Giving up?

Update: since writing this, I have resumed work on the novel.

Stephen

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)

My all-time Spotify yearly "top songs" in one playlist

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.

My most-played Spotify tracks of 2019

Small Faces favourites

It’s ages since I shared any YouTube videos. So here are some Small Faces videos that always perk me up.

All or Nothing
Itchycoo Park
Sha La La La Lee (A pity the screen is stretched wide, distorting the picture. No?
If you want some more, here’s a bit of a riot of a TV show, where they start before the suave host finishes talking and generally muck about. It’s a lot of fun. “Colour Me Pop” entire show, with lots of Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake and links by the hilarious Stanley Unwin. Very London.

Update: New discovery, July 2020

I’m Only Dreaming

10 tracks not to slash your wrists by (on YouTube)

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:

Playlist: “Tracks not to slash your wrists by”

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.