A Bit of Cathartic Blogging (with Denis Lavant on Accordion)

For anyone who stumbled upon the original moany and whingey post here, apologies. I need to move on and have now realised that with all that is happening in the world at the moment, we are much more susceptible to negative thinking and it can get out of hand.

It’s late September however, and as Rod Stewart sang back in 1971, “I really should be back at school” (or college in my case). Not to be this year it seems, for several reasons, but hopefully I can pick up where I left off somewhere down the line.


Maggie May by Rod Stewart:

The great thing about having written the original post was that it helped put everything into perspective – I have now given myself a good talking-to and come to realise that negativity breeds negativity. With all that is happening politically, environmentally and economically at the moment, it’s tough to remain upbeat and optimistic, but we must. To have been born in the latter half of the 20th century (tail end of the baby-boomers), I have had a charmed life. How dare I feel sorry for myself.

Time to draw a line under the moaning and whingeing around here and start again. This blog is supposed to be the place where I revisit the tracks of my years so time to get back to that aim. I am perilously close now to having published 300 posts around here and I want to reach that milestone.

I have a bizarre music clip up my sleeve that I’ve long wanted to share but never had an appropriate time to do so. It was billed “The Interval” and came right in the middle of a French fantasy-drama film called Holy Motors starring Denis Lavant. As this post is in effect my interval before I get back to normal blogging, quite apt really. In case you are wondering, yes that’s Denis Lavant on the accordion. Hope you enjoy it as much as I always do.

Until next time…

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team Bacharach and David - The opening line to that song was "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

11 thoughts on “A Bit of Cathartic Blogging (with Denis Lavant on Accordion)”

  1. I know the feeling of worry and being pulled in different directions, writing and long walks are stress relievers for sure.
    Holy Motors has truly imaginative, unpredictable moments, and the music in that clip is briilant. I struggled to put the scenes together to a meaningful whole though! The director’s visual extravaganza Lovers on the Bridge (1991) I found easier to connect with emotionally because you got to know the characters.

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    1. It’s a bit of a curse isn’t it having the kind of personality that makes you want to worry about everything but here’s the thing, this post has really shaken me up and made me realise how lucky I am – I have had a very pleasant day today, working hard but also getting things into perspective. Walking and writing are indeed great stress relievers as is watching quality telly and film, reading books – None of these pursuits expensive at all, but can give much pleasure.

      I suspected you might have seen Holy Motors – When my little group still got together once a month for a random film at our local cinema we caught it then, otherwise it would probably have passed me by. We were all a bit baffled by it actually and it seemed to mainly be a vehicle for Denis Lavant’s great acting skills but I always loved that segment with the accordions. Starts slow and builds up to something quite powerful.

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  2. So sorry to hear how much you’ve been worrying, I know it can be exhausting just feeling that way let alone having to deal with various other things on a daily basis. Your post is brilliant – so honest and relatable and reflective – I’m so glad you found it cathartic, it really shows the power and value in being able to express things and just get them out there, all of which helps to bring perspective and perhaps clears a little space in our heads. No matter how lucky we are in other respects, none of it invalidates our worries or responses at any one time. I’m one of those people too who often feels I shouldn’t really complain about something because other people have it that much harder, but whatever it is that causes us anxiety is real to us when we’re experiencing it and our own versions of life and its troubles are all we know, so we shouldn’t feel we somehow have no right to feel anxious about them. That said, the personal pep-talk is definitely the way to go and I’m glad to know you’re feeling some relief today and seeing the positives again! Life can often take strange turns too, can’t it? – and good things/solutions to problems can happen when we least expect them, so please keep those positive thoughts coming…
    Love that Holy Motors clip, thanks for putting that up, really compelling. As I may have mentioned before, I’m a bit of a fan of the accordion – but have never heard them en masse, quite something! I’ve often mused on the idea of learning to play one but I don’t think I’d master it, I can’t multi-task….

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    1. I think it would be odd if we weren’t worrying at least a bit at the moment, as the whole world seems to have gone mad, but funnily enough, getting it all down in words definitely helped as once I re-read it I realised my worries are nothing compared to those of others. I’d spent a long time on it though so still decided to press publish but added the new section re how I then saw the light, so to speak. Going to have to take most of it down as not the place for it, but will leave in the music clip as like you have now discovered it’s really quite compelling. Love how more and more accordions keep being added to the mix but as you say, not an instrument that looks very easy to master. We have loads of bands up here that include them as perfect for traditional Scottish music but what with the buttons, the keys and all that squeezing in and out, you’d have to be totally in control of your motor functions (as in rubbing your tummy and patting your head at the same time) to play the thing. One for the bucket list?

      Thanks for dropping by.


  3. My reply, too, is somewhat edited – my original response would have run to 1,000 words+

    Please don’t worry too much. Everything will work out; you just can’t see how yet. But it will. Trust me.

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    1. Of course it will work out, or at any rate a new balance will be found in the country at large and closer to home. I feel mortified that I wrote that original post now but funnily enough, the process of having done so, putting my thoughts out there in the public domain, has given me a wake-up call. It was the 2nd anniversary of me leaving my old job (and I still miss the people) and it was the 1st anniversary of my mum ending up in hospital, so emotions were probably running high.

      All the negativity in the news at the moment is infectious, but we’ve got to kick it into touch.


  4. As a subscriber, I did read the full post. I know you didn’t write it for this, and specifically requested not to get it… but you have my sympathy anyway. I hope things turn a corner soon.

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    1. I jumped onto my laptop tonight to take my blog down for a while until this post disappears from the sidebars, but no point now really as lots of people have seen it already or got an email. Think you’ll probably recognise that feeling of having written something, and put it out there, then wishing you hadn’t. Oh well, done now, but as I said to John above, the very act of having done so gave me the wake-up call I needed to snap out of this negative fug I’ve been in. As I said in the postscript to my original post, I’m a very lucky lady so no corners to turn really, just keep on doing what we do (but a shame about the college course). Anyway, I have a brand new Peculiar comic to enjoy as bedtime reading, so all good around here. Hope I don’t get Pop nightmares!


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