Wednesday, 26 February 2020

It's impossible to NOT(!) write about personal stuff and music unless ... you want to write about finance all the time

Which I don't.

So ... never mind. This is just my online diary, I suppose. There's no harm in it, is there?

I'm listening to various Beatles songs on my media player, starting with the four songs I consider their world-beaters ...

Yesterday
A Day In The Life
Hey Jude
Let It Be

Plus ...

Imagine. / Yes, Lennon's solo world-beater. A lot of people don't like it because of the "soppy" or "naive" message. Well, I'm not concerned with that. I'm looking at the song from a technical point of view, and it is perfect. The lyric and the music are very inspired. They go together perfectly. The song has grandeur.

I'm still beating myself up because I can't write more like MY(!) five world-beaters, which is ridiculous, really, for a singer/songwriter that no one knows about, BUT(!) ... I'm fifty, man. You dig? If I were twenty-five, I could get a recording contract with songs like Lucky You and Round The Bend. Songs that I've actually been able to record to my satisfaction, bloody years ago!

These are the five, the songs I need to record -

This World Don't Mean a Thing
Nothing
Stella
Malibu
What's This Life We Live?

As everyone knows. I've spoken of them enough.

The last two won't be on the demo, but I still need recordings to send to that copyright service I use.

Listen! I've just got to ... trust in the wisdom of the cosmos. 'Ha!' I mean, what choice do I have?

Other Beatles songs I'm playing now ...

Blackbird. / Lovely atmosphere!

Sexy Sadie. / The piano part "inspired" Karma Police by Radiohead.

I Don't Want To Spoil The Party. / One of my favourites.

Don't Bother Me. / Harrison's first decent song.

Twist and Shout. / They didn't write it, of course. However, coming at the end of their first album in 1963, it sounds like they're going to conquer the world.

Ah, that's it.

...

Anything else? No, not really. It's the end of another week. I started Sunday. I've finished now.

A lot of guitar playing to come. Recording? Depends on the rain. It's too noisy in my house.

Motivation? I haven't slacked off this week. Yet. I don't think I will. I've changed. I just snapped the other day.

Normal life has sickened me since I was old enough to think and feel. I'm finally doing something about it.

Funds that flow

Ah, the best kind, probably. Nice one! 'What do you know, boss?' I'm just guessing, man. Don't shoot the messenger. 'And what does that mean, in this context?' I have no idea. But let the devil take the hindmost!

Well, we have the Lipper crew at Refinitiv now ...

Long-term mutual funds posted net inflows for January 2020.
The overall fund flows for mutual funds in Europe in January amounted to net inflows of €106.5 bn.
Bond funds (+€31.6 bn) were the best-selling individual asset type in the segment of long-term funds for January.
Equity Global (+€9.8 bn) was once again the best-selling sector among long-term funds for January.
Luxembourg (+€32.4 bn) was the fund domicile with the highest net inflows, followed by France (+€32.1 bn) and Ireland (+€19.0 bn).
BlackRock was the best-selling fund promoter for January overall, with net sales of €16.6 bn, ahead of Amundi (+€14.0 bn) and BNP Paribas Asset Management (+€8.4 bn).
The 10 best-selling long-term funds gathered at the share-class level amounted to net inflows of €7.0 bn for January.
AXA Strategy Fund Professional Invest S (+€1.5 bn) was the best-selling individual long-term fund for January.

Great! / And at my request, there's no song hidden amongst that lot. Well done, guys! You're playing the game.

The magnificent Detlef wishes to speak ...

Detlef Glow, Lipper Head of EMEA Research at Refinitiv, comments: "Following the good performance of the equity markets globally, European investors continued to be in risk-on mode in January. Investor sentiment might have been supported by positive news regarding the trade war between the U.S. and China, as well as a clearer situation around Brexit, since both led to a better outlook for general economic growth and company earnings for the year ahead."

So, is everything all right then?

"Despite this, there are concerns over global economic growth which have been triggered by the outbreak of the coronavirus, the effects of which on supply chains and corporate profits are not yet known. Nevertheless, long-term mutual funds posted strong net inflows in January 2020. Bond funds (+€31.6 bn) were the best-selling asset type in the long-term mutual funds segment, followed by equity funds (+€14.8 bn), mixed-assets funds (+€14.1 bn), commodity funds (+€2.4 bn), and real estate funds (+€1.4 bn). Conversely, alternative UCITS funds (-€1.1 bn) and 'other' funds (-€1.2 bn) faced outflows. These fund flows added up to overall net inflows of €62.0 bn into long-term investment funds for January. ETFs contributed inflows of €12.5 bn to these flows."

