Having taken the decision last night to both a) join the A-Z blogging challenge, and b) not limit to myself to blogging just about running, I was left in something of a hole tonight. What to blog about on a B? Luckily, I just caught some of the most inspirational TV I have ever watched.
For those who haven't watched it, Goldie a UK drum'n'bass producer/national treasure has put together a band of 12 young people with various levels of adversity in their backgrounds to play a gig at Buckingham Palace. You may well think that, so far, so reality TV, but the series is absolutely spot on - the kids are not only talented musicians with upsetting life stories, but they are properly real people, making properly real music. Personally I love the X-factor, but the comparison between something like that and this is like The Cheeky Girls to Nina Simone.
Now, I've always loved music (including Goldie's, Timeless is the proverbial bomb), but never had much understanding of where it comes from – I kind of guess I always thought that songs just emerged from a band pretty much as finished articles. The show catches the alchemy of music being made, and watching it is magical. And has left me feeling pretty emotional.
If you have access to BBC/Iplayer watch it. If you don't then here's what you're missing:
Distance: Kitchen-Sofa - around 5 metres
Pace: Half a bottle of red wine and a Maker's Mark.
Location: My house - you don't need a map.