Okay, This has been a real labour of love… I’m a complete nervous wreck… I have worked on this for 8 hours… I have made only a few stipulations to my all-time top ten songs:

  • I have the song in my collection
  • only one song per artiste/group (couple of cheats with guests on different tracks)
  • The song has to give me goosebumps (hence the fact my nerves are shot to pieces)

Given that I have over 40,000 songs in my database you understand how large an accomplishment this list represents. This is my long list, I shall transfer them onto my mp3 player and live with them for a week, then by next saturday I hope to bring in a shortlist.

TOP TEN (long list)

  1.  John, I’m Only Dancing – David Bowie – Original Single

  2. Reach Out (I’ll be There) – The Four Tops – Greatest hits

  3. Sweep – Blue Foundation – Sweep Of Days

  4. B.A.B.Y. – Carla Thomas -The Complete Stax-Volt singles

  5. Lovers Of Today – The Pretenders – Pretenders I

  6. Under The water – Brother Brown ( Deep Dish remix )- Yoshiesque disc1

  7. Six Underground – Sneaker Pimps – Six underground remixes

  8. Cloudbusting – Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

  9. A Song For Europe – Roxy Music – Stranded

  10. Sleeping Gas – Teardrop Explodes – Kilamanjaro

  11. Stone Heroes – Penetration – Moving Targets

  12. Israel – Siouxsie & the Banshees – Nocturne

  13. Otterley – Cocteau twins – Treasure

  14. 30 frames A Second – Simple Minds – Empire And Dance

  15. Listening Wind – Talking Heads – Remain in Light

  16. A Day in a Life – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s lonely hearts club band

  17. Breathe – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of the moon

  18. Fingers Of Love – Crowded House – Recurring Dreams (live)

  19. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode -Violater

  20. White Belly – Belly – Star

  21. Leaders of the Free World- Elbow – Leaders of the Free world

  22. Time after Time – Cyndi Lauper – Twelve Deadly Cyns

  23. Soul Auctioneer – Death In Vegas – the Contino Sessions

  24. Nothing Special – Big In Japan – From Y to Z And Never Again

  25. Lovely Head – Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

  26. Seconds – Human League – Dare!

  27. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

  28. Do You Realise – Flaming Lips – Yoshima Battles the Pink Robots

  29. Shameless – Groove Armada – Black Light

  30. I wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges – 1969

  31. Elegantly Wasted – Inxs – Elegantly Wasted

  32. Society’s Child – Janis Ian – Janis Ian

  33. the Day Before You Came – Abba – The Visitors

  34. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley – Grace

  35. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne

  36. Love Like Blood – Killing Joke – Night Time

  37. Amelia – Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark

  38. Dead Souls – Joy Division – Still

  39. Doo Wop – Lauryn Hill – The miseducation of Lauryn Hill

  40. She Said – The Longpigs – The Sun is Often Out

  41. SafeSurfer – Julian Cope – Peggy Suicide

  42. Unfinished Sympathy – Massive Attack – Blue Lines

  43. Open Up – Leftfield (John Lydon) – Leftism

  44. Kish Kash – Basement Jaxx (siouxsie) – Kish Kash

  45. Sexy Boy – Air – Twent Years

  46. Surface to Air – The Chemical Brothers – Push The Button

  47. Woncha Come On Home – Joan Armatrading – Show Some Emotion

  48. Solid Air – John Martyn – Solid Air

  49. Terracotta Warrior – Jimi Goodwin – Odulek

  50. How Do You Sleep – John Lennon – Imagine

  51. Pale Green Ghost – John Grant – Pale Green Ghost

  52. Ladies & Gentlemen, I Roll The Dice – Kasabian- West Ryder Pauper Lunatic

  53. What Time Is Love- KLF- Vinyl version

  54. Crawling – Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory

  55. Spacewalk – Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons

  56. Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb – Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld

  57. Pacific – 808 State – Grooverider Remix

  58. Voodoo Ray – A Guy Called Gerald – Bez’s Madchester Anthems

  59. Waterfall – Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

  60. Proserpina – Martha Wainwright – Come Home To Mama

  61. Midnight Cowboy Theme – John Barry – Midnight Cowboy soundtrack

  62. Rose Blood – Mazzy Star – Among My Swan

  63. Queen Of Swans – Mercury Rev – The light In You

  64. Something Like Happiness – The Maccabees – Marks to Prove It

  65. Go – Moby – observer Moby Mix

  66. The Sea – Morcheeba – Big Calm

  67. Up Jumped The Devil – Nck Cave & the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey

  68. Columbia – Oasis – Definitely Maybe

  69. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack – Chapter Two

  70. Spiritual High (state of independence) – Moodswings with Chrissie Hynde

  71. I Put a Spell On You – Nina Simone – To Be Free

  72. Heart-shaped Box – Nirvana – In Utero

  73. Dream Sequence – Pauline Murray & the invisible girls – Pauline Murray

  74. Fasten Your Seatbelt – Pendulum – Hold Your Colour

  75. Moribund the Burgermeister – Peter Gabriel – Peter gabriel I

  76. Wandering Star – Portishead – Dummy

  77. Dark star – Polica – Give You The Ghost

  78. Little Red Corvette – Prince – The Very Best of

  79. Come Together – Primal scream – Screamadelica

  80. Annalisa – PLC – Public Image Ltd.

  81. Crush in Eyeliner – REM – Monster

  82. Creep – Radiohead – Pablo Honey

  83. Django – Rancid – Indestructable

  84. You Overwhelm Me – Robert Palmer – Double Fantasy

  85. Shipbuilding – Robert Wyatt – Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs , Deto

  86. Wishing On A Star – Rose Royce – In Full Bloom

  87. Next – Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Next

  88. Baby Driver – Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

  89. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor – I Do not Want what I haven’t Got