Oh, okay. Thanks, Detlef!

Oh, by the way, this PR email is two days old and a lot of things may have changed in the world since then. I wouldn't know, of course. 'Why wouldn't you know, boss?' Because I'm not interested, Voice. 'Oh.' I have my own world, my own reality. 'Okay. And how is that working out for you?' Beautifully!

...

Anything else?

I can't think of anything. I don't want to think of anything.

There are things I could say. I won't say them. Things I've already thought about, a million times.

Superficiality is everywhere. A lot of people have no deep thoughts or feelings. Excuse me if I don't join them. I'm frying different fish, anyway.

Ha! I would never fry a real fish, obviously. Just saying.

The fish - the real fish - haven't hurt anybody. The fish are minding their own business. They have families.

Let's stop talking about fish.

Let's stop talking altogether.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

[No. 783] Existential commitment

Achieve your goals or die.

And, yes[1], and ... achieve - !!![1], and, yes[2], and die, of course, uh, much later[1], and ... achieve - !!![2], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[1], and die, of course, uh, much later[2], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[1], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[2], and, I, I ... well[1], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[2], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[1], and, I, I ... well[2], and ... stay strong![1], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[2], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[1], and ... stay strong![2], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[1], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[2], and, Christ![1], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[2], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[1], and, Christ![2], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![1], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[2], and, so ... (?)[1], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![2], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[1], and, so ... (?)[2], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[2], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[1], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[2], and genuine kooks are so rare![1], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[2], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[1], and genuine kooks are so rare![2], and I'm afraid that ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[2], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[1], and I'm afraid that ...[2], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[1], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[2], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[1], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[2], and, ha, ha ... uh[1], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[2], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[1], and, ha, ha ... uh[2], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[1], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[1], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[2], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[2], and, so ... I spin![1], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[2], and, yes[3], and, so ... I spin![2], and ... achieve - !!![3], and die, of course, uh, much later[3], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[3], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[3], and, I, I ... well[3], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[3], and ... stay strong![3], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[3], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[3], and, Christ![3], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[3], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![3], and, so ... (?)[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[3], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[3], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[3], and genuine kooks are so rare![3], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[3], and I'm afraid that ...[3], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[3], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[3], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[3], and, ha, ha ... uh[3], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[3], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[3], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[3], and, so ... I spin![3], and

And, yes[1], and ... achieve - !!![1], and, yes[2], and die, of course, uh, much later[1], and ... achieve - !!![2], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[1], and die, of course, uh, much later[2], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[1], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[2], and, I, I ... well[1], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[2], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[1], and, I, I ... well[2], and ... stay strong![1], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[2], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[1], and ... stay strong![2], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[1], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[2], and, Christ![1], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[2], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[1], and, Christ![2], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![1], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[2], and, so ... (?)[1], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![2], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[1], and, so ... (?)[2], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[2], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[1], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[2], and genuine kooks are so rare![1], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[2], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[1], and genuine kooks are so rare![2], and I'm afraid that ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[2], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[1], and I'm afraid that ...[2], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[1], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[2], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[1], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[2], and, ha, ha ... uh[1], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[2], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[1], and, ha, ha ... uh[2], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[1], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[1], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[2], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[2], and, so ... I spin![1], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[2], and, yes[3], and, so ... I spin![2], and ... achieve - !!![3], and die, of course, uh, much later[3], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[3], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[3], and, I, I ... well[3], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[3], and ... stay strong![3], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[3], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[3], and, Christ![3], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[3], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![3], and, so ... (?)[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[3], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[3], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[3], and genuine kooks are so rare![3], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[3], and I'm afraid that ...[3], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[3], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[3], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[3], and, ha, ha ... uh[3], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[3], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[3], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[3], and, so ... I spin![3], and

