Woke up, it was a grey Tuesday. Went downstairs, brewed the tea, watched a few minutes of the (frankly depressing) news on TV. Took the tea upstairs for the customary half hour lie-in, listening to the wireless. It was just coming up to the hour and Radio Caroline had gone into commercials mode, so I … Continue reading Tuesday, 31st August 2021.
I wrote Cosmic Generation as a song; I didn't have any music for it, but I felt that it had a certain rhythm, maybe a certain beat...
We went to see Steeleye Span in concert at Chesham's Elgiva Theatre the other night, a small group of us. It was a fantastic concert. I didn't take any photos - yeah, I know, if there aren't photos on Facebook (or WordPress) then it never happened, right? I didn't take any photos because I was … Continue reading Below the Salt, above Expectations.
Sometimes you just have to go back to the source. The first time that I heard of or indeed heard anything by the Canadian rock band Rush it was their song, Closer To The Heart. Closer To The Heart had been released as a single in the UK in January 1978 and by February had … Continue reading Closer To The Heart
Musical appreciation, a blog piece in three parts at least, in which I digress... I know, I know, I've said it before but I'm jolly well going to say it again. Musical appreciation is hugely subjective. One person's Rib Eye Steak is another person's Tofu Burger. Speaking of which, which I don't believe I was … Continue reading Spicy Progressive Concierto Burger, anyone?
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, by Gil Scott-Heron. I first heard this poem/song many years ago, I didn’t catch who it was by, I just heard it and thought; Yeah, I quite like that… It’s one of those songs that whilst you like it, it sort of slips through the grasp of memory until … Continue reading Revolution…
In the early 1980s three of my friends and I 'emulated' the then new Sony Walkman devices by placing a large reel to reel tape recorder in a wheelbarrow with a 12 V lead-acid battery and an inverter to produce the requisite ac voltage to power the tape recorder. We then plugged 4 pairs of … Continue reading Wheelbarrow Walkman
Did you ever buy a record album purely on the strength of its cover artwork? I have, a number of times. Seeing a striking album cover and being almost compelled to buy the album with no idea of what kind of music you may be buying. There is always the notion that perhaps the music … Continue reading Don’t Look Now, Karen’s Gone To The Moon
Let me just say that my cola of choice is Pepsi, however, when the mighty Coca-Cola Company released their 'First Time' advertisement in 1987 I had a sneaking liking for the tune and when Robin Beck released it as a single in 1988, sure, I bought it. Well, this morning it got played on the … Continue reading Guilty pleasures, an occasional series. Robin Beck: First Time.
Ostrzeszów is a town in the mid-south and west of Poland which has been extant since around the 1280s. In the 1300s King Kazimierz III The Great had a castle built in the town to serve in both a defensive and administrative role. The castle was essentially a rectangular brick enclosure, 27 metres by 39 … Continue reading Baszta ProgFest, Ostrzeszów, 2019