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Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls - When in doubt…Ridout Blog


29 April 2015
When in doubt…Ridout Blog
Rebecca Ridout

I've been listening to Joe Stilgoe's album ‘New Songs for Old Souls' on repeat* this week but there's one lyric in particular that keeps on jumping out at me and it got me thinking - with a theatrical spin of course. In his track ‘Roll' he says that "youth is wasted on the young" and even at my tender age I often wish I could go back and squeeze more out of my youth. I know, I know, some of you may be mentally (quite vigorously) shaking me right now saying "YOU ARE STILL YOUNG, WOMAN!" but I'm talking childhood/teenage years here. Youth is definitely something we all take for granted. It's the ultimate never-knowing-how-good-you-had-it-until-it-was-gone scenario. Childhood was the best wasn't it!?

*I seriously mean on repeat. I listened to it all the way home from work and I'm still listening to it. I just danced to my kettle, danced whilst making a cuppa and danced back to my laptop. I defy you to resist the jazzy goodness of that album. Please note: I'm not being paid to advertise it. It's just that good.Trust me, you need it in your life.


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