The universe reclining

This week has been busy. Productive, yes; interesting, yes; fun, a bit; but mainly busy. The fun definitely arrived with the new cassette player and I can see this becoming one of my favourite Etsy purchases. The Joan Baez cassette was so familiar on first listening that I'm convinced it must have been in my…

Diamond or rust?

When I mentioned at the weekend that I was going to return to something I'd mentioned in passing, I doubt many people will have guessed that it would be the subject of cassettes. Yet here we are. The desire to rediscover this much-maligned music format has been growing for ages and I've been close many…

Dimanche encore

If I could, this Sunday morning, bestow upon one person an award for the most consistent use of fountain pens in "pop" videos, I'd go for the French singer Julien Clerc. He is not new to me, I bought a cassette of his hits in Paris in 1980 and have had a soft spot for…