And, yes[1], and ... achieve - !!![1], and, yes[2], and die, of course, uh, much later[1], and ... achieve - !!![2], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[1], and die, of course, uh, much later[2], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[1], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[2], and, I, I ... well[1], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[2], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[1], and, I, I ... well[2], and ... stay strong![1], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[2], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[1], and ... stay strong![2], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[1], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[2], and, Christ![1], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[2], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[1], and, Christ![2], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![1], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[2], and, so ... (?)[1], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![2], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[1], and, so ... (?)[2], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[2], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[1], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[2], and genuine kooks are so rare![1], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[2], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[1], and genuine kooks are so rare![2], and I'm afraid that ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[2], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[1], and I'm afraid that ...[2], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[1], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[2], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[1], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[2], and, ha, ha ... uh[1], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[2], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[1], and, ha, ha ... uh[2], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[1], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[1], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[2], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[2], and, so ... I spin![1], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[2], and, yes[3], and, so ... I spin![2], and ... achieve - !!![3], and die, of course, uh, much later[3], and like Sophocles said ... carry your happiness down to the grave in peace[3], and life is for living! - if you've got nothing better to do[3], and, I, I ... well[3], and a-ROUND here ... if you're not committed, you go sane ... oh, really quickly / and it's not nice[3], and ... stay strong![3], and don't listen to the normals with their absurd stories of useless people holding hands and smiling[3], and I suppose victims love their pain ...[3], and, Christ![3], and that's not my way ... the pain I have ... oh, I want it gone ... while I walk along the beach near my house[3], and ... 'What house, boss?!' / and, shut up, Voice![3], and, so ... (?)[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ...[3], and are you kook or square? / and I can't tell any more[3], and I've seen the company you keep, ha, ha, ha[3], and genuine kooks are so rare![3], and a-ROUND here ... I get all sorts, man ... tragic! / and I can't help the lost who think they're not lost[3], and I'm afraid that ...[3], and, listen! ... the programming you've had ... well, it ain't too impressive[3], and you're not living your own life, sadly / and your soul has been taken over by demons in human form[3], and, but ... at least you're comfortable, eh?[3], and, ha, ha ... uh[3], and I could shift your paradigm ... for a small fee, obviously / and I don't do anything for love these days[3], and it's cold ... outside(r), existential, but I'm still here[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's one way to get warm ... when the world is ...[3], and, ah ... whatever it is, I don't care[3], and, so ... I spin![3], and

Chocolate PR email

Okay, okay. Uh ... 'Is it really made out of chocolate, boss?' Is what made out of chocolate? 'The PR email.' Don't be so bloody ridiculous, Voice! 'Sorry.' Imagine the mess it would make in my inbox. 'Yeah. I wasn't thinking. Sorry.' You never think. 'Sorry, boss.' Stop saying sorry!

Christ.

Anyway ...

Tony's Chocolonely has taken a major step in accelerating its global expansion and extending its mission, by striking an investment partnership with Verlinvest and JamJar Investments. The Dutch chocolate company was founded 15 years ago by journalists highlighting forced and child labour issues in the cocoa-industry, and has since grown rapidly to become the chocolate bar market leader in the Netherlands. In addition to expanding the brand internationally, the investment will be used to develop Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate Circus in Zaandam, The Netherlands - a chocolate factory and visitor's center familiarizing fans with the issues of inequality in the industry.

Well, well, well. Journalists being useful for once. I take my hat off to them! 'Do you have a hat, boss?' You know damn well that I don't. 'Oh.' Well, I do, actually. It's a green cap that I only wear on my Cornish holidays, to keep the sun off my head. I mean, the sun is worse in St Ives than London because of the beaches. 'That's harsh. Don't blame the beaches!' Shut up! The sun bounces off the beaches, or something. 'Or something?' Something scientific, Voice. I don't know what, exactly. And I don't care, frankly. 'Oh. / Er ... does this count as personal writing?' No. No, it doesn't. 'Why not?' Jesus H. - ! It's going to be difficult not saying nothing, man. 'Yeah.' But I'm not going into my emotions. That's the main thing. Or my plans, dreams. 'You’re not going to reveal your soul, like.' Ha, ha, ha! My readers don't deserve my soul. 'Oh, that is harsh!' Shut up!

Right. Henk wants to speak.

Henk Jan Beltman (Chief Chocolate Officer of Tony's Chocolonely): "With the investment of Verlinvest and JamJar, we can accelerate in achieving our goal of making all chocolate worldwide 100% slave-free. To accomplish this, it is important that we can continue to grow internationally so that more and more people - farmers, consumers, retailers, big chocolate companies and governments alike - can be involved in our mission."

Thanks, Henk! / Slavery still exists. In many forms. The world is a horror show. Some people try to do good. I don't know if ...

Two words: Rocks. Sea.

That's our glorious future! Not that we will see it. 'The spiders might.' Yes, I suppose. The spiders might. Will they appreciate it?

