white1‘The Edge of England’

For ages I’ve fancied a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses. The polarized ones. It’s just that I couldn’t ever justify the expense.  Then, last Thursday I’m in Canterbury to get guitar strings and I pass a shop selling just sunglasses, including the Ray Ban range. The sun was out. Cut grass spring smells were promising winter was over. I was in a good mood. So, I got a pair.

As I left the shop I noticed that the sun had disappeared. The sky was covered in horizon to horizon grey clouds. They looked like rainclouds but it wasn’t raining.  Friday was the same, as was Saturday. Still no rain, just lazy grey clouds.

I started writing this early on a Sunday. Today. The weather forecast was for sun. The forecast seemed wrong. Thick sea mist instead of clouds. No call for my Ray Ban sunglasses – again. I’d planned to do the White Cliffs; take a few pics for the blog; try out my sunglasses. Sea mist and cliff edges don’t really work together. My Ray Bans totally redundant.

Plan B. The barber I go to is open on Sunday’s. I might as well get a haircut instead of falling off the cliffs. I’ve mentioned the barber before in this blog. He’s the bloke who collapses in a heap without warning every so often. He didn’t collapse this time. He was stressed though. The place was a mess. Unusual. So, he tells me a woman had dropped her kid off to have his hair cut while she went shopping. She never told the barber that the kid was severely autistic and hated not being with his mum. The kid went into meltdown mode and trashed the place. The barber had no idea what to do to help. Not his fault. Not the kids fault. Just a stupid mother. Then the mother eventually returned and started shouting bad stuff at the barber for not taking control of the situation. Why didn’t she tell him the boy had those issues before she dumped him off? The kid never got his haircut. Mum refused to pay for the damage done. There just has to be a song full of metaphors in all this somewhere.

Anyway, on leaving the barbers the sun turned up. I got to climb the cliffs.

Time for some music. Given that I’ve mentioned the weather, here’s a number I wrote about climate change. ‘Rainbows End’;

The haircut;

georgeimage1 (2)‘Before’

george raybans2 (3)‘After – note the glasses’

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61 thoughts on “BEFORE & AFTER

    1. Thanks again. It is me singing. I – not boasting, I don’t mean it that way – do the words, music, performance, production, mixing and mastering myself. No one else involved. I work better alone ~ George

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  1. Rainbows End is mellow after reading about a trashed barber shop. Poor barber. Stupid mom. Definitely a song there. Nice sea shot. I like how he Ray Bans reverse the solarization and look very cool on you. You would make good use of the Ray Bans in my part of the world where we get between 270 and 300 days of sunshine a year.

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    1. 270 -300 days of sunshine a year. We’re lucky to get that number in hours per year. I’ve got to say, the effect of the glasses on sun reflection on the sea is surreal. Thanks for that ~ George

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  2. I wanted Ray-Bans as well, but, same as you, I couldn’t justify the cost. That was 50 years ago. Still haven’t got them. Hope they were worth it. That mom needed a break, I guess. It’s a tough row to hoe, but she shouldn’t have left the boy with a stranger and blame him for the outcome.


  3. Why has it taken me so long to find my way to your blog? This is beautiful, George! Your writing, your music. All of it! I’ll be back for more. I’ve written a couple songs, and do my own mixing too. It’s fun. But I’m not as good as you. By all means, keep it up.

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  4. On the one hand, I can appreciate a mom needing a break. HOWEVER, you get the break by having someone who knows what the hell they’re doing with kids, esp an autistic kid. Ye gods, the number of sharp things and chemicals and stuff that kid could’ve hurt himself with!

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      1. Honestly, I think that happens, esp if he’s severely autistic. But the fact she ragged on the barber pisses me off. Hell, I know *I* would struggle with an autistic child, and I’m a mom of 3 frickin’ hooligans!

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      2. True. You just did me a favour with the word ‘hooligans’. Nothing I could think of rhymed with ‘visions’ – song/singing wise ‘hooligans’ does! Thanks ~ George

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      1. Thanks. I’ve loved France ever since I was a kid. Art is an important thing to the French and you feel it everywhere. Thankfully, Ray Bans are much more expensive there. Result. ~ George

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