Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you. What a week it has been. It has exceeded all my expectations! You don’t want to know.

Today I also want to recommend a couple of podcasts to my readers who might be looking for some entertainment over the hols. My True Love (TL) is a great fan of podcasts. I have difficulty coping with endless talking, but I think the constant exposure to his vast trove of podcasts has slightly re-wired my brain. This year, my TL particularly enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcasts. As for me, I’ve always had a fascination with how we (humans) came to be, why we came to be and whether there are others like us (complex life) elsewhere in the universe. I’m currently watching the BBC documentary, Universe with Brian Cox. The more we learn about the universe, the more insights we can gain on our own world and on the philosophical and existential challenges for our future. On that theme, my TL suggested I listen to The End of the World with Josh Clark podcast series. I’ve just started listening to the latter but already the suspense is killing me. Maybe have a listen and we can discuss it next year.

I don’t know where I am going with this. Is this a wrap? Would I tease you? Of course, I would. Now, my TL thinks the only thing better than a ukelele orchestra performing Ode to Joy would be a class of first year recorder students performing it. Honestly, what’s wrong with the man! Here’s the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain bringing the house down with Ode to Joy. Grab your uke (or recorder) and join in.

Finally, I want to thank all those wonderful people who have worked on the frontline of the pandemic this year, including health staff, clinicians, researchers, medical supply manufacturers, educators, community organisations, through to those who have picked, processed, packed and delivered our food and all those other essentials to our car boots and homes throughout the year. Unsurprisingly, given the explosive growth of the new Omicron variant, they are now busier than ever and more than likely, exhausted. We owe you a great debt.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Stay safe, stay sane.

Kind Regards.

36 thoughts on “Friday Joy

  1. I wish you and your family a Wonderful Christmas and holiday season. I loved your music too – wonderful. And I loved the Proms – they don’t send it here anymore. Thank you for being there, Tracy! Sending my love from Milo as well! β™₯

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    1. God jul och gott nytt Γ₯r, Ann-Christine. Every day will be a little lighter in your part of the world and it will sparkle in your beloved forest. Many thanks to Milo, and same from our dogs to you all. They are with you in spirit in your snowy world, not that they would pay you or Milo any attention because it would be too exciting! Here’s to more photos next year, Ann-Christine.


  2. That video is absolutely wonderful, charming, moving and silly. NOT a load of Schiller! that beautiful simple melody really can’t be fucked up. Even when my little brother played it on the piano it was beautiful and all the people in the “audience” playing along! Of course, it’s jodido, pero contento. Wow. Merry Christmas!

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  3. I don’t know why because I love the format, but I can’t get into podcasts. But! Fan of Brian Cox and Malcolm Gladwell, so thanks for the reminders!

    Happy Christmas, Tracy! xo

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  4. Younger Child & I just watched the Ode to Joy ukelele extravaganza – such fun that they got the audience to play along! and I can’t believe so many brought their ukeleles along to the concert!

    Appreciate the podcast recommendations -I am a seasonal podcast fan (mostly when I have driving duties; it’s my entertainment!) … time to get back into it!

    All the best of the season to you & TL!!!!

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