July In Retrospect

Although I have written some annual reviews of my posts I’ve never previously produced a piece for the past month. Usually that would just highlight the fact that I don’t post very often, but over the past three months I’ve posted nine times (twice) and eight (once). So I’m giving it a try, in case there was anything you missed and might otherwise have been distraught not to have extricated from that veritable deluge of drivel.

A couple of months ago I edited and updated my About Me page. While I was at it I also amended the tagline in my blog’s header, to reflect the fact that I was posting more often about music. This was in part due to my Tuesday Tunes series, which began on 24 March – the day after the UK was consigned to lockdown, in case you needed a reminder! But, looking back at July, I noticed a couple of other music posts in there too. I may have to give some consideration to changing that header again, but I would never make this just about music: there is more in life about which I am prompted to write, particularly mental health. I won’t lose sight of the importance of that as a theme for me – after all, it is why I started this.

So, what might you have missed during July? Well, there having been four Tuesdays in the month, there were of course four Tuesday Tunes posts:

Tuesday Tunes 16: Joke

Tuesday Tunes 17: Mask

Tuesday Tunes 18: Confusion

and the snappily named

Tuesday Tunes 19: Lockdown Music – Part 1

I’m never at a loss for a succinct title!

There were also two other musically themed posts. I began the month with a piece to mark the USA’s Independence Day. Given that many of my readers come from there, it seemed a good idea to play to the crowd! This was that post:

#SaturdaySongs No.18: Independence Day

As it was a Saturday I thought it a good excuse to include that piece in my very occasional #SaturdaySongs series. In doing so, it made me realise that I have a list somewhere of other songs which I had considered for that series: I must dig it out some time. That series began on a weekly basis and has now become approximately an annual event. Whilst I’m doing the Tuesday Tunes series it might be overload to restart #SaturdaySongs, but who knows? I sure don’t!

The other musical post was a sad one for me. Ever since I was a teenager getting into music I’ve loved Fleetwood Mac, both in their better known incarnation but also going back to the early days, when they were known as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac – in all honesty, I think I prefer that previous, blues-based version of the band. Sadly, Peter Green died last week and, as I have done for some of my other musical heroes, I wrote a piece as a tribute to him:

RIP Peter Green

I’ll readily admit to finding that one hard to write, as has been the case with others. Sadly, as they and I get older, my musical heroes are succumbing to the passage and ravages of time, and I fear that will not be the last such piece that I write.

The first of my two non-music posts last month was Taking Stock, in which I reflected on life, mental health and COVID-19. I consider it one of my more serious posts, one of those that shows me to be capable of moderately coherent thought – which is always a good thing for me! If you haven’t seen it please do take a look: it is important ground for all of us, at present.

The other non-musical one was rather different. I have in the past written about the amusement to be derived from the contents of our spam folders, and I thought I’d give it another go. The upshot of this was Spam, Lovely Spam, which includes what I think might be my favourite spam comment ever. A fairly frivolous piece, but I enjoyed writing it!

Whilst looking back at last month I was also prompted to check my stats. I was hoping to be able to find my most read post of the month, but due to WordPress’ insistence on lumping most new posts into their ‘Home Page/Archives’ category this was impossible. This category comfortably headed the top ten most viewed posts last month, and the July eight – which will also, of course, have contributed towards the figure in the top category – made up eight of the top ten places. The intruder, as it has often been since I wrote it, was a piece from last November which came in at no.2 for the month: Under The Covers. I’ve no idea why that one keeps popping up – probably something to do with the way search engines operate – but I rather like its continuing popularity. It is also in the same position for the whole of 2020 to date, accounting for just under 10% of total views: go figure!

I hope this has been a helpful reminder for you of what you might have seen, or missed. I’m not sure if I’ll do this again – that rather depends on the response I get! But it is, I think, always worth trying out something new – well, new for me, anyway. On that note, I am also considering a couple of other possibilities for new themed series. They may not come to anything, but you’ll see them here if they do.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to wear your mask if you go out anywhere it is required: this pandemic is far from over! To re-emphasise that point for me, here again is the final song from this week’s Tuesday Tunes:

 

21 thoughts on “July In Retrospect

  1. Debbie August 8, 2020 / 7:44 am

    Hi Clive, I’ve missed a few of these so am going back to check them out. Love that last song! I’m also a big Fleetwood Mac fan so am off to read your tribute. Love the updates you’ve made too 🙂 Stay well.

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    • Clive August 8, 2020 / 9:56 am

      Thanks, Deb. Glad to know we have some shared musical tastes. You stay well too 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. 3sistersabroad August 4, 2020 / 5:41 am

    I throughly enjoy your posts …Fleetwood mac currently playing on our car cd player. 😦 will read the post later, thank you. Stay safe…#SeniSal

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive August 4, 2020 / 10:08 am

      Thanks for your kind words – I enjoy yours too!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Clare Pooley August 1, 2020 / 11:06 pm

    I found your wonderful blog through Clive Bennett and have enjoyed all the posts I’ve read so far. I was especially moved by your excellent tribute to Peter Green. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for the follow.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive August 2, 2020 / 12:18 am

      Thank you, Clare, I wondered what had brought you here! Thank you so much for your kind words, and I think I owe the other Clive my thanks, too.

      I always check new followers rather than follow back without thinking. It was an easy decision in your case: your blog is lovely and I’m glad to be following it.

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  4. petespringerauthor August 1, 2020 / 10:32 pm

    You are on a roll lately, Clive. It’s funny how we blog in spurts. I’m comfortable producing something once every 7-10 days. I sure like your Tuesday Tunes feature.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive August 1, 2020 / 10:57 pm

      You’re right, Pete. I’ve posted roughly once a week on average since I started, but that includes a 7 month gap. Tuesday Tunes has made me regular again, so I’m glad you like it 😊

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  5. Jim Borden August 1, 2020 / 8:01 pm

    you’ve had a month of great posts; they have provided me with some great music to listen to and the chance to learn about the U.K from an insider. Looking forward to your August posts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive August 1, 2020 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, which I reciprocate – I’m glad to have found your blog. Expect more of the same in August – I’m incapable of anything else…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jim Borden August 2, 2020 / 3:09 am

        you found your niche – I’m still looking for mine…

        Liked by 1 person

      • Clive August 2, 2020 / 11:04 am

        Try mine: anything I can get away with 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jim Borden August 2, 2020 / 7:23 pm

        that’s my approach as well, or even more basic, anything I can come up with…

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Stevie Turner August 1, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    I missed your Round Up the first time around, but just saw the one about Peter Green and commented on that.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive August 1, 2020 / 2:16 pm

      No worries, Stevie, you’re here now! I’ve just replied to your other comment – thanks for reading and supporting 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  7. James August 1, 2020 / 1:10 pm

    Nothing wrong with a good retrospective. Also spam is always funny and a never-ending gold-mine of blog material

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive August 1, 2020 / 1:37 pm

      I thought it worth a try. Amongst all the rubbish spam does throw up the occasional gem 😊

      Liked by 1 person

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