I am 2ndwitch: Carole Brooks comes to DOSBBIS Island

I don’t suppose who or what I am is that interesting – fat, nearly fifty, inveterate academic, politically on the extreme ranting side of left wing, keen photographer, writer, poet, singer, musician, and passionate person. And I knit. But I’ve told you anyhow. And so, if asked to choose my favourite tracks, I can say what is hitting the spot right now – but I cannot say if it would work in a weeks time, or whatever, and I know it would have been different a year ago!!! So here is my list of the moment – and none of them would accompany me to a desert island as the only musics, cos I would opt for classical works that pierce to the centre of my being and that are timeless for me for that!!! I live in Scotland – and I am pro-independence...

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Today, I’d like to welcome Nancy Jardine to my blog. Nancy is celebrating the launch of her new book, After Whorl: Bran Reborn.  Below she shares with us what her new book is about and where you might be able to purchase a copy. Ravaged by war …AD 71. After the battle at Whorl, Brennus of Garrigill is irrevocably changed. Returning to Marske, Ineda finds her grandmother dead, though Brennus is not. Snared by a Roman patrol, they are marched to Witton where he is forced to labour for the Roman IX Legion. Embracing his new identity as Bran, Brennus vows to avert Roman occupation of northernmost Brigantia. Ineda becomes his doughty spying accomplice, though sometimes she’s too impetuous. Trading with the Romans lends excellent opportunities for information...

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How to Bake a Life Musically by Robert W Kinkaid Jr

My latest visitor to *DOSBBIS Island is photographer, Robert W Kinkaid Jr. Let’s see what music Robert ahs chosen. I spent the day baking, so baking analogies will follow. Your youth as a whole is your ingredients, and you bake the cake of your life over time based on those ingredients;  and everyone’s is different, with shared flavors generationally. It’s where these ingredients come from that define the distinct flavors of our musical soufflé die vie. I am a white male who came of age in the 1980s in the suburbs of NYC on Long Island. I grew up on cartoons and movies and sci-fi. One of my most favorite shows to watch as a small child was “Our Gang” aka The Little Rascals. In the 1980s this was a throwback to a time gone by, but why did kids like it? Well,...

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Roisin Meaney Visits *DOSBBIS Island With Her Music Choices

Today, I’d like to welcome best-selling Irish author Roisin Meaney to *DOSBBIS Island with her five musical choices. Since I’m an Irish colleen (or cailín, if you want to spell it like we do) I thought I’d share with you my Irish top 5, as in songs sung by, if not written by, Irish people. Some might be familiar, some definitely won’t be. The last you’ll all know – and no, it’s not Danny Boy. Stop scrolling down and pay attention. For the size of our little land, we’re stuffed with musical talent that straddles every genre from classic rock through folk and traditional to heavy metal and jazz and pop – and we’ve even invented a few genres of our own, like Celtic rock and Paddypunk (OK, I made that last one up) – so my work was cut out for me, but I’ve...

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You’re Doing It Wrong!

My next visitor to *DOSBBIS Island is Mr. Uku, aka Algernon Gaylord-Algernon, aka Gary Parkin. His eclectic choice is below. If you want to learn more about Gary, you can visit his website. If you want counselling, you’re on your own! You’re doing it wrong. By Mr Uku As someone else recently said, when it comes to music, taste is a very personal thing. You don’t like what I like? Move along fool. I’m not interested. Having said that, if you don’t like my selection, there’s something so wrong with you I feel you should seek professional help. My selection comes after a lot of trawling through my collection. I wanted to pick out some tunes that reflected both how I feel and about my life in general. So what I’ve come up with is a virtual soundtrack to, Gary:...

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Welcome to *DOSBBIS Island, Ailsa Abraham!

I had a lot of interest from friends wanting to share their *DOSBBIS Island Discs with me on my blog and am delighted to hand over to the lovely Ailsa Abraham to kick us off. Slipped Discs I so agree with Nettie that personal choice is just that – personal. Like “social media” speaks for itself (don’t get me started on that). So I was chuffed to bits to be invited to share my five choices. Like everyone else in the whole wide world, my choices reflect not only my taste in music but bring back wonderful memories of people and phases in my life. 1 The first is almost inevitable. The Royal Air Force March Past because some of the best times I had in my life were spent in combats. This tune brings a tear to my eye while uplifting my heart without fail. I almost...

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