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Ok, so I know that this blog was supposed to become active again this month. However, a combination of the fact that life hasn’t gone to plan (“Life is something that happens while you’re making other plans” – John Lennon) and after much thought I’m extending the hiatus indefinitely. I’m come to realization that for the foreseeable future (the next 3-5 years) I can’t see how I will be able to devote the amount that is needed to create the quality of content that I aspire to create. I was also planning to expand what Sonic Fiction (moving into live streaming for instance) but again time consuming and would requite some  investment which I can’t see myself being able to make any time soon.

I intend to post a full My Favourite Release of the Year chart towards the end of December as there maybe time to do that then. It won’t a long elaborate article but a list in no particular order with brief descriptions, links and music/video embeds.But regular posts will not be happening anytime soon.

I would like to thank anyone who taken time to read, Like and share any of the posts on the blog over the years, I really do appreciate it.

Liam Flanagan (editor of Sonic Fiction 2010-?)

I’m afraid of had to come to the decision to put Sonic Fiction on hiatus until October. Unfortunately I have just too much to do in my own life at the moment and to giving it a few days thought it is with difficulty that I’ve decided that it is Sonic Fiction that has to be put to one side. Overall I have enjoyed writing this blog on and off for the last nine the half years but I’m at a point in my life where as much as want this to be a part of it it can’t be for the next few months.

There will be a couple of posts in the next month but they will be brief listicles other than that there will be nothing until October. Obviously if I can’t with any ideas proposed in the meantime I will write them down so knows I may have eternal ideas to get working on come October of an out is goodbye. See all of you soon.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>__________ should write a song for __________.</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1135595752397443072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 3, 2019</a></blockquote>
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So I’ve been caught out by Rough Trade again as they posted their question for the week yesterday and not on Sunday but we have for the week and that question is “__________ should write a song for __________.” My answer was “ for Shirley Bassey, in fact he should just make an album with her.” Adrian even liked my Tweet so who knows maybe they’ll be a Shirley Bassey comeback album in 2020. Shirley Bassey actually release an album back in 1970 called “Something” which could be a really good template for an album with Adrian Younge it features covers of The Beatles “Something”, “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat and Tears and the an amazing version of The Doors “Light My Fire”, the bass guitar is very much up front and the drums swing, throw in some held organ chords and fuzz guitar and you’ve got a Adrian Younge production!!! 

Let me know your answer to this question in the Comments below.

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for since the relaunch almost two months ago. It would be part of the month of daily posts but that ended up falling apart/to way side in the end. However, now I’m back to regular posting I can write it.

So for anyone around my age (I’m 34) or older we all grew up with physical music e.g. CDs and Vinyl Records being the only way to listen to music. Obviously that isn’t how things are now and I use streaming services like Spotify as much as the next person but I still own a lot of physical Albums roughly 400-500 CDs and about 80 LPs. I imagine that aside from the new releases I buy that got a good few spins when I first buy them that only a small percentage of those albums get played in a year. Well after watching a YouTube video by the Channel 33 RPM I’ve decided that I’m going to try and change that. Now in his video Channel 33 RPM says he has taken down the 50 LPs that he has out on display near his turntable and replaced them with 50 he hand picked from his collection and he’d be doing this on a regular basis to get the most out of his record collection. He also discussed how he was already getting a lot out of it and rediscovering old albums he’d neglected for years. Once I’ve moved house and unpacked later this year I’ll setting myself my own challenge though it’ll be more like a 20 Album challenge as I don’t have a dedicated music room like Channel 33 RPM.

I hope this post inspires you guys to dig deep into your collections. Let me know about your experiences and rediscovers in the Comments.

You can watch the Channel 33 RPM video below:

 

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It’s time for this week’s Music Question (on a Sunday), this week the Question courtesy of Rough Trade Shops is What is Your Favourite Protest Song? Wow, this is difficult one to answer there are so many great protest songs we’d be here all day just going through all the Folk protest songs. However, there is one that always struck a chord with me. That song is ‘Free Satpal Ram’ by Asian Dub Foundation the song tells the story of a controversial murder case, that of Satpal Ram, a Birmingham Asian who was jailed for life in June 1987 after defending himself against a racially motivated attack by a group of white men in November 1986. Having grown up in the town of Redditch just thirteen miles from Birmingham I understand the racial abuse suffered by Indian, Pakistani and African immigrants in my town that coupled we the lyrics and hard hitting tune make for a potent combination. Sadly this is the kind of story that is starting to make headlines again and Satpal Ram never did get justice despite many people’s efforts.

Check out ‘Free Satpal Ram’ below and let me know what your favourite Protest song is in the Comments.

 

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