Tick Tock Tuesday #30 (5 May 2020)

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.


Chalk and cheese this week. Last week I covered Paul Simon from the 1980s, this week I’m stepping back a couple of hundred years.But this music is the chilled of the chilled.

In a previous TTT post, I talked about my early choice of Music as an academic subject, and how I subsequently fell in love with some of the pieces of classical music which we studied. Today, I will link to a piece by Mozart.

I remember for our exam we had to study the first couple of movements in Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major – in fact all of the movements are beautiful, but I shall specifically highlight the second movement today.

The poor old guy who catalogued all of Mozart’s work was Ludwig Ritter von Köchel. Tough job, there was lots to catalogue. And so this piece is known alternatively as K581. All of Mozart’s works have such a number, prefixed by K.

The music might sound quite familiar. In fact it is not dissimilar to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, also in A major, K.622, which was featured quite heavily in the film Out of Africa. You can listen to that here, if you wish. Another beautiful piece of music.

However my choice today will be the piece I studied, the quintet. I hope you enjoy it – this section is just shy of 6½ minutes, but I bet you’ll be so hooked you’ll listen to the lot!