Prince The Artist and Generation X

Prince (The Artist) and Generation X

Prince Rogers Nelson. An artist and music icon of “Generation X”, but what is it? 

People born between 1965 and 1979 are described as generation X. A group sandwiched between the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations.

Born in the year 1973, I have some empathy with being stereotyped in the media as having “a lack of direction”; and “a culture of cynicism”.

Generation X: “Coffee drinkers ~ quietly revolting against cultural and social norms of previous generations”.

My generation are influenced by a wide range of cultural and political shifts and technological development.

There were VCRs, personal stereo cassette players and the Nintendo game boy to keep us entertained.

We lived through the death of Princess Diana, the invention of the microwave oven; the Sinclair C5, and the fall of the Berlin wall. We watched Stephen Spielberg’s E.T. “The Extraterrestrial in Dolby stereo at the cinema.

We listened and watched music videos on the MTV; Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Queen, U2, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince… and plenty more.

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Elvis Presley and David Bowie: Enigma

Elvis Presley and David Bowie: Enigma

Enigma: “a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand”.

This month, I feature two great artist’s who left us the way they lived; An unknowable enigma. Isn’t this why we find them so captivating?

Elvis Presley; born on January 8th, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA;

David Bowie; born on January 8th, 1947 in Brixton, London, UK.

An easily verified connection between the two performers. The pair would also go on to share the same record label, RCA, in the 1970’s.

Bowie has said, “Elvis was a major hero of mine. And I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.”

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2015 Review

2015 Review | | Blog

2015 Review. Let’s do a month-by-month recap of everything that’s happened this year!


My Pedalboard. I love using pedals and effects. However, it was time to move on some pedal-related gear that had become surplus. Out went the PB-600 pedal board, and the SGT Pepper custom pedal board. In came the ‘Octa-switch-2’ and a ‘Showman’ pedalboard and case.

#Pedalboard | 2015 | by Simon Edward | No chain as such ~ separate isolated feeds into Octaswitch 2 by Carl Martin. I'm using Polytune Noir, Nova Modulator, Alter ego Delay, HOF Reverb and Nova Dynamics (compressor) and the legendary BOSS OC-2 Octaver; Powered by 'Pro Power' by Carl Martin.. The board and case is the Showman by Diago UK. Zero tone suck and big fun to use!!:

“Note to self: There is no such thing as a ‘complete’ pedalboard ~ only stopping points between revisions”.

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Dreampop and self-promotion

Dreampop and self-promotion

Firstly, this month I’ve created a play list called Dream pop: ‘Summer 2015‘.

Dream pop is a catch-all term for ethereal and/or dreamy music. It relies on sonic textures, as much as melody, and often features breathy vocals, processed and echo-laden guitars, and synthesizers.

Please give these artists 30 seconds? If you like what you hear, then visit their artist website to find out more, and follow on social media. And if that’s not a shameless plug, then I don’t know what is?


The Pareto Principle referred to an observation that 80% of Italy’s wealth belonged to only 20% of the population.

More generally, this observation (not law) is that most things in life are not distributed evenly.

I’m coming around to realise that 80 per cent of my own posts on social media (Twitter, Pinterest and Blog etc), should be about anything other than me. Why?

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Bass bash; Run of hope; Level 42

Bass Bash; Run of hope and Level 42 Late September and I found myself at the 9th annual “Basschat : South-east Bass Bash” at Jubilee High School in Surrey. For anyone unfamiliar, Basschat is a “UK based on-line Bass players’ forum, for Bassists everywhere”. It was my debut at this years’ event, some three years’ after first posting on the forum. It was about time; … Continue reading Bass bash; Run of hope; Level 42

August and Barotrauma

August and Barotrauma

August. Family holidays have become a necessity. My wife says holidays are essential, but I will only admit to enjoying them, once I’ve arrived at the destination.

I have a particular problem with anything connected to flying. Airports, airlines, and aeroplanes: –

  1. Arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure;
  2. Pay a small fortune to park the car somewhere near the terminal;
  3. Print off your own boarding pass and still wait in line at check-in;
  4. The “me first” attitude of other customers passengers.

The Holiday? I spent a week with my family in the Canton of Ticino, Southern Switzerland, which is close to the Italian border. I won’t bore on about the delicious food, wine, chocolate and gorgeous lake views. Cheers!

August | 2015 | Ticino | Switzerland

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