Thursday 26 March 2009

first things first

I'm a music fan and (sort of) musician (I also write for the Domino Rally mp3 blog).

This blog was originally going to be a series of "hilarious" stories of scrapes that we got into over all the years that we played in bands - when I say "we" I'm referring to me, my brother and many, many friends that I was lucky enough to play music with over the years. Most of them have moved away, the way that old friends do, but I still listen to the music that we played and get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

The title, "It's A Shit Business", was clearly taken from BBCs great The League of Gentlemen comedy series and the pay-off line for the character who always reminisced about the old days, playing and touring in the band Creme Brulee.

As I say, most people have now moved away or have had kids. However, one of the things that put a dampner on my creativity, aside from the whole "growing-up-and-settling-down" thing, was my diagnosis with Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2005.

Applying the same title to a blog which is a kind of therapy for me in recording my illness is, I'm afraid to say, an early taste of the "gallows humour" that is my unfortunate stock-in-trade. It's not really that shit, there are people who are a lot worse off than me - it's just a pain in the arse.

The real sickener with my diagnosis is that one of the recurring symptoms that I face is a constant pins and needles feeling in my right-hand - not particularly helpful for a pianist and guitarist!

So I'll apologise right now if there are lots of typos on these pages.

* by the way, MJ Hibbett's My Exciting Life in Rock does the whole "reminiscences of a a music underdog" thing way better than I ever could.


  1. Yes, Steve! Thank you for understanding and sharing that, as cliche as it sound, laughter IS the best medicine, after all.
    Love your writing!
    Come visit, if you're looking for a similar viewpoint!

  2. Hi, Steve. I just came across your blog for the first time tonight (through a link on the Stumbling in Flats blog). I too used to be in bands and was diagnosed with RRMS around the same time as you (2006). I posted this to my Instagram page only a few days ago! There is more than one reference to Les McQueen in my book Balls to MS that's on Amazon, along with many other popular culture references (and lots of jokes).

    I've started a blog of the same name too. I'm struggling for traffic so far though. Any tips? Is having links to other MS blogs and sites a key element of attracting visitors?

    I'll check out some of your other posts, as I imagine we have a similar take on life.

    All the best