night watchman2 (2)‘The Night Watchman’ by Zoolon

Recently I’ve had a few songs ‘curated’ on ReverbNation. At first it sounded to me like it meant they pickled them in a jar, then realizing songs are nothing like gherkins I checked it out and a ‘curated’ song is a very good song that gets put in front of a panel – luckily that’s a panel of influential music industry type people as opposed to the dictionary definition ‘a flat or curved component, typically rectangular, that forms or is set into the surface of a door, wall, or ceiling’. A proud moment, for sure, even accepting whether a song is any good is a subjective thing.

Anyway, one such ‘curated song’ was RED PLANET I wrote a while back. It’s about the human race giving up on a dying Earth and resettling on Mars – no doubt to ruin Mars one day like we have Earth.

So, I get asked what would be the three most important things I’d pack in my suitcase before boarding the spaceship to Mars. A guitar and gravity defying clothes a given, so they don’t count on my priority list. After a bit of deep thought I came up with these crucial items;

No. 3 – A VR Headset because Mars is pretty bleak so it would be handy to have access to a virtual reality.

No. 2 – A Manual Hand Drill because I’ve heard there’s water just below the surface on Mars. It could come in handy if I want a drink or a bath.

No. 1 – A pack of Chicken & Mushroom Pot Noodles, for emergencies and just in case I fancy a bit of junk food.

Amongst other important things that would be in my suitcase but didn’t make the top three cut were a garden Swingball tennis set; my Metallica collection, an Arsenal FC flag (a red flag for a red planet); a healthy stock of Macaroni (because I’m addicted to Macaroni cheese), my anti-allergy pills (just in case) and photos of Trump, Rees-Mogg, Farage, Gove and Boris to throw darts at as they’re one of the best reasons I can think of for moving to Mars.

zoolon3‘Eric the Seagull & Me’ curtesy of Rachel Carrera – note the shop name in the background!

Time for a song. One from my ‘Rainbows End’ album called ‘Silent Films’. I hope you enjoy;

Lastly, and following on from the track for their new album I posted a couple of weeks back, an older Villagers number called ‘That Day’. A lyric telling a love story is so hard to write without it ending up slushy. Not this one. It’s on my all-time favourite song list;

The Villagers aside – Copyright © 2014 Zoolon Audio.  All rights reserved.  Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.


      1. Did you pull a muscle , dislocate a bone or fracture , did you x Ray your arm. What on earth was your instructor thinking giving you such heavy weights , oh btw, how much did you push it? Seriously , Lord Zoolon, this is of the utmost worry that you are out of action , but hopefully for a short span of time.
        Just keep us updated of your progress and I hope you are not in pain.

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      2. A muscle injury – again. I think I might give up on weights and just stay with the treadmill and cross-trainer. I’ve a small gym at the back of the house so I can’t blame it on an instructor. My left hand still works. Also, this morning at 5.30am a fly somehow got into the house and was buzzing so close to my face it woke me up. I never wake up that early. I don’t like to kill things so I now need to find where he’s hiding and evict him! It’s a hard life, Lady Yasmin.

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      3. Get your army on to that son of a fly who broke your sleep, Lord Zoolon. It really is a hard life, ain’t it? What with the fly and broken muscles , I can’t but feel so sorry for you , Georgie pordgee pudding and pie, this case has macaroni cheese ggggeeeeez!
        Well, you take care , hope your right arm gets well soon , till then stay put , Lord Zoo🤓

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  1. What a curious collection to take to Mars! Metallica? I don’t think I’d have ever pegged you for Metallica. But then, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an entire Metallica album. I just haven’t the patience for metal.

    oh oh OH! I must write more properly, but do let your parents know their package came! After all the flooding and uncertainty about our house, their parcel was a much-needed ray of sunshine. I shall write more later, promise!

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      1. Well I’m glad you survived the smellies. 🙂 Come to think, the line at the PO is always a unique collection of characters–I should know, as my husband worked at one for years. You know things got crazy when he’d let me know he had to drive crates of baby chicks across town again. Yes, people mail baby chicks. No, not all the chicks make it, which…yeah. It’s pretty horrible.
        Oh, THIS song! I can see the appeal to learn it. x

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