I’ve always been amazed and humbled that this blog, and its predecessor, has managed to attract so many regular followers from all parts of the planet. One of the first to latch on to what I was trying to do was Jeff from Chicago with whom I exchanged a few e-mails about music and sport.
We got talking on one occasion about football and Jeff informed me that as he watched a lot of matches from the UK via satellite, he had gotten each of his kids to adopt a side to try to get them interested in things. It had worked to some degree but he wanted to do something different for his youngest daughter and so he asked for some info on my team, Raith Rovers, as he thought it would be neat (and I’m sure that was the word he used) for her to have them as her team of choice.
One thing led to another, and before long Jeff was actually making his way to Scotland to watch Raith Rovers play in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup in April 2010 where he met up with a number of my fellow friends including two contributors to the blog, Mr John Greer and Jacques the Kipper.
We’ve all continued to stay in touch with Jeff over the years – he often sends texts and messages on Saturday afternoons looking for live updates from the Rovers games. He’s nowadays a long way from Chicago, having taken a job that saw him and his family move to North Carolina, and so when he leaves comments nowadays on the blog it is usually just as plain old Jeff.
He did something really nice last week. Like many of the rest of us of a certain age, it can take time to master the techniques of social media but once he worked out how to do a certain shortcut for posting on Facebook he gave a big plug to this blog, adding that there are great ‘mixtapes’ to download. Almost immediately one of his friends (hi Elizabeth!!) said ‘totally made my Saturday night. Great site. Thanks for sharing.’
Now that the Blue Jays have been eliminated from the baseball, I finally have a bit more free time on my hands and one of the first things I wanted to do was this, a sort of companion piece to the earlier ‘One Hour Indie Disco’ of which he is a fan:-
mp3 : Various – This One’s For Jeff
Why Can’t I Be You? – The Cure
Hit The Ground – The Darling Buds
World Shut Your Mouth – Julian Cope
What Went Wrong This Time? – The Siddeleys
Song For A Future Generation – The B52’s
Union City Blue – Blondie
Winter In The Hamptons – Josh Rouse
Tears In Your Cup – Cats On Fire
French Disko – Stereolab
Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
Start! – The Jam
Cruiser’s Creek – The Fall
Ask – The Smiths
Come Saturday – The Pains Of The Pure At Heart
Gouge Away – The Pixies
The Sun A Small Star – The Servants
Oblivious – Aztec Camera
Fell In Love With A Girl – The White Stripes
Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft – The Wedding Present
Another Girl, Another Planet – The Only Ones
Forty seconds over the allocated time. But I just couldn’t fade out the final song.