Anyway ...

Ben Black (Verlinvest): "We are delighted to be backing a category-defining innovator and leader in ethical business practices. Tony's Chocolonely is a fun and engaging brand, offering a serious and practical solution to an unfair and unequal supply-chain. We see huge potential to accelerate in bringing the brand to an international audience and driving change on a global scale."

Okay. Thanks, Ben. / Adam?

Adam?

Adam?!

Adam Balon (JamJar Investments): "Over the course of only a few years, Henk Jan has created a fantastic brand and has set a new standard for the chocolate industry. I look forward to helping him and the entire team at Tony's Chocolonely create a truly global impact brand. I couldn't be more excited."

Okay, Adam. I didn't mean to wake you up, son. 'You got up early this morning, didn't you, boss?' Yes. But that's personal information. 'What time?' Personal information. 'Come on! What time?' Personal means personal. 'Tell us - !!!' All right. Quarter to five. 'What?! Have you gone crazy, boss?!' Yes. Yes. Yes. I've gone crazy.

...

It's going to take time to phase out the personal stuff. I can see that now. I can hide it in the conceptual posts, but it's going to be difficult in my regular posts. Especially if I have to answer that idiot's questions all the time. 'Harsh!' Shut up!

Well, it's a new challenge.

Laters.

Monday, 24 February 2020

[No. 782] Like a rock

My soul.

And unyielding[1], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[1], and unyi elding[2], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[1], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[2], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[1], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[2], and like this, yes![1], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[2], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[1], and like this, yes![2], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[1], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[2], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into fragments ... or would you?[1], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[2], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[1], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into frag ments ... or would you?[2], and ... listen![1], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[2], and you could match me if you dumped the losers / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[1], and ... listen![2], and, so ...[1], and you could match me if you dumped the los ers / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[2], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![1], and, so ...[2], and, well, well ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![2], and a-ROUND here ... living large![1], and, well, well ...[2], and, uh ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... living large![2], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a certified hell[1], and, uh ...[2], and I prefer feelings, obviously[1], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a certi fied h ell[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every demon wants to crush you[1], and I prefer f eelings, obviously[2], and you're lucky that I'm a nice rock[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every de mon wants to crush you[2], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[1], and you're lucky that I'm a n ice r ock[2], and a-ROUND now ... it's a comic tragedy, or a tragic comedy ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[1], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[2], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[1], and a-ROUND now ... it's a co mic trage dy, or a tra gic co medy ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[2], and one of these moments I'll be so GONE(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[1], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[2], and that's life here - and out there, too![1], and one of these moments I'll be so GO NE(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[2], and I should imagine, seriously[1], and that's life here - and out there, too![2], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your boring sanity?[1], and I should imagine, seriously[2], and I could cry, I just might[1], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your bo ring sa nity?[2], and u  n  y  i  e  l  d  i  n  g[3], and I could cry, I just might[2], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[3], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[3], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[3], and like this, yes![3], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[3], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[3], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into f  r  a  g  m  e  n  t  s ... or would you?[3], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[3], and ... listen![3], and you could match me if you dumped the l  o  s  e  r  s / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[3], and, so ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![3], and, well, well ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... living large![3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a c  e  r  t  i  f  i  e  d h  e  l  l[3], and I prefer f  e  e  l  i  n  g  s, obviously[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every d  e  m  o  n wants to crush you[3], and you're lucky that I'm a n  i  c  e r  o  c  k[3], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[3], and a-ROUND now ... it's a c  o  m  i  c t  r  a  g  e  d  y, or a t  r  a  g  i  c c  o  m  e  d  y ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[3], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[3], and one of these moments I'll be so G  O  N  E(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[3], and that's life here - and out there, too![3], and I should imagine, seriously[3], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your b  o  r  i  n  g s  a  n  i  t  y?[3], and I could cry, I just might[3], and

