THIS IS OUR LAST DANCE…
First an apology. It’s been a month since David Bowie died and if you’re suffering from Bowie fatigue then trust me, it’s not my intention to add to your misery but I just feel the need to add my piece to the Everest of tributes. Many hundreds of thousands of words have been uttered in his honour across every conceivable forum, many by people who in some cases knew him or worked with him for forty years or more. My blog for February had already been written when the news broke but I decided to park that one and start again.
The alarm on my phone sounded at 7.15 on the morning of January 11th and I scrambled across the darkened room to silence it. When I picked it up my attention was immediately drawn to the notification scrolling across the top of the screen – “Guardian Music : David Bowie dead at 69”. It took a moment to fully register with me, blinking, re-reading the headline and then clicking through to the full article to make sure I’d read it right. But there it was….Read
“I’ll carry on doing this until I drop”…
Of the many marvellous aphorisms ascribed to Oscar Wilde there’s one which rings particularly true. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all”. As ever with this kind of thing Oscar nailed it and when I’m at a loose end it leads me to the bookcase to shake the dust off some volume hitherto untouched since, well, since the last century in some cases. Last month it was “Tomorrow is too late”, Ray Moore’s autobiography. I bought it and first read it back in April 1989, I know this because I’d scribbled the date inside the front cover.Read
Season’s Greetings one and all!
A couple of months back I was considering ideas for this, the December blog. Something suitably yule-themed was the obvious line to pursue and what better way to do it than to write about Christmas songs we have known and loved. Easiest assignment ever I thought. It’s the blog that writes itself, and so it proved too as I set off at a whirlwind pace. So far so good then, that is until I reached what I would consider the half-way point. The “obvious line” it seemed to me was straying ever wider of the mark to the extent that I was well on the way to writing an Anthony Beevor sized tome, more or less starting with “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (still the greatest, folks!) and getting to 1973 and Slade’s blockbusting “Merry Xmas Everybody” before the realisation dawned that Slade’s song alone is worthy of a blog or book in its own right….Read
“Dear God Just Release The Box Already”
The above quote is from one of the forums on Backstreets.com, the premier Bruce Springsteen fan site and it very well sums up the plight of us die-hard Bruce devotees, which is that once you’re in you’d better be ready to endure exasperation the like of which you previously couldn’t have imagined. You don’t like The Boss? I understand, but bear with me, there’s a point to all of this.
Here’s the deal – two years or so ago rumours began to circulate of a box set containing multiple CDs and DVDs specifically dealing with “The River” album. Now everybody knows the song of course but might not be aware that the album itself is superlative, one of his best.
Learning your instrument…
Hey there, and welcome to TCRfm’s new website and to this, the first of my monthly blogs. I suspect these will be more often than not music related and that being the case where better to start than with the basics – learning your instrument.Read