I am not a novelist. I’ve wasted good ideas for short stories by trying to think of them as novels. However, if I revisit them, and I have about four I think I started on, maybe I can rewrite them as long short stories. I’m very down and depressed. Hardly an hour goes by that I don’t spend partially in contemplation of throwing my hat at it all. I wish this coronavirus would go away, it’s so worrying and depressing. So much anxiety, fear… We’re shielding each other here. A ticklish throat, random cough at night: is this it? Are we goners?
Then sometimes interludes of welcome respite in the garden. I wish goldfinches would slow down so I could have time to get my binoculars and have a good look at them. They flit to the bird bath and are gone in an instant. I’m going to go for a long walk today, my 3 mile walk. I’ve been taking the 1 mile route most days or staying in all day. Meanwhile here’s Donny…
Giving Up by Donny Hathaway (Spotify)
I copied the songs presented to me by Spotify as “Your Top Songs [year]” for the past number of years. They started with 2016 and I created this in 2020 with the songs from 2016 to 2019. The same songs recur from year to year but only one copy goes into this playlist. If they do another one for 2020 I’ll add the tracks from that too. Here is a link to the complete playlist.
It’s ages since I shared any YouTube videos. So here are some Small Faces videos that always perk me up.
Update: New discovery, July 2020
Antony & the Johnsons playlist on YouTube, starting with Fistful of Love, River of Sorrow and You are my Sister. It’s a blue grey morning and post-summer tristesse is upon me.
This is hilarious.
There is a cd called “Tracks to slash your wrists by” (apparently). So I thought why not an opposing list? Just from a quick browse through my YouTube favourites:
1. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
You don’t have to be tall.
2. Eloise – Paul and Barry Ryan
You don’t have to be cool.
3. My Perfect Cousin – The Undertones
You don’t have to be intelligent.
4. Itchycoo Park – The Small Faces
You don’t have to be able to dance.
5. Anthem – Leonard Cohen
You don’t have to be perfect.
6. Angel Flyin’ Too Close to the Ground – Willie Nelson and Shelby Lynne
You don’t have to be with someone.
7. For My Lover – Tracy Chapman
You don’t have to be sane.
8. The Harder they Come – Jimmy Cliff
You don’t have to be rich.
9. I Dreamed A Dream – Susan Boyle
You don’t have to be young and beautiful.
10. Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – The Four Tops
You don’t have to ask.