  90. Animation – Skids – Days in Europa

  91. Move Over – Slade – Slayed?

  92. Cheer Up London – Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

  93. Sheriff Fatman – Carter USM – Straw Donkey

  94. Tiswas – Sleaford Mods – Divide & exit

  95. Reeling In the Years – Steely Dan – Can’t buy a Thrill

  96. Johnny Was – Stiff Little Fingers – Inflammable Material

  97. Long Hot Summer – Style Council – The Collection

  98. Club Secrets – Swans way – The Fugitive Kind

  99. Pharaohs – Tears For fears – The Collection

  100. Everybody’s Happy these Days – Buzzcocks – singles Going Steady

  101. Bankrobber /Robber Dub – the Clash – Black Market Clash

  102. Fascination Street – The Cure – Mixed Up

  103. Smash It Up – The Damned – Total Damnation

  104. The End – the Doors – Best Of

  105. Entertain Me – Blur – The Great Escape

  106. Beat Surrender – The Jam – Beat Surrender

  107. Work All Week – The Mekons – The Quality of Mercy is not strnen

  108. Dirty Old Town – The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

  109. Fairytale of New York – Kirsty MacCall and the Pogues – Single

  110. Jailhouse Rock – The residents – The Commercial album

  111. Gimme Shelter – Rolling stones – Let It Bleed

  112. New York – Sex pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks

  113. Staring At The Rude Boys – The Ruts – Grin And Bear It

  114. This Perfect Day – The saints – Eternally Yours

  115. Perfect Day – Lou Reed – Transformer

  116. How Soon Is Now – The Smiths – John Peel a tribute

  117. Ugly – The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus

  118. Circular Fever – The Tourists – The Reality Effect

  119. Every time You Go – Tragically Hip – Up To Here

  120. Cloudy Room – the Twang – 5 Track EP

  121. Waiting For My Man – The Velvet Underground – Classic Velvet

  122. Genius Of Love – Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club

  123. Song to a Siren – This Mortal Coil – Dust & Guitars

  124. Lorca – Tim Buckley – Lorca

  125. Kopta – Toy – Toy

  126. Twin Peaks Theme – Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks soundtrack

  127. I Exhale – Underworld – Barbara, Barbara, We face a Shining Future

  128. Mondlicht – Xmal Deutschland – Best of

  129. Warrior In Woolworths – X-ray spex – Germ free Adolescents

  130. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

  131. Oh yeah – Yello – Stella

  132. Rain Or Shine – Young fathers – T2 Trainspotting Soundtrack

  133. The Spoils – Massive Attack ( Hope Sandoval) – The Spoils

  134. Help Yourself – Death In Vegas (hope Sandoval) – Scorpio Rising

  135. Will Anything Happen – Blondie – Parallel Lines

  136. Forgotten – Altered Images – Pinky Blue

  137. Liquid Air – Air Liquide – Air Liquide E.P.

  138. Laura – Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man

  139. Where is my Knife – Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetemine Ballads

  140. Touch The Leather – Fat white Family – Champagne Holocaust

  141. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

  142. K-hole – British Sea Power – Machineries of Joy

  143. Marry me Archie – Alvvays – Alvvays

  144. #2 neighbourhood (Laika) – Arcade Fire – Funeral

  145. Big-time sensuality – Bjork – Debut

  146. Nobody’s Fault but My Own -Beck – Mutations

  147. But She was not Flying – Algiers – Algiers

  148. Exodus – Bob Marley and the Wailers – Exodus

  149. Up the Bracket- the Libertines – Up the Bracket

  150. Lazuli – Beach House – Bloom

  151. My Tears Become a Sea – M83 – Hurry up we’re Dreaming

  152. Where is my Mind – Pixies – Death to the Pixies

  153. Dragged – V-Sor, X – To be Released soon…

Live in Love my friends

Dale xxx




I’v decided to expand my top ten albums of all-time, to my top 50 albums of all- time…I haven’t given them in any particular order… well top ten is close to the order I would have picked… but I may have changed it. I’ve probably missed loads that would have got in there, and there is only one per Artiste… because a list of Bowie, siouxsie and talking Heads is not very interesting or informative.

  1. Diamond Dogs – David Bowie
  2. The Scream – Siouxsie & the Banshees
  3. Remain In Light – Talking Heads
  4. Pretenders I – Pretenders
  5. Moving Targets – Penetration
  6. Stranded – Roxy Music
  7. Scared To Dance – The Skids
  8. Marks TO Prove It – The Maccabees
  9. Leaders Of The Free World – Elbow
  10. Treasure – Cocteau Twins
  11. Scorpio Rising – Death In Vegas
  12. The Lion and The Cobra – Sinead O’Connor
  13. New Gold Dream – Simple Minds
  14. Becoming X – Sneaker Pimps
  15. Dare – The Human League
  16. Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
  17. Hounds of Love – Kate Bush
  18. Nevermind – Nirvana
  19. Together Alone – Crowded House
  20. Mixed Up – The Cure
  21. Dog Man Star – Suede
  22. Blue Lines – Massive Attack
  23. Go! – Moby
  24. Sweep Of Days – Blue Foundation
  25. Barbara, We Face a Shining Future – Underworld
  26. Dummy – Portishead
  27. Part Of The Process – Morcheeba
  28. Come Home To Mama – Martha Wainwright
  29. Give ’em Enough Rope – The Clash
  30. Shaved Fish – John Lennon
  31. Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading
  32. Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division
  33. Kilamanjaro – Teardrop Explodes
  34. So Long Mari-anne – Leonard Cohen
  35. Night Time – Killing Joke
  36. Dust & Guitars – This Mortal Coil
  37. Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers
  38. Never Mind The Bollox – Sex Pistols
  39. Dance On Fire – The Doors
  40. Damned, Damned Damned – The Damned
  41. Songs From The Big Chair – Tears For fears
  42. Parallel Lines – Blondie
  43. Push the Button – The Chemical Brothers
  44. Star – Belly
  45. My Life In The Bush of Ghosts – Byrne & Eno
  46. Mutations – Beck
  47. Time To Go Home – Chastity Belt
  48. Violater – Depeche Mode
  49. So Tonight I Might See – Mazzy Star
  50. Kidsticks – Beth Orton

I shall come back to this list at a later date… May be ascribe chart positions, but to be fair I’m just looking forward to playing them all week on my mp3 player in my van!

Live In Love my pop picking chums

Dale xxx



I have been befriended by quite a few musicians over the years, but Morgan Is quite literally my oldest friend! I love these two singles off his new album, which I can’t wait to hear.

This next video is released by Phonik  records, by Tony Goff and the Broken Colours,

the bass player is a personal friend of mine and my son,

This next video is by a new friend Jasper Vo, the music is not to my taste but i like his video,

Here is a neat little punk band, friends of mine on twitter

Another friend of twitter with an amazing voice!

