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All that jazz

Michael Stuart, our music man, is eclectic and you can read anything from Rod Stewart to Rigoletto in his column but rarely – if at all – jazz. This mirrors the general attitude to jazz. Major jazz figures and bands are still relatively unknown. It has more of a cult following. This is [...]

January 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Farewell to a member of the Fab Two

Overnight came the sad news of the death of Neil Innes – a talented musician, humourist, former stalwart of the Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, Monty Python collaborator and all round good egg – at the age of 75. One way or another, had the cards fallen his way, he could easily have become one [...]

December 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

The festive spirit

Here’s a bit of fun for this time of year. Sometimes I go on the YouTube website in order to entertain myself or remind myself of musical or other performances from the past. Like many websites, YouTube continually ‘remembers’ the choices you make and then offers you new items, on [...]

December 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Wimpole Street’s song traditions

You think of Wimpole Street more of a medical quarter than Tin Pan Alley but it can lay claim to two famous songs. The first is Yesterday composed by Paul McCartney when he lived in a flat there with Jane Asher whose father was a famous consultant. The tune came to him in a dream which posed a [...]

December 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of it is that there is no art

During our impromptu festive phone call yesterday, in passing the Rust’s editor and I touched briefly upon the number of business journalists, marketing and branding experts, friends and acquaintances who still express themselves baffled by our astonishing global commercial success. Actually, to [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fidelio

In the music course at which I am an irregular attender we have been studying Beethoven. He only wrote one opera which is surprising as the other three major composers of the Viennese School – Haydn, Mozart and Schubert wrote many. He was not short of librettos and many music scholars are [...]

November 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Strange new and remembered times

For those readers who may have missed it – particularly female ones – I begin my post today by providing a link to a piece by Meghan Daum that appears today upon the website of The Guardian in case it may be of interest. It is a thought-provoking opinion piece from the perspective of a [...]

October 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Ginger Baker – RIP

Going back to the Dark Ages when I was a teenager I have to be honest and admit the brilliance and joys of the supergroup Cream – rightly lauded as a seminal influence upon rock musicianship and heavy metal music – rather passed me by. Perhaps in those days I was a bit of a wimp. While [...]

October 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Mendelssohn’s Elijah/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Last night at the Royal Festival Hall I attended a performance of Elijah, first performed in 1846 in Birmingham Town Hall. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was something of a young prodigy and also popular in Great Britain. This oratorio employs soloists, a choir, orchestra and organist so you get as [...]

October 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Something to write home about

As it happens I was out on the golf course yesterday partaking in a traditional practice round in the company of a Canadian relative by marriage in advance of an annual family tournament – an outing in days of yore used to be a welcome warm-up for the main event. Sadly, I fear that at my stage of [...]

October 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

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