Tick Tock Tuesday #11 (24 December 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… including getting to know 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 and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

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 to complete this 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, so if you want to skip ahead each week 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 a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance 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 feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.


You have a fair idea of my tastes by now, and it won’t surprise you to learn that I have always revered both Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. They really are a king and a queen as far as my tastes go. I think of the pair in the same breath, plus of course they did some magical recording together.

I guess they are prominent because they each had such lengthy, successful careers, with such a large catalogue of songs, so there is plenty to like. Including whole albums with a Christmassy theme. So I thought I would present something today, something light-hearted, partly to counterbalance my Song Lyric Sunday choice a few days ago, which was a more traditional carol, as opposed to a “song” in the conventional sense.

I’ll present my favourite from Pops is a few weeks time, but today will concentrate on the beautiful voice of Ella Fitzgerald, singing a suitably festive song. This song comes from the album Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas, from 1960. But it is such a well-known song, it doesn’t really have a timeline associated with it.

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a good time.

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

Designed and developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, and have since released a couple of apps. I split my time between this and voluntary work. I am married, with a grown-up, left-home child.

3 thoughts on “Tick Tock Tuesday #11 (24 December 2019)”

    1. It is weird isn’t it, that so much music is here today, gone tomorrow – and yet some is quite happily approaching ninety years old and still going strong. Wikipedia told me that the song was written in 1934, so had been around for a while even when Ella sang it.

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