testimony to … Continue reading In The Eye
Dear Pogue, I came across a quote from Sylvia’s Plath yesterday where she said she had learnt “to embrace her own weirdness”. It sort of struck me that in doing so she found her own creative genius and whilst her life was a troubled one, she left us with a legacy of great poetry. Her … Continue reading Monday Musing
Memories are not what they use to beAnd is that good Or is that bad?Because I don’t remember things quite the sameAs others who repeat the tale,The memory was once a clothPatterned in a certain wayBut time the magician has played a gameAnd embroidered patterns of intrigue.So our histories have a different viewWhere I remember … Continue reading Memories
Well Pogue, After yesterday’s musing I guess we need to sit a savour the songs of one of those master wordsmiths I mentioned. I’ve gone for Bruce as, well, why wouldn’t I. I mean, this song was from his first album and he was already writing this well. Just enjoy. https://youtu.be/uozMTmEjxHc And if you want … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Dear Pogue, Do you ever read something and ask yourself: “How does that woman think?” or “What’s gone on in his life that he can write that?” I find myself doing it more and more these days. In fact instead of considering that I’m increasing my knowledge I continually find myself realising how small my … Continue reading Monday Musings
The children still play in the old school field.The trees stand in the same places,Shed leaves in the same season,Look bare in winter like before,They’re just bigger than on that dayWhen you and I climbed so highHid in their branches And were possessed by make believe.I was happy then.The crime was that I did not … Continue reading The Old School Field
Hey Pogue, Monday morning. The clank of the letter box and, here I am with thoughts born of wisdom. Good morning. This week I’ve been thinking about how we form judgements of other people often based on very little actual knowledge. Do you think there might be something slightly wrong in this? Be careful who … Continue reading Monday Musing
I have been thinking of silence. I wrote over the last couple of weeks on silence, the creative forces of the Universe and our own creative process. Then, wham, there are all these quotes appearing in my reading about the creative process. Synchronicity at work again I guess. Leave to your opinions their own quiet … Continue reading Silence and Creativity
Come to the woods with meCome amongst the trees,The wild branches in passion with the windHeaving and thrustingEcstaticHeaving,And we will be lovers by proxyAs we sit and feel the energyThe raw power of ancient woodBent in nature’s embraceAs trees bend and stretch,Groaning,Gasping,Yes, yes,Our skin will tingle Wind whippedAnd we will share the momentThe climax,Then the … Continue reading To The Woods
Pogue, I wrote last week about the music that pervades the universe and how so very many have no awareness of its existence. And, as is usually the way, having put that out other similar thoughts and ideas returned to me. Synchronicity, don’t you just love it! So I came across a quote from a … Continue reading Monday Musings
Light your candle and hold it outI’m lost and stumbling around in this darkness,The night has been longLonger than I have ever rememberedBut the little light you profferIs a seed of hope to my soulAnd I can tell myself that all will be wellIf only I can get by until,Until the dawn heralds the new … Continue reading Light your candle
Pogue, I went to a concert on Saturday just gone. I saw a band called Nearly Dan, a Steely Dan tribute band. I can hear your brain already, wondering, “Dan who?” But stay with me here. Back in the day I really loved the music of Steely Dan. I owned most of their albums. And … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listen To Now.
I believe music fills the universe. That the day and night are filled with rhythm but far too many are not aware and never hear it. And that is sad because if more heard and felt that which moves around us all the time, there would be less division, less strife. There would be harmony. … Continue reading Maybe…a moment from my craziness.
There’s so much that I don’t understandThe more I thinkThe more I findThe world is a continuous question getting biggerThe mysteries of old were but a precursor to all that was to comeBut it wasn’t to comeIt was always thereWe didn’t know what we didn’t know Then there’s people whoare a mystery all of their … Continue reading I Do Not Understand
Dear Pogue, I wrote to you in the week about the creative process and suggested that inspiration came from outside rather than within. I questioned whether we had lost our way and turned to our own very limited ability to find creative impulse. So thinking about this and practicing the thought to test its veracity … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, The creative process can be a tortured thing at times. One day, there you are just breezing along, everything is flowing, all cylinders seem to be firing, inspiration is a warm breeze blowing from the south and all is well with the world. You just create because you can do nothing else. Then something … Continue reading Creative Inspiration
Some days do not stick Choosing to slide right byAnd time so valuableIs lost in a haze of regretFor what is of valueIf not timeSo fundamental to all our endeavours.I asked,Some said moneySome said friendsSome said peaceSo I answered “But all need time”Time to makeTime to beTime to appreciateAnd once spent it cannot be regainedUnlike … Continue reading Last Day
So Pogue. I know a lady who has passed into and out of my life over a number of years. It’s a pleasure to see her when she appears again but, I’m afraid to say, it’s normally a relief when she leaves. And the reason? Well, as long as I have known she has been … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, We need a song, we really do. Life has been so busy and distracting that I haven’t sent you a song for a while. My bad! I’m sorry🥺 But here’s a song I’ve just heard and it’s going around my head so, please, have it. It’s a band that’s new to me but I … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’mListening To Now..