TODAY, as I write, the postman brought these: a CD by Anglagard, a back copy of Prog magazine and a massive poster for the forthcoming film of The Hobbit.
I'm back in my adolescence and loving it, particularly as this time around I've neither the zits nor the need to sleep in until late afternoon.
It's odd. I thought the stuff we loved in our youth would be superseded. We'd learn more and widen our horizons. True, I got into jazz and classical later. True, I've read at least two more books since The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
But that stuff's still here, in my soul. One day, I thought I'd look back and laugh at it. That day is here. I look back and rejoice.
I shouldn't get carried away. Basically, I'm talking about books and music. But I'm experiencing exactly the same frisson as back then. And when I say books I mean films. It's the forthcoming dramatisation of The Hobbit that's got me all a-quiver. The musical reawakening has been fomented by Prog magazine, which has reignited the flame for many.
Not only does it revere the bands of old – Yes, Genesis, ELP, Crimson, Focus and Tull – it introduces us to new bands continuing the tradition of complex, ambitious, symphonic, challenging rock music – The Flower Kings, Porcupine Tree, Anekdoten, Pineapple Thief and IQ.
The originals were very English, the new are very Scandinavian, particularly Swedish.
The Anglagard CD set me back 13 quid, second-hand. And a poster! How adolescent is that? I expect the next phase will be the second childhood of old age. I'm doing a sort of Benjamin Button.
Well, bring it on. Ma heid's full of elves, sylvan glades and long mellotron solos. And if you don't like it, I don't care. Adolescent, see? And loving it.
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