Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Education is important but ........



...... the love of great music is importanter ......

for both of these SoD's
set the screen to full size
and volume to blast loud .....







now tell me you are not feeling dead clever ......

Friday, 30 November 2018

The weather men must have it wrong .....


.... this surely can't be Brighton Beach in late November ......


but it is you know .....

there can only be one SoD for it ....




 however, it is not strictly true that there is only one SoD

in the past 7 years I have been to Australia a fair few times ...
but my arrival each time is met with a huge sadness ...
the fact he is not here to greet me ...

despite it being 24th November 2011 that I said my last good bye
oh what I would do to be sat here with him now.....
for just one more day ...










Saturday, 24 November 2018

China middle aged woman .....

... It has been the best part of 40 years since I last visited main land China, and such is the change I saw on my arrival...... I could have been in any modern western metropolis ...... unlike the industrial town of Dalian in 1980.

Back then, there were very few private cars on the road, , most people were bedecked in Chairman Mao suits and riding push bikes. There was a road side butchers stall with the meat hanging in the open with string from the wooden stall, with the finest pigs head on show.

At the main dept store, we weren't even given real money to spend, just visitors notes ..... and as you walked in ... the most obvious ..... spittoons at each entrance to the store .....

Fast forward 40 years [or so] and the roads are filled with cars ..... even a Porsche Boxster .... KFC's ...... designer stores ....... people fixated at their palms, seduced by their smart phones ...... Micky D's and even a 'fake' Rover 75 ......


A taxi driver was using a smart phone for sat nav and a second phone to have a videochat .... all whilst driving .......

Although the funny thing was no spittoons ...... that having been said traveling in the airport shuttle bus .... the driver snorted up what sounded like a gold watch ..... and must have been hankering after the good old days ...... but instead he wound down the bus window and with a resounding thrup ..... it hit the tarmac ..... loverly I thought .....

I did discover though ...... that I and a chinese taxi driver had something in common. It was only by pure happenstance we should have met as well ..... for my journey to Heathrow, I thought I would buy a new thermos flask. I went to my local Tesco and looking through ... there was a very trendy style fliptop one .... not a flask, not a mug .... but somewhere in between ..... never seen them before, but that'll be perfect .....

Well bugger my old sea boots, as I was traveling in the taxi to the Mausoleum of the Western Han Dynasty of the Nanyue King ...... in between his video chats .... the taxi driver leant over to the other seat ..... and picked up ..... a fliptop thermos flask ... identical to one the I had recently bought ..... who'd have thought it .... a Chinese taxi driver shopping at my local Tesco store ......

Today's SoD was written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop around the time I was last in China .... it is said .... although I was not there to verify it .... that the song was written about a girl Iggy was infatuated with ... and possibly not even Chinese .... I have to admit I prefer the Bowie version ... as much as I love Iggy ... his version is a bit too raw .....

But it got me thinking .... if it was written 40 years ago about a young woman .... then by now, just like me .... a young man grown old .... then so must she ....

So for today's SoD
we have David Bowie 
and one of his greatest hits ....

China Middle Aged Woman ...






Wednesday, 31 October 2018

What is the world coming to when .....

... you can't even wash your feet in the pisser .....

A couple of weekends back I was at the Birmingham MAC to see a film, and sure enough I had the call of nature .... but my eye was caught with the following sign .....


The only thing I could think was .... who in their right mind would want to wash their feet in the toilets ? .... but more than one person must have ... to have prompted them to put up a sign ....

But if that wasn't b[m]ad enough .... I then saw this headline earlier in the week ......
"Clean-up bill for Ipswich man who used fruit machine as urinal"



For fook's sake ...... I must have missed that lesson in Domestic Science at school when it came to toileting ......

But then last night my faith in the human race was restored ...... of course through the power of music .....

I was watching Live with Jools, and it wasn't much of a line up but then he introduced Terry Reid .... and there was some middle aged bloke with a guitar ..... Terry who ?  .... yes exactly ... that's what I thought .....

But ..... but ..... Terry Reid is probably one of the greatest singer song writers this country has never heard of ..... just like America has Sixto Rodriguez .... Then we have Terry Reid ...... Terry Reid was destined to be the lead singer of Led Zeppelin .... but due to contractual reasons he could not take up the offer and the rest .... they say .... is history .....

But listening to him, even in the twighlight of his career you know he is something special .... so off I trotted to YouTube and searched for Terry Reid .... the first song to catch my eye was May Fly .... simply for the reason that Paul Weller has a wonderful song on his latest album ..... called .... yep May Fly .... check it out ... classic Paul Weller .....

