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Protest Song

no responses. April 4, 2017 Colin Kennedy

“THERE’S A PROTEST SINGER……..


“THERE’S A PROTEST SINGER……..

………..he’s singing a protest song.”

Bob Dylan, I thought. But what was the song? To my surprise a quick Google revealed that it’s a line from Dire Straits’ ‘Industrial Disease’, which leaves me doubly surprised as this would be among my favourites of their songs. I should have known that. It is funny how the memory plays tricks but you must admit it does sound Dylanesque….

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Valentines Day

no responses. February 2, 2017 Colin Kennedy

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED…..


LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED…..

In the early days of January, before the tinsel was down, I decided that this month’s blog would be one of love and romance, no matter what. The plan was somewhat similar last year with the piece half-written only for the death of David Bowie to blow it off its hinges. I promised to myself that I’d re-visit it a year on though, because with Valentine’s Day in the offing I want to put some irresistible love songs your way. Some may be familiar to you but I’m confident there are at least a few curveballs you won’t know but are worth your time to investigate so you can play them to your beloved on the Big Day. He/she won’t be disappointed, I promise!…

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George Michael

no responses. January 5, 2017 Colin Kennedy

YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED…….


YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED…….

2016 took a phenomenal number of people from the world of entertainment prompting much hand wringing and cries of “Oh my God, what’s happening? The world’s gone crazy!” Well, no. Not really. Let’s be brutally honest here, the vast majority of those who died were actually elderly, in their late 60s or 70s. It doesn’t make their loss any less sad but it is a stark reality nevertheless. George Michael was different, aged just 53 is shockingly young….

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Peter Green - Fleetwood Mac

no responses. December 15, 2016 Colin Kennedy

THE GREEN GOD


THE GREEN GOD

Right, where was I? Ah yes, the guitarist whose career came off the tracks. This, you may recall, was the planned blog last month until the easily distracted yours truly went off in a different direction altogether. The man I’m talking about is Peter Green, the so called Green God and founder of Fleetwood Mac. I’d have thought it’s reasonable to assume there are a great many people unaware that there was ever a bloke called Green in the Mac…

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Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome

no responses. November 2, 2016 Colin Kennedy

IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL……….


IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL……….

The plan was to write a heartfelt tribute to a guitar hero from the past who, while he hasn’t exactly fallen on hard times, has the air of a man who got left behind somewhat. Not exactly tragedy but a bit of a sad story nevertheless, full of what-ifs. The story will be done, just not this month because while I was sitting chewing the top of my pen (those first few lines, always the hardest) out of the corner of my eye I noticed a headline on the computer screen saying something about a new Rolling Stones album, their first in over a decade, no less. So I was idly scrolling through this news with low expectations as the Stones hadn’t done anything to merit me getting excited in a very long time. By the end of the report my interest had risen sharply.

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