In the run up to this momentous anniversary my car journeys around the Devon lanes have been accompanied by Leonard non stop once more for I can be an obsessive bugger. I've relived the concert at the O2 on 'Live in London' where Louis is certain he can hear me cheering. I was pretty near the stage so maybe he's right. The bit he refers to certainly sounds like me when I'm a bit excitable. And I've also been listening to the 2012 album 'Old Ideas'. Even the familiar can bring new revelations. These beautifully crafted words from 'Show Me The Place' jumped out the other day. I find it funny that, after dire dry English lessons at school, I still profess to dislike poetry over three decades on. Perhaps it's time that I revisited this broad sweeping statement.
The troubles came I saved what I could save
A thread of light, a particle, a wave
But there were chains, so I hastened to behave
There were chains, so I loved you like a slave
In celebration of becoming an octogenarian, a new album 'Popular Problems' comes out on Tuesday. Lucky people in the UK can preview it here before it is released in more manageable formats tomorrow. Of course I've done this already, several times actually! 'Almost Like the Blues', 'Did I Ever Love You' and 'My Oh My' are the songs that are being put on repeat. Let's hope that I'll be lucky enough to hear them live at a UK venue soon.