Here is a list of things I meant to talk about.
1. Ben's blog is wonderful www.gordybennett.com . We follow him everyday and admire his wit, his observation, his courage and his adventures. How did he get it all together so well? I now think his next career should involve a) project management, or b) tour guide writing.
Clearly he can do anything he wants to.
2. Life reshapes. 40 years ago I read novels and poetry eagerly and constantly and listened to lots and lots of music, being profoundly moved by everything from Bach to Beatles via Brubeck. Now I spend my non dedicated time to listening to news, science programmes and to doing puzzles and playing games. Is this a function of getting elderly? Or the invention of the internet? I am never without my ipad/phone/pc.
3. Having said that I am getting into music again. What is it about music? How does it get inside you and make you understand truth and beauty and misery and hope and despair and having a good time? Why can't we all write in music? I look at musicians and think of them as sacred people, filled with a spiritual awareness unfathomed by us ordinary people. But then again I know a retired violin player from a national orchestra and he is just an ordinary bloke about Malmesburg.
4. Thank you, Happy Birthday, Miss you. There are many people in my life to whom I owe debts of friendship, awareness, kindness , good times, shared experiences and other pleasant things. I have not written enough thank you letters, kept in touch properly, remembered enough birthdays, send enough appreciative bunches of flowers. I'd list my guilty conscience now but I'd be sure to miss people out and it would make things even worse,