And unyielding[1], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[1], and unyi elding[2], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[1], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[2], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[1], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[2], and like this, yes![1], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[2], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[1], and like this, yes![2], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[1], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[2], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into fragments ... or would you?[1], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[2], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[1], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into frag ments ... or would you?[2], and ... listen![1], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[2], and you could match me if you dumped the losers / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[1], and ... listen![2], and, so ...[1], and you could match me if you dumped the los ers / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[2], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![1], and, so ...[2], and, well, well ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![2], and a-ROUND here ... living large![1], and, well, well ...[2], and, uh ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... living large![2], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a certified hell[1], and, uh ...[2], and I prefer feelings, obviously[1], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a certi fied h ell[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every demon wants to crush you[1], and I prefer f eelings, obviously[2], and you're lucky that I'm a nice rock[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every de mon wants to crush you[2], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[1], and you're lucky that I'm a n ice r ock[2], and a-ROUND now ... it's a comic tragedy, or a tragic comedy ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[1], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[2], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[1], and a-ROUND now ... it's a co mic trage dy, or a tra gic co medy ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[2], and one of these moments I'll be so GONE(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[1], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[2], and that's life here - and out there, too![1], and one of these moments I'll be so GO NE(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[2], and I should imagine, seriously[1], and that's life here - and out there, too![2], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your boring sanity?[1], and I should imagine, seriously[2], and I could cry, I just might[1], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your bo ring sa nity?[2], and u  n  y  i  e  l  d  i  n  g[3], and I could cry, I just might[2], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[3], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[3], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[3], and like this, yes![3], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[3], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[3], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into f  r  a  g  m  e  n  t  s ... or would you?[3], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[3], and ... listen![3], and you could match me if you dumped the l  o  s  e  r  s / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[3], and, so ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![3], and, well, well ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... living large![3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a c  e  r  t  i  f  i  e  d h  e  l  l[3], and I prefer f  e  e  l  i  n  g  s, obviously[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every d  e  m  o  n wants to crush you[3], and you're lucky that I'm a n  i  c  e r  o  c  k[3], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[3], and a-ROUND now ... it's a c  o  m  i  c t  r  a  g  e  d  y, or a t  r  a  g  i  c c  o  m  e  d  y ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[3], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[3], and one of these moments I'll be so G  O  N  E(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[3], and that's life here - and out there, too![3], and I should imagine, seriously[3], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your b  o  r  i  n  g s  a  n  i  t  y?[3], and I could cry, I just might[3], and

And unyielding[1], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[1], and unyi elding[2], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[1], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[2], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[1], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[2], and like this, yes![1], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[2], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[1], and like this, yes![2], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[1], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[2], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into fragments ... or would you?[1], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[2], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[1], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into frag ments ... or would you?[2], and ... listen![1], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[2], and you could match me if you dumped the losers / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[1], and ... listen![2], and, so ...[1], and you could match me if you dumped the los ers / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[2], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![1], and, so ...[2], and, well, well ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![2], and a-ROUND here ... living large![1], and, well, well ...[2], and, uh ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... living large![2], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a certified hell[1], and, uh ...[2], and I prefer feelings, obviously[1], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a certi fied h ell[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every demon wants to crush you[1], and I prefer f eelings, obviously[2], and you're lucky that I'm a nice rock[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every de mon wants to crush you[2], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[1], and you're lucky that I'm a n ice r ock[2], and a-ROUND now ... it's a comic tragedy, or a tragic comedy ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[1], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[2], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[1], and a-ROUND now ... it's a co mic trage dy, or a tra gic co medy ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[2], and one of these moments I'll be so GONE(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[1], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[2], and that's life here - and out there, too![1], and one of these moments I'll be so GO NE(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[2], and I should imagine, seriously[1], and that's life here - and out there, too![2], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your boring sanity?[1], and I should imagine, seriously[2], and I could cry, I just might[1], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your bo ring sa nity?[2], and u  n  y  i  e  l  d  i  n  g[3], and I could cry, I just might[2], and staring at some sort of astral sea? ... oh, it's not impossible[3], and closed, or open, for you ... depending on you[3], and will it last forever, in some form? / and I don't know, and I don't care, and I'm living for moments, actually[3], and like this, yes![3], and I spin, uh, roll ... a-ROUND perfectly still, calm[3], and maybe I'll fall, oh, roll ... down[3], and you wouldn't know a soul of rock if it smashed your pathetic consciousness into f  r  a  g  m  e  n  t  s ... or would you?[3], and maybe my rock will make you rock ...[3], and ... listen![3], and you could match me if you dumped the l  o  s  e  r  s / and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I won't hold my breath, no[3], and, so ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... staring hard![3], and, well, well ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... living large![3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a miracle that I'm able to have such thoughts and feelings after fifty years in a c  e  r  t  i  f  i  e  d h  e  l  l[3], and I prefer f  e  e  l  i  n  g  s, obviously[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... don't be soft like that, no, and, or ... don't be surprised that every d  e  m  o  n wants to crush you[3], and you're lucky that I'm a n  i  c  e r  o  c  k[3], and I'm just saying, like ... hoping you find a clue[3], and a-ROUND now ... it's a c  o  m  i  c t  r  a  g  e  d  y, or a t  r  a  g  i  c c  o  m  e  d  y ... and is anyone wondering how it will all end?[3], and I try to believe in you ... it ain't easy[3], and one of these moments I'll be so G  O  N  E(!) that you won't even remember who I was and how I felt[3], and that's life here - and out there, too![3], and I should imagine, seriously[3], and  what do you care ... wrapped up in your b  o  r  i  n  g s  a  n  i  t  y?[3], and I could cry, I just might[3], and

