Songs To The Siren

This is a blog about songs.

Songs that I love.

Given the title, it shouldn't surprise anyone that we'll kick off with Song To The Siren. I'll try to add a few per week once it's up and running, though the update rate should be higher to start off with. Expect one per day for a while.

There will be a lot of "indie with female vocalists" cos that's my bag, but there will be some variety too - I'm listening to way more instrumental music than I used to, for example.

I tend to listen mostly to 'current' music, but there won't be so many recent songs on this blog, because, for a song to be written up here, it needs to be something I've lived with for a while, and that I know won't be something I'm likely to tire of soon.

The working title for the blog was "Songs I'll Never Tire Of", which describes it well, albeit with arguably dodgy grammar. The title didn't stick, but the principle will.

Privacy

You'll need to create a login if you wish to comment. All comments are moderated. Disagreeing with my choices is ok, but being rude isn't. Recommendations of other stuff I might like are obviously welcome.

The only Personally Identifiable Information (PII) that we keep is the email address you register with. Soon, I'll implement logging in via other methods (e.g. via Twitter), so I won't even need the email address then.

Source code

The code behind the blog can be found on GitHub.

The current implementation is in "Modern Perl", using the Mojolicious framework. I don't need any emails telling me that the term "Modern Perl" is an oxymoron, I'm only too well aware, thanks :)

You can fork it to run a version with your own changes. The licence is the fairly permissive MIT Licence.

PRs also welcome, though it's worth getting in touch before spending a lot of effort on something.

FAQ

Q: Why does it look so awful?

A: I make no claims to be a designer, sorry :)

Q: Have you tested it for readability for people with various forms of colour-blindness?

A: Not yet, but it is something I intend to do as soon as I can. If anyone is in a position to report any such issues, please reached out to me david (at) ytfc.com - thanks

Q: Why is it all old music?

A: I'm old. But as it happens, unusually for people of my age, I tend to listen mostly to new stuff. However, the original idea behind this blog was, as mentioned above, to list songs I know I'll always love. And you have to live with a song for some time to know if it's one you will never tire of.

Author

David Stevenson, currently residing in Oxford, UK.

david (at) ytfc.com