PLAY #50

I’m thinking about mortality, yeah I’m getting into the last quarter of my life, probably closer to the last 1/10… No matter, death does not hold any fear for me, I have sent many sentinels in front of me to ease my passing. This is not the point of my discourse here. I am more concerned that as the first generation of people to have no generic geriatric signposts as to how to become the elderly, how do we actually get there?

My parents are less than 20 years older than I am, yet they seem to have become elderly without much effort. They just missed the generation who were taught that youth was a life long choice. I held to this theory until Marie died. Up until then I was still on the cutting edge of modern alternative music, had read new novels, watched new cult tv… etc etc. being down with the kids, kept me young in a false paradigm which quickly fell away, and strangely, I no longer feel the need to keep up, I have let go with breath-taking brevity. I no longer care. My formative years, 1972 perhaps is a fulcrum, is now half a century away, and all those pretty boys and girls who sang to us then, are now stuck between two stools, either dead or geriatric. Hard to imagine that these now dusty decrepit old farts were once the heart throbs of a generation….

What is it I’m stuck to describe? That history is not history to us. It was our life and the scary bit is, we recognise that this history is remembered completely wrongly. If this is the case for 1972, where tv, film photos and music was well documented, and yet as history it is nowhere near the reality we remember, what we take for true history for other epochs, for example Victorian days, must equally be far off the mark.

The point to this conversation? I guess it’s don’t believe the hype.

Dale M

SUNDAY#14

ANOTHER BIRTHDAY SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATED. MANAGED TO KEEP UP MY BIRTHDAY TRADITION OF VISITING ART GALLERIES. MORE GALLERIES NEXT WEEK WHEN WE GO BACK DOWN SOUTH. HOPING TO GET IN TO SEE COURTAULD GALLERY OR THE V AND A IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

MY LITTLE MONSTER CAME DOWN TO VISIT AND WAS FULL OF BEANS!

SHE’S SUCH A FUNNY GIRL AND A DELIGHT TO SPEND TIME WITH…

DALE M

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS PLAYLIST

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS PLAYLIST

  1. BIRTHDAY – THE BEATLES
  2. I BELIEVE – TEARS FOR FEARS
  3. ROCK THE CASBAH – THE CLASH
  4. TIME BOMB – RANCID
  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – ALTERED IMAGES
  6. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – BONZO DOG DO-DAH BAND
  7. A PERFECT DAY TO DROP THE BOMB – CARTER USM
  8. YOU’RE THE BEST THING – STYLE COUNCIL
  9. CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS – ROBERT PALMER
  10. EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET – PETE WINGFIELD
  11. LULLABY – THE UNTHANKS
  12. EMBARRASSMENT – MADNESS
  13. B.A.B.Y. – CARLA THOMAS
  14. RASPBERRY BERET – PRINCE
  15. AT LAST I’M FREE – ELIZABETH FRASER
  16. TATTOOED LOVE BOYS – PRETENDERS
  17. I JUST CANT BE HAPPY TODAY – THE DAMNED
  18. ONLY KID ON THE BLOCK – CHERRY GLAZERR
  19. NIGHTCLUBBING – IGGY POP
  20. SEE THE BIG MAN CRY – ED BRUCE

happy birthday to me

DALE ‘M’