Where Are We Now?

I’m feeling very lucky today as I’m sitting in a bar outside the rather awe-inspiring mezquita (mosque) in Córdoba in the south of Spain in the last days of December while listening to the David Bowie single ‘Where Are We Now?’ that was his comeback single a couple of years ago. At the time, I remember the music press and fans all desperately trying to … Continue reading Where Are We Now?

The Empty Bandstand

The Empty Bandstand

There’s a lovely area I often walk through in Granada called La Plaza Del Humilladero which is used as a public event space such as weekly markets, annual fairs and where many people simply go for a paseo or to walk their dogs. I especially like walking there early in the morning before the city wakes up as it has a gentle tranquility that sets … Continue reading The Empty Bandstand

Morning Sunrise (BOC)

Songs That Take You By Surprise

It’s the weekend, so a bit of music today – with a bit of a twist on perceptions of life of course… I’ve now been living in Spain for 10 months and as a music fan, I like listening to the radio though to be honest, most of the music on the radio is pretty dire (Radio 3 aside, which is fantastic). However, while generally … Continue reading Songs That Take You By Surprise

Away From The Noise

The November Manifesto

Hi There are many different reasons why we may want to get away from the noise of our daily lives and there are countless ways to help you do so. This blog is my way of doing that. I live in Granada in the south of Spain, write songs, teach English and now write this blog. My name is Jason and although I only started … Continue reading The November Manifesto

Ray Lamontagne

Let Me Be Me

I recently heard a song called ‘Let It Be Me’ by an American singer called Ray Lamontagne. It’s a simple, beautiful song about that melancholy yearning for love that you find in classic ‘pop’ songs that has resonated with generations of people over the years. Of course, once I like a song, I play it endlessly and my wife will testify to this. This is … Continue reading Let Me Be Me

David Sylvian

How To Move Forward

I’m currently listening to one of my all-time favourite musicians David Sylvian, probably better known in the early 1980s for being ‘the most beautiful man in the world’ and for his band Japan and songs such as ‘Forbidden Colours’ and ‘Ghosts’. However, since he split the band up at the peak of their success in 1982, he has forged a career as a kind of … Continue reading How To Move Forward

Keep It Simple

Earlier today, I was in the park listening to an album I haven’t played in ages. From beginning to end. Just listening. Not doing anything else. Not that unusual you may think, but I can’t remember the last time I did that without the distraction of my phone, Facebook, Twitter, going online or all the other things that seem to eat away at your time. … Continue reading Keep It Simple

Singing Boy

Without A Care In The World

I saw a boy this morning in a cafe happily singing along to ‘Stand By Me’ without a care in the world with his mum proudly watching, which was quite sweet, especially as he was horrendously out of tune. Everyone in the cafe of course applauded. Free live music with your morning coffee too. Result! However, he did get me thinking about how life is too short … Continue reading Without A Care In The World

Sinead Bossy Face

Nothing Compares To What You Feel Passionate About

When was the last time you did something in which you really believed? When you took a chance and stood out from the crowd and said ‘This is me’? Maybe people were supportive or maybe not, but it didn’t matter as what was most important was for you to ‘do your thing’ on your terms. I don’t know if you know, but Irish singer Sinead … Continue reading Nothing Compares To What You Feel Passionate About



There is no doubt now that summer is over here in Granada. It’s been raining and it’s even a tad chilly. It is mid-October after all. However, although I love the heat of the summer, the comforting chill of autumn is probably my favourite time of year. As I was having my coffee this morning listening to music in a local bar, the song ‘Annabel’ by Goldfrapp … Continue reading Autumn