This is a blog about how life should sound. According to me, anyway.
My name is Gareth Cook. I’m a writer who loves music. I’m writing this blog about the music I love. It’s that simple.
I also write comic poetry, stand up comedy material and from time to time I think about starting to write my novel again, which currently runs to a page and a half.
I’m not especially musical myself. I’m a drummer – enough said. I just hit things. Specifically djembe and bongos. I have never progressed to drum kit, mainly because I would rather get on with my neighbours and I was never very good at the rub tummy whilst patting head routine. I have a burning ambition to learn how to play the tabla but it takes years to master, so I’m not sure when I’ll get round to it!
I’ll be writing about my favourite bands, songs, albums and why I like them, and occasionally explaining why I really don’t like certain others.
I don’t want to give too much away, but here’s a rough guide:
Bands/Artists I love include:
- The Hold Steady, Midlake, Interpol, Bright Eyes, Kings of Leon, Iron & Wine, Woodpigeon, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Belle & Sebastian, The Decemberists, The Broken Family Band, The Divine Comedy, Kate Rusby, Devendra Banhart, The Cave Singers, The Cocteau Twins, Arcade Fire, Beck, Echo & The Bunnymen, Great Lake Swimmers, The Leisure Society, Band of Horses, Kings of Convenience, Sigur Ros, John Martyn, Nick Drake, Mazzy Star, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Radiohead, Shawn Colvin, 10,000 Maniacs, Spoon, The Smiths, The Strokes, St Etienne, The Sundays, Talvin Singh, Tom Waits, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, The View, The Waterboys, Woodpigeon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yo La Tengo, The Young Knives, Zero 7.
Bands/Artists I avoid like the Plague include:
- The Beatles, Dire Straits, Chris Rea, Huey Lewis & The News, Level 42, Bon Jovi, pretty much all soft rock, all manufactured pop bands, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Franz Ferdinand, The Kaiser Chiefs, all ‘Landfill Indie’ such as The Wombats, Scouting for Girls, The Thrills, pretty much all R ‘n’ B and Urban acts, Celine Dion, Maria Carey and their ilk, pretty much all heavy metal, pretty much all hard core dance music.
I’m not expecting you to agree with me on all those likes and dislikes, and it would be pretty boring if you did!