The Games People Play

The games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meaning what they say now
Never saying what they mean
While they while away the hours
In their ivory towers
’til they cover them with flowers
In the back of a black limousine

We make one another cry
Break a heart then we say goodbye
Cross our hearts and hope to die
That the other was to blame
Neither one of us will give in
And don’t you know it is a sin
When you think of things that might have been
Well it’s a goddamned shame

People walking right up to ya
Singing Glory Hallelujah
And they try to sock it to ya
In the name of the Lord
They teach you how to meditate
Read your horoscope and see all your fate
And it’s almost to Hell with hate
Come on brother get on board

So look around you tell me what do you see
What’s happening to you and me
God gave us this serenity
But he said remember who I am
For you’ve thrown away your sanity
For your pride and your vanity
Turned your back on Humanity
And you don’t give a damn

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Sneaking Out The Back Door

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Well I never been good at goodbyes
I’m gonna sneak out the back door
Nobody can say that I didn’t try
Gonna sneak out the back door
Let it ride, let the whole thing slide
Drift far from the shore
Don’t wanna be missed
Didn’t even exist
I’m gonna sneak out
Sneak out the back door

And when my life is over
I’m gonna sneak out the back door
Before the mood turns sober
I’m gonna sneak out the back door
Hadn’t much of a “Midas Touch”
No luck to be sure
Would you give my regards to the people in charge
While I sneak out
Sneak out the back door

A perfect goodbye to an old family friend.   Everyone has that family friend that you can call your ‘uncle’ or ‘aunt’ even though they are not related by blood, they are always there, and always great fun to be around.   This was Jim, he was uncle Jim and Aunt Marilyn (and Bob, Mitzi, Jura and Jess – the four legged friends).

The memories I have of my younger days of being up in Aviemore will always be a part of me until the day I sneak out the back door.   We often stayed with them in Glenmore in the summer as children and young adults, we watched movies with them, we went walks with the dogs, we travelled throughout the highlands, we enjoyed the holiday photographs on the large projector, we were captivated by the long conversations about live and recorded music.

Only recently after having Amélie and Leo I saw a different side to Jim, I saw a more fatherly side to him that I had never noticed with the dogs.   He was caring and held my children with so much love.   Perhaps he knew he wouldn’t be around for ever, and so had to take these times as precious as we all should remember to.    I’m so glad my children were able to meet with Jim, Amélie was so sad at the funeral, she was very fond of him and “He made her laugh”.   She’ll miss him dearly as will we all.

I am glad and honoured to have known Jim, the gigs I attended with him were always excellent and they always remained the best gig he had ever been to, until the next one.

We were lucky enough to catch many gigs throughout Celtic Connections as well Oh Susanna, Neal Casal, Josh Rouse, Hazy Malaze, Slaid Cleaves, Tom Russell, Ravi Coltrane, and many many more. . .  So, now its time to say Goodbye to an old friend, I’ll always take his memory to gigs he would’ve been at, and I’ll always cherish the times we shared.

See ye up the road ya rascal mccaskill!

Nature

I’ve been meaning to update this since the turn of the year into 2016, and, to be honest haven’t found the time.   But in the interim.   Please enjoy some photographs i’ve taken over the last few years.

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Books Books Books

This year I made a few resolutions, many involving books, and particularly music books.

I managed to enjoy;

Cowboys and Indies  – 5/5

Creation Stories – 5/5

How Music got Free  – 5/5

Appetite for Self Destruction – 4/5

Do Not Sell at Any Price  – 4/5

The Death and Life of the Music Industry – 5/5

The Dark Net – 5/5

Simply Thrilled: Postcard Records – 2/5

Electric Shock: From Gramophone to iPhone  – 2/5

 

 

Patient Parents

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Its been a very different couple of months for us.   Since the birth of Leo we’ve been busy learning and relearning all the things we had forgotten since Amélie was born.   Its somehow the simple things that you forget about, the broken sleep, the number of things you have to remember to take with you when you leave the house, how difficult it is to fit a hat on a baby, creeping around at night and getting dressed and undressed in complete darkness.

Its been trying for all of us.   Joni is getting back to normal and managing to firm up a type of routine that will suit herself and the children, it doesn’t help when they are both out of sorts at the moment as they fight off a nasty cold.    I’m now back at work.  I miss them all.  Everyday.

As we approach Christmas, we have been trying to keep a lid on things and try to stay as patient as we can as parents.   Its been a difficult time for Amélie to adjust to a new member of the family, so she has had moments of extreme tantrums and odd behaviour.   I try to keep a cool head and be the gentleman / father that I’d love to be, but its difficult and sometimes I say things I don’t really mean, and instantly regret it all.    I long for the day when we can all be peaceful and patient with one another.