It's two weeks now since our return to these beautiful shores (and quite beautiful they are too - we walked on the beach near Montrose today so I know that for sure). Over the past week however, like most people, my thoughts have been on subjects other than beauty as I have written one and read many articles prompted by last week's events in English cities. Sometimes the articles I've found interesting have been in unlikely journals – say this one in the “Daily Telegraph” - but one of the best things I've encountered was this article by Boff Whalley of the band Chumbawamba that found a home in the “Independent”. In it Boff reclaims the word 'anarchy' from the tabloids and that is such an important job (reclaiming our lives and ideas from the filth-spreaders). In the comments to my last post here I found myself doing it too, I think, when I wrote the words “we've all been calling each other 'scum' for so long we can hardly remember how to do anything else”. I wrote that as a quick response to something and then afterwards realised how true it probably is. This is always better than writing something, publishing it and only then realising you've got it completely wrong - though of course in this instance I'd rather it wasn't true at all.
We listen to a fair bit of recent Chumbawamba in this house (they've been around for years but it's only with later albums like 2008's “The Boy Bands Have Won” that the three of us have become real fans) and this week we were trying out a couple of their other albums on Spotify. They always have good album titles (and good covers like the one at the top of this post) and on one album called “A Singsong and a Scrap” (2005) I heard this song that I'd never heard before. I really liked it and thought you might too. It's called “Fade away (I don't want to)”.
Much as I like this song it does make me sad too - mainly because I still can't hear phrases like 'fade away' without thinking about my Mum and her last weeks (back in Spring 2010). Still, she is not forgotten at least. Not at all, not at all.