David Bowie -“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”


I’m still walking around stunned by the news of David Bowie’s death. I haven’t been able to fully process it.  I’ve tried to write something for days, as shock and sadness propelled me into a bout of insomnia. Words left me. I couldn’t even attempt to put a sentence together. Denial is beginning to turn … More David Bowie -“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”

Soundtrack of my Life: “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Big Star/ “Mona With the Children” by Doug Cameron; or The Search for the Absolute Favourite


I get asked time and time again about what my actual all-time favourite song is. This is an impossible question- the answer changes every hour, depending on mood, what I’m listening to, what I’m tired of, what I can remember from day-to-day, who I’m talking to. “In The Midnight Hour”. “Find The River”. “Dancing Queen”. … More Soundtrack of my Life: “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Big Star/ “Mona With the Children” by Doug Cameron; or The Search for the Absolute Favourite

Soundtrack of My Life: “Bullfrogs And Butterflies” by Barry McGuire


I know my music taste is unique, but never anything but totally cool. Yeah, my first album, and the one I played to absolute death, was Bullfrogs and Butterflies. I am sure there are now people out there going “Huh?” Welcome, everyone, to the world of Christian Children’s Music! Before VeggieTales, you had former 60s … More Soundtrack of My Life: “Bullfrogs And Butterflies” by Barry McGuire

Soundtrack of My Life: ” Fun Fun Fun” by the Beach Boys


Another slice of mum’s musical influence on me. The Beach Boys were probably played more often than the Beatles, because I remember the Beach Boy cassettes being brought along on family vacations. Dad would bring the dreaded Johnny Horton. Pet Sounds is a genius piece of art, but the earlier surf tracks hold a charm … More Soundtrack of My Life: ” Fun Fun Fun” by the Beach Boys

Soundtrack of My Life: “An American In Paris” by George Gershwin


My mother loved An American in Paris, the classic Gene Kelly musical with the Gershwin score. My parents’ record collection was heavy on the standards, so the work of Gershwin to this piano player was in the same vaunted highs as the Bach and Mendelssohn I was also required to know. Add the film’s gorgeous Technicolor images … More Soundtrack of My Life: “An American In Paris” by George Gershwin

This Could Be the Saddest Dusk I’ve Ever Seen


It is completely irrational.  They’re only a band. Many other bands I love have broken up. Many of those bands have gotten back together for reunion tours. I didn’t even cry when the Smiths disbanded, when I was a child and more prone to overreaction. But when the news of R.E.M.’s break-up came over my … More This Could Be the Saddest Dusk I’ve Ever Seen

Childhood Revisited: Sweet Valley High. Or, I’m an Elizabeth.


There seems to be a Sweet Valley High renaissance going on in the world right now. It all started with the news Diablo Cody would be writing the script for a feature film version, which thrills me to no end. This little nugget of info exploded my world so significantly that I began looking up … More Childhood Revisited: Sweet Valley High. Or, I’m an Elizabeth.