Going For A Song – ‘Terrible Love’

The National – Terrible Love

I saw The National on Wednesday at the Hammersmith Apollo. It was a show that sometimes lost a little momentum due to the very nature of the songs The National write. However, this was noticeable only because of those occasions when the band strung together a selection of songs and got the pacing of the show completely right.

Off the new album songs ‘Bound to Beg’ and ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ stood out, but I’m choosing ‘Terrible Love’ which they finished with.

The Internet and English Language

The most obvious novelties [of the Internet’s influence on English] relate to the use of punctuation to mark constructions, where many of the traditional rules have been adapted as users explore the graphic opportunities offered by the new medium. We see a new minimalism, with marks such as commas and full stops omitted; and a new maximalism, with repeated use of marks as emotional signals (fantastic!!!!!!). We see some marks taking on different semantic values, as when a full stop adds a note of abruptness or confrontation in a previously unpunctuated chat exchange. And we see symbols such as emoticons and emojis replacing whole sentences, or acting as a commentary on sentences – OUP blog

I have definitely noticed an increase in my use of exclamation marks when writing messages or texts; not as a way to convey anything particularly exclamatory but more as a way to convey that I’m not being too serious.

Going For A Song: ‘Rewind’

Jim Causley – Rewind

I’ve written about Jim Causley before, but it was this summer I listened to his album, Forgotten Kingdom, a lot; album and season weaving together in my mind. So to mark Friday’s equinox and the beginning of autumn I’ve chosen a song from that album that celebrates summer and its passing.

So come and roll me in the hay / Make a perfect end to a perfect day / For life is joy and life is gay / for only here and now