Anyway I though I would give Terry's Mayfly a go ..... well fooking hell and for good measure fook my old sea boots once more ....... I have decided that I could listen to this song on repeat to the end of time, and still it wouldn't be long enough to appreciate just how good this song is ..... how have I lived this life, and now only just discovered this song ?!?

It was written in 1969 ..... people gush how magnificent Nick Drakes, Pink Moon song is .... I gush how magnificent Nick Drakes Pink Moon song is, but that was written in 1972 and you can only wonder if Nick was a fan of May Fly ..... people gush how magnificent David Bowie's, Life on Mars song is .... I gush how magnificent David Bowie's, Life on Mars song is, but that was written in 1971 and listening to the piano work you can only wonder if Davie was a fan of May Fly.......

Who know's maybe Paul Weller is a fan too ......


But I have to warn you .... 
when you listen to today's SoD 
you too will become a fan of Terry Reid ...


A song that defies definition 
other than it is worthy 
of any SoD collection .... 

Take me back there again
Let me feel the same way
As I always used to say
 

While there's still time, mmm
But as


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Rampant lesbian romps .....

... a couple of weeks back Valerie Singleton was bemoaning the fact that Joan Armatrading would not dispel the rumours that they had a rampant lesbian romp .....

Whoooooa ..... wait a minute .... Val Singleton was my generation of Blue Peter, and I've been tuned into Joan Armatrading since she was me myself I ...... but I had never heard this rumour before ..... so had Val not bemoaned about this, I for sure would never had known about it .... and I suspect nor would 1000's of others .... so instead of quashing the rumour all Val has done is spread it to a wider audience.....Val was complaining it had blighted her life, all because she had once interviewed Joan Armatrading ....

The funny thing is I bumped into Joan last night in Bury St Edmunds .... here was my chance to ask her direct .....

Now when I say bumped into her ... it wasn't so much as bumped into her ...... as sat near the stage bumped into her ......



She was here .... but we were banned from taking pictures of her ... so you will have to imagine her here ......

Anyway, I thought best not to shout out my question and instead let her sing her version of events ..... and strangely enough not once did she mention any rampant lesbian romps with Valerie Singleton .....

But she did knock out some great tunes ..... here are some fab songs from her playlist last night ....












And as she left the stage it looked as if some woman had thrown her knickers on the stage at Joan.... I swear to god she looked like Val ....

Friday, 28 September 2018

Sugarman Postscript ....

For all my exuberance at finding Sugarman .... there is a slight sadness postscript ......

To all intents and purpose the film .... Searching For Sugarman ...... was made by Malik Bendjelloul, a Swedish film maker ...... of course he didn't 'make' every bit of the film but he was the alto ego of the movie making process ......

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day, so I took the day off work and rode the Ducati into central London ... after a great lunch with clients, I rode the bike out to the Royal Albert Hall and parked close by [all free of charge] ... and no sooner had I stepped off the bike and I was then in my seat waiting for Sixto Rodriguez to appear.

Had Malik Bendjelloul not been seduced by the story of Sugarman and then made his film, then chances are I would probably never have heard of Sixto Rodriguez, thus not being enthralled with his music, then not seen him live at the Albert Hall, and in turn not had a great day off work yesterday .... a day to remember well .....

In 2012 the movie won critical acclaim and Malik Bendjelloul was on the cusp of wider acknowledgement of his talent too ....... but one day in May 2014 he jumped in front of a train ......

In my adult life, I have known 4 people close to me who have suffered the loss of a loved one close to them, through suicide ....... it's a subject there are few words for and perhaps best described by a feeling ...... a feeling of utter sadness .........

Last night as I sat clapping, and whoop whooping at the wonder of Sixto Rodriguez, I was reminded of Malik Bendjelloul without whom, I would not have been entertained so well last night .....

In the words of Mitch Albom ........ There are no random acts.... you can no more separate one life from another, than you can separate the breeze from the wind.....

I'll let Sugarman sing out the month




Last night .... I found ....

.... Sugarman .... at the Royal Albert Hall of all places ....

Back in 2012 a movie came out called ..... Searching for Sugarman ..... I read the blurb .... and thought oh that sounds interesting, I'll go and see that .... but for a whole variety of reasons, primarily procrastination I never did watch it .....

So at the beginning of this year, I was going through my 2012 todo list, and I came across the entry .... "watch Sugarman" ..... so I went on line, ordered the movie .... and no sooner had it arrived and I whizzed it into the DVD player ....

