- The weather has changed for winter. It's weirdass snot season.
- I hadn't thought of Vashti Bunyan is a few years, this Saturday Jeffrey Davison has an interview with her, news of which put her songs in my head.
- Quick Poll! Do I want to see The Vaselines in January? Do I want to see His Name Is Alive in February? Do I want to see Swervedriver in March?
- I confess I hadn't heard about the Gruber/Obamacare firestorm until reading that link. Yawn. Of course voters are stupid.
- An act of war.
- A review of a review of a new Ian Curtis biography.
- Departing wisdom.
- Robert Wyatt interview.
- Aesthetic v Artistic Valuation, part three.
- The latest in Egoslavian Blog Rules: I can link to new stuff at Hollowtide but not add Hollowtide to Me and Mine blogroll; I cannot link to new stuff at VNTY'SGRVYRD but it can be listed in the Me and Mine blogroll.
- I really like the Lumsden poem below though I assure you I would never listen to The Best of U2.
THE MAN I COULD HAVE BEEN
The man I could have been works for a vital institution, is a vital
Without him, walls will crumble, somewhere, paint will peel.
He takes a catch.
He is outdoorsy and says It was a nightmare and means the traffic.
He’s happy to watch a film and stops short of living in one.
The man I could have been owns a Subaru pickup the colour of
He’s in the black, not in the dark.
His mother is calm.
Women keep his baby picture in the windownooks of wallets.
No one dies on him.
The man I could have been owns bits of clothes not worn by
He has no need of medicine.
He walks from Powderhall to Newington in twenty minutes.
He plays the piano a little.
Without him, havens buckle, sickbeds bloom.
The man I could have been lives locally.
He is quietly algebraic.
Without him, granite will not glister.
And when he sees a crisis, he does not dive in feet first.
He votes, for he believes in their democracy.
The man I could have been has a sense of direction.
For him, it was never Miss Scarlet with the dagger in the kitchen.
He knows his tilth and sows his seed.
He’ll make a father.
He is no maven nor a connoisseur.
The man I could have been has a season ticket at Tynecastle.
He comes in at night and puts on The Best of U2
He puts fancy stuff in his bathwater.
He doesn’t lace up his life with secrets.
The man I could have been was born on a high horse.
He knows the story of the Willow Pattern.
He had a dream last night you’d want to hear about
and remembers the words to songs.
His back is a saddle where lovers have ridden.
The man I could have been has a sovereign speech in him he’s
yet to give.
He might well wrassle him a bear.
He is a man about town.
He has the exact fare on him.
Without him, motley trauma.
The man I could have been, he learns from my mistakes.
He never thought it would be you.
And no one says he’s looking rather biblical.
He has no need of London
and walks the middle of the road for it is his.
The man I could have been is quick and clean.
He is no smalltown Jesus nor a sawdust Caesar.
Without him, salt water would enter your lungs.
He doesn’t hear these endless xylophones.
That’s not him lying over there.