Sunday, 6 March 2016

You know you're getting old, when....

As I am fast approaching my 40th birthday, it has made me think a lot about life.  Becoming a father for the first time has changed my life for the better. Indeed "little man" is intently watching me whilst I type this blog piece. It has made me want to provide the best life possible for him.  I am also aware of trying to make the most of the remaining life that I still have too.

Rock music has been a major passion of mine for most of my life and at the end of last year and the beginning of this year we have seen the passing away of many great musicians.  The deaths of Lemmy, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Jimmy Bain and Dale Buffin amongst many others has had more of an impact on me than I thought it would.  Whilst I may not have known any of these people personally, their music has played a part in being the soundtrack to my life so far. Sadly former Budgie guitarist John Thomas passed away earlier this week and I have recently discovered the "Nightflight" album by Budgie which he played on.  Budgie were fortunate to have had a host of great guitarists such as Tony Bourge, John Thomas and Craig Goldy during their existence.  Sadly singer/bassist Burke Shelley's own health problems have prevented the band from continuing, but like all of the above musicians they have left a great legacy with the music that they created.  Peter Knight, formerly of Steeleye Span and now part of the excellent Gigspanner summed it up well when he wrote "the singer may die, but the song will remain".

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