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Errant thoughts and musings on a range of subjects

Written with real sentences, conventional spelling,

some punctuation and no jokes

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.... successful artists are part of an elite.

.... in the 18th Century it was host to the brightest minds.

.... Kilmarnock values.

.... peace for our time.

.... a matter of faith.

.... independence: an unlikely proposition.

.... deplorables and their folly.

.... no redress for the Dowlers.

.... bad reactions to bad events.

.... watching an episode I was pleasantly surprised.

.... portrait of a bad banker.

.... tribute to a legend.

.... in an enlightened world skin colour wouldn't matter much.

.... not synonymous with independence.

.... tedious and impossible to take part in.

.... the backbone of human society.

.... insights from Anthony Storr.

.... zero flair for speculation.

.... it's no longer cool to be cool.

.... the UK red-tops are an appalling scourge.

.... the snake-brain has no insight, or respect for morality.

.... a travesty of justice Italian style.

.... female sexuality easily gets reduced to something immoral.

.... a little adversity is no bad thing.

.... a great triumph goes uncelebrated.

.... moronic, regressive, sexist and anti-intellectual.

.... against the competitive society.

.... heckled for pointing to our hypocrisy.

.... humans don't like that nature finally gets the better of them.

.... all genuinely creative people are technicians.

.... as fundamentalist as the fundamentalism he eschews.

.... Wojtyla left the Catholic Church in a worse state.

.... what the hell did they expect?

.... when young men kissed the sky.

.... artist as casualty.

.... Lennon's song is far from trite.

.... the talkers bring little insight.

.... I was privileged to record some of the greats.

.... supporting a system that is being consigned to history.

.... new developments and vested interests.

.... The Blue Nile and taking forever.

.... recordings have become music’s primary aspect.

.... sound for snobs.

.... copyright wars: against the conservative view.

.... the unthinkable crime of fixing intonation.

.... a defining cultural change.

.... art and commerce are necessarily tied.

.... as much problem as solution.

.... there is no such thing as quality.

.... new tech meets old habits.

.... Shadows & Light is a gem.

.... music producers are artists too.

.... a little too condescending maybe.

.... in praise of Michael Jackson.

.... there was an inclusiveness to Ellington, unlike rap.

.... young artists: pay them rather than commercialise them.

.... was Alvin Toffler right enough?

.... too much art is not necessarily a good thing.

.... relationships are key.

.... against tastemaker spin.

.... against those who think they know.

.... Reading and Watchfield 1975.

.... very few musicians ever got on it.

.... an incredible instrument but not easy to master.

.... a deep divide.

.... some research on the social influence of taste.

.... context is the greater part of music.

.... against too much inclusivity.

.... authenticity in music is a myth.

.... a historical perspective from Edward Kealey.

.... punk victorious.

.... moral intelligence is the gold.

.... radical but difficult.

.... reconsidering Old Testament morality.

.... the civilised way of enforcement.

.... no such thing as true freedom.

.... more than a base animal.

.... nothingness is the default.

.... has too much value been accorded to language?

.... the "will to power" needs to be held in check.

.... religion proffers the impossible.

.... philosophy and the nonsense people talk.

.... the natural state is ignorance.

.... a world within a world.

.... humans are a seething mass of feeling.

.... religious beliefs: as toxic as they are nutritious.

.... having respect for how actions impact on feelings.

.... can the beast be reigned in?

.... what you do is more important than what you are.

.... there is no external moral authority.

.... causation is in the mind.

.... the options are so conventional.

.... slavish adherence to it is a costly business.

.... following a Twitter queen.

.... radical thinking on relationships from Judith Stacey.

.... a new lexicon for talking about sex would be good.

.... as if sex is has no hinterland, no kinks and no complexity.

.... the need for radical change

.... the smallest amount can have far reaching effects.

.... most people are incapable of true monogamy.

.... sound words on love from an Anglican bishop.

.... bridging is so much harder than bonding.

.... Maslow, Germaine Greer and self-realising personalities.

.... for marriage women will endure all kinds of injustices.

.... the most important job there is.

.... normal in many communities.

.... writing about sex.

.... man's inhumanity to man.

.... questioning the social in social networks.

.... less about what he is and more about what he represents.

.... the context of love possibilities is endless.

.... it's the neediness that does it.

.... a throw of the dice.

.... the days of the traditional family are numbered.

.... the karma of stealing beauty.

.... a woman without a man is like a man without a job.

.... in its various forms it is more common than realised.

.... the pretensions of being exclusive.

.... men and women are a mystery each to the other sexually.

.... is bonding no more than a primal drive?

.... key to a meaningful life.

.... the love of lust, of sex, and the objectification of women.

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C O M M E N T A R Y

M U S I C

P H I L O S O P H Y

R E L A T I O N S H I P S

.... on failed idealism.

.... I was alone and I liked it.

.... surviving as a studio guy.

.... from Arran to Dawson's Creek.

.... a personal imperative.

.... there were no “zipless fucks”.

.... I never wanted to settle.

.... good times.

.... a watershed year.

.... unhappy, unappreciated and unthanked.

.... well maybe a little.

.... living the autonomous life.

.... Janis Ian and being lucky at that age.

.... personal hates, all of them people related.

.... I've played many parts.

.... I'm more porous than opaque.

.... privileged yet dissatisfied.

.... being unsuited.

.... remarks on my father.

.... Enlightenment values above "wha's like us".

.... I like to think of myself as a free spirit.

.... endurance and the long haul.

.... he existed on some other plane and was only partial.

.... the need for symmetry between inner and outer lives.

.... being imbued with a base melancholy.

.... as a teenager I had prescient attitudes.

.... can the Internet create genuine community?

.... it offered the elements essential to my existence.

.... never had I been as charmed by a place.


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P E R S O N A L

.... our similarities hugely out-number our differences.

.... instinctively bureaucratic, predatory and competitive.

.... the optimum society would be ruthless when it had to be.

.... Knox and Sollecito re-convicted.

.... expediency before patriotism.

.... not conducive to intellectual health.

.... will women be less driven to motherhood in future?

.... seems banks have all kinds of cushions, no less the tax-payer.

.... deficit reduction is more about ideology than anything prudent.

.... bemoaning the move from talk to text.

.... burning desires are too dominant in us.

.... crazy in conformity versus the artful life.

.... too random.

.... they should keep score and not participate in the game.

.... facing down old ways.

.... most are "out there" just to meet someone to go back in with.

.... talent comes in all shapes and sizes.

.... the need for enlightened values.

.... hearts versus heads

.... remarks from the excellent Vivian Gornick.

.... psychology's got a hammer so every issue has to be a nail.

.... baby boomers and their kids.

.... if it was up to them most of us would be in jail just to be sure.

.... a tribute to two outstanding men of action.

.... the star fell into the gutter hack's trap.

.... society needs protecting from moral imbeciles.

.... his remarks on not belonging.

.... it is fragile and in need of constant fostering.

.... the great heroine of our times.

.... the shared hopes of several generations came together.

.... "it’s a new dawn, is it not?”

.... Scotland had promised so much and delivered so little.

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