Stroke Of Midnight-Heartache

Today’s daily prompt asks what we were doing at the stroke of midnight last night and if we would have wished to be anywhere else.

In truth 2015 was a wonderful year for my family and I.  Amongst the highlights my wife started a new job last January that she really loves, My son did brilliantly in his GCSE’s and is now studying hard for his ‘A’ levels.  We spent Christmas abroad on holiday but returned feeling ill with a bug or a touch of food poisoning.  As a result we cancelled a planned new-year party and for the first time in many years spent new-year without my best and oldest friend.

During the evening my friend rang to give me some awful news.  A mutual friend that we served in the Navy with back in the late 1970’s collapsed and died at his home in Spain yesterday.

Roy was a gentle giant of a man, kind, funny, thoughtful and real gentleman.  My friend Steve and I were planning a trip to Spain in February or March to catch up with Roy and his wife Christine but now he is gone.  Just like that.

As a result I spent a few minutes sat in my garden at midnight, alone with a glass of good scotch whisky.  It was a cold clear evening, the stars twinkling, as the clock struck midnight and the fireworks took to the skies I shed a tear and raised a glass to Roy.

I wish you fair winds and calm seas old friend.  Each year from here on I will raise a glass in your memory as the year ends.


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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

5 thoughts on “Stroke Of Midnight-Heartache

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      1. joyroses13

        You are welcome and shocks like that makes the loss so much harder I believe. It is always hard to lose someone but when its so sudden and unexpected, I think the pain cuts harder into the heart. Thanks for the good wishes and I hope your year will be blessed as well! Hopefully it can turn out to be a good year like 2015 was for you all!

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