The radio is playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee’s comin’ on strong
The road has got me hypnotized
And I’m speedin’ into a new sunrise

sunrise-in-belgium

And the radio played that forgotten song
Brenda Lee’s comin’ on strong
And the newsman sang his same song

Golden Earring – Radar Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics

When it’s quiet on the road
and the fools are all abed,
Long forgotten songs
come alive in my head

Martin Addison – 19/01/2017

Each New Year brings thoughts of change, desires to change, changes beyond our control. For those we do attempt to control there are resolutions. I resolved last year that I will retire this year and the only thing undecided about that is the actual date but it will be July 31st at the latest. If 2016 did anything at all it was to highlight my mortality as I witnessed the passing of musicians that have been a major part of my life since I was a teen. What really caught my attention was their ages – some only a few years older than me and some younger! So it’s time to hang up my metaphorical soldering iron and make the most of whatever time is available to enjoy my hobbies and perhaps spend a little more time with my family (ed – are you sure about that?).

One of my favourite hobbies is photography and I want to pursue that further. One of the steps down that road is the change in my blogs appearance. I have been framing my b&w images purely for publication here – Something that was necessary to ensure that the lighter parts of the image were not lost in the whiteness of the page. A black background will allow the colours and the whites to sing. No solution is ever perfect – but blacks blending into the page is probably less of an issue for images.

Another reason for choosing a black background and this theme is the clear white text – I liked my previous theme for its ease of reading and I hope this one similarly makes reading easy because I do like to write – something else I resolve to do more of. I do have some other resolutions for this year – less drinking is a good example of one that may prove more difficult to achieve. More Truckin’ – actually, that might not be easy either as I do a lot! Let me leave you with a thought…

The new morning’s promise
Highlighted in dawn’s rosy glow
Sunburst conceals
Dangers that await
and joys that may be found
as we embrace the day
‘Carpe Diem’ for
Tomorrow may never come

A new day dawns as Rolled Gold heads south from Page.
A new day dawns as Rolled Gold heads south from Page.

The land had a name
Long before we came ashore
Or walked proud beneath the stars
Or made fire
In our pre-history
The Land had a name

We presume
We give names
We Classify
The Land, Life itself,
Categorised
In the bliss of an Ignorance
Protected by a shroud
Of Science or Faith

Far older than us
Older than we can truly comprehend
Does the Land need a name?
A label from us?
We who are just passing?
And what of the stars?

Martin Addison – 23/12/2016