Shackled

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 29 May 2021, weathered.

Incedentally, if anybody uses Flickr, there is a wonderful group on there called the Wonders of Oxidation, showing ironwork in various states of corrosion. The quality is variable but there are some excellent images on there.

Overused

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 22 May 2021,favourite.

In all the words that I’ve written,
There is one which I try to avoid.
In the reading of everyone’s writing,
The word “favourite” is over-employed.

I might possibly draw up a shortlist,
But to narrow that list down to one?
I think it’s a task that’s beyond me,
I fear that it just can’t be done.

Is it just me? Several times, somebody has trotted out the question “what is your favourite song?”.

If I’m going to answer that question, I can narrow the field down to perhaps a few dozen tracks, but I don’t think I can squeeze any tighter.

I generally think along the lines that we’re all basically the same, that there’s nothing that really makes me any different to anyone else, yet the weird thing is, people seem to give an answer: My favourite ever track is X by Y.

So I’m left scratching my head. Do people really have one track they like above all others? Or, did they just pluck one track from a pool, for the sake of answering that prompt question?

I’m thinking specifically about music, but I guess this applies to any artform. Favourite book, author, movie, painting etc. etc.

Thoughts welcome.

The Best

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 15 May 2021,last week.

I was stuck for a response this week until I lemembered I had bought four of these from eBay.

Photograph of a large mug of tea.

That’s a pint mug, and it contains freshly-made tea, so you can guess what I will be doing for the next… while. Ahhhhhh, ‘scuse me.

Genius

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 8 May 2021, spooky.

A new school attendee in Lahore,
Counted easily up to a score,
While it was indeed spooky,
To find such a sharp cookie,
He said, “Shall I go on? I know more.”

Gems

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 1 May 2021, ruby.

My first thought when I saw the prompt this week was the song “Ruby Tuesday”. Which, if I’m honest, I can’t stand.

But it did prompt me to look on Spotify to see what other “Ruby” songs there might be. And I think I found a gem of my own in this track.

It’s called Ruby Falls, it is a US artist called Katie Crutchfield. She performs under the name Waxahatchee, and has a Wikipedia page here. Waxahatchee is the name of a creek where she grew up, in Alabama, and it sounded as though this was a solo musical project but I’m hearing male voices on some of her tracks, so perhaps not?


Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a video of her actually singing this track, but I presume this is all low budget stuff. However, she has a beautiful voice and I think she’s well worth a listen. I’m listening to some of her other tracks as I write this (some of which have videos with a more personal touch), and she might well become somebody I listen to more often. I hope you enjoy it, too.

I should really have posted this response on our new Songshine site, shouldn’t I? My partner KK will be very impressed that I discovered some music less than 30 years old!

The Old Master

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 24 April 2021, junk.

When I needed some assets to free,
Took my heirloom to auction to see,
But when, full of mirth,
I requested its worth,
He said “Mister, about 50p”

If there is anything guaranteed to make me hunt for my glasses, hunt for the remote, and switch channels, it is when one of these “I never even realised this was lying dormant in my attic, and now I’m a millionaire” TV shows.

When my parents died, I got £200 for the entire contents of their house. That’s how much things are worth.


Even If

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 17 April 2021, outdoor seat.


I’m really sorry. Did I say something? I really don’t know what I did.

Continue reading “Even If”

Manual Transmission

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 10 April 2021, wheels. Click through.

Tour of Britain, 2011. Wells, Somerset