11 November 2017

Looking For The Light (October 2017)



I hadn't done a mix for months and a lot of those months which were very challenging, I feel, came out in this mix. My Mum, who has to live with the horrendous impact of Multiple Sclerosis at a very advanced stage of the illness, had spent 6 months in hospital. I hadn't been feeling well this year or two in particular, and it was a constant battle (and still is) trying to deal with the care / hospital / nursing care issues that have enveloped our lives for quite a few years now. Trying to keep a steady stream of visits to her at a 60 mile round trip each day, keep her spirits up (and my own really), deal with the aforementioned issues amongst others; safe to say, it's been on top of me. Sadly, not many people listen. Whether it's reaching out for help from professionals, or friendship, or a little bit of light to help guide you along the difficult paths life throw up. When things get tough, you're on your own. I tend not to let too much go on a personal level online because folk can be cruel, even in light of someone else's struggles, but I'm telling the story behind the mix, to say anything else would not give the picture, and even then, the picture given is condensed and restricted. The reality is, not many people are likely to read this, I imagine a handful at most, so in that regard, I don't mind sharing some detail.

My Mum did get a place at the only Neurological care centre in Scotland (Sue Ryder in Aberdeen), but it was a huge effort to make that happen, having been on the waiting list and classed 'at risk' for a good 2-3 years. Hopefully things will improve for her, on the care side, but the battles go on. Sue Ryder are always needing donations of money or items to sell through their shops. They don't get as much limelight as other charities, so do help them with a donation if you are able and so inclined. They are very appreciative of any support.

The picture is just an old profile picture of myself, with some filters used from some great apps I like to play around with.


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Tracklist

01. Reinbert de Leeuw - Gymnopedie No. 3
02. Arovane & Hior Chronik - Stars Collide
03. Commodity Place - Clouds Inside Me
04. Fovea Hex - Piano Fields 1
05. Massimo Amato - 4 A.M
06. Scrimshire - A Place For Everything
07. Parks - Black Day, Silver Sea (Stray Theories Mix)
08. Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft - See Yourself Out Of The Way
09. Seahawks - Didn't Know I Was Lost ------- (and I totally forgot I'd used this in a previous mix)
10. Hampshire & Foat - The Solar Winds (and Cadenza)
11. Mark-Almond - Monday Bluesong
12. Chet Baker - The Wind
13. Sue Barker - Lover Man
14. Beverly Glenn-Copeland - Old Melody
15. Man Parrish - Water Sports
16. Vangelis Katsoulis - If Not Now, When?
17. The Cinematic Orchestra - Time & Space


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