Another band from my friends on twitter, NIGHTCARS

Another great electronic band who I  have as friends on twitter,

Another band of my own flavour, Kill Iris,

I’ve had quite a lot on interest in this band, The Sunpilots

Love these guys… Propaganjah

Follows of mine for the longest time Calling all astronauts, cool song mighty fine looking guitar..

I think I have mentioned everyone who has material available. I’m gratified to have so many talented friends



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Anybody who has followed my blog will have realised that I have had a moment of madness. I deleted all of my blogs as an un-requested  grand gesture. This was a long arduous task to completely remove them… But I almost managed it. The reasons for this aberration are private and personal, suffice to say that I had hurt the person who means everything to me.  I thought that this grand gesture would prove my undying love. Apparently, I did not have to prove that, I just had to understand how my familiarity with other writers could be inappropriate. I realise that this caused a great deal of hurt and this was something I never wanted to do. So, after a few days, I felt that some of my poetry and prose was worth keeping. Together, we have managed to patch most of my blogs back together. By using google cache and my twitter tweets, I have reclaimed all the blogs now available on my site. Most have been placed in the archives. The tracks of my years series are new, I’d been planning it since my birthday last week.

I have been a little reticent to create new blogs apart from this, because I’m not sure how I want to continue it forward. I mean, I enjoyed making playlists for each blogs, but it is quite labour intensive. I know that some of my readers enjoy the playlists, but others find it an annoyance. Similarly, as much as I enjoy reading other blogs, with the amount I followed it was taking me more time to read and like their blogs than it was to write my own. So I have cleaved back the amount of follows I give out. This is not because I’m selfish, just because I have so little spare time. I need to create.

I need more time. I’m starting to paint again, write again, I’m even considering doing a sculpture. I hate to be ungracious, but time, at my age, comes at a premium. I have to try to do as much as I can. I want my Grand-daughter to be able to come to this archive and find out who her granddad was… Maudlin, but with my health as it is, I have no guarantee that I will be around that long.

So if I’m not as attentive as I have been, I apologise. If you wish to stop reading my blogs thats quite alright, I realise that your time is valuable too.

Thank you all for making feel at home in this community.

Live in Love




These two Ellie and Freya, make my soul sing with joy, my grenades of joy! They have filled my old body with their youthful exuberance. I have spent only one night apart from them since we first got them on the same day back on 27th August 2016. I have them sleeping on a mattress beside our bed. I have a sympatico with them, they know me better than any human, as I am like a God to them. They think I am made of chocolate. It is the nature of dogs to impart all their love and trust in their pack leader, which is in this case me. I wear the crown lightly, I am not a demigod, I imbue love to each of them as is their want. Ellie likes food, no not likes, obsesses about food, she is part labrador and it is genetically encoded. Freya is obsessed with T.V. and stares at me until I give in and put it on for her. Not just any t.v. program will do, it has to be about animals… If its something I want to watch, which to be fair is rarely, she will whine until I change the channel. That is why they are pictured in a blog about soul. They are my soul’s ease.

What I wanted to write about was the way this blog has gladdened my soul, I have followers and follow people all over the world. So many nice, friendly, and talented people from so many different backgrounds, this is a revelation to me. when i started my blog, it was about reaching out to my friends, my family, and people who might want to know me better. It was about breaking my block, writers block, and I thought that may be a few people might be interested in what I had to say. To my surprise and delight, I have had readers from all over the globe… 61 different nationalities… Totally mind-blowing… Now I have been published as a poet, written articles in newspapers and magazines, performed as an actor on the professional stage, had my paintings up on many walls; but in all that time and artistic endeavours, I’ve reached no more than a few thousand people in a locality of a few hundred miles at most… Here… in the space of a few months I have reached thousands from all over the globe. 61 countries? From Nepal my friend  Ankit, to palestine territories, to russia, Australia, USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, Latvia… All over the world, so many friends, all striving to write their important thoughts in English as a 2nd language… Some writing so beautifully in English it makes your heartache. And there are others like my friend Nazim, who is making baby steps to reach a level of writing which can reach our language. So many nice, decent people,  who reach out and support one another through their artistic efforts, coming from so diverse frames of reference… Poetry, prose, points of view, art from many different perspectives, be it just an artistic need or a social or psychological need. All have important words to impart, all giving of their soul. I delight in reading their efforst, and I delight in them reading mine, and commenting, words of encouragement. This community shows what we, ordinary people, can do. We can create a better world just by sharing and being open with one another. I know this sounds like a hippy trip, 60’s dude trying to lay peace on the world. But Peace is that easy, it is about sharing and being open to each other.

