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Hello inmates!

How are you all doing? I’m quite fab, thanks! I hope that you are all doing alright and keeping safe out there. I’ve had a really nice week myself. Not exactly eventful, but I’ve been feeling pretty good. It seems like the country is more or less opening up fully next week, according to the news. Just in time for the weather to turn nasty I imagine! Haha! I’m looking forward to being out and about a bit more. Everyone seems more positive at the moment, which is so nice to see.

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been on something of a true crime spree this week. I’ve been watching loads of videos about various killers and criminal events. A particular shout out to a Youtube channel called Bailey Sarian, which Tash and I watch fairly often. She has quite a curious style where she fuses two of her major interests: true crime and makeup. I’ve always been interested in learning about true crime stories and serial killers, so watching her has been quite eye-opening. Bit morbid I know! It’s probably no secret that serial killers and murderers have been influences in many of my works over the years. This week in particular with poems like ‘Spencer’.

So, let’s look at something more cheery eh? Some Harlequins writing music! I’m going to get straight into it this week as it’s all about excitement. Todays theme is joy. Oh yes indeed! We all feel it, we all know it. You could probably think of a song that exudes happiness as soon as you read that line. I know I can. So many artists like to write about happy times and the positive sides to life. I rarely do myself I’ll admit, but even so it’s a well-trodden road for poetry and music. Songs about the primal feeling of joy. Tunes that make you want to get up and dance a jig! Want to hear my choices for some jolly anthems?

So, let’s delve into the musical minds of giddy artists the world over!

Bob Marley – Don’t Worry Be Happy
https://www.bobmarley.com/

Earth, Wind & Fire – September
https://www.earthwindandfire.com/

Marshmello – Summer
https://www.youtube.com/c/marshmellomusic

Pharrell Williams – Happy
https://www.pharrellwilliams.com/

R.E.M – Shiny Happy People
https://remhq.com/

And there we have it!

Everybody feeling more jolly after all that? I was very tempted to have a slight boogie myself. I hope that these choices were to your liking my friends. We all need a little light and giddiness in our lives at times, especially in the darkest spots. Here’s hoping I’ve put a wee little smile on your faces out there!

So, let’s drop some social media mess here eh? The asylum has a presence in multiple places. Always check back on my contact page for anything new that is added. I have a page on Facebook, an account on Instagram and a page on Twitter as well. Also, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting my over at the Ko-Fi page. Thanks for everything!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

Sorry this is a tad late in the day today, I’ve been having a slower day. A lazy day, as they say! How are you all? Having a nice week so far? I’ve been having a good week. Keeping busy and such. The weather has been a bit hit or miss, it’s certainly a bit warmer but we’ve had some rain as well. I’ve got plenty of writing done, and not just poems believe it or not. Just some side stuff I’ve been trying out, I’m not sure if it will make it on to the blog. We’ll see I suppose.

So, let’s have some writing music eh? Did anybody see the clue to the theme today? I think I posted it about the usual time. Did anyone guess the theme? Well, I’m going to tell you now! So get ready!

The theme for todays music is the wild west! Oh yes, the realm of old-timey cowboys and native Americans! Six shooters and dusty roads of a stereotypical western town. I’ve always found the time period fascinating. I’ve enjoyed quite a few western movies over the years, from the classic Clint Eastward ones, to the remake of 3:10 to Yuma. Video games explore the genre often, as they are wont to do, with games such Red Dead Redemption. I remember playing an old Sega Megadrive game called Sunset Riders (I think) in my younger years, along with my brother. I think it stuck with me.

As for music, the magic of the wild west has captured the imagination of artists on many occasions. Whether it be about the harsh lives of cowboys, the natural beauty of the Mesas or just the highjinks in a old saloon. I find that a lot of rock bands take cues from the genre too, both in their guitar styles and occasionally their lyrics. So, I think I have rambled about nonsense for long enough. Let’s see what songs I’ve chosen to represent this theme eh? You guys are here for the music after all. Let’s get to it shall we?

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of gunslinging artists the world over!

Ghoultown – Bullets Don’t Argue
https://www.ghoultown.com/

Lindsey Stirling – Roundtable Rival
https://www.lindseystirling.com/

Thomas Vent – Old No.1
https://www.facebook.com/thomasventmusic/

Primus – The Devil Went Down To Georgia
http://www.primusville.com/

The Dead South – Broken Cowboy
https://www.thedeadsouth.com/

And there we have it once again!

