A SONG FOR A DEPARTURE

Sandy Denny died 40 years ago this day and the memory of her inspired me to dust off this short piece and share it with you. Some years back ConsequenceofSound ran a feature about suitable songs for a funeral. A number of writers dug deep and made their contributions. This was mine. What song would you like to be played at your own funeral? Now that’s a taxing one. Unless you sell life insurance or deal in annuities, most of us prefer not to think about death, particularly when it comes to one’s own. Yet our lives are wound around the wire of time. The wire can be long or short, billowing out, or stretched taut and snapped. We all have fond memories of those close to us who lived rich, full

 
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Music is a great passion of mine. In my teenage years I was an avid record collector and concert goer. Stints as a booking agent, running folk clubs, promoting gigs and even a crack at artiste management followed. While it never became my main occupation, music was always on my personal radar.

 

During the past 10 years I have written for the leading US music website Consequence of Sound and breakthrough act site, BestNewBands. I am a judge for Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition and have reviewed the festival for both the above sites.

 

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