Tick Tock Tuesday #1 (15 October 2019)

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways, setting myself goals, including getting into the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art which has meant a lot to me – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague, but I’m using the term deliberately because I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. When I first had this idea, I had in my mind a few songs, but in the future I will broaden my horizons – movies, books, or even paintings which have provided inspiration to me. Not in any particular order, either. I think this will be a finite challenge – I can think of maybe ten or twenty big inspirations, but not hundreds – but let’s see how I get on.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something that has played some part in making me who I am. Just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m maybe using my choice as an example of my appreciation of a particular singer, composer author, artist, or anyone else I come up with! Again, I’m not really sure where this will lead, so I don’t want to box myself in before I get going. I’m pretty sure it will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry here so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week. In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator (I hope), so if you want to skip ahead it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel what I feel towards my choice, just to try and enhance my readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts “#TTT” and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.

For my first choice, I am going to choose a song by former Beatle George Harrison. I bet he grew to hate that “former Beatle” tag, although it can’t have harmed his bank balance! As a boy, George lived a few doors along from my mum in Arnold Grove, Liverpool 15, probably her second claim to fame after giving birth to me! Even to this day, The Beatles are a popular band in Liverpool, and Liverpool does well from their legacy. Liverpudlians feel a kind-of “brotherly love” toward the Fab Four which is almost genetic, and I am no exception although I’m long gone from the city. George’s family went on to live in various parts of south Liverpool, where my parents ended up too. Paul and John also lived nearby. I love George’s music so, be warned, I will probably post a couple of his songs under this banner.

This song is George’s tribute to John Lennon, released shortly after John’s death in 1980. To me, its lyrics demonstrate an affection, a reverence almost, that was maybe not immediately visible. Indeed, one of the song’s lyrics is I always looked up to you, which I think shows humility. Not least, John was that little bit older, which must have counted for something when they were teenagers. In his later work, George did reflect on his previous life, although this particular song was a direct response to John’s death, and contains several references to John’s own career – All You Need Is Love, Imagine, and so on – and the bubble which was manufactured around them.

Cupboard Love

D’oh. I went hunting for my camera this morning, because what could be better to accompany this post than a photo of the gorgeous Reuben?

My phone (camera) is attached to its charger, all set for its day’s work, but alas, the subject has left the building! So, you’ll have to make do with a stock photo and your imagination! Imagine this big, black ball of fluff. He’s not particularly long-haired, but when he curls up, he just melds into this blob.

I have been experimenting, and poor old Reuben has been the subject. He likes to be active when it gets dark, but at some point in the night, he’ll come onto my bed and settle down. He’s there, snuggled next to me, as I wake up.

I posted about my experiments with home technology a few months ago. I have a Google Home Hub, one of these devices I can talk to – they sound incredibly decadent, but they are actually quite useful. Seriously. If somebody is disabled, being able to control things with their voice can make the difference between helpful or not. When I wake up, it is usually dark – early morning. “Hey, Google, what time is it?” The device responds, but not the cat. The device even lights up. But Reuben lies motionless. He’ll purr when I touch him but otherwise is happy to stay hunkered.

“Hey Google, turn the kettle on.”, for man (this man, at least) cannot function without tea. Even that voice command – no reaction from Reuben. He jumps up in an instant, though, even before I have flinched, as soon as he hears the kettle itself starting to boil. In fact, as I’m struggling to put my dressing gown on, he has sprinted to the kitchen and is reliably waiting by his bowl for his breakfast.

The other cat, by the way, is just daft. She doesn’t like eating with the boy, so although she is hungry she will hang back, allowing him to scoff not only his breakfast, but her’s too! But at least she hangs around for a fuss once feeding time is over!