I read this week that Rod Stewart was removing some of his songs from his latest concert as they were sexist and not appropriate for this day and age. I really hope he keeps ‘The Killing Of Georgie’ without changing the lyrics to:
‘Georgie Boy was fluid I guess, nothing more, nothing less’!
I think this is a very depressing development. Any art conveys not only what the artist wants to say personally, it portrays the social history and commentary of the time.
I’m never really outraged by any lyrics (Except god save the queen) but there are a few that I think on.
Queen’s – ‘Is This The World We Created’, John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Fergal Sharkey’s ‘A Good Heart’ and anyone singing, ‘The Green Fields Of France’ all have amazing lyrics and they make me contemplate.
Although I only include Mr Sharkey for the one line – ‘My expectations may be high, I blame that on my youth’.
That is an absolute belter!
All of these songs, I do listen to the lyrics. However, most songs don’t bother me in what they say as I attach a memory to them. Well most – I reckon the words to Terry Jack’s ‘Season In The Sun’ made me think about death. I’m not sure if I was a very fucked up seven year old or a very astute critic of such a terrible song.
I think most of us over forty-five could equate a song to every meaningful event in our lives. There would also be a list of other reminiscing tied to specific songs. I only need to hear a few bars of certain songs and memories come flooding back.
As usual for this day and age there is a weird imbalance of lack of tolerance and hypocrisy. If we really want to remove something that is out-dated, incestuous, sexist, bigoted and oppressive, we really should look at the bible. Big ‘Rod The Mod’ singing ‘Hot Legs’ is pale in comparison.
Oh I suppose that there are those folks who would argue that this is not a work of fiction. Of course it’s not. Medical advances have shortened life spans. A Pensioner could make a boat the size of a country. They could travel to places that hadn’t been discovered and collect all the non-deadly animals as well as the deadly. Rounding them up and bringing them back wouldn’t be a problem as it is never mentioned that it is.
I think the damage the rain would do is over exaggerated as a consistent downpour for forty days and forty nights is just over five weeks of normality in Scotland.
Mr Stewart is taking the censorship of his songs on himself. I just hope that there will never be any establishment involvement. Books should never be touched, even that fucked up one of fables. Leave it in the time that it is set or written. If idiots want to water down their content and ignore real issues today – that is up to that specific fuckwit. But to ignore addressing what shouldn’t happen doesn’t mean it won’t. It just means as a writer you are being naive and blinkered at the best and you’re being dishonest to anyone who reads your work in the future.
OK, onto this week’s stories.
We have two very active story tellers and three new folks.
The usual welcome to those first timers on the site. We hope that they have fun and a long association with us. And as always, we are looking forward to seeing more of their work.
Our topics this week include; An opportunity, hockey, parenting, a return and arms.
As always, our initial comments follow.
First up was Tom Sheehan. The writing machine that he is has now had 92 stories published on our site.
It was an honour to publish, ‘No Edge To Glory‘ on Monday.
‘The MC and the newspaper editor were interesting and well drawn characters.’
‘You just know that Tom gets lost in his writing!’
‘This flows effortlessly.’
Our first new writer was next up on Tuesday.
‘Take Him To A Better Place‘ was written by Chris Benjamin.
‘I thought the ending of him going to take care of his wife was an excellent parallel to his beliefs on his weakest player.’
‘This was a well observed comment on one of the more difficult things about being a parent.’
‘There was quite a bit of depth to this.’
Our second new writer was Kika Dorsey, she broke the back of the week on Wednesday with ‘My Guns‘.
‘This was constant but the flow was excellent.’
‘The MC was likeable even though some of the things that she did were unpleasant.’
‘Simply told but we still got an understanding of them.’
Next up was another old friend.
Dave Henson had his nineteenth story for us.
We published ‘Bird’s Syndrome‘ on Thursday.
‘Dave’s imagination at its best.’
‘Very well done and the rantings of the father were heart-rending.’
‘The mother plucking out the feathers was understated but quite gruesome.’
And we finished off on Friday with Michael Sherrin. His story, ‘Brought back‘ completed the week.
‘I liked the question of ‘Why them?’ when they returned as it replaced our ‘Why them?’ when someone dies.’
‘This is an unsettling premise and I like the idea that there are still unanswered questions.’
‘This is a different scenario but so familiar with a helluva lot to think on.’
Well that’s another round-up rounded up.
Same as always folks – Please keep the comments coming.
And why not send us in a spiel for the Sunday Re-run. Just pick an older story that you enjoyed, type up an introduction and throw in a few questions for the writer.
Just to finish off I see that there have been two new entries into the Collins Dictionary.
Brexit: An eternal outcome of incompetence and lying.
Democracy: Majority rule as long as the establishment doesn’t disagree.
All that is happening is our professional liars and talkers continue to lie and talk. Every fucking one of them should fall on their swords.
However, our beloved leader will achieve something in the coming week. A representative from the Guinness Book of Records is following him about as they are monitoring his attempt to beat May’s repetition on stating that we are leaving The European Union on a specific date.