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Blogger’s Delight…

I wish to stress – yes, again – that this blog has not been abandoned, but is merely in temporary abeyance until more time in a few consecutive days can be found!

Thank you readers for your patience

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I realise readers may be on tenterhooks since my last post a few weeks ago.

I apologise again for the delay in proceedings, the result of a distinct lack of preparation before a lengthy-ish vacation.

Abnormal service will be resumed shortly.

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Due to circumstances…

both within and beyond my control, there will be something of delay before the next batch of EFA70sTRO posts will appear.

I apologise for the inconvenience and wish to assure readers that normal service will be resumed ASAP

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For whatever reason – no, I can’t remember (but did you really expect me to?) – my entries between September and the end of 1973 seem to thin out somewhat.

I mention this because I didn’t want readers to think I was somehow ‘cheating’ and deliberately leaving entries out.

Instead of writing every day, I seem to write in ‘batches’, with many days absent of anything. Some days just say the word “work” or “school” (Others, sadly, just say “argument“). It feels peculiar to me these 36 years later that having been so ‘literate’ for so long, I suddenly allow my diary to fall momentarily off the radar.

No, I don’t think it was anything to do with a woman. Surely I would have written about that!?!!


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An Aside – My “History of Music” Project: Part X

A 70-odd page “History of Music” would not be complete without a closing reference to Welsh rock giants, Man, would it?

However, I do think the comment about Pink Floyd’s new concept album “Dark Side of the Moon” – considering the subsequent success and ubiquity of their 1975 opus – makes me appear to be something of a musical visionary.

The teacher’s mark and comment seem to somehow undermine the page. How come I can write neatly on the lined paper, but Trotter seems unable to do the same?

As I said at the start of this wee posting ‘marathon’, this project was an important turning point in my teenage life, opening my mind – and ears – to all kinds of different music. I did learn a lot – especially (as I recall) the origins of Rock’n’Roll (Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, etc) – all of which would put me in good stead for my later career. In the meantime however, I suspect I became something of a smug git for getting full marks (“10“) in return for all the hard work I did.

We will now return you to your regular schedule of programming.

(Hard luck!)

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An Aside – My “History of Music” Project: Part IX

My fascination for Dutch yodelling/guitar/hammond organ combos knows no bounds, stating that Focus were the first continental group to make a lasting impact. If only Holland was a ‘continent’ eh?

Having recently listed to a Mahavishnu Orchestra album again, I have NO CLUE as to why I would have referred to them as “magic”… unless it included a disappearing act?

A personal nod for Faust too. I had/have no shame.

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An Aside – My “History of Music” Project: Part VIII

 There’s a ‘taste of my American future’ with my spelling of “realised“, duly marked as incorrect – and quite rightly too – by the teacher.

Shame he didn’t also notice my spelling of philosophy.

That “wild man of borneo” comment could almost be considered racist these days. Maybe it was back then too, and I just didn’t know better?


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An Aside – My “History of Music” Project: Part VII

Here’s my piece about “Mod”. Having just read this again, I now wonder if researching this in 1975 gave me my interest  in the genre, or it was solely the responsibility of The Who’s “Quadrophenia” album a few years later?

Admittedly it did take a couple of decades to fully appreciate the Small Faces, even longer to really like Ray Davies’ songwriting. Don’t get me wrong, I adored almost all the Kinks singles they released, but most of their albums left me cold. Then, on a long train journey just 8 or 9 years ago I REALLY got into their “Village Green Preservation Society” album (from 1968) and a little (belated) love affair kicked off.

In classic “build them up then knock them down” journalistic fashion – which actually didn’t become fashionable until the early 80s’ (The Sun newspaper a master of the art), I end this nice piece on Mod with a strange reference to comedian Ken Dodd.

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