Yeehaw! I had to include that somewhere in this post didn’t I? Can’t mention westerns without that! I hope that you enjoy my choices of music today. Be sure to check out these artists as well, they all deserve the attention. I very nearly put ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe’ on the list but I thought you guys didn’t deserve that punishment. Haha!

So, let’s have the social media spiel eh? The asylum has a presence on other platforms. I have a page over on Facebook, an account on Instagram and even an account on Twitter. As always, if you guys enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for everything!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Good day inmates!

I hope you’re having a great day and excellent week so far. It’s been an alright one, with plenty of stuff going on. Plenty of nice weather as well (until today ironically). I got my hair cut yesterday after way too long. I look at least vaguely human now. I’ve also been quite happy with the poems so far this week. Though I would say they have been a bit more on the introspective side, particularly looking at our societies. So yes, all in all, a pretty decent week. I struggle to think of any complaints to be honest. That may be a first…

So, its the time of the week for the Harlequins writing music! I still find myself being amazed that I’ve actually kept this up now for 81 parts. It’s simply mind-blowing. I’m not stopping now either! As usual, I had a clue for todays theme posted on my social media a few hours ago. Did anybody get it?

Well, the theme for todays music choices is the paranormal. Ghosts in particular of course. People have written numerous songs over the years about being haunted, ghost stories and all manner of hereafter-related shenanigans. The afterlife is a total mystery to all of us, whether you are religious or not. We don’t know for sure what happens. So, peoples ideas and beliefs have inspired music about the subject. It lends itself well to musical interpretation. Do we remain here after our demise? Do we go elsewhere? Are there beings around us that we can’t see? I think the idea of musical ghost stories is awesome and it does tie into my love of horror quite a lot too.

So, lets give this a go eh? Join me as we delve into the musical minds of spectral artists the world over!

King Diamond – The Invisible Guests
https://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/

VoicePlay – Grim Grinning Ghosts
https://www.thevoiceplay.com/

Avenged Sevenfold – Afterlife
https://avengedsevenfold.com/

Iron Maiden – The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
https://www.ironmaiden.com/

Jen Titus – O’ Death
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2315616/

And there we have it for another edition! How was that? Quite a variety of incarnations of the paranormal or afterlife there don’t you think? There were quite a few others that I could have chosen, but I must confess this may have been the hardest theme I’ve chosen so far. So many songs use the name “Ghost” or Ghosts” but aren’t talking about the paranormal or anything even resembling ectoplasm. For shame I say! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my choices this week and catch me back here again next week for another shot of musical “goodness”.

I ought to put some social media spiel here hadn’t I? The asylum has a page over on Facebook, an account on Instagram and a presence on Twitter too. Please go over and like/follow me on those pages to keep tabs on my stuff! Also, if you enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page. Cheers for everything!

Until next time, have a very crazy day inmates!

Good day inmates!

How are you all doing? Been having an eventful week? That’s just grand! I’ve gotten round to typing up this post a little late in the day this time as I’ve been a tad busy. Sorry about that! I’m still rather amazed I’ve managed to post every day since February last year. It’s one of the few things I’m really proud of. Anybody have any particular writing achievements that they are proud of? I’d love to hear about it!

So, another edition of the Harlequins writing music eh? I imagine that’s what you’re here for. That’s great to hear! Well, did anybody happen to see the clue I posted on social media earlier on today? It was a slightly more obvious one that previous iterations I felt. Well, here goes! The theme for our writing music choices today is drinking! Oh yes indeed! Music and alcohol just go hand in hand don’t they? From pub songs to tunes about the social aspects of drinking to more negative songs about the depressive effects of booze.

Drinking has a culture all of its own. Particularly over here in the UK, it’s almost used as the sole basis of socialising. Everyone tends to be giddy and free-speaking when they’ve got a pint in their hand. I no longer partake myself, as it happens. Naturally, it has inspired many artists to write about their explorations through drunkenness or certain events/conquests that occurred during a binge. It could be as simple as songs designed to played in a pub or club. It could be a song about the negative side of alcohol; the violence or sickness. I’ve picked five songs that I feel represent our theme today in a number of different ways. Anybody want to get down to some real “party” tunes eh?

Once again, join me as we delve into the musical minds of drinking artists the world over!

The Rumjacks – An Irish Pub Song
https://therumjacks.com/

Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
http://www.chumba.com

Disturbed – A Reason To Fight
https://www.disturbed1.com/

Rihanna – Cheers (I’ll Drink To That)
http://www.rihannanow.com/

Jackson Taylor & The Sinners – Whiskey Drinking Song
https://www.officialjacksontaylor.com/

And there we have it! Cheers!

