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Of their time – maybe

Let me be frank. Generally-speaking, when it comes to the issue of ‘mature’ pop musicians continuing to make music and seeking to put it out in public, I’m a sceptic. Please don’t get me wrong – I’m denying neither the right of anyone to attempt to do whatever they want, irrespective of [...]

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

This woman’s work is not yet done

The sudden announcement that legendary UK singer Kate Bush will be undertaking her first ‘live’ gigs in thirty-five years (the Before The Dawn tour) took the media world by storm yesterday. As things stand, it seems that she will be playing 15 dates at what is now called London Eventim Apollo [...]

March 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Classic FM

Alongside the more highbrow Radio 3, Classic FM is regarded as the Reader’s Digest of classical music. It repeats well-known classics, what impresario Victor Hochauser called the bank manager’s choice, and has disc jockeys. In some programmes the jockettes  have velvety sensual [...]

March 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Peter Callander

Reading the obit section of the Times, I was saddened to read of the passing of songwriter Peter Callander as 44 years ago we met him on a family holiday in Rhodes.  He was the sort of fellow you would want to meet on holiday: jovial, fun loving and generous.  In that half-hearted way one does [...]

March 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Looking for the future

As die-hard rock and blues fans, my brothers and I like a bit of live music and so, on a half-recommendation picked up by one of us in Putney’s Half Moon pub, we congregated last night at The Borderline club off the Tottenham Court Road to watch some young bands strut their stuff. It’s been a [...]

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

The kind of thing that passes me by

This week the world has been mourning the passing of highly-respected banjo-plucking folk music legend Pete Seeger at the age of 94. I’ve been reading a range of obituaries setting out the highlights of his long career and the extent of his influence upon American society that extended way [...]

January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rick Wakeman – still an outstanding musician and good bloke

Keyboard player Rick Wakeman occupies an enviable niche in the pantheon of British rock music. I’d hate to saddle him with ‘national treasure’ status but – despite his well-documented professional and personal excesses – he attracts a grudging respect even in those like me who [...]

January 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Remembering a British blues legend

Pure self-indulgence this, but I’m not apologising. I’m a committed fan of live music and especially blues or old-style R & B. Having been a teenager in the 1960s, the blues first came to my attention via the Rolling Stones, probably their Little Red Rooster single, if I’m trying to be [...]

December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

… And The The Rest

Neil McCormick selects Bob Dylan’s thirty greatest songs in the Daily Telegraph today – see here – BOB DYLAN’S GREATEST Do you agree with his [...]

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

HOW DID IT GO AGAIN …?

We learned this week that the older generation can maintain a brighter outlook on life in general by wallowing in nostalgia. A study by researchers at the University of Southampton, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, has concluded that those who are encouraged, for [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

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