The Alarm are about to embark on their 30th anniversary tour... for some, the name may be vaguely familiar (Sixty Eight Guns?... oh yes, them...), but for others (me included) the music of Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie MacDonald and Nigel Twist guided me through my late teens, into adulthood and through the highs and lows (and there were plenty of the latter) that followed. I've seen both incarnations of the band many times and every night was special, but I particularly remember going to watch the reformed band perform in 2001... ten years since the original line-up had gone their separate ways.
Songs that I'd not heard live for so long suddenly took me back to various points in my life; my mind was being bombarded by memories as the speakers pounded, so much so that during Unsafe Building, I became aware that I was standing, eyes closed, with tears rolling down my cheeks. The emotion of the moment is so hard to put into words, but it was a feeling I will never forget and I have a debt of gratitude to those four gentlemen that I know I can never repay.
Music continues to play a massive part in my life (even though I now have only one fully functioning ear... it's the left one if you're interested, so if I make sure you're sitting to my right, chances are I didn't want to talk to you in the first place!); I'm going to add a page with links to a few of the current bands that I listen to... old, but still trendy methinks!
But this short blog (a blogette maybe..?) ends, as it began, with The Alarm and a few lines from "Only the Thunder"...
All I want is someone to believe in
But who to believe is hard to define
When some say the future is unwritten
Some say the simple things in life are the best
When all is dark and dusty down the tracks
And all paths from exile have roadblocks on all points
Saying: "No, no way out of here, go back from where you came"
And some say when you're down you fight the hardest
Some tighten the belt while others let go
Someone once said, if you don't ask you don't receive
Someone showed me that written down in the back of a book
And as I reach out and see my life unfold
I tell you this because I truly believe in it
Ask and you'll receive my friend
Seek and you shall find
Happy 30th anniversary!
All my own work... almost.