Well fook my old sea boots .... what a fantastic uplifting movie, that charts first the optimism, then the decline and finally the global recognition of the man that has become known as Sugarman ....

So as the final credits rolled, I ordered the music and then checked to see if he did any tours .... well fook my old sea boots once more ..... he had just announced a gig at the Royal Albert Hall .....

So there I was last night, sat in my seat and out he came ...... not out out .... I mean out on stage out ....

Here he is ..... 
no cardboard cut out, no X factor wanna be and no hologram
Ladies and gentlemen I give you ......


The legend that is Sixto Rodriguez ......

Take it away Sugarman ....
The floor is all yours .....








but hey don't spend all your time watching youtube .....
get down to your nearest Blockbuster store and rent a copy of the movie ...

On the way back grab, some popcorn.... fill the fridge with beer
and who knows ....

you too might find Sugarman



Thursday, 20 September 2018

close your eyes and .......



.... stay close to me ....
... wherever I go .....


In my heart you will always be .....

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Tempus Fugit ......


........... there I was at the weekend spinning the pedals on the Wiggle Suffolk Spinner, a 62 mile bike ride around the eastern regions of Suffolk ........... when it came to my attention that last weekend was also the Dunwich Dynamo, a 110 mile bike ride from Hackney to Dunwich ......

Crikey that was 2 years ago when I rode that and yet it seemed like yesterday ..... where the fook has the last 2 years gone ..... I reckon my pedals must be connected to the hands on my watch .... the faster I pedal ...... the faster the hands turn ......the quicker tempus fugit ......

But of all the things that have happened in the last 2 years at least the Dunwich Dynamo is one of those things I can think back on with fond memories .... one of the best bike rides I have ever done .... riding through the night and completing the 110 miles in a very respectable 7.5 hrs ..... not bad for a bloke in his 50's .... it works out at around 15mph  .....which got me thinking some more ,....

On average Tour De France riders [by way of an example] ride a stage at about 30mph average speed .... but many of them are about half my age ..... so if you divide my age by 2 you need to increase my speed by 2 so that damn near makes me a TdF contender .... surely ?

I must admit though, after 110 miles through the night even my bike had to 
have a lie down on the beach .....
[ in preparation for the additional 30 mile ride back to my home ]


The weather for my Dynamo was fab ....
[ unlike this weekend when I got pissed wet through on the WSS .....  ]
and when I arrived on the beach at Dunwich
the sun had just come up over the yard arm and ...

the view over the North Sea looked almost biblical ........



Which must be a cue for a SoD ...... 
a song from the Bible .... 
nooooooo not ....... Onward Christian Soldiers .... 

this Bible .....
I still have the original 7" vinyl of this song ....
a great 80's tune ...



[funny thing is .... can't remember the last time 
I heard onward christian soldiers played in public ]

Friday, 6 July 2018

Love them or loathe them ....

... but whatever it is ... I must say that Apple do choose some great music for their adverts .....

Recently we had the wonderful Fantastic Man by William Onyeabor.

William left this life 18 months ago, and despite being a revered artist he never played live. But inspite of this, his music is so life affirming ...... and Apple's advert matched the beauty of the song .....

And now .... Apple's latest advert brings the brilliant Daniel Johnston and his story of an artist .... I featured this as my song of the day over 4 years ago .... I remember when I first heard my first Daniel Johnston song [Love will find you in the end] and at first I thought ...... ugh ...... what the fook is this  .... but in a nano second ..... I then suddenly thought wow ....what the fook is this .... this is just genius ....

Now we have Apple bringing Daniel to the masses ...... Daniel Johnston is a troubled soul ... but his music, his lyrics are nothing short of genius ....... the Apple advert only provides a snippet of the song .... when you listen to the whole song it finishes with the lines ......

They sit in front of their TVs
Saying, "Hey! This is fun!"
And they laugh at the artist
Saying, "He doesn't know how to have fun."

The best things in life are truly free
Singing birds and laughing bees
"You've got me wrong", says he
"The sun don't shine in your TV"

Which I think makes it somewhat ironic that Apple are trying to flog you their computers with a Daniel Johnston song pointing out the real beauty of life ...... who knows perhaps Apple know this and are merely being self deprecating .......

There are 3 great versions of the song out there ... so I will offer up all three ....starting with Daniel, then me old mate Glen and finally what I think to be a worthy rendition by Jerry Fish .... I'll let you decide which you prefer ..... I hope you pick Daniel Johnston .... as an aside you will hear Glen Hansard reference Daniel's song ... Some things last a long time .... check it out .... it's another beautiful track ......





