Last week was a horrible week. I have put a piece of music on my iPod today to help carry me through this week.
It‘s Vide Cor Meum sung by Katherine Jenkins and Salvatore Licitra - extremely powerful; and spiritual. How does someone start from a blank piece of paper and end up with this?
Last night I listened to it in a dark room, in front of a roaring log fire. If you listen to it I suggest you do the same - or at least put headphones in and close your eyes. It’s not a piece of music which grows on you – it hits you full on the very first time - I guarantee that whatever you are doing, wherever you are, it will transport you to a nicer place.
I will know I’m feeling happier when I flick onto the next track - Prince and Raspberry Beret - I can’t get there quick enough.
I do wonder sometimes whether or not I should be less concerned with society and more interested in policy.
Of course, the two are enmeshed, but it seems to be that the policy wonks are always just a little bit out of touch with what is happening on the street and in people’s lives.
Also, whatever area of policy you look at has a history. Isn’t Gordon Browns ‘Prudence’ just a re-hash of Fox's ‘balancing the books’ from the 1700’s?
Sitting on David Cameron’s public policy commission is a fascinating experience. Whichever debate takes place I always find my thoughts at the people end of the spectrum, trying to imagine the impact. I hold on to the thought that although we are in the depths of detail people want to be kept well, safe and educated. How complicated can that be? Actualy….with every passing day, in our constantly changing stressful society, it gets more and more complicated. To be continued tomorrow…..