How was that eh? Do you think I’ve captured the essence of drinking with these choices? As always, I could have chosen so many others as well. Five is just a tad too limiting isn’t it? Well for now, it’s the most I think I could do, otherwise I’d be here all day doing this and that is a bit too much don’t you reckon? I hope you enjoyed these choices and check out these artists, they always deserve the attention. Raise a glass to them eh?

So, how about some social media spiel? The asylum has a presence on Facebook, an account over on Instagram and an account on Twitter too! Also, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-fi page! Thanks for everything!

Until next week, have a crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

How are you all? Having a fun week? My week has been reasonably busy, both in writing and “IRL” stuff. I’m not a great fan of adulting! Is anyone? Responsibility can be such a drag can’t it? Anywho, it’s been a productive one. I’ve been really happy with what I’ve produced this week. I realise a few of my poems have been reasonably heavy in content, particularly on the subject of depression and self-hate. I appreciate the few comments of support and concern I received, but I assure you I’m doing alright. Writing about it is really the best way to deal with it. Is anybody else like that?

So, it’s a wednesday which means it’s time for some writing music! Again, there is a theme for todays post. I dropped a clue for it on the social media and I wonder if anybody had any theories!

The theme for todays edition of the Harlequins writing music is horror! Oh yes, probably among my favourite genres of film and reading material. From the shadow of Nosferatu to the dream demon Freddy Krueger! The racing pulse brought on by a tense killer chase or the lingering dread of a unnatural haunting. Many of these things have greatly influenced my writing and even inspiring specific poems (such as Slasher and Horror Icons). It influences a great many music artists as well. Even the most horrific imagery has been used in many artists work, whether it be in the musical construction itself or the use of graphic imagery in music videos or the bands image. I love monsters and true crime, two subjects that many music artists have latched on to in their musical repertoire. So, do you want to hear some? As you can imagine, some of these choices may contain explicit material, for those worried about such things.

Now, join me as we delve into the musical minds of frightful artists the world over!

SKYND – Gary Heidnik
https://skynd-music.com/

Mushroomhead – We Are The Truth
https://mushroomhead.com/

Creature Feature – Buried Alive
http://www.creaturefeaturemusic.com/

Crankdat – Horror Hour
https://www.facebook.com/crankdat/

Ghostemane – Hydrochloride
https://www.ghostemane.com/

And there we have it!

Spooked out enough? I was spoiled for choice if I’m honest; I had ideas such as creepy lullabies, some other electronica, countless metal bands and every painted freak out there. No offence to painted freaks of course, I am one! I just intended to choose a good variance in the genres and artists, because above all, the music is the primary reason. I think these artists show different kinds of horror. Monsters, mad killers and ghosts, oh my! I hope you enjoy my choices and aren’t over-scared by them!

So, how about some freaky social media spiel! The asylum has a presence on Facebook, an account on Instagram and a page on Twitter. Please think about following and liking me on those, it really helps me out! Also, if you enjoy what I do here at the madhouse, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for everything!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

Here we are again! Another wednesday and another writing music post! How are you all? Having a nice week? Mine has been rather good. Stressful as it often is, but I have enjoyed it. I’m hoping my work this week has been to your liking. I realise there have been a few more sad or negative poems this week, but these are purely the subjects I’ve had on my mind. Do you think I dwell on negativity too much? I sometimes think so, but it seems to have become my “niche” if you like.

So, as for the writing music itself, I posted a clue for todays theme earlier on today. It was on my social media pages, which I’ll give the links for at the end. You guys should totally subscribe and follow! Hehe! So, the Harlequins Writing Music! Did anybody get the clue? The theme for todays writing music is sleep. Oh yes! One of my, and I daresay others, favourite pastimes. I spend too much time asleep and I shan’t apologise. It is where many feel they are safest. Where some feel most at peace. Others still just see it as the best way to pass time. As far me, I’m also a big advocate for dreaming. Aren’t dreams just fantastic? They’re so strange and surreal. Oh, the ideas they spill forth!

So, let’s have five songs today all about sleep or aspects of sleeping or dreaming. I wonder what I can come up with this week. Let’s see!

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of sleepy artists the world over!

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
https://www.eurythmics.com/

Aesthetic Perfection – The Ones
https://aesthetic-perfection.net/

The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chordettes

Metallica – Enter Sandman
https://www.metallica.com/metclub/

Phaeleh – In The Twilight
https://phaeleh.co.uk/

And there we have it for another week!

How about those tunes eh? Different takes on sleeping and the night I think. Trying to keep it varied as I usually do, which actually seemed harder than I anticipated. As soon as it came to actually look up the artists, my mind seemed to go a bit blank this afternoon. Typical eh?

