Friday, 29 December 2017


Occasionally - as mentioned previously - I use a facility called Crowd Review on Reverbnation This lets you test what other people (chosen by the site) think about a song And on this most recent occasion I had chosen, against the advice of some who are familiar with my material, to try out the song All You Really Need is the Sea

And, as I have also said before, I find the most outrageous and even the most critical responses in no way discomforting They are inevitably interesting and often very amusing My main criticism relates to whoever chooses the listeners From some of the comments in the latest batch their interest was in hearing hip hop and rap tracks whilst my genre on this site is designated as Spoken Word

Leaving that aside: the most enjoyable response - which made me laugh most and provided me with the title for this post - came from a 60 year old woman  Some context is required

When I uploaded the song onto Reverbnation it was a mastered version and I had omitted to remove the word master from the title of the track  It could be that I was being careless or not wearing
glasses at the time - and it could be that the woman was not wearing hers either when she listened and wrote - and I quote:

‘The music was pretty in All You Really Need is the Sea Monster. I think the lyrics were meaningful. The singing was only OK and the tone of the voice was too light and not rich enough’

Now there were no monsters around when I was writing All You Really Need is the Sea but I was also taking photographs of rock formations on one of the superb beaches on Tiree  And, as I did with The Lady of the Rocks, I returned repeatedly to one which I referred to at the time as The Beast

Some may see nothing of what I saw in the photograph below but as I like whenever possible to include an image with a post, I remembered The Beast after reading the woman’s remarks
It changed in amazing ways depending on the light, the wind and the tides - but here it is: a loosely associated ‘monster’ in one of its many guises

More of The Lady of the Rocks from the same location can be seen at