WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
David Bishop tagged me with this meme

Find a song that sums up what you think it means to be a writer and post the lyrics on your blog and why you’ve chosen it. NB: It doesn’t have to be your favourite song, it just has to express how you feel about writing and/or being a writer. It can be literal, metaphorical, about a particular form or aspect of writing – whatever you want. Then tag 5 others to do the same.

and as someone who’s always up for a challenge, I thought I’d give it some consideration. After a little deliberation, I chose Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It talks about people who are born from a privileged background and contrasts it with the lot of most writers who have to struggle to get work published and to make a decent living, myself included. I think it sums up a lot of what I feel it means to be a writer:

Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Some folks are born made to wave the flag
Ooh, they’re red, white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail To The Chief”
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord

Chorus:

It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no senator’s son
It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one

Chorus:

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh
But when the taxman come to the door
Lord, the house look a like a rummage sale, yes

It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no millionaire’s son
It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one

Yeah, some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war
And when you ask them, how much should we give
Ooh, they only answer, more, more, more, yeah

It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no military son
It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one

It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one
It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate son

tag Steve Colgan http://stevyncolgan.blogspot.com/, Paul Cornell http://paulcornell.blogspot.com/, David Baillie http://www.davidbaillie.net/ and Bill Baker http://www.specfric.blogspot.com/

SEVEN SONGS THAT ARE SHAPING YOUR SUMMER
Stevyn Colgan tagged me to list seven songs that I have been listening to that are shaping my summer. So never one to turn down a challenge here, here they are, in no particular order (this was actually quite hard because I usually just stick my Ipod on shuffle in the car and my ITunes on shuffle when I’m working at home):
1. Life on Mars - David Bowie (from Live Santa Monica ’72). This is a cracking version of a classic song from this live album , which has only just been released. I got into Bowie pretty late (this live album actually dates from the year I was born) but I never tire of listening to him…
2. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (from iTunes Festival). Because I’m a bit of a miserable bastard sometimes, this Bob Dylan cover from a great overlooked band has such raw power that it really does make me want to whack up the volume and drive off into the sunset (or rain, which we’re currently having at the minute)…
3. Iron Man - Black Sabbath (from Paranoid). Really powerful in the movie, this song still sounds fantastic…
4. Fortunate Son-Creedence Clearwater Revival (from Greatest Hits). From that amazing guitar intro, everything about this song screams ‘summer.’ (for me anyway)…
5. Bang Bang You’re Dead-Dirty Pretty Things (from Waterloo To Anywhere). From Dirty Pretty Things’ first album, the sound of London distilled in three minutes…
6. 1404-Manic Street Preachers (B-side from Autumnsong) Great ballad from a band who are still peerless live…
7. Children of The Revolution-T.Rex (from Greatest Hits) A song I never get tired of…