Message Received

To the person who sent me a message overnight. It’s too personal for me to post it here as a confirmation that I saw it – but I wanted you to know that I did see it, read it, and that it is greatly appreciated.

Thank you x

Waving not drowning.

For The Love Of It…

As always I stress that, primarily, this is a personal blog…but one that is seen, for the most part, through my passion and love for Simple Minds.

On that point, I’d like to kid myself that within that wording, a smidgen of that gratitude came my way. That as one who feels they continue to “fight the good fight”.

It’s a labour of love, and a mug’s game…but I wouldn’t have it any other way. And during recent days…it can be my inner sanctum and the thing that makes my world a positive and happy place to be.

Giving Thanks

Yesterday on Simple Minds Official, Jim gave thanks to all those involved that work with and for the band. Past and present. Up front, directly or indriectly. It was lovely to read.

Today, it was the fans. “Super fans” he called us. ALL OF US! Every single fan he deemed a “super fan”. As…we all are. And it was beaituful. Really beautiful to read.

I tend not to share too many posts from SMO here – unless it’s tour information and the like – as you guys (if you are here primarily as Simple Minds fans) know where to find Simple Minds on Facebook and no doubt read Jim’s posts as eagerly as I do. But in case this one escaped your attention, here it is. (See end of the post.)

Of course, for one person, I was not allowed to express a return sense of gratitude, for it was deemed as hypocricy. Because I feel things, I have emotions. I am human. I am not allowed to make mistakes. This person does not seem to be able to read properly, for if they had, they would see that, indeed, Jim said ALL Simple Minds fans are “super fans”…even them.


Jim also shared this YouTube clip with his post. So, I will continue to be me. I will love hard. Emote hard. Have empathy. Feel the things I feel, in spite of one or two people’s attempts to bring me down. I will ALWAYS be “Mice Elf”. Like me or lump me. And if you don’t like me…please, feel free to lump me.


Thank YOU, KT (Operation Stay Away – Day 3)

And…he talks of KT, and I still need to sort out all my ticket stubs and the wonderful souvenir of KT’s plectrum caught on the first night in Dublin. I will never forget hearing It Took Me So Long To Get Here But Here I Am and how much it resonated with me and brought happy tears to my eyes. Thank you, KT…you’re a star! ❤️

(And how have I never taken in before it has Jim’s name on it? Lol. Well…Jim Dunlop)

Oh, My. He Did It – Again! 

I just have no words, really. I do them because I love it…doing something creative. I never thought I had it in me…but it’s all down to this app on my iPad Mini. And when there is time…a spare hour in the afternoon, when mum and I are having “down time”, that’s when I try to create one.

I can’t draw. I can’t paint. Well, I can paint by numbers! Lol. (I actually DO LOVE doing painting by numbers.) But I can recycle…augment…manipulate…and sometimes turn the lyrics into a visual interpretation. 

I try to use a picture of Jim or the band time specific to the song (this picture of him was a screenshot from the 1984 Dortmund gig). I also try as much as possible not to use copyright images (hence the majority of pictures used are screengrabs from videos or live performances).

They take time. Learning my way around the app has meant that, from their beginnings in the early days, looking rather basic…until now, I can do quite involving things. I get immersed in it. I find it, in ways, theraputic, relaxing.

And I love highlighting the words. I love what Jim writes and as I’ve said before in previous posts…I love music…I love the rhythms, the beats…I love percussion and drums in particular, and as much as I ADORE instrumentals (and Simple Minds have made very wonderful instrumentals), I’m a kind of “brain box” too. Well, not a brain box – I sound like I’m “big noting” myself (great old Aussie phrase I haven’t used for a LONG TIME, there!), but I like that thought process of lyrics. I love that challenge of learning them, perceiving their depth (if they have any) and their meaning (likewise).

And so these pieces I do combine those things for me. Wanting to be visually creative and challanging myself mentally. 

God, that probably sounds so ridiculously pretentious! I just like making myself think. 

I have to say that in the past 12 hours or so, lines from “She Knows” have been in my head.

“I want to know what star you are.

Why you’re so good to me.”

Yes, why, sir? I am not complaining! I am humbled and honoured. And it’s all so lovely and unexpected. Thank you xx