Tick Tock Tuesday #15 (21 January 2020)

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.


I’m quite surprised that there is so much music amongst the things that have shaped me, but I redressed that a little bit the last couple of weeks. This week, however, I am back onto music. Another thing that surprises me is that it has taken me so long to get to my featured artist today, for this particular song is among my top half-dozen or so.

I published Ella at christmas, so before too long I knew I needed to post something by Louis Armstrong. I’m interested in history generally, and you can’t get too far into the history of US music before you come across Louis Armstrong. It helped, too, that I quite liked his Jazzy style in any case. And Pops’ trumpet also brought a new dimension.

I like a lot of Satch’s music, but there was always a favourite for me. I suppose it helps that Moon River exists in many flavours, and this one is my best, topping even Audrey Hepburn’s wonderful film version. That trumpet does it for me.