Sunday, 23 February 2020

A fresh start

From tomorrow. Yes. Today? I eat, drink, and ... whatever. For tomorrow, I change.

Ha, ha, ha!

Ha, ha, ha!

Ha, ha, ha!

Yes, yes. You've heard it all before, dear reader(s), but I'm serious now. I need to do it. I can't stomach the way things are no more.

Oh, this is for my benefit, this post. But I want it here, on this blog. One day, I'll look back at it ... and laugh, or cry, or just sigh. I don't know. Maybe I'll feel proud. Stranger things have happened at sea.

Right. I need discipline in my blog writing. I mean, no more personal stuff, no more music updates. The conceptual posts can continue as they are because no one really knows what I'm getting at in those posts. / The problem is ... what will I actually write about in my regular posts? Finance, in more detail? Extended conversations with the Voice? Christ. I know I don't want to go back to the blood and fire. So, it's going to be difficult.

Okay, okay. My work life? One hundred-hour weeks. Yes. Consistently. I've got to do it. I can have my birthdays off, and a couple of days at Christmas. I can go to Cornwall once a year. I can walk to Richmond and back once a week. (That's only three hours.) However, I don't want to hear any silly talk of work/life balance. Please, no! It sickens me, frankly.

My dealings with people? Well, new people? Okay. When I meet someone for the first time I will always be polite, friendly, and considerate. That goes for a person of any status. But from now on, at the first sign of disrespect, I will roll over anyone like a fucking steamroller. I have given too many people too many chances in this world. And, oh ... the music business is full of sharks. I'm going to need my wits about me. / And people I already know? I hardly know anyone. Ha!

Music business. Okay. Okay. Okay. Which brings me to my, uh ... musical goals. They will be achieved or I will die. That's it. I'm fifty years old. Dying when you're twenty is a tragedy. But it's merely unfortunate when you're my age. So my commitment is total. And no fear. No fear at all.

Jesus! If only you could see my face now, dear reader(s). Grim doesn't even begin to describe it.

I'll smile again when there's something to smile about.

Malibu?

Laters!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Refinitiv: Lipper European ETF market report - January 2020

Okay, okay. PR email, dear reader(s), from Detlef and the gang. It's obvious.

The promoters of ETFs in Europe experienced net inflows of €12.1 bn for January.
The assets under management in the European ETF industry (€883.1 bn) increased during January to a new all-time high.
Equity ETFs (+€7.0 bn) posted the highest net inflows in the European ETF industry for January.
The best-selling Lipper global classification for January was Equity Global (+€3.3 bn), followed by Equity Emerging Markets Global (+€1.1 bn) and Bond Emerging Markets Global in Hard Currencies (+€0.9 bn).
Only God Can Judge Me.
iShares was the best-selling ETF promoter in Europe for January (+€5.2 bn), ahead of Xtrackers (+€1.3 bn) and UBS ETF (+€1.3 bn).
The 10 best-selling funds gathered total net inflows of €3.6 bn for January.
The best-selling ETF for January, iShares J.P. Morgan $ EM Bond UCITS ETF USD (Dist), accounted for net inflows of €0.5 bn.

Okay, okay. What does the great man say? Speak, Detlef, speak!

Detlef Glow, Lipper Head of EMEA Research at Refinitiv, comments: "It was another positive month for the European ETF industry as European ETF promoters enjoyed above average inflows in January. These led, in combination with the positive performance of the underlying markets, to an increase in assets under management from €869.8 bn as of December 31, 2019, to a new record high of €883.1 bn at the end of January. The increase of €13.3 bn for January was driven by net inflows (+€12.1 bn), while the performance of the underlying markets contributed €1.2 bn to the increase in assets."

Nice one, son!

ENDS

Okay, okay. A few tunes!

