Watching the Band

Watching the Band

Not sure if the audience were there for Tiverton Town Band, or to watch Trevor dancing to them. Both are a good show.


I’ve had Spotify Premium for a couple of years, and since I became an unemployed layabout started a new career as a freelancer gave up on the rat race and became a housewife spend more time at home these days, I have Spotify playing most of the time when I’m here on my own and am free to indulge my terrible taste in music.

I pay a tenner a month for Spotify Premium, and I think it’s worth it. As their library expands the greater my chances of finding that song I’m suddenly in the mood to hear. If I can’t do anything else in a day without hearing the theme tune to The Littlest Hobo Spotify is there to indulge me.

Are you a Spotify user? Do have a dig around my main “Zen” playlist (one with everything). Chances are you’ll find something you like, but it’s equally likely you’ll find something that makes you think “Holy cow! Are you trying to kill your ears?”.

Confession – I just rickrolled myself. Yes, this playlist is that bad. But in among the Rick Astleys and the Monkees lie a few Ramones, a bit of Radiohead and even a bit of Velvet Underground.

And, of course, I have an entire playlist devoted to Slash.

It’s worth a try if you don’t already have it. There is a very limited free version with adverts and other restrictions. More information can be found here.

For those without Spotify who I’ve just afflicted with the urge to hear the Littlest Hobo theme, here you go:

Sound of 2009 – The sound of being middle-aged

Just having a listen to the acts the beeb are tipping as contenders for the ‘Sound of 2009′ with colourful, teasing descriptions of what to expect..

… gritty beats, droning guitars, abstract effects and dreamy vocals to create a soundscape that is arty yet tuneful.
… cerebral electronica, combining layers of sunny vocals, warped samples, glitchy beats and euphoric effects with a sturdy rhythmic backbone.
… high-energy robopop in which fast neon beats jump out of ’80s-tinged tunes.

Out of the fifteen, only one track sounded remotely appealing. The others, I just didn’t get… which got me thinking about how I used to religiously watch the charts, and how I’d know every word to every song in the top ten. Nowadays I don’t have a clue who’s number one, and I don’t particularly care since all modern artists sound the same and you can’t make out what half of them are singing anyway.


They don’t make ‘em like they used to. But I tell you what… the oldies stations… now they rock. But if you fancy chancing your ears with the music the young ‘uns are all listening to, you can check it out here: