Sunday, October 31, 2004


I miss Stevie Ray Vaughan. He did things with a guitar Clapton could only dream about. If you thought Stevie Wonder's original was was funky, this is downright dirty.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

"Waterloo Sunset"

It must be a particularly British thing, this ability to write small, perfectly-formed kitchen-sink songs, because I can't think of anywhere else that I've heard anything like this. You start off with a big picture to set the scene - in this case the river, the night - and then you focus in very tightly on two people, meeting at Waterloo Underground station. Paul Weller wrote like this too. The sort of song that makes you feel warm, looking out of your window overlooking the city.

Saturday, October 09, 2004


I have a sneaking admiration for John Mellencamp. Hey, it can't be easy having to live with unfavorable comparisons to Springsteen, Seger, Petty et al, but he just keeps on keeping on. This is a great tune; I can almost imagine line-dancing to this. What Mellencamp does, he does very well. I was almost tempted to recommend "Small Town" but then I figured it was more or less the same song...

Saturday, October 02, 2004

"Theme From Boat Weirdos"

I thought Joe Walsh's song "Life's Been Good" was a hoot, I loved his crazy album titles, so when "But Seriously, Folks..." came out, I went out and bought it straight away. I enjoy the album still, and this track, for some reason, always gets in very close. It's an instrumental, there's nothing outstanding about it, but it just... just.... brings peace. And that's got to be a good thing.