love's small philosophies
is a collection of song lyrics and verse spanning almost thirty years.
On revisiting the pieces which constitute this volume, it is apparent that they can make for torrid reading when viewed en bloc.
However, many are intended to be ironic and read with generous helpings of black humour while exploring the peculiar insanities arising when love is gained and when it is lost.
The nature of their origins necessitates their often bleak aspect, since they were to a large degree laid down at times of emotional extremes, both good and bad.
After so long, it is possible to retread them with interest and curiosity, but also with some sense of distance and a conviction that the events here related occurred to some entirely imaginary hapless hero.
Michael Hall is a terminally confused, but essentially calm and contented ex-technical illustrator, looking for new avenues to explore, whose dream is to one day escape the protective blanket of Retro DVD Heaven to find that a new life awaits in the Off-World Colonies; a chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure, away from the computer and TV. Lyric writing continues, as it began, in a semi-autobiographical attempt to assert some degree of feeble control at times in life when he clearly has none. This Cathartic Diary Method consists of protracted spells of furious and traumatic activity, followed by even longer periods of numb, but welcome indolence when all is quiet on Planet Calculus . . . perhaps too quiet. Michael enjoys beer and talking about himself in the third person.