It’s been about eight years since I started this blog, and you might have noticed that I’m not quite as focused on it as I was at the start. In fact, recently one of my friends referred to it as “the blog that wouldn’t die” because it very occasionally resurrects itself.
I mention all this because as I get more middle-aged, I find that the enthusiasm I had to discover new music just isn’t there. If anything, I yearn for more stuff from my own era, and there’s still a lot of boomer music to work through.
On the other hand, I recently read David Hepworth’s “1971 – Never a Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year”, and now that I’m about to start what he described as “the most febrile and creative time in the entire history of popular music”, I should try and get a bit more enthused (particularly because at the time of writing we’re in the COVID-19 lockdown and I’ve got no excuse not to get tapping on the keyboard).
Admittedly, there is a lot to be excited about this year. Over the next few posts I’ll be rediscovering “Sticky Fingers”, “Tapestry”, “What’s Going On?” and “Maggot Brain”, among others, and so I really ought to get on it. I’m enthusiastic actually – I’ve always loved that early seventies era of indulgent and epic rock. Watch “Almost Famous” (still my favourite movie) for an idea of the sort of stuff I’m on about.
So here I go I guess. My next post is on Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung”, and I confess that’s taken some work to get into. But you’ll just have to wait and see what I’ve got to say there. Promise it’ll take me less than three months till the next post…