I suppose, what with me being a serious blogger and all, I should mention something about last weeks budget but in all honesty, I just can’t get worked up about it. I’m in such relaxed mood that even the really serious issues such as oink-flu and the Susan Boyle phenomenon are failing to reach my mellowed mind. T’as been another busy weekend of rugby (the last one – season has finished) and I’ve took the day off and so far I’ve been spending my time putting new tracks onto my iPod.
My son has been tampering you see, with my iPod. He’s been adding lots of tracks to my iPod. He is currently big into The Killers, Guns N’ Roses and Jimi Hendrix. And ever since he learned how to use my iPod and has sussed how to sign into my iTunes account, he has been logging on, blissfully oblivious of any wrongdoing, and buying music with my money. And so now, my iPod is full of music by the aforementioned rock bands and all my music has gone!
I think The Killers are great so they get to stay. And I have a healthy level of respect for Hendrix and I guess GnR’s to a lesser degree, but I can only tolerate their sounds for so long before my head begins to feel like it’s been taken over by a bunch of . . . erm, noisy rock bands.
So, after an hour of hard labour, my iPod is now inhabited by my music choices and the next time me laddie switches on my iPod, he will find it filled with an eclectic music mix which includes the likes of . . . ooh I think I’ll do a list – with track titles and everything. It could be one of those meme things – An On My iPod meme. That should be fun. Better than writing about boring budgets and credit crunches and stuff.
So, here it is . . .
Blondie: Denis – happy times.
Talking Heads: Burning Down the House – fuuunkay.
The Velvet Underground: What Goes On – truly, truly great! Play it loud and kick back.
The Killers: All These Things That I’ve Done – me and me laddie love doing the pogo to this one.
The Decemberists: Sons and Daughters – I really, really want to see this band live.
Thelma Houston: Don’t Leave Me This Way – you should see me freak out to this one. My kids stare at me like I’m bonkers.
Donna Summer: I Feel Love – another one to freak out to. And I do!
Eels: Trouble with Dreams – like it. I Like Birds – like it a lot. Novocaine for the Soul – love it.
Placebo: Pure Morning – an older one but I still love it.
The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil – Superb.
Wham: Wham Rap – I know!!! I’m cringing too. It’s the only Wham song I’ve ever liked and let me tell you, I don’t just like it – I love it! Unashamedly. Well come on guys, with poetic lyrics like this who wouldn’t appreciate the genius? Happy Days!
Madonna: Ray of Light – the only Madonna song I’ve ever liked and let me tell you . . . [see above].
Cat Stevens: several tracks, all wonderful.
REM: several tracks – arguably one of the best bands in the world.
Bob Marley: Mr Brown – so good there are no words.
The Be Good Tanya’s: Human Thing – mellow. House of the Rising Sun – excellent unique version. The Littlest Birds – just lovely.
Bad Company: Feel Like Makin’ Love – and it really does. Sexy, sexy voice.
Actually, this is turning into a chore. I think I’ll round it up with a quick list of the rest.
James, Elbow, Dead Can Dance, Nouvelle Vague, Blink 182, AFI, Enya, Deacon Blue and many, many, many.
Well, although I’d much rather chill and listen to the music, I suppose we should get back to the Budget (sigh) because after all, I am a serious blogger with an activist agenda, even if it only involves sitting on my arse and typing for most of the time.
Are people still talking about the budget? Probably not. It’s old news now but in my usual after-the-party style, there are a couple of comments I will get down.
From a green perspective, I can only echo what the Green party has said about lots of missed opportunities. What with unemployment being a key issue, you just have to wonder about all the potential Green apprenticeships and consequent jobs that could have been created. The Green party (and little me!!) has been arguing for years that the British workforce lacks the skills needed to meet the demands of evolving technologies so that emissions targets can be met and jobs can be created – lots of jobs. So why this is being bypassed by Brownie and his Darling is beyond me.
Then there was the dirty mention of clean coal investments. Some Mop going by the name of Ed Miliband, who originally opposed Kingsnorth from being built, wants to fire up several new coal stations but insists that they will have to be fitted with carbon capture and storage technology. Alistair Darling Mop is supporting this by funding new, coal-related carbon capture schemes. Well what people might not realise is that CCS is not yet a fully tested technology and is nowhere near developed to safe and reliable standards, so clean coal is not yet achievable and is certainly not the quick and magical fix that they are implying. So basically, the go ahead has been given for a new generation of coal power with no guarantees that the technology will be available to clean it up. I’m not against the research into CCS but I don’t like the idea of restarting coal power on the wild assumption that CCS will work or will even be ready before much damage is done. For those wondering, we don’t have the time to sit and wait and we really should be thinking twice about allowing the government to remain dependent on fossil fuels and pursue these distractive policies at the expense of energy efficiency and renewables progress.
It just occurred to me – there is a connection between the budget and music. Gordon Brown apparently quoted Shakespeare in defense of his budget . . and one of Shakespeare’s characters said . . if music be the food of love, play on. Well I see the connection. You’re just not tuned in.
Ta ta folks.