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Just one more in a long line

The thing about 21st Century communications – e.g. the modern internet and social media, plus probably loads of other things that my grandchildren aged 7 and 3 know about but which I don’t – is that nobody is quite sure who and what might be listening to or reading your outpourings. These [...]

April 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Still going … but aren’t we all?

On Monday, having seen various positive or better newspaper arts reviews of the new Ryan Adams CD Prisoner, I went onto the Amazon website and bought myself a copy – which duly arrived yesterday. Adams and I have a little bit of history. He was originally in a band called Whiskeytown that [...]

February 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Music matters

I used to be an avid follower of pop music till the 1980s but now have moved to classical music. It took a bit of time to discover in the broad spectrum of classical music what I particularly enjoyed. That turned out to be compositions based on folklore like Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances or [...]

February 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

60th birthday at an iconic venue

Last night I attended the 60th birthday of an old friend held at the Clissold Arms Fortis Green, East Finchley. Not just another local. Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks lived opposite and the first and last musical sessions of the Kinks in 1960 an 1996 were played there. The room where we ate our [...]

February 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Lalaland- worth 7 Golden Globes?

The short answer is no. To justify these accolades a musical must have a better score and Lalaland barely has one memorable song. Think of the great MGM musicals of the fifties, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Gigi and the songs are memorable. The much and justifiably revived Oliver! does not [...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

The art of ‘making up your own rules’

One of the great things about the Rust – and it took a while to dawn upon me – is our laissez-faire editorial policy. When I first joined I found it all rather disconcerting. Indeed I found I wasn’t by any means the only correspondent who had initially felt it that represented [...]

January 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Can we fast-forward exactly twelve months please?

Well, thank God that’s over – and I don’t even believe in Him! You can call me Scrooge, or worse, if you like but I always find the second half of December going into the New Year as an ordeal and this one’s been no different to any other. It’s one of the most challenging periods of the [...]

January 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Blue and Lonesome – review

Last week I posted briefly about the imminent launch of the Rolling Stones’ new album Blue and Lonesome, an unexpected but (for some) welcome return to their early roots in blues and rhythm and blues. This further report comes in the wake of at last receiving my Amazon pre-ordered copy which I [...]

December 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

They’re always playing ‘START ME UP’ somewhere …

Being a fan of old-style Rhythm & Blues – rather than the modern hip-hop variety – I’ve been a fan/follower of the Rolling Stones down the ages ever since they first crossed my radar, probably at some point in 1963 a few weeks or months after the Beatles. I won’t provide here a summary [...]

November 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Concert at Brighton Dome/ the London Philarmonic

Before I review this concert which was chiefly the work of Jean Sibelius, I would like to add my ha’pporth to the continuing debate of attendance v stay at home in the context of a classical music. The argument might be that it is preferable to stay in and enjoy the same pieces on a state of [...]

October 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

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