Hadn’t seen this noted here before. Sad to see that David Axelrod of “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience” fame has died. I discovered his music late (I think from the “freak zone”), but regularly play “Experience”. Very much of it’s time which is a good thing in this case.
That’s terrible if true.
My 14 year old daughter is looking for some help and advice. She and a couple of her drama oriented friends want to perform a comedy sketch or two for the school. She has already had some success with an external small drama group who did the Python’s “Michaelangelo and the Pope – Last Supper” sketch but she thinks this may be just a bit edgy for her conservative all-girls school (“too jewish”).
So does anyone have any ideas? British sketches are generally preferred. As the audience is pretty young even hackneyed Python sketches are fresh to these new ears – however I am looking for something a bit more obscure. Fry and Laurie perhaps, the Two Ronnies (the “bad breath sketch” is a particular favourite of mine), or Victoria Wood (which may be more suitable given the all female actors and audience). All suggestions gratefully considered. Here’s an old Douglas Adams radio sketch with some potential.
I’m excited. “since I left you” has been a family favourite for a very long time. Its been a 16 year wait with lots of false expectations. I hope it lives up to the hype. This first song is pretty great.
Let me be the first to wish you all a lovely Easter. Here’s a song that never fails to make me both very happy and reduce me to tears for reasons I haven’t quite figured out.
Ouch! I’ll just post this without any comment on the particulars.
Tim Minchin does have a way with words – “I hear the tolling of the bell and it has a Pellian knell.” It’s not Richard Stillgoe for sure.
(Non Australians may want to Google “Cardinal Pell.”)
I’ve never been a huge Waterboys fan but I think Whole of the Moon is a wonderful, classic song. Inspired by the Glastonbury appearance I decided to try to work it out on the piano and while googling for clues, came across this video. Its Mr Scott playing for kids in a school. Apparently he was recording nearby and a teacher asked him to pop along. Its really rather lovely so I thought I’d share it. Apologies if its been posted before.
The Cardiacs are an archetypal vegemite/marmite band. Blur, Thom Yorke are huge fans. Peel hated them as did, it seems, most of the record buying public. I came to them very late, merely months before Tim Smith had his heart attack and stroke which ended the band. I pretty much instantly became a devoted and evangelical fan. Get a few drinks down me at parties and I become a Cardiac’s bore – “You really must give this a listen…. luckily I have it here on my phone … No wait … its great … really”
Anyway this particularly track came up on my ipod shuffle today and consequently I felt compelled to share it with you lot. If you aren’t yet on board I implore you to give this a listen. It is IMO a work of absolute genius, as is the album it came from. Its astonishing in its ambition. A deranged masterpiece in parts reminiscent of Suede, King Crimson and Radiohead. It is a true epic. In short.. its pretty damn good.
Thankyou for your attention.