It’s been a busy week so I haven’t be able to read as much as I would have liked, but on the plus side I’ve been able to listen to a lot more podcasts and music than usual. There is comfort in familiarity so I can often be guilty of listening to the same old thing instead of exploring something new. Luckily new releases from old favourites help to bridge the gap.
A lovely project which shows that the exploration of an idea can yield results even if it’s not how you originally intended. Travelling around the world in a VW campervan might not be possible, but with a miniature and a shift in perspective you can get the next best thing.
I was once told that hard cases make bad law. This isn’t much of a consolation to the outliers for whom justice is lacking. There should be an allowance for common sense in this case, for a man who is trying to do good in a time where that is in short supply.
Sometimes, despite the preparation and the time invested, you have to say no.
Frank Turner – Be More Kind
Frank Turner’s latest release is less album and more manifesto. Maybe even sermon would be a better description, with the usual pounding guitars and screamed vocals replaced with handclaps, gospel melodies, and hushed tones. Frank has ditched the introspection for a call to arms, to set the world to rights and to encourage the listener to do one small thing: be more kind. He is no longer the sinner amongst saved men, he’s our guide to the lifeboats and the salvation beyond. This album may be a departure from his previous releases sonically, but it’s still unmistakably Frank Turner.
I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as I listened to this podcast. There is nobody who can weave the absurd into the mundane like Bob Mortimer, as this episode attests.