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The Greatest Show on Earth

Before I get into the meaning of the lyrics that caught me in this song, let me fan boy for a couple of minutes. I am new to the band Nightwish, and they are completely amazing. The quality of the composition is mind blowing, and the production of their live performances has rocketed going to one of their concerts to near the top of my post Covid bucket list. What do you expect when you couple Symphonic Metal with the Uilleann Pipes, low whistle, and a couple of the most amazing vocalists I have ever heard. I've put a link…
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Disturbed by the Sound of Silence

I first became aware of the song  The Sounds of Silence during a discussion with a friend about songs where there was a cover that was vastly superior to the original. I think I had heard the Simon and Garfunkel version but it never registered. Their music was not really my thing. Funnily enough, I had never listened to the band Disturbed either. I watched the recording on YouTube of them performing the song live on the Conan O'Brien show, and it blew my mind. I think that performance is one of the best live vocal performances I have seen.…
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My Friend of Misery

I absolutely love Metallica, the Black Album in particular. One of the songs that has always resonated with me, and made me consider it’s meaning is My Friend Of Misery. I’ve included the lyrics complete at the bottom of this post, so if you want to read them before I break them down, scroll to the bottom and they are there. I have also included a link to a recording if you haven’t heard the song before. I think the reason this song has made me think so much, is that at times, I can often be a quite negative,…
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R-IF-fing on Kipling

I first found this poem in the Other Mens Flowers anthology. I believe that Kipling wrote it as advice to his son on how he should live his life. I really like the way the poem is structured. The way it suggests a virtue, and then the scenario that will require that virtue. ie. take a panadol…if you have a headache. I have wanted to write about this poem for some time, to really beak it down to see why it resonates with me so strongly. I have presented the poem in its entirety at the end of this post…
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A Spoon full of Oil – The Secret of Happiness?

I recently listened to the audiobook of the The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I had not read the book itself, but the audio book was fantastic. I was struck by a particular metaphor , which I have quoted below (in italics). Following on from my post on Greta Thunberg, and our obsession with money and economic growth, I thought this was topical. "A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at the top of a mountain.…