Monday, 15 January 2018

Such Sad News

It's with great sadness that I read this evening of the sudden death of The Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan at the age of 46.

The passing of a life is a part of the great cycle of the universe, but it's no less of a loss to us as a whole or as an individual. Young, old or somewhere in-between, it never seems fair or right no matter the circumstance, and the passing is the greater when the particular individual has meant something special, be they famous or otherwise.

May Dolores rest in peace, her voice will live on, yet be forever missed.


 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker

In my job I get to travel around most of Wales, and it's not unusual for me to be on the motorway at 0500 hours in a bid to outrun the commuter rush up the M4 or M5. As pretty as headlights and taillights queued up for miles from a footbridge, when you're sat smack-bang in the middle of it, fun, it is not.

On these journeys I like to drag along a selection of CDs to break the monotony of radio stations filled with more advertising than music. On one of these compilation CDs - a 3 CD set entitled: BBC Radio 2 Presents The Playlist - is the following song by Sandi Thom: I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair).  I just love the lyrics, which always put a wistful smile on my face, because, really, they ring so true. For those of a certain age range and generation will understand, whilst others won't have a clue.

I hope you enjoy :)


Monday, 18 December 2017

José González

I'd totally forgotten about this song and the wonderful video - the first time I saw this was as an advert in a cinema leading up to the main feature. Makes me grin to see this once again, and makes me wonder, what did they do with all those balls after filming?


Friday, 15 December 2017

Guild Wars - A Memory Revisited

It was April 25th, 2005 when the original (and to my mind, the best) Guild Wars game opened its doors to the virtual world of Tyria to the real world. For me, it couldn't have happened quick enough.

Up until then, my only multi-player gaming experiences had been Unreal Tournament played with my gaming buddy and great friend, Cat - he of 'Tarl & Grudge' fame from past posts relating to the pencil & paper rpg, 'Dragon Warriors'. We would have a blast playing on maps I'd create with the Unreal Editor, then emailed to him, to be installed and played that very same evening. That was back in the day of 56k dial-up. I digress.

I had played on several beta weekends for Guild Wars, each beta was run on the first weekend of each consecutive month before final release.

Beta Weekend, Guild Wars 2005 - Happy times. Copyright 2005-2017 M. Kelly.

Friday, 17 November 2017

World of Warcraft - The Return

Out of sheer frustration and the lack of games available for an iMac computer I found myself installing World of Warcraft, being pleasantly surprised that it could, and would run on a Mac.

*Advisory Note: if anyone should tell you the Mac is a great gaming platform, you are covered by the laws of bullshittery to give them a good, hard slap. Very hard. Obviously they need waking up and bringing back into the real world.*

The last time I had properly logged into the WoW game must be at least 6 years or more?
Back then the server/realm or choice for me and my guildies was Darkmoon Faire. This was classed as a 'role playing' realm, where role play gamers could act out their wildest fantasies and not be mocked for doing so. That last bit didn't exactly hold true; there were some amazingly hilarious, funny, sad (in an embarrassing way) and on occasion, disturbing moments of 'role playing' being acted out - mainly in a locale outside of Stormwind known as Goldshire, or as some of us would refer to it as: 'Cybershire'. The rest I shall leave to your imaginations.

The dreaded Wetlands - Copyright M.Kelly 2017.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Vök - Chilled Beats

Vök is a dream-pop indie/electronica band formed in Reykjavik, Iceland back in 2013. Influence-wise they consider Portishead, Air and Massive Attack to be foremost.

So, for a chilled, laid-back tune, I present to you, 'Waterfall'. Enjoy, as I do  :)


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Stumbleupon

Wednesday is upon us, and as it slowly shuffles its feet, glancing sidelong at us in the vain hope that no one has noticed it's preparing to do a runner and disappear into the night, we welcome the coming end of another working week. Sneaky Wednesday.

Anyway, as is my want, I'm posting to leave you with some more music, but moreover, a link to a site I find incredibly useful, entertaining and often educational. Curious? I can tell by the arch of your brow. Interested? I hope so. It is Stumbleupon, introduced to me a while back by a writer friend of mine, and it's been in my top 10 favourite websites ever since.

Click on HERE to visit the Stumbleupon main page if you wish to know more and become a member - which is free. We like free stuff. Really, we do.

Now for some music. Here is one of my favourite tracks, ' RUN ' by Awolnation - an American alternative rock band I discovered whilst trawling through YouTube. Absolutely love them. Click on the band name to visit their official website.

Enjoy the music video  :)

Monday, 23 October 2017

Training Beats

For any of you folks out there who are looking for something, music-wise, to add to your training beats allow me to direct you to Twenty One Pilots, who are currently are my 'go to' choice of music for beasting myself during a good training session, and the track 'Heavydirtysoul' is one of my favourites.

I hope you enjoy ;o)