PTW Music Club

Exciting news!

All of the music, videos and lyrics that I talk about on Pushing the Wave are now available to watch together on one single YouTube playlist:


Space Invader

Space Invader, by Prinzhorn Dance School


Pin to the beat

Recently, I told you about a board on Pinterest I had started on Great books that I love.

Now, I have launched a board on my personal selection of Great albums. Check it out here, or use the pincode below.

Great Albums Pincode

Dear Lucifer & Other Stories is out now on: Apple Books, Amazon, Google Play and Kobo.

No Way Home is also available now on: Apple Books, Amazon, Google Play and Kobo.

Scarlatti – Euridice dall'Inferno

Today, I’ve been listening to an album of music by Alessandro Scarlatti, performed by Ars Lyrica Houston.

They present première recordings of two works – Euridice dall’Inferno and La concettione della Beata Vergine – alongside Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Minor and the Toccata in A Major.

It’s a wonderful collection, with elegant and refined performances that nevertheless carry emotional weight.

You can read more about it on, or you can listen below.


Beth Gibbons - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki.


I Could Write a Book

I Could Write a Book by Dinah Washington


Mozartian mind grease

How do you keep going when you have a looming writing deadline or overwhelming word count to achieve, or when you’re writing something that is far outside your comfort zone?

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Hip-Hop Was To Blame After All

Hip-Hop Was To Blame After All by Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer


I Will Magnify Thee

Chandos Anthem No.5 in A, "I Will Magnify Thee, O God", HWV 250c, by George Frideric Handel.

Artists: Lynne Dawson, soprano; Patrizia Kwella, soprano; James Bowman, countertenor; Ian Partridge, tenor; Michael George; bass; The Sixteen, on period instruments, directed by Harry Christophers.



Obsessing by Kilo Kish



Soukura by Alsarah & The Nubatones


The Loneliest Guy

The Loneliest Guy, David Bowie, Reality


Moss Garden

Moss Garden, David Bowie, Heroes


Be My Wife

"Sometimes you get so lonely

Sometimes you get nowhere"

Be My Wife, David Bowie, Low


All I Want

"I am on a lonely road and I am traveling,

Looking for the key to set me free"

All I Want, Joni Mitchell, Blue



Last year, I crossed to the Turkish side of Nicosia and wandered the quiet, still streets.

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Walking through El Born on a Friday night in Barcelona, I heard a riotous, musical clatter.

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Born Under Punches

"All I want is to breathe

Won’t you breathe with me?"

Born Under Punches, Talking Heads, Remain in Light


The Motel

"Explosion falls upon deaf ears

While we’re swimming in a sea of sham

Living in the shadow of vanity"

The Motel, David Bowie, 1.Outside


No Surprises

"I’ll take a quiet life,

A handshake of carbon monoxide"

No Surprises, Radiohead, OK Computer


Strange News from Another Star

"All I want to be, is washed out by the sea"

Strange News from Another Star, Blur, Blur



"I’m torn between the light and dark

Where others see their target

Divine symmetry"

Quicksand, David Bowie, Hunky Dory


Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

"Oh no love! You’re not alone

No matter what or who you’ve been

No matter when or where you’ve seen"

Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide, David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars



"The very first time I touched your skin

I thought of a story and rushed to reach the end too soon."

Primary, The Cure, Faith


Mourning Air

"Beyond the window

I feel this fear alone"

Mourning Air, Portishead, Portishead


All the Madmen

"And I’d rather play here

With all the madmen

For I’m quite content

They’re all as sane as me"

All the Madmen, David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World


The Same Deep Water As You

"The shallow drowned lose less than we'

You breathe

The strangest twist upon your lips

'And we shall be together... '"

The Same Deep Water as You, The Cure, Disintegration

Hear it on YouTube.