Finding His Voice

open mic

The Crotchety Man blog is now two years old and, as you can see, the boy is beginning to find his voice. According to, a two year old will be “behaving increasingly like adults do”. That site goes on to say, “About one in five children of this age has at least one tantrum a day”. (Why does that remind me of a certain Donald J. Trump?) Of more relevance, though, is the milestone listed on that a two year old will be constructing sentences of three words or more. I hope you are ready for the quantum leap in literary prowess that this new ability will surely bring in 2017.

But, first, let’s look back on the posts of 2016.

To my shame I find that there were only two posts in the Band/Artist category last year: those on Bob Dylan and The Kinks. I had intended to make Simon and Garfunkel my band of the year for 1966 but writing about that duo proved too daunting a prospect and that item remains in the section of the calendar labelled “someday soon”. Appropriately, though, Sound of Silence did feature as a Track of the Week.

Partially making up for the dearth of band/artist posts I seem to have written 13 posts about albums in 2016: 12 were tagged Album of the Month and there was a bonus item on Kate Tempest’s live performance of her Let Them Eat Chaos album.

With the Track of the Week I hit the bull’s eye: 52 posts over the year covering a motley collection of songs and instrumentals.

I added two new categories this year: Gig (one post) and Playlist (also one post). There were also a few uncategorised posts including: an announcement of the dedicated Internet domain for the blog, a teaser for my most exciting discovery of the year (the Archipelago album by Hidden Orchestra) and last year’s summary of 2015 on Crotchety Man. That’s 72 posts all together, slightly down on the 76 for the year before.

Before I provide the summary tables I’d like to give a special mention to a few tracks and artists that were new to me. The following individual tracks stood out:

Radiohead produced a terrific video for their Burn the Witch single.

And I particularly enjoyed being introduced to The Pineapple Thief (Magnolia, Fend For Yourself), Kate Tempest (Let Them Eat Chaos) and Hidden Orchestra (Archipelago).

Finally, the summary tables for 2016 can be found here as a PDF document (with all the links).

News - .blog domain

We interrupt this broadcast for a special announcement …

The Crotchety Man blog now has its own Internet domain which you can find at The old address works, too, but it just redirects to the new one.

Let me assure you that nothing else has changed. In particular, the Crotchety Man blog will still carry the musings of an aged man passionate about a broad range of music styles in a (probably futile) attempt to bring good sounds to the attention of discerning listeners around the world.

Here endeth the music news.

Elizabeth “Alcopops” Alker.

One Year On

One Year On - Baby

The Crotchety Man blog is nearly one year old. It came into the world in January 2015 with a tentative first post giving the briefest of mentions to the Jimi Hendrix track, Hey, Joe!. Since then there have been 9 posts about a band or solo artist, 14 posts about an album and 53 posts about an individual track. That’s 76 posts altogether.

I have tried to find something interesting to say in each piece or at least find an interesting way of giving the basic factual information. Above all I have tried to communicate what it is about the songs and instrumentals that I love so much. I haven’t always succeeded but, on the whole, I’m happy with what has appeared in this blog. It’s not easy finding appropriate words (and pictures) but wonderfully rewarding when it works.

For this 77th post I’ve made lists of the entries in each of the band, album and track categories by way of a summary (see below). Band and album posts are listed in alphabetical order. The track entries are in reverse chronological order because it’s too tedious to sort them. Besides, if you should want to find a particular track you can either use the search box in the Browse section of the Home page or just use a browser search in this page.

There are some obvious omissions: Elbow, Genesis and Brand X certainly deserve greater prominence within these pages and jazz-influenced tunes seem to be under-represented here, too. The lists do, however, reflect my relatively broad tastes covering pop, rock, folk, jazz, alternative, classical and cross-genre music.

I hope you have enjoyed my guided tour of Musicland through 2015 and that we will continue to walk its highways and byways together in 2016.

One Year On - Father Time

Old Father Time

Summary of Posts, 2015

Each entry in the following lists is a link to a Crotchety Man blog post published in 2015. There’s also a more detailed table as a PDF document (with all the links) here.