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

Saturday, 17 February 2018

I (Heart) TS .....



..... for today's SoD how about a bit of TS ......

although in this first SoD .....
I reckon she has been watching Ane Brun in action

...... TS gets bit of a raw deal from the press [as you will hear later]
 but to be fair she is indeed a fine singer ....  

..... and this is the best bit ..... TS (Heart) Me too......how do I know this ? ....
well at 1:20 in to the song she turns to me and looks me straight in the eyes, 
that knowing look .......and if to reaffirm this, she has 
another cheeky sideways glance at me at 2:15 ..... oh it's love alright ....


what a fabby tune

And if proof were needed that TS (Heart) Me .... then in this tune, I swear to god ......



 at the end of the song she has a blank space and she's gunna write my name in it

...... and to seal the deal ? ....

she click click winks me .....

proof positive that........ TS (heart) me ......

But to show just what a great singer she is ....
here's a bonus SoD




The world was in black and white
but we were in screaming colour ....

what a killer line ....

I (heart) TS

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Happy birthday mate .......



.... because you're worth it ....



this can mean only one thing ....

 a SoD me thinks ....

let the day begin ....



love this band .... love this bike ....

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

You revisit the past and .....


 ........ are reminded just what a 
fantastic wordsmith

Glen Hansard is ...










If you have never seen him live you have never lived

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

6 degrees of captivation ......

Having been beguiled by Ane Brun, I then watched this YouTube of her ....



and was just captivated ..... Ane ... Ane .... I love you Ane .....

But it then got me thinking about other captivating performances ....

What about Perla .....


Perla .... Perla ..... I love you ......

Although you have no idea what she is singing about [I do now.... as I looked it up some time ago and this Mexican song has quite a story to tell ] but regardless .... you cannot take your eyes off her [well I couldn't] ......

Then of course there is the queen of captivation .....


I mean dancing on the back of a moving truck... what were you thinking Bjork .....

I suppose dancing around the Empire State building is a bit less bonkers



But Karen O dances with vigour and captivates all the way round ..... 
just so damned smiley ......

Then Camille captivated me on Mars .....




What a fab way to end a song .... how can you not be captivated by that ......

And then last but not least .... I tripped up on this one and thought wow .......



In fact so wow was I captivated by Alice Phoebe Lou.....

 I am going to see her live at Oslo on Thursday night ....

and here is another wonderful bonus track of hers .......



A song that not so much captivates .......

but tip toes across your soul ......