Rock Maze
  • Neil

Hello October, my Old Friend

Hello October, my old friend I've come to talk with you again Because a cancer softly creeping Left it’s seeds while I was sleeping The plans and visions that were planted in my brain Still remain Within the sound of silence

I know I could do that to lots of songs. Some songs, artists, tunes and albums transport us all to a different place, different times, people and memories. A work colleague and close friend of mine died suddenly 15 years ago. Completely unexpected. I put a suitable message on his work phone, catalogued his extensive collection of cricket and railway books and took care of his car. The last CD he listened to in his car was “10 New Songs" by Leonard Cohen. I still have that CD. It’s still an emotional listen. Here’s just one track but they all hurt.

I seem to have an album for key points in my life. They’re probably not what you expect. When I was about 16 and at college it was Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” and Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells”. I think that proves I was a pretty normal kid. When I was training to teach I seem to particularly remember Tír na nÓg and John Martyn. A bit later on, Paul Simon‘s “Graceland” still transports me to the tumble down house and couple of acres in Carthew. From Carthew I ended up in a cottage in Bethel with “No Jacket Required” by Phil Collins. I remember where and when I acquired the Dire Straits album “Brothers in Arms”.

Of course loads of music has a connection with people and I’m super sensitised now. If, like me, you kind of limit your forward thinking, you can only live in the present or the past. Maybe constantly writing these blogs skews my thinking a little bit.

Let me tell you about a the struggle with forward planning. If I start watching “Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing" will I live another 6 weeks? If I start watching “Bake Off” will I last 10 weeks? What about the 13 weeks of “Strictly”? It’s all a bit frightening.

For me October is a gift. I’ve made it this far!

I feel OK about counting down in months, I’m not sure about counting down in weeks, that’s yet to come I think.