Don't Let It Bring You Down. Neil Young. / Ha! I don't get down. Lovely song though.

Nightrain. Guns N' Roses. / Will I be going to Cornwall this year? It's the money, man. Maybe the matter will be taken out of my hands when I get a deal. I mean, there will be no time for holidays.

Tara. Roxy Music. / Soothing!

...

Right. Anything else? Yes! Watch this - !!! Er - that ... The Battle of Pharsalus. / Julius Caesar is the ultimate model for manhood. Especially in this day and age when men are so soft. Even Elon Musk - if you look into his life - is emotionally weak. [He's got a strong will though.]

Oh, and after the battle? Caesar said: "This is what they wanted. After such great deeds, I, Gaius Caesar, would have been condemned had I not sought the help of my army." Ha, ha, ha! Total badass!

Now, I have the personality. I have the emotional strength, the self-sufficiency. I have the will, yes! But - 'You don't have the action, Mikey. Come on! That's where our Elon beats you.' Oh, hello! Yes, yes, Voice. I know, I know. Uh. I know. It's the Hamlet hangover from my youth.

But, believe me, kook(s) ... the action is being sorted.

I can build myself! I have the technology!

Have a nice weekend!

Laters!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Your desire and your will are magical things

There are two possible explanations for the two greatest songwriters - oh, so far! - finding their way into the same band.

[I'm talking about Lennon and McCartney, obviously, and The Beatles.]

1] God or the goddamn cosmos put them there. Man, I'm not ruling it out because I believe in God and I believe in the cosmos.

2] Their desire and will - from being so close together - pushed them to those songwriting heights. If Bob Dylan and Paul Simon had found themselves in the same band, they would be better songwriters today.

Well, the second explanation is the most likely one. However, "desire" and "will" probably come from God or the cosmos anyway, so what difference does it make?

I don't know.

The greatest artists have always had faith in something. Some power outside themselves, you dig?

I'm not sure Picasso believed in God. However, he believed in the magical, shamanic power of art.

Dear reader(s), beloved kook(s) ...

What are you pushing yourself to do? I'm talking about something creative. Gods, human gods, create, you dig?

Yes, it's better if you push yourself - without help. I mean, it's more reliable. Lennon and McCartney were lucky to have each other, but Beethoven only had himself.

To be honest, on the highest level of creativity ... you have got to be deranged, obsessed.

Look at me! I would rather see the world burn than give up my music.

This is what I have learnt from examining high culture: the very greatest artists - Beethoven, Picasso, Shakespeare, Tolstoy - push themselves.

It doesn't happen in popular culture to anywhere near the same degree. So, as I say, Lennon and McCartney were lucky to have each other. Or maybe God put them together, ha!

Listen! I am taking the high culture attitude into popular culture. That's why no one will be able to compete with me.

Unless ...

Of course, some other songwriter may read this post and take the wisdom to heart, and apply it. That's unlikely though.

Reading something doesn't mean you understand it. And understanding something doesn't mean you are willing to make it a part of your soul.

Besides, we're living in a degraded age.

It helps to be an outsider. To be alienated.

Well, well ...

Do you want any more advice? Ha, ha, ha! I've given you too much. Those of you with any sense will know that this is pure gold. And it's all free!

Later(s), alligator(s)!

...

At this point high imagination failed;
But already my desire and my will
Were being turned like a wheel, all at one speed,

By the love which moves the sun and the other stars.

Dante.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

[No. 781] Stay pure and aloof

If you want to be a great music artist in this age.

And, well, well ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[1], and, well, well ...[2], and, but, but, but ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[2], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[1], and, but, but, but ...[2], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[1], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[2], and the Nineties were cool, too![1], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[2], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[1], and the Nineties were cool, too![2], and I like a lot![1], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[2], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[1], and I like a lot![2], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![1], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[2], and my crazy consciousness![1], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![2], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and my crazy consciousness![2], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[1], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[1], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[2], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[1], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[2], and I see His face ...[1], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[2], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[1], and I see His face ...[2], and I feel the vibrations ...[1], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[2], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![1], and I feel the vibrations ...[2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[1], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![2], and George is singing I Need You ...[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[2], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[1], and George is singing I Need You ...[2], and tonight is now, actually[1], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[2], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![1], and tonight is now, actually[2], and never mind[1], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![2], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![1], and never mind[2], and, so ...[1], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![2], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[1], and, so ...[2], and, really ... never mind[1], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[2], and, well, well ...[3], and, really ... nev er min d[2], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[3], and, but, but, but ...[3], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[3], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[3], and the Nineties were cool, too![3], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[3], and I like a lot![3], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[3], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![3], and my crazy consciousness![3], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[3], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[3], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[3], and I see His face ...[3], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[3], and I feel the vibrations ...[3], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[3], and George is singing I Need You ...[3], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[3], and tonight is now, actually[3], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![3], and never mind[3], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![3], and, so ...[3], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[3], and, really ... n  e  v  e  r m  i  n  d[3], and

