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Why A Good Book Or A Good Song Should Be Like A Favourite Drink (Or - Why I Love Reading And Listening To Blackberry Vodka!!!)
(I discovered Blackberry Vodka at a Farmers' Market last December.  It is so easy to drink because it tastes of blackberries and only reminds you of its potency after you have finished drinking it - just as the last sip burns down your throat.)

If you have been paying attention to my ramblings on here you will know a couple of things about me - I love reading and I like listening to music.

(Here now follows a tip - if you see me reading a book and you wish to talk to me - forget it.  Just save your voice.  I can get so deeply engrossed in a book that the world falls away until I have finished it.  When that happens it is no use shouting at me because I won't hear you.  To paraphrase an old song "There's nothing that a hundred men or more will ever make me hear"!)

But what makes a good book or a good song or piece of music???  For me the answer to that question is - layers.  As in - every time you read it or listen to it you discover something new in it, something unexpected.  It may trigger a forgotten memory or you may find yourself paying closer attention to the singer or the lyrics.  You may even start wondering how it would sound if it was arranged slightly differently.  Or those violins - which you previously hated because you didn't think they fitted in - have finally made their purpose and home known to you.

Recently on Twitter random musicians have started following me.  Some have captured my interest (and a couple might get reviewed on here once I have had a good listen to their music).  There is one Irish singer who I am intrigued by going by the name of J.P.Kallio.  Mr Kallio sounded American on the first track I heard a taster of (a bit too harsh for my ears if I am honest) - the second track I heard a taster of really appealed to my love of accents as it was sung with a soft Irish burr.

Another singer I am thinking about listening to more is a man called Nate Maingard.  He is an intelligent singer with a good philosophy about songs.

However, one of my favourite bands doesn't have any singers in whatsoever.  It does have two of my favourite instruments in it though - Bagpipes and Drums.  Put it this way - the Red Hot Chili Pipers version of "We Will Rock You" by Queen has to be heard to be believed - truly Bagrock for the masses.

If you can read with all your senses or listen to music with your heart as well as your ears you may be lucky enough to discover your own "Blackberry Vodka" as well.

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