It's a happy second birthday to The 'Spill - over 2,500 posts and tens of thousands of comments!
'Spillers rule. 100%. You guys never cease to surprise and amaze me.
But rather than any of the usual back-slapping, I think we should take about music ("wha, like we don't anyway, all the time??!!")
I went with my pal to see Withered Hand just before Christmas at a Fence Records gig. During the interval, after WH had played, we tried to contextualise and intellectualise the music that had just been performed (we were blown away).
I tried to put my finger on the transcendental, almost spiritual quality that WH's songs have. He was raised in a very religious, almost cult like, environment - but has since renounced it - but oddly his music has retained some vestiges of that.
Frankie said that he was singing "atheist hymns" and he was quite spot-on with the description.
Is "Religious Songs" by Withered Hand one of my religious songs?
Do we fill the god-shaped hole with music?
What's the root of our obsession?
Why do some people buy one cd a year from Tesco when I buy records despite the fact that there's holes in my shoes?
Happy big 2, The 'Spill - here's to the toddling years!