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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 41. On Expectations, Great or Otherwise.

The Great Mr Dickens

If I’ve learned anything over the last few years, it’s to not expect anything from the people around me. I don’t mean this to sound callous. It’s a fact of life for me. Nothing in this world is guaranteed, except our inevitable death and some form of taxation.

As a writer I expect to write. I don’t expect others to read what I write, nor do I expect other writers to write what I want to read. I feel that if I can at least match my own expectations, then I’m on the right (write?) road.

Here’s another Great Expectations:

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The Tuesday Tune

In a new series of weekly posts, I shall delve into my music files and deliver to you the pieces of music, the singers, songwriters and bands that keep me company throughout the day.

I begin with a band that shook my very being last year. Elbow are what is termed as an alternative rock band. They come from Manchester, England, and are made up of lead vocalist and lyricist Guy Garvey, guitarist Mark Potter, keyboardist Craig Potter, bassist Pete Turner and drummer Richard Jupp.

Good looking lads, aren't they?

If truth be told, I never heard of them until I went to a Coldplay concert in Dublin, Phoenix Park last September. But they’ve been together as a musical unit since 1990 (they took the name Elbow in 1997), and before the release of their Mercury Prize winning album The Seldom Seen Kid, they had three albums under their belt. All were critical successes, but it was The Seldom Seen Kid that attracted international attention.

On that September night in Dublin, Coldplay were amazing, but it was Elbow that turned my love of music inside out I remember coming home from that concert and YouTubing Elbow until the wee small hours of the morning. If you haven’t discovered them by now, dive in. Start with One Day Like This and work your way through. You will not be disappointed.