Category Archives: Ken McGrath

Drabble: Monday Night Dance Class – by Ken McGrath

by specklit

Ladies, please, no giggling at the back. We’re about to start. Spread out. Find your space.

Stacey, can you come to the front here.

And two, three, four. Hands together, twist away, pivot right. Very good Marybelle.

Now left foot forward, like ice on glass. Gently, gently, heel to toe, hands together and… excellent. Well I think we can all see by the flames there that Antoinette has mastered ‘The Enticing Of The Phoenix’.

I need you to practice this one at home ladies but remember to please, please, please take the batteries out of your smoke-alarms before you do.

Author’s Note: You never what they might be teaching at your local night school.


Drabble: Album Review: Hank Brand – What I Am Now – by Ken McGrath

by specklit

The second release in a planned trilogy, these twelve tracks document English singer Hank Brand’s recent, highly controversial, yet successful, full consciousness transplant.

Musically diverse as the narrative unfolds it moves from bare-bones piano and voice (opener ‘Human Still’), through swirling trip-hop soundscapes (‘Thoughtwaves’, ‘Alive In The Wires’) to bass heavy industrial metal (closer ‘A New Heartbeat’).

On stand-out track and album centrepiece ‘Empty-Shell Full-immersion’ they’ve actually captured the moment Brand goes from being human organic to electronic machine. Listen, you can hear the shift in his voice. Absolutely phenomenal. 5 stars. The world will never be the same again.

Author’s Note: I used to write reviews for a magazine and always wondered if the format would suit a short story.


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