Autumn displays to mend your heart

I had an unbelievable summer, full of love, fun, laughter, holidays, seaside fun, late nights, new experiences and general rad times. Still, I always knew once September hit things would get tough, but I didn’t know how bad! I got a real case of September Sadness – the kind that drags and swipes at any happy thought you try to hold onto. The kind where you lay on the bed, celiing gazing, just wondering what on earth will shake this awful feeling that everything good is over and nothing will ever recapture the magic of the past. Feeling so sad, so lonely and lost that gets just boring to carry that around with you day in day out let alone to tell anyone about…Well, nature has a way of healing, and nature has restored me in the shape of Autumn.

So it’s not just rushing through the calender until Christmas, it’s just taking it slow experiencing the changing season – the leaves of course give a spectacular display in the forests I go to. The cooler weather feels refreshing, the gloves and scarfs make their first expereince like an old friend to hold onto and snuggle onto. The hot chestnut man in the city wonders the city streets tempting you. Blankets to watch cozy films at night. Fires. Star gazing in warm jumpers. Hot chocolate at bedtimes. German mountain herbal tea in the mornings. Hot water bottles. Filling the house with silly autumn displays – letting the kids go crazy putting fallen leaves and twigs and pinecones and acorns and conkers and endless blackberries and apples all over the house.

I feel refreshed again, ready now. Music and books make me happy again. I’m reading Jack Kerouac on the road the original scroll. Oh my goodness. It’s breath taking the way Kerouac can knock you out with a sentence. It’s sad and it’s beautiful and hopefull at the same time. This original scroll is crazy, no paragraphs, not really any grammer. Just words and words, and it’s a lot more raw than the published version. Parts of it dealing with sex and drugs shock me, but I’m easily shocked…I’m so happy this scroll was published, in many ways it’s even better than the published on the road.

I’ve also just finished the always fantastic Anne Tyler’s “Saint Maybe”. It’s been said many times, but she’s such a great writer. She writes about family life and all it’s craziness, and the hopes and fears and damage we do to each other. Like her other works, it’s brilliant and I’m always reccomending and sharing her books with everyone. Saint Maybe is the book you need in your life.

My list of records I want to buy is getting ridicilouslly long, but I’ve put a few down below for you to listen to if you feel so inclined. The beths are a super cool group from New Zealand and there new record is contagius fun. Maya Hawke is a famous actor’s daughter but also a really cool songwriter. Remember sports I’m seeing in a couple of weeks, which I’m super excited abou, and they’ve just released a new EP. Wild Pink keep on putting out interesting and atmospheric records, this new one is no exception. Pixies keeping it real with this really grungey record about as far away from Maya Hawke as you can get! Finally…for fun….I just heard a really interesting interview with Geoff Farina, the guy from Karate and it reminded me what a cool band they were.

Stay focused. Don’t drop too many leaves.

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2019 the year the moon faded

It’s been the strangest year I’ve ever known, the moon we once shared all night has gone but fragments remain, giving me hope for better things in 2020….Meanwhile these are my highlights of 2019

Album of the YearRemember Sports “slow buzz” This little punk rock band blew me away in the spring when they released this album. It’s fast and upbeat lyrics about fighting back against failing love just completely blew me away.¬† I got it on cassette too which makes it extra special too. A pretty much perfect record, and easily a highlight of not just 2019 but the entire decade. Woah, it’s that good!

Film of the Year – The first half of the year I spent Sunday mornings at the town hall in Folkestone watching kids films, and then the second half I’ve been occasionally watching things that the postman drops off thanks to good old cinemaparidso. A couple of films I’m waiting to see, Marriage Story and Little Women, seem pretty rad, but as not seen them yet I’ll have to go for something a bit crazy. It’s this Hungarian film called Sunset, and it felt like a dream. I saw it in a little town frozen in time in Devon, and the whole night felt so wonderful and so warm. It’s probabbly not a Friday night fun film, but if you are stuck¬† watching it in a tiny arts centre in Devon with a few pensioners pushing 90 it can add to the charm.

Book of the Year – I’m reading the new John Le Carre, but too early to call that book of the year. It came out a couple of years ago but I really enjoyed Kim Gordon “Girl in a band” with it’s snapshot postcard entries of fragments of her life in and out of Sonic Youth.

Play of the Year – Again, so many good things I miss, but I did catch “Home, I’m darling” which was really fun. Also I have a cozy memory of drinking a whiskey at the balcony during the break, and watching a rather odd looking man climb out of a flashy sports car outside the theatre.

TV Show of the Year – Err, I guess I can’t say Neighbours can I? I need that liberal Melbourne lifestyle escapism these days more than ever. Apart from that, I loved both the Eric Clapton documentary Life in 12 Bars and the energetic yet sad life of Inxs frontman Michael Hutchence in Mystify. Both were shown on the good old BBC.

Concert of the Year – I saw Rural Alberta Advantage earlier in the year, and my heart was frozen in time and I lost all sense of reality just losing myself to their awesomeness, Fantastic concert, great great band.

Comic of the YearArchie Married Life 10 year anniversary. Need I say more?