Tick Tock Tuesday Review (from 26 May 2020)

This week, as well as my own post. LindaKempWriter posted a song from the Eighties, by Bette Midler, which she stood up and sang solo at church. Ouch! The sort of thing we do willingly as children but as adults, wonder why. It’s funny because I remember a few Bette Midler songs from the time, but not this one. So thanks, Linda. And if you don’t already know her, I thoroughly enjoy reading Linda’s other material, short story fiction, so I’d recommend checking out some of her other posts, too, if you have a few minutes.


Oh and I’ve got news, especially since people have started joining in with this idea. This week I posted #33 of the series, and I have 41 of these posts planned. After that, I’m not sure. I always realised that there would be a time on this one when I ran dry.

It’s funny, because people sometimes ask (especially on prompt questions) what our favourite piece of music is, and I’m basically indredulous that somebody can choose just a single piece of music above all others. I certainly can’t. I’ve found 41 of them (well, they have mostly been songs). I’m not sure I could narrow it down much more. My Song Lyric Sunday posts, even then I went through my collection and picked out some favourite songs that might be good choices if the right prompt comes up – and came up with just shy of 400 tracks! A goodly stash of tunes for the next few Sunday mornings, but not even close to finding that single song which stands above all others.

If anybody has any suggestions what I should do after #41, I’m all ears. Even if it is to move to Outer Mongolia.

Tick Tock Tuesday #33 (26 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.


Last week I touched upon an artist that I didn’t really like – Jim Reeves. I’m going to go a step further today and actually feature a band that I never really liked, a singer that I never really liked, but a song I have always loved.

Freddie Mercury and Queen are just not my style. Even when I listened to them in their heyday I just couldn’t feel anything for the music. They released a few good tracks over the years, but I never felt any more than a gentle appreciation – who can forget the hilarious video of Break Free, which I still enjoy today. But even as they rocked Live Aid in 1985, I conceded that they were great showmen, but I was never a convert.

Freddie took on a whole new dimension after his death, in particular that last period when he knew the end was near and wanted to record as much as possible. The songs from that time – I’m specifically thinking of Innuendo – showed Freddie in such a vulnerabile state, who can fail to be moved by him? For my money, the music they produced was the very best of their career.

This one is a very hard watch, Freddie looks so unwell, but a beautiful song.

Tick Tock Tuesday #32 (19 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.


The thing about Buddy Holly is that not only do I like his music, but he was one of my dad’s favourites too. My dad would’ve been a teen when Buddy was around, and I know how influential music can be at that age. When I was a boy, my dad would sometimes disappear into the next room on the pretext of sorting some bills (most likely, just to get away from me for a while), the door would close and I would hear his music from the other side.

I have a big regret in life that I never really got to know my father, man-to-man. We could’ve rapped about how my mother henpecked him! He was around when I was growing up, but I couldn’t wait to get out and make my own way in the world, and before we knew it, he’d developed early-onset dementia. When I finally was able to introduce him to my daughter, he never really understood that this was his granddaughter. In the end, he actually outlived my mother by six months – while there was no indication that he even recognised her by then, it has always haunted me that perhaps one of the reasons he gave up was because her visits stopped, and that mine were just no substitute.

His two favourite artists were Jim Reeves and Buddy Holly. I’m sorry, but I always loathed Jim Reeves. Buddy Holly, however, was different, and he became one of my own favourites.

My choice was recorded in New York City, just 3-4 months before Buddy’s death. It was to be his last recording session, and this track was released postumously. It was innovative just for Buddy’s use of the Dick Jacobs Orchestra in this session, new ground to mix rock’n’roll with more traditional instruments.

So this one is actually one of my dad’s, which became one of my favourites too, True Love Ways.