Tick Tock Tuesday (17 December 2019) – Malcolm Arnold

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.


Last week, the second of Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances, which was one of the classical pieces I was introduced to at school. This week, I’d like to introduce the third of those dances. I wrote a lot last week, so I’ll make up for it today, and just present the music without any fuss.

Is it just me, or can you close your eyes and picture yourself on a wild, windswept, deserted Scottish beach, with eagles soaring overhead? I do really feel a Scottishness to this piece.

Just under 4 minutes.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

13 thoughts on “Tick Tock Tuesday (17 December 2019) – Malcolm Arnold”

    1. I have not heard of it, but I see it on Spotify so have added it to my lost of music to check out. Already I can hear the violins.
      They tried to make me learn a bloody violin at primary school! I wanted to try a clarinet, but the Music Dept only had violins left!

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      1. lol – I wanted to learn how to play the flute or clarinet, or the violin. I was given a great big E# horn, I think it’s also called a tenor horn. Trying to get that thing to and from school on our crazy school bus was a nightmare. I gave up after a few weeks.

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    1. Yes, I thought so, I’m glad you like it too. It is one of those which has stayed with my since age 16.
      Did you ever see Ring of Bright Water? About Midge the otter? It was an old favourite here from about the 1950s (book) / 1960s (film). Reminds me of that.

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              1. Such a fun but common reaction 🙂 There is really nothing on the tv; reruns from years ago, soaps, quizzes and very bad talkshows.
                I never owned a tv and Pierre either. I don’t listen to the radio, Pierre does. I just find everything I need to know or do on the internet. I listen to some stories on YT and that’s it. Also very sedentary 😃

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                1. I watch the serious news (1h/day) and one particular quiz show – I could tell you the name but will make no difference 🙂. Also one particular political journo, who happens not to be on at the moment. Anything else, I’m not fussed. White noise.
                  I used to listen to serious radio but not so much any more, although my little hub toy is interesting. I liked Cherie FM when we were in France. It is regional, it is on the internet but they stream the Parisian flavour. Better than nothing. I like to hear the French language. I have tried stations from Holland but have never looked for anything Belgian. I can hardly pick up any words anyway. You are not missing much!

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