How do you choose the soundtrack to a mid-life crisis?January 9, 2008
As pathetically unoriginal as it may sound I made myself a New Years resolution to lose some weight and try and get fitter. I’ve never really had to worry much about this kind of thing throughout my life, having remained the same weight for my first thirty or so years. Over the last eighteen months or so though I have begun to pile on the pounds, and like so many others I ate too much at Christmas and now feel the urge to have my first bona fide mid life crisis and worry about my health.
So, after spending the first week or two of the year contemplating my navel (whilst I can still see it) I started eating healthier this week, and have also gone out for a short run each of the last three evenings… I used to go out walking every evening when I still had dogs about the house, but over the last few years this has dwindled to maybe one walk a week. I used to really enjoy that time in isolation with whatever music I chose to take along with me, so I looked forward to compensating for the pain of starting to run with the prospect of some more quality listening time…
Well I’ve learnt one thing… you can’t really run and listen to this kind of music. Apart from the fact that Jez riley French’s Field Recordings Vol.21 album was accompanied by the additional sounds of blood vessels trying to explode in my ears and wheezing splutters coursing through my windpipe, the damned headphone buds kept falling out of my ears….
So tomorrow I’m going to look a plonker with a massive pair of headphones clamped to my head, and I’m uploading Public Enemy and Roni Size to my iPod to give the adrenalin a boost… God knows where all of this will end!
On another New Years resolution type note I promised myself that I would try and write more formally on music more often in 2008, and spend less time getting into silly online arguments… This coincided with our friend Brian’s announcement of a year long hiatus from reviewing CDs for Bagatellen so that he can definitely without any doubt get his book finished this year without any question (I think thats what you said isn’t it Brian? 😉 So I am aiming to write one review a week for Bagatellen this year to cover in some unsatisfyingly insufficient manner for Brian whilst he has his own little mid-life crisis 😉 The odds are very much against me achieving this, or anything close to it, but you never know, I can but try. The first review of a really great album is here.