And, well, well ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[1], and, well, well ...[2], and, but, but, but ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[2], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[1], and, but, but, but ...[2], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[1], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[2], and the Nineties were cool, too![1], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[2], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[1], and the Nineties were cool, too![2], and I like a lot![1], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[2], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[1], and I like a lot![2], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![1], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[2], and my crazy consciousness![1], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![2], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and my crazy consciousness![2], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[1], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[1], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[2], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[1], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[2], and I see His face ...[1], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[2], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[1], and I see His face ...[2], and I feel the vibrations ...[1], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[2], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![1], and I feel the vibrations ...[2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[1], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![2], and George is singing I Need You ...[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[2], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[1], and George is singing I Need You ...[2], and tonight is now, actually[1], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[2], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![1], and tonight is now, actually[2], and never mind[1], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![2], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![1], and never mind[2], and, so ...[1], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![2], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[1], and, so ...[2], and, really ... never mind[1], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[2], and, well, well ...[3], and, really ... nev er min d[2], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[3], and, but, but, but ...[3], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[3], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[3], and the Nineties were cool, too![3], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[3], and I like a lot![3], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[3], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![3], and my crazy consciousness![3], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[3], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[3], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[3], and I see His face ...[3], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[3], and I feel the vibrations ...[3], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[3], and George is singing I Need You ...[3], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[3], and tonight is now, actually[3], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![3], and never mind[3], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![3], and, so ...[3], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[3], and, really ... n  e  v  e  r m  i  n  d[3], and

And, well, well ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[1], and, well, well ...[2], and, but, but, but ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[2], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[1], and, but, but, but ...[2], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[1], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[2], and the Nineties were cool, too![1], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[2], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[1], and the Nineties were cool, too![2], and I like a lot![1], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[2], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[1], and I like a lot![2], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![1], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[2], and my crazy consciousness![1], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![2], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and my crazy consciousness![2], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[1], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[1], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[2], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[1], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[2], and I see His face ...[1], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[2], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[1], and I see His face ...[2], and I feel the vibrations ...[1], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[2], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![1], and I feel the vibrations ...[2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[1], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![2], and George is singing I Need You ...[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[2], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[1], and George is singing I Need You ...[2], and tonight is now, actually[1], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[2], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![1], and tonight is now, actually[2], and never mind[1], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![2], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![1], and never mind[2], and, so ...[1], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![2], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[1], and, so ...[2], and, really ... never mind[1], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[2], and, well, well ...[3], and, really ... nev er min d[2], and a-ROUND here ... I can be on my own ... oh, with the occasional trusted kook for company, yes[3], and, but, but, but ...[3], and out there! ... where music must be done ... could prove to be ... a bit tricky, you dig?[3], and we're not in the Sixties or Seventies no more[3], and the Nineties were cool, too![3], and I'm glad that John Lennon came to me in a dream ... / and that's the sort of friend I like[3], and I like a lot![3], and I'm waiting for Jimmy now ...[3], and Kurt? ... and David? ... and Prince? / and I don't mind ... the more the merrier![3], and my crazy consciousness![3], and I'm listening to Help! ... the album, while I'm spinning a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and if you don't dig, man, I feel sorry for you[3], and the two greatest songwriters, uh, so far ... in the same band?! / and what are the odds?[3], and that's proof that God has a plan ...[3], and I see His face ...[3], and that's proof that the cosmos has a plan ...[3], and I feel the vibrations ...[3], and you better believe it, baby ... all of it![3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it passes a bit of time, while my soul is growing ...[3], and George is singing I Need You ...[3], and, well ... tonight? / and I may watch it ... for my sins[3], and tonight is now, actually[3], and I should mentally prepare myself, maybe, because ... ha![3], and never mind[3], and, listen! ... DIZZY(!), Miss Lizzy![3], and, so ...[3], and, uh ... The BRIT Awards are on tonight[3], and, really ... n  e  v  e  r m  i  n  d[3], and