So, how about some social media nonsense? The asylum has a Facebook page, an account over on Instagram and even an account on Twitter! As always, if you enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for everything!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Hey there inmates!

How are you doing? Having a nice week? Keeping your socks clean and such? That’s just fab to hear! I’m having an alright week as well. I’ve felt productive and reasonably confident in my work, which is always something of a novelty. I think it’s that novel nature that leads me to declare it each time it happens. Almost like memorializing it for myself. Haha!

So, it’s a wednesday. Once more into the breach! It’s time for another edition of the Harlequins writing music today. Once again there is a theme to my musical choices today. Have any of you seen the clue on my social media? Any idea what it is? To be honest, it was a pretty obvious clue. But not everything has to be so machiavellian eh?

The theme for todays post is space! The very image and enigma of space has inspired countless artists in the past. Oh yes indeed! That “final frontier” in the words of one of those Star Trek guys. I’ve always found it fascinating. From the moon, to the stars. From artwork of a nebula, to the planets of our solar system. It’s just all so gargantuan and beyond anything a human mind can conceivably compute. It’s just so inspiring. I can spend hours of the night just looking up wondering what’s up there. What mysteries does that black void hold? There are many songs about aspects of space. Or just give the feeling of floating around in a vacuum. Many people write about the moon and it’s eerie but romantic face. I’ve heard songs about the night sky as an image, a giant landscape painting. I could go on all day, but I imagine you guys want to hear some music eh? Let’s listen to five song and artists that I feel encompass the marvels of the stars beyond.

Join me, as we delve into the musical minds of intergalactic artists the world over!

TheFatRat – MAYDAY
https://twitter.com/ThisIsTheFatRat

Peter Schilling – Major Tom
https://www.peterschilling.com/

Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
https://www.muse.mu/

David Bowie – Space Oddity
https://livemap.davidbowie.com/

Thin Lizzy – Dancing In The Moonlight
http://www.thinlizzy.org/

And there we go for another volume of the Harlequins writing music!

So, what do you think? There’s some intergalactic tunes for you all. There are many others I could have included of course. Special mention to Walking on the moon by REM, it missed the list by the slimmest of margins. I also think it’s worth mentioning the sheer number of relaxation mixes of music inspired by space. Nothing is more calming than some soft echoing tones while looking at beautiful picture of the universe. I hope you all enjoy my choices for this week and that you check these artists out if you’re unfamiliar. I know it’s basically a cardinal sin to not have heard of David Bowie, but even so! Haha!

Let’s have some social media nonsense for this week eh? The asylum has a presence on other social media sites. I have a Facebook page, an Instagram page and an account on Twitter. I share random things over there and I also share clues for my poems and writing music themes a few hours before they are posted. If you enjoy what I do here at the Asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page. Thanks for everything people!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. Mine has felt extremely productive, which is a very freeing feeling I must say! I’ve gotten the impression that my works this week have been a tad more “hard-hitting” than average. The epitome for me was “Domestic Bliss” which, as may be clear, was derived from real life experience and anguish. I was content with how it came out though and I hope you all enjoyed it.

So, it’s time for the Harlequins writing music! Any of you who happen to follow my social media may have already guessed the theme for todays post from my clue. I hope it wasn’t too obscure. So, the theme of todays music picks is rebellion. What is rebellion? The spirit of freedom and the will to ask questions, even against authority. Criticising your own government is one area that most think of when you hear the term rebel. The determination to be yourself regardless of those cupped whispers. It can be misconstrued as childishness at times I supppose, but that tends to be from people who seek to stand on you. This rebellious spirit has sparked many artists over the years, from punks to anarchists, from anti-establishment types to followers of particular politicos. These can span genres of all kinds and there are no shortages of artists to pick from.

So, let’s see what I have come up with. Do you agree with my ‘lower than layman’ take on rebellion? Or do you think I’m being overly vague? I think I’m still getting the hang of this. So let’s see which five artists we have today eh?

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of rebellious artists the world over!

Rise Against – Hero Of War
https://www.riseagainst.com/

Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
http://www.ratm.com/

The Cranberries- Zombie
https://www.cranberries.com/

Eric Clapton – Stand & Deliver
https://www.ericclapton.com/

System Of The Down – B.Y.O.B.
https://systemofadown.com/splash/

And there we have it for todays edition!

So, how about those choices eh? I’m hoping they displayed some rebellious spirit for you all to enjoy. There were a few others I toyed with choosing, but maybe they’ll appear some other time. I hope you’ve enjoyed my choices and that you check any of these artists if you’re unfamiliar,they all deserve it!

