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25 albums that shaped my life

I don’t think it’s ‘Cabin Fever’, but since the lockdown I’ve had some very strange dreams. They often have very surreal storylines featuring people and places I wished I’d taken more effort to try and visit, and they’re always so very mixed up. An interesting one I experienced recently was one where I travelled through a Dali-esque landscape of my past life as well as my overburdened ‘To Do’ wishlist, accompanied by a musical soundtrack overlayed with a succession of album covers.

Obviously my Facebook newsfeed was to blame for this, over the past few weeks I’ve noticed several friends making selections of a series of albums which have been important in their lives. More often than not though, they’ve restricted themselves to only 10 choices, which I would find impossible. However there needed be a reasonable limit, but instead of trying to fit into the 10 album strait jacket I decided I’d allow myself the luxury of slipping into an XL of 25 (of which one is actually an EP).

While it was fresh in my mind and thinking it would be an interesting memory lane exercise to indulge in, I thought I’d reconstruct my dream as a musical self portrait blog. There’s no particular message to accompany them, they’re just personal time capsules that spark memories, which I’ve played to death over the years, and the ones I constantly return to. There’s time aplenty right now to remember those special people, places and moments that’s been a part of one’s life, and the perfect excuse if ever I needed one to share some good memories as a musical message.

Anyway, it’s only a blog of dream inspired lockdown fun, but nevertheless I’d be more than happy to have these as company on my Desert Island. Click the links………..and enjoy!

Golden Age of Lonnie Donegan – Lonnie Donegan

Please Please Me – The Beatles

Nice Enough To Eat – Various Artists

This Was – Jethro Tull

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France

Death Walks Behind You – Atomic Rooster

Hunky Dory – David Bowie

Elgar – Cello Concerto (Jacqueline Du Pré) & Sea Pictures (Janet Baker)

Led Zep II – Led Zeppelin

Every Picture Tells a Story – Rod Stewart

Split – The Groundhogs

Skid – Skid Row

With a Little Help From My Friends/Joe Cocker! (Doubleback Series)

Innervisions – Stevie Wonder

Kind of Blue – Miles Davis

Beethoven – The Nine Symphonies

The Art of Segovia – Andrés Segovia

Mingus Ah-Um – Charles Mingus

Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers

Specials – The Specials

This Year’s Model – Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads

Hot Fuss – The Killers

With Love & Squalor – We Are Scientists

Two Parts Diamond – 3 Parts Dirt!

…………….at Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy

2015 – Oct 2019

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’
Nelson Mandela

‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.’
Barack Obama

‘They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.’
Andy Warhol

‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’
Mother Teresa

‘No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.’
Madonna

‘Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.’
Ovid

‘One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.’
Malala Yousafzai

‘To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.’
Winston S. Churchill

‘True life is lived when tiny changes occur.’
Leo Tolstoy

‘Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.’
Martin Luther King Jr.

‘All is flux, nothing stays still.’
Plato

‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’
Mohandas Gandhi

‘Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.’
― Confucius

‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’
― Anne Frank

‘Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.’
― Stephen Hawking

‘Nothing happens unless something is moved.’
― Albert Einstein

‘It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.’
― Charles Darwin

Some see change as a thing to fear or dread, instead of it being an adventure that has the potential to improve their life. Nothing stays the same, all things change, it is the one thing we can rely on. It is happening all the time, so it’s important to embrace it. Some changes occur beyond our control, which we must accept, but others we can make happen, and for the better, if we can just make the decision to do it.

In the Tao Te Ching (Chapter 64) Lao-Tzu wrote, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’, and during the course of the last few years a collection of ‘single steps’ have made a significant difference at Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy. With six large projects by myself, accompanied by numerous structural and painted contributions from Site Manager Matt Hassall, magnolia walls and notice boards have disappeared and in their place a colourful and stimulating environment has emerged. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Rowlatts Mead, but what an exciting appearance it has now!

Here’s the ‘Before’………

…….. and here’s the ‘After’………

 

Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy, Balderstone Close, Leicester LE5 4ES

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