Tick Tock Tuesday #22 (10 March 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.


Last week I mentioned my visits to Paris in the Nineties. This week I’d like to go further back to my own roots.

I was born in Liverpool, UK, and what was Liverpool’s biggest export to the world? I suspect most Liverpudlians have an inbuilt affection for the Beatles, and the city still tries to profit out of them, all these years on. I featured my favourite songwriter of the four, George Harrison, in my very first Tick Tock post. So I wanted to pay tribute to the Beatles today.

It is difficult to talk in terms of favourites. If I was pushed, I’d probably say that my favourite album was Abbey Road, but really, they are all pretty good. Broadly, I prefer their later material, as the technology became more sophisticated, and just as they aged from being twenty-year-olds to thirty-year-olds, there is no substitute for life experience. But even the early music has very good qualities of its own.

My choice today is certainly one of my favourites and was released very early on – this is a clip from their first movie, A Hard Day’s Night. The thing I admire most in these early songs is just their youthful innocence, I-love-you-love-me, from back when life was so simple…