So, lets have some social media spiel! If you want to see clues for my poems and weiting music themes ahead of time, consider liking/following me over there! I have an account on Facebook, an account over on Instagram and last but not least a page on Twitter. Also, if you enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me overĀ at the Ko-fi page! Thanks for everything!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Good day inmates!

I hope everyone is well and keeping safe out there. The world is still a mental place, with new twists and turns daily! It’s like a piece of art that the creator wants to keep changing and simply cannot settle on anything. So I suppose I’m just saying take care and expect the unexpected everyone! The pandemic is still going strong and the worlds other dangers remain in the flanks. There has been a rather high profile murder of a young woman by a police officer here in the UK that has been raising some issues about womens safety on the streets at night. It really has made me think about how different things are for ladies walking alone. It’s scary and it’s sad that not everyone can feel safe out in public.

So, it’s time for another burst of the Harlequins writing music today! As I was saying last week, these posts are going to have a theme from now on. I posted a clue for todays theme on social media a few hours ago. Did anybody get it?

That’s right! Today’s musical theme is the 80s! And what a time for music it was! Slightly before my time, but I like to think my tastes were influenced by it nonetheless. Entire new subcultures and styles were sprouting up and becoming more mainstream. Some artists that we consider greats nowadays were birthed in the crucible of the 80s music scene. David Bowie, The Cure and Prince for a few examples! I’m not necessarily saying that things weren’t great and varied before the 80s, but I feel it’s a decade of variety. So, enough from this musical amateur, do you want to hear the maestros play? Let’s hear five songs and artists that I feel represent the theme of the 80s!

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of the 80s the world over!

The Human League – Love Action (I Believe In Love)
http://thehumanleague.co.uk/

The Specials – Ghost Town
https://www.thespecials.com/

Michael Jackson- Smooth Criminal
http://www.michaeljackson.com/

The Clash – Rock The Casbah
https://www.theclash.com/

The Damned – Eloise
https://www.officialdamned.com/

So there we have it for today!

So, I hope that you enjoy all of these my friends. I could have picked so many other artists instead of these. It was so hard to settle on any of these. There were just too many! So heres hoping I didn’t go for some disappointing choices and these bring you all some nostalgic joy!

So, I best throw out my social media nonsense eh? The asylum has a prescence on Facebook, an account on Instagram and also a Twitter page. It would be so cool of you all to come and like or follow me over there. I post some fun stuff, clues for my poems and now writing music posts. Also, as always, if you enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-fi page! Cheers my friends!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful week. You better be keeping safe out there, don’t make me get the jester stick! I’m kidding of course but I don’t want anybody to be having any trouble or illness! It’s been an comfortable week here at the asylum, though a tad uneventful. I’ve realised I am in serious need of some storage folders or something for my papers as they have outgrown the drawers they inhabited up to this point. Definitely something I’ll be looking into in the coming week. With the exception of one poem, I’ve actually felt less confident about the poems I’ve put out this week. I’m not sure if that’s just my usual self-deprecation or if they have been of lesser quality.

So, enough with the moaning, how about some music? It’s the Harlequins writing music today dont you know! I’ve decided to do something slightly different this week. I have done this same thing in the past, but I think that it’s been a while. I’m going to share some of my favourite covers this time! I think an artist can reshape an already great tune and make something new and beautiful. It may even shine a different kind of light upon the song and bring forth new resonance from it. Let’s see how these particular covers perform for you wonderful people.

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of superb cover artists the world over!

We Came As Romans – Glad You Came (The Wanted cover)
https://www.wcarmusic.com/

The Spiritual Machines – Don’t Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult cover)
http://www.thespiritualmachines.com/

Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover)
https://www.nirvana.com/

Twenty One Pilots – Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis cover)
https://www.twentyonepilots.com/

The Hellacopters & Papa Emeritus IV (Ghost) – Sympathy For The Devil (Rolling Stones cover)
https://m.facebook.com/thehellacopters

And there we have it for another edition of the Harlequins writing music!

Some interesting covers there no! I was actually more hard-pressed to pick covers than I was to pick artists for my “traditional” writing music posts! I hope that you all enjoy my picks and you also check out these artists. That includes their own works as well! I honestly don’t think you’ll be disappointed with any of them!

So, how about some social media stuff eh? The asylum has a page on Facebook, I have a account over on Instagram and a page over on Twitter. It’d mean a lot to me if any of you cool cats would like/follow me over there, it really helps a great deal! Also, if you enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-fi page! Cheers my friends!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!