I have worked out how to get my browser to read people’s posts out to me. It speaks! I know, probably old hat to many of you, but it was never really something I looked for, so I’m late in the game.
Bottom line, it lets me read posts more quickly. However, I have also noticed that it doesn’t give me as much control. I can start it when I load the page, I can stop it, but I have no idea how to reposition it, if (say) I want to re-read a paragraph. The upshot is that I spent rather more time than usual, listening to the lyrics of Jim’s Deep Purple song.
Lots of mentions of Japan. To me, if I think of Japan in music terms, I think of Yoko Ono. Then the late, great John Lennon.
I was twelve when Lennon was killed. I heard the news on morning as I came down the stairs ready for breakfast before school. Impossible – one of the Beatles was no longer with us! Plus. this was Liverpool, where the Beatles were especially special.
There followed a wave of nostalgia for him in the UK. There were outpourings of grief, and his new album, Double Fantasy, his first new material in several years, went immediately to #1 pretty much everywhere. Plus, as well as rushing out releases of his new material, we had re-releases of Imagine and Happy Christmas.
One of the tracks on Double Fantasy just epitomised to me, the sound of Japan. As I got older myself, it also epitomised fatherhood, all those dreams and aspirations we have for our young children. This is Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), about his son, Sean, who was just five when he lost his daddy.