Thanks to all for reading, thank you all for giving me hope.




Waiting for her man. (unfinished)


Bluebell wood. Painted for my mom.


Sunset ( painted for my friend Di)


Adiporn (Painted for James My son)


Owl ( painted for me. It hangs on my Wall)


Lilith in moonlight ( painted for my beloved)


Transient ( Painted as a part of a series connecting words and products)


Abstract ( exploring ways to mess with Mondrian)


Dolphin ( my Favourite painting I’ve ever done. It took me years to work out how to get to simplicity)


Watching? ( Poor photo of the original, which i gave to a girl who liked it)


Sunset ( part of my Marie/Lilith series)


Mourning the dog

Just a few of my paintings.





Whispered words of a wanton wisdom

Of Life, Of Death and sentences in between…

We say the words expected and accepted,

Words of comfort and of ease…

Does this mean the words are magic?

Do they come redolent with the powers

Of their meanings, of all their meanings?

A Simulacrum of their conscious reality?

I don’t know.

I sit on this rock and temper the stream…

Shouting words of encouragement.

Copyright Dale Beck 2018.




On being too old to keep up with the modern world,

‘You don’t have to keep up dear, you just have to keep open’ Anna madrigal in Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin.



I am have been very fortunate. At my age, 58 in two weeks time, I should by rights, have been ghettoized in a musical dead-end. Kids from the 50’s would tell us in the 70’s that music began and ended with Elvis and blue -Suede shoes… 60’s teens were back at home with their Beatles and Stones, to riff on a line from Bowie. So, by this equation, I should be shining my fading vinyl of Slade or Bowie and telling my kids… Modern Music is rubbish. Well, there was a period of the 80’s when I felt I had lost the thread of modern music, apart from Talking Heads, Simple Minds and Cocteau Twins… I pretty much missed the 80’s. I found salvation by going to University as a mature Student. Going back to education meant I was once more exposed to the music that other people were listening to. This Took me over the hump into the early 90’s. Here again I lost the direction of music. I had to work in the ministry. No music was allowed. Then again I broke out started working in the theatre and mixed with young people again. Here, my fellow actors introduced me to REM and Nirvana. Amazing revelations. Then my children grew up. They started to listen to new metal and Indy music. So once again, I was exposed to the NEW. Each time I almost became stuck in a ghetto of the past, someone threw me down a live-line. In the late 90’s I had d.j. friends exposing me to dance music, trance and trip-hop. In 2000, I got a computer, and all music was suddenly available. Nowadays all music is available all the time. No excuses, you should never become stuck in a genre… You don’t have to keep up… Just keep open.




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I just called my beloved, Len.

I name I have rarely used… It’s not that common in the modern world.

But It was the name of my Granddad.  A man even my mum never met.

So it’s official. I have turned into my Nan.

I’m used to vowel aphasia ….

I speak with a vowel impediment.

My vowel movements are legendary.

But Now I have consonant constipation as well?

Luckily, my language disembowelling

Does not stretch to the written word.

So we should be safe here.

Len you never send me flowers…

I know .

I’ve got my coat.

Copyright Dale Beck 2018.





Ouroboros, where to begin and where to end,

The cycle is a circle, from our line of sight…

But, It is really a spiral, trust me on this,

We move in all dimensions, space and time.

  1. Is a fingernail, a scratch of light in the sky
  2. is a crescent, a scythe slashing across virgin black
  3. is a half , a pizza cutter breaking black to blue
  4. is a hump, latinised: for science is sorcery
  5. and then it is remade whole and wholesome.

The return reverses but goes in order.

So much for sequences.

Mother moon, she breeds and bleeds,

Sacred as a Goddess, primordial and primeval,

A bloated belly. A dragging sensation.

But yet this is lunacy. A scream in the night.

White light an electric fork.

Bathe me in your sweet and sacred light Lilith

Take the child I raise to your pure light.

copyright Dale Beck 2018

This is not what i wanted but it is what I have. I was trying to explore the different cultural ambiguities of the moon, which throughout time has been both pure and mad, maternal and dangerous.

I may have to come back to it when I can recast the fragments, and re-read the runes.