The Apple Fantastic Man advert can be seen by .... clicking here ....

I want you to tell me how I look ....
Tell me please how I look ....
Tell me please how I look ....

You look so good ...... Fantastic man ....





Thursday, 21 June 2018

I never was .......


... any good at ballet ..... 
but Van knows a bit about the subject ..... 
don't ya Van

Take it away Van ..... 
tell em all about it ....




Thursday, 24 May 2018

1 + 1 = 2 .....

... everyone knows that ... right ?

Imagine some snot nose kid said to you ..... why does 1 + 1 = 2 ? ...... you would reply .....because it does .....

But what if the snot nose kid then said ...... how does 1 + 1 = 2 ? ..... that one would probably have most people screwed ......in 1910 ... it took Alfred Whitehead and Bertrand Russell  300 pages of narrative to explain it ......

So after reading 300 pages to said snot nose kid .... he then retorts ..... ok then smart arse ..... explain Magic Numbers to me .....

That would be a piece of piss ..... 2 hours on a Tuesday night in a re-assigned church in Colchester .....



.... and you will know all there is to know about Magic Numbers .....

For today's SoD I first heard this song in 2006 on a plane to Australia .... 
I loved it then and I still love it

In those 12 years, I've got older, my hair turned white, my teeth going to pot, closely followed by my belly, become 50% orphan ....basically gone to shit .... and yet this song .... this song has aged like a fine wine ..... it gets better every time I listen to it .....


 a most beautiful soundtrack moment ....

Friday, 27 April 2018

Could this be the proof of re-incarnation .....

..... I've referred to Jeff Buckley as my Elvis ..... but last night I was wondering if I was witnessing the second coming ..... and in Hackney of all places .....

I admit that the Hackney Empire was perhaps not as global as say the Roman Empire, and I mean what did the Romans ever do for us ..... but the Hackney Empire ..... what they did ...... well that's easy to answer ..... staged great music ......

I would not be the first person to put the names Jeff Buckley and Isaac Gracie in the same sentence .... and it's perhaps not the most original thought ..... but seeing Issac with his guitar on stage .....




And then listening to him ...... did get me wondering .... could this be the proof of re-incarnation .... who is not to say it exists ....and any one who has seen the film ...What Dreams May come ...who knows .... even the setting had Cherubs at hand .....


Isaac also sang the wonderful Bob Dylan song, ......I shall be released ..... for which Jeff Buckley provides a sublime version on his wonderful Live at Siné recordings .....without doubt one of the best CD's in my collection .....

But for now, the jury is out ..... however that does not in anyway diminish the fab renditions from Isaac Gracie last night .... primarily songs from his self titled first Album .....

If you are reading this Isaac, and there is a good chance you are, just remember though ...... do not and I repeat for effect ..... do not ....go swimming in the river, full clothed, late at night ..... you will drown .... but of course if you are the re-incarnation of Jeff ..... you will know that already .....

For now here is a couple of my top selections from last night ........



who isn't running on empty ? .....

I love this song ......



who isn't just doing ok ?

At this point I wanted to post Hollow Crown
but for what ever reason there is no online video of that song
so if you like the first 2 offerings and want to hear Hollow Crown
then buy his album ...... and if after hearing it .....
you think what shite .... let me know and I will refund you the purchase price

but you won't go .... what shite ...... you will go ..... oh my word
how could someone so young be so in tune with the human emotion so well ....

As a final alternative I thought about Darkness of the Day,
which does not appear on the newly released album

Last night it was fab .....but the only online version sounds as
though it was recorded in the bog .....

Instead we have this song, which is a great SoD to finish the week with....



How did any of us get here ?

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Hey Rusty .....



... Easter was such a wash out ....
with all that rain
 
surely there can only be one SoD for it ....



Lloyd Cole is a fantastic musician, 
I can never understand why I've not seen him live ....

Hey Lloyd .. tour dates ?

Friday, 16 March 2018

Let us all pray at the ......



....... alter of  .....


The Reverend Damien Jurado


Damien Jurado has featured more than once on SoD 
but last night in Bethnal Green
he featured live .....

there are moments in time when the world stops turning,
last night for 2 hours so it became that the world stopped turning ....

How do you choose which Damien Jurado sermon for today's SoD ?

well I choose this one ....

from his up coming album ....


Let your cries be enjoyed 
Let it always and forever fill the void 
Allow my heart some room 
May it be so that you'll one day need me soon


..... god bless you my child where ever you may be x