Crunching my way through golden leaves that carpet the ground it all comes flooding back... the wife! I used to be married? I haven't seen her in so long, I wonder how she is doing, maybe I will call her tonight? Will she even remember me? Maybe she's found another lover, one more attentive than I, so easily distracted...
The truth is I haven't been listening to as much music as usual, recent events have demanded all my attention (reasons to follow).
Sometimes it happens. Some mornings you can look at your music collection and want to listen to everything, all at the same time and everything you play needs to be turned up that little bit higher "are the neighbours out at work?".
Other times a vast collection offers not one inspiration. The fire and passion of all these creations before you just seem tired as your eyes flick from spine to spine...
I even got to a point where I couldn't even be bothered to wire up the old mp3 player on my daily rounds. My car is a huge speaker on wheels into which I climb and watch the world wizz past as I travel. The sights that roll by may be familiar, but the soundtrack is ever changing, always casting new light on my surroundings.
But recently my soundtrack has been of other car horns, the local louts shouting obscenities at each other across the road, and the stutters and coughs of the decrepit engine.
Michael Hurley may have only just fallen off the homepage but when I have been listening to music recently it has usually been Hurley or Loudon Wainwright III (as well as other new releases that you already know - or download elsewhere). Between them they must have released over 30 albums, and both of these characters have managed to write compelling music across 3 decades.
The last Michael Hurley post (mp3's still available) was from an earlier album, I Paint A Design is taken from Watertower, which is from the 80s, it's one of his more professional in-a-studio recordings. His voice is in great form throughout, as is the songwriting... a good starting point for the uninitiated.