We've made it! The longest and potentially most dreary month is over for another year, yippee. Give yourself a pat on the back or maybe a glass of wine if you've finished with dry January perhaps?

As February is the month of love I thought I'd blog about my first serious love.

Music and Paul Weller.

From a young age I loved all sorts of music.  Seventy Six Trombones and cousin Bev in The Music Man,  aunt Beryl as Bizet's Carmen and dancing on a table,  Peter and the Wolf at school, racing round a big cushion with my sisters to Snoopy vs The Red Baron, dad singing Lily The Pink, granddad Jim singing I am the very model of a modern Major-General, Top of the Pops every Thursday.  I wasn't picky choosey I loved all sorts music.  Still do.

Then at the tender age of 14 Cupid must have shot his golden arrow through my heart.

I was at my friend's house and totally immune to the noise of The Jam blaring from her brother's bedroom.   Until I heard The Butterfly Collector.    I was smitten and truly in love with Paul Weller.  

Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, The Eton Rifles, Going Underground. 

Years passed by and I never forgot about him.  It was Stanley Road and that love was rekindled with You Do Something to Me.

Imagine how thrilled I was when I finally and for the first time came face to face with him in a forest.  My heart went pitter patter as he stood right in front of me.  And sang.

Paul Weller A Living Legend

Paul Weller

3 Tips - How to Start Music Photography in Lockdown

1  Go into a dark room or wear a blindfold and work out how to use your camera because in the photo pit (that little space in front of the stage) its dark and you haven't got time to check what's what on your camera.

2  Practice low light photography and no flash - try photographing traffic lights at night or buy a disco light and photo someone leaping around in front of it.

3  Start buying tickets for live music gigs that will happen hopefully this year - festivals are the absolute best value.

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