About this blog (FAQ)

Who are you, Geej?
Just me.  I'm 37, single and live in the Home Counties of England.




I've loved music since I first heard it.

I was sent to piano lessons from the age of 7 and hated it. It's a bizarre percussion instrument to me. You press a button that through a series of levers moves a hammer that hits some strings.

I picked up a guitar at age 15 and loved them ever since. Your fingers touch the actual string that makes noise. You can only get closer to the music by singing.

My first album was bought for me and was Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run". On cassette.
My first single was Captain Sensible's "Wot?" bought for 50p birthday money from the bargain bin in Woolies.

My parents were not musical at all, and had only four albums in the house.
Apparently I am related to one of Chas and Dave, but no-one remembers which one and through whom.

I like all animals, hate small minded morons and am scared of dying.

What else would you need to know? 

What is this?
Just another music blog, but mine, with my opinions and rules.

Why?
This was set up originally purely for my own practice. I used to write a lot.  A shedload, I even tried to make a go of making it a career. I didn't get to where I wanted to in a certain period of time, so I stopped.
I realised in 2010 that I was just vegetating. I would get home from 12 hours at work and just watch videos or listen to music. Perhaps play on my XBox. To be honest, I was rotting away.
I started this up as practice in writing.
"Write about what you know" is a common phrase in writing circles. I know more about music than anything.

Your rules?
Yup. Mine. You see, it's difficult to write without guidelines or boundaries. It really is.
This is about my opinions on music - it doesn't set out to be an Encyclopedia of rock and pop. Those are dull and full of facts and figures. This is about, to coin an unfortunate phrase "how it makes me feel".

The rules are simple:
I have a huge music collection - 61 thousand tracks, over 290 days of music. All paid for and most of it in original CD form.These are set up in play lists - how often they have been played, how I have rated them. I use these play lists to listen to random, but discrete choices in music.
Every day I will write about the 23rd track whatever it is - Good, Bad or Crappy.

Why 23?
Principa Discordia and William Burroughs. A bit of fun, that's why.
I also set myself a time limit of half an hour to write it.

Why half an hour?
It's good practice to set a time limit.  I could write for three weeks if I wanted, talking about Zappa's "Inca Roads". However, I feel that if you spend longer than half an hour thinking or writing about a single piece of music you are likely to start spouting bollocks.
I hate that.  I'm guilty of it, but I still hate it.


Do you stick to half an hour?
Not really, but it's a good guideline, any longer and I may start to get bored - and I am doing this for fun, not an hourly rate. I found that if I didn't know much about a piece, half an hours research first is probably in order, although I try not to rely on that much.

Doesn't that mean that your facts are not necessarily facts?
True. It's my opinion and interpretation.

It doesn't sound a particularly sound method.
That's not a question.
It isn't about facts.  If you want that, try Wikipedia. I love the Beatnik movement of writing, and am endlessly inspired by Burroughs and Kerouac's writing. Kerouac wrote the whole of "On The Road" in 7 or so days as a stream of consciousness.
It was, however, editted by Ginsburg over two years to make a cohesive document, but the practice is sound.

So you drift around a bit?
Certainly do, and I make no apologies. Look at the piece on "Yes" it starts off as writing it off as a classic rock chune and ends describing the art of the producer and the emergence of sampling in 80's pop and dance music.

So you don't actually write about what you say you are?
Sometimes I do. Sometimes I drift off into parallel areas which interest me. If I do, they are likely to be completely relevant to what the piece means to me.


What is music to you?
The language of emotions. It means so much more than words can describe. Imagine being told you could no longer feel any positive emotions - love, happiness, ecstasy. That's what being deaf would mean to me.

What is a 'chune'? You use the word a fair bit.
Ahhhh.  Now there's the rub.
Music bods are rather protective over their names. Whether you are in a 'Group' or a 'Band' is apparently important. Whether the piece of music is a "Song" or a "Tune" are also equally protected. "Chune" is a word that describes the piece that is equally offensive to all.  That is all.

You really do talk a load of old plop don't you?
Sure do. It's my blog.

Are you a "Music Nazi"?
Do you mean am I opinionated? Yes.
Am I willing to change my opinion? Yes, at any time in the future, for no reason whatsoever.

Why do you hate "X"?
I hope if I state an opinion, I back it up at the time. I do prefer certain music over others. I would like to think that I can tell 'Good music' from 'Bad music' in all genres.
There are certain cheesy pop chunes that I will protect to the end of the earth.
There are also certain bands I will pray the dark lord Cthulu will consume slowly in torment for eternity.  My only real 'blind spot' is modern R'n'B. It's not Rhythm and Blues and I just don't get the attraction.

The quality is a bit hit and miss, isn't it?
Yes.  I maintain that I don't really want to erase pieces I have written, as I want to learn from them. I think the quality is higher on subjects I (a) know more about and (b) am passionate about.
However I may re-visit them later.  Look at the first Janis Joplin piece. It is written so badly it makes me squirm.
Why? I wrote it when knackered after a long few days at work. Not only that, the whole story of Janis is one of heartbreak and a fragile soul. I got caught up in her story which made me emotional. I really must re-visit her at some point in the future.

Why so many references to Frank Zappa?
Because, asshole. Because.
He is the subject that will confuse me more than any when trying to write about him. I think he was a genius. Amongst us for too short a period, with an astonishing catalogue of work available. Do I like it all? No.  I'm not a Zappa apologist. The worst thing someone can say to me is that they like his music. "Which?" I will question. Is it the songs with rude words? Is it the early Mothers stuff? If so, we don't like the same music.