Lately, my earworm has been Dinah Washington’s most famous song, which is a fine with me: a beautiful, positive song (along with, inexplicably, Lady Gaga buzzing around beneath my bonnet). Miss D is right, what a difference a day does make. And that got me thinking about a year, made up of days when every day … Continue reading Tales From A Record Shop: What A Difference A Year Makes – A Year Of Songs
When chatting with someone recently about short stories, we agreed that the best ones are those with twists at the end. A novel lends a greater scope to building the life of a character through their background and experiences, but short stories have to capture the imagination of the reader within a limited time. They’re … Continue reading Tales From A Record Shop [#9]
I love my job. This time of year, when the sun rises early and the air is so perfectly clear, there is plenty of time for a walk before work through one of my favourite places in the world (the scene for a recent short story). I'm an early-riser, so a morning mini-adventure clears the mind, … Continue reading Tales From A Record Shop [#8]
There are few things more beautiful in life than the love of a father for his daughter. Picture the doting look in his eyes; the protective embrace of strong arms, tender and gentle; the moistness in his eyes as he parts from her at the altar, handing her into the trust of another man. It … Continue reading Tales From A Record Shop (#7)
Some people will be judged as soon as they walk into any room. Every day of their lives. It’s sad, but true. It will often be because of their appearance, which could be their intention. I mean, if you have decided to tattoo your face, you most likely will provoke a reaction. Or it could … Continue reading Tales From a Record Shop (#6)
I heard Noel Gallagher say recently that Oasis wasn’t about the music or the band, it was the fans that made it what it was. The same is true of the record shop: it’s nothing without the customers. And, well, I wouldn’t have any tales to recount if it wasn’t for them. I’ve most probably … Continue reading Tales From a Record Shop – Christmas Special!
I've been listening to a lot of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs recently. I've often fantasised as to what songs and items I would choose to be stranded with. I mean, how do you even begin to choose what songs to take with you when there's a lifetime's supply, and new ones being added as … Continue reading So, I Was Stranded On This Desert Island . . .
I would like to address some issues raised in my latest short story, Foul-Hooked. It tells the story of a record shop employee, Andy, and his unscrupulous ways. The intention was to combine a new fictional story with these Tales From A Record Shop. I work in a record shop, part-time, have done for a long time, and … Continue reading Tales From A Record Shop (#5)
One of the primary elements of working in public retail is that you don’t know what is going to brighten, or darken, your day next. The public are exceptionally skilled at keeping you on your toes. And it doesn’t matter who you are dealing with: a posh, well-to-do lady may shock you with flirtation; a … Continue reading Tales From A Record Shop (#4)
Following on from the last tale of ruthless theft, there was once a situation that was so blatant that it left me absolutely gobsmacked. The blazon affront of some fellow citizens can literally leave you speechless. And I was when, one day, a young foreign subject approached the shop counter. Like in the last tale, … Continue reading Tales From A Record Shop (#3)