Instead of tweeting or writing stuff on this here blog type thing, I’ve spent most of Christmas building things, inserting batteries into things, installing things and listening to a myriad of Prog Rock LPs I’ve received over the holiday. With Christmas over and done with, and a new year fast approaching, I’ve taken a few moments to reflect on 2016 and make a few (realistic) aims for 2017.
First and foremost, I plan to use my online presence – small as it is – as a force for good. I paid a fleeting visit to a few public forums earlier today (I won’t mention their names) and was astonished at how much bandwidth was being wasted moaning about or regurgitating vitriolic rhetoric towards other people. I feel that some people are quick to complain when they don’t agree with something, but very reluctant to compliment when they do. I plan to use my online space to credit and compliment wherever I feel it is due.
I also recognise that, while I have made significant progress in this area, I need to do more to stop worrying what others think of me. My views, opinions and behaviours may not be in line with the wider British culture, but I shouldn’t censor myself so much.
Although it’s not 2017 yet, I’m going to get a head-start by proclaiming the following:
I like Phil Collins.
I realise I may lose some “Prog Cred” for saying so, but I I feel a lot of malice has been levied towards Phil. I must admit I got on board the Collins = Bad bandwagon over the years, but revisiting his 1980’s solo and Genesis work in recent months has proved to me that he wasn’t the sell-out he’s often made out to be. He just came from a different background and had different influences – as such, no solo or Collins-era Genesis album is totally devoid of merit if you take them on face value (no pun intended).
Not even Invisible Touch!