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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Soundtrack To My Life - Steve

Soundtrack To My Life

Steve is the father of previous Soundtrack To My Life participant, Louise (you can read her STML here) although we do share a mutual interest of writing and music in general. I love the mellowness of Steve's choices so let's enjoy the mix of words and music that weave his Soundtrack To My Life choices.


The Kinks - Lola 

Back when I was at the tender age of 16/17 I used to go to a youth club a couple of evenings a week, happy days, carefree. The guys and girls were a good crowd, and we socialised all over the place outside of the youth club too, each other's houses, the park, and one or two of the local pubs (Yeah, I know, weren't we the rebels eh?) The most life changing event that happened at this youth club was that I met Debbie, my future wife to be, that was 43 years ago, we are still together now, and still in love to this day. Every time I hear this song, it just takes me straight back to those days we lived back then.

Simon and Garfunkel - Kathy's Song

1975 was a year of momentous happenings for me. I married my sweetheart Debbie, we had our first child, Louise, and I bought my first acoustic guitar, which I set about teaching myself to play. I was heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel, and it was their songs that I first learned to play and sing. Louise, from the age of around eight months old seemed to need about 3 hours sleep per night, and I would take my guitar into her bedroom and play and sing to her, sometimes for several hours. This is one of the songs that Louise heard during so many early hours, and one of my personal favourites. It is a truly beautiful song.

Blondie - (I'm always touched by your) Presence Dear

In 1977 our second daughter was born, Tracey. The band Blondie appeared around that time too, they remain until this day one of my favourite all-time bands, I sometimes leave their “Complete Picture” album in my car CD player for weeks at a time, listening to it on the way to work and back each day. I just have to include a Blondie tune in this list, and although this particular tune wasn't released until 1978, I am going to dedicate it to my lovely daughter Tracey, who was also very blonde at the time.

Bachman Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

I liked this song from the very first time I heard it, it is a terrific song with a thumping good rock beat, an absolute classic. Many years ago I adopted the chorus from this song as part of a confidence building routine. I would play it in my mind when facing negativity, or in the face of being underestimated by others. It just fills me with positive vibes and feel-good factor. I often use the same technique to this day.

10,000 Maniacs - Don't Talk

A friend gave us one of their albums a few years ago, a live recording, this is another band that I can listen to for hours and hours. Natalie Merchant is the vocalist and I find her voice and the lyrics deep, touching, and full of the truths and the faults of life, much that I can understand, and relate to. I like all of the songs on the album, but “Don't Talk” is probably my favourite.


Soundtrack To My Life

Steve publishes a 'twist in the tale' style flash fiction story almost every Friday on his blog - The Twisted Quill. Have a read - they're probably not quite what you're expecting. 

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