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And another thing …

I got up this morning to greet a sunny day, so here’s another offering from Tuba Skinny to get everyone in the mood. As usual, they’re playing at their usual pitch on Royal Street, New Orleans in February of last year (hence the wintry clothes), and in typical style – note the [...]

May 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

A hard choice to make

Spotted today, a choice by Clemencé Michallon of essential Bob Dylan’s songs that everyone needs in their lives, selected upon the occasion of his 79th birthday – see here – THE INDEPENDENT Whenever making a musical list, it’s sometimes a tough and subjective task to choose [...]

May 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

A pleasing find

It’s a fact of life that when you have some time on your hands and access to the internet you can come across some interesting or fun stuff. Shaye Cohn Today – as the first in an occasional series – I’m going to feature Tuba Skinny a busking jazz band previously unknown to [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Creative paradoxes

Donald Macleod on BBC Radio 3 has been presenting an excellent programme on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Perhaps the most significant aspect of a composer widely acclaimed as the greatest of all was that from 1814 he was totally deaf. Not only could he not hear his music but it’s [...]

May 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

If Elvis was The King, he was The Emperor …

Little Richard was a force of nature and an all-time popular musical great who influenced teenagers the world over and set thousands of pop and rock musicians/singers on the paths that led them ultimately to either lasting glory or oblivion. Whatever was bugging you in life, nobody could Rip It Up [...]

May 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

A momentary diversion …

For any Rusters unfamiliar with it, Saturday Night Live is a decades-old American broadcasting institution. My half-baked effort at suggesting a British equivalent might be a mix of the very best entertainment segments of the Graham Norton and/or Jonathan Ross chat shows combined with a human [...]

April 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Something for the weekend?

The American pianist and entertainer Liberace (1919-1987) was famous for … well … er … apart from being Liberace, making a spectacle of himself and being a showy but – many highbrow critics alleged – pretty average to useless piano player and an increasing butt of [...]

April 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Back in the day …

In the past I have joked that I have listened to – or should that be “noticed in any real sense”(?) – very little new music since about 1984 so today Rusters should perhaps prepare themselves to be taken back to the halcyon days of the 1960s and maybe just a little beyond. [...]

April 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Private Passions (Radio 3)

Desert Island Discs has declined in presentation and appeal yet the idea of a subject  talking about himself/herself accompanied by a choice of music is a clever one. Roy Plomley envisioned the programme as a music one. He would discuss the choice over lunch with the castaway at his club, even [...]

April 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

Frank Sinatra Documentary

This documentary directed by Alex Gibney – fully titled as Sinatra – All or Nothing At All and available on Netflix – gives a full and fair account of the 20th Century’s most famous vocalist. In fact there are three Sinatras; the singer, actor and man. The trajectory of his [...]

March 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

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