The £14m Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is large, diffuse and pretty hard to grasp on first reading.
Some time in the early 1990s, Stewart Henderson did what a lot of young men and women in Scotland do: he joined a band because his friends were in one and because they asked him if he fancied learning to play something.
Despite its thrilling sonic diversity, the second Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award long-list, announced today, exhibits some common themes.
"Were there even 50 Scottish albums released in 2012?" That has pretty much been the response every time I've mentioned that I've been assembling a list of favourites for an end-of-year feature.
Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells aren't men to rest upon their laurels.