Ian Dury and the Blockheads “Reasons to be cheerful”
I did it, Hurrah, 70 poems inspired by 70 songs by 70 different artists in 70 weeks. I have reached the end of my birthday blog. Although it isn’t my actual 70th birthday until 27th November it feels good to be here. Thank you to all the people who tuned in every week from all over the world. There were 2000 visitors mainly from the UK but a big contingent from USA and France and a special mention to a regular visitor from Trinidad and Tobago, a grand total of 36 countries altogether.
Thanks to those who sent me supportive messages and comments on the blog. I am not sure where I am going next but looking back at some of the early posts I would like to rewrite a few and when I have I will re-post them. Any suggestions for a new blog please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment on the blog, the link is at the bottom of the page, I would love to hear from you.
What have I learned from this journey? I started off simply intending to follow the brief I had set myself but it turned out to be something a little different. The songs took me on a journey into the past and long forgotten memories began to bubble up to the surface. In the end it became a sort of autobiography, I say, sort of, because I can not swear that every story was completely factual and every anecdote was just my memory and I am sure others will have their own versions.
It reminded me how grateful I am for my life and the people I share it with, it reminded me how much fun was mixed in with the losses and the sadness that came with it.
I want to end on a joyful note and who better than the man who sums all this up, Ian Dury. He brought joy to the world despite his struggles with it, he had a wicked sense of humour and he is one of my heroes.
Ian’s songs (written in partnership with Chaz Jankel) were full of humour, hope and love of life. His death in March 2000 a sad loss to the world. It was hard to choose a track but I have always wanted my version of “Reasons to be Cheerful” So here goes and thank you for tuning in.
Reasons to be Grateful
Indian curries, French Red Wine
All my daughters, Art Nouveau design
Northumberland seashore strolls
Match of the Day, Alan Shearer’s goals
Mo Mowlan, Tony Benn
Nelson Mandela, News at Ten
Trade Unions, Dennis Skinner
Poached Eggs, Sunday Dinner
Woodland walks, Wainwright’s Bitter
Rafa Benitez, Whatsapp, twitter
Double glazing, Voting rights
Saturday morning, Friday nights
Grandchildren’s constant chatter
Chip shop chips, fish in batter
Storm clouds, lightning Flashes
Curly hair, long eyelashes
Brothers, Sisters, Nephews Nieces
Bose Speakers, Backgammon pieces
Cardiac Surgeons skillful hands
Country Western, Rock and Roll Bands
Audiences who like my poems
Happy Valley, Sherlock Holmes
Fresh croissant, Duck Confit
Summer Holidays, Duty Free
Spell checkers, Space age
Live Theatre, Northern Stage
Netflix, Iplayer, ITV Hub
Friday nights down the pub
Hi Fi, WiFi, lightweight laptops
Jeremy Corbyn, Friendly Bookshops
Ten by Ten, Poetry Vandals
Legal Aid, Political scandals
Lynda Price, Keats and Shelley
Taylor’s coffee, Late Night Telly
Foreign Travel, Bus Passes
Central Heating, NHS Glasses
Seventy Years is not that bad
I am grateful for all I’ve had
Dyslexia, my left brain
Given half a chance I’d do it again
© Jeff Price July 2018