Archive for February, 2011

Back (but no tan)…….

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Just had a short break (The Canaries – The Wife & I both REALLY earned this one!).

Well I’m back & if you’ve not been to my Mixcloud page yet, here’s my latest offering:


OOh! Learned Summat New!!

Friday, February 18th, 2011

 Am trying to check the embedding feature from Mixcloud. If it works, this should be ‘Take 3 Egos; Pt 1.

See what I wrote about it on Mixcloud here.

Update: still learning how it works; had to re-embed the player, which also includes my write-up. At least I didn’t end up looking like a total imbecile…………..

The Brits…

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Watch the recording of The Brits (did it for The Wife so we could watch later).

Not bad.

Adele’s performance – AWESOME!! She proved, unlike some of the acts performing that you don’t need an expspensive setup, flashy visuals or load of cash to produce a spellbinding performance.

Arcade Fire – nice group, seemed genuinely happy to win stuff, but the frontman freaked me out a bit: had the look of someone who keeps the dismembers body parts of young people in the back of a pick up (or in in some splatter movie).

Don’t get me wrong; In the unlikely event of getting hate mail, I’m NOT saying they have a deranged child killer in their line up. He may be a really nice bloke, remembers Mother’s Day, sends flowers to sick relatives in hospital looks after fluffy kittens – besides, I don’t personally know him. But he IS an intense, intimidating-looking geezer…………….

The Magic of Motown

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Recently went with The Wife to the matinee of the tribute show ‘The Magic of Motown’ at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed the whole thing, despite the fact there were more black people on stage than in the audience as well as couple of  historical ‘mis-steps’ (Diana Ross & The Jackson 5 (then latterly called simply The Jacksons’) respectively recorded ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ and ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ after they left Motown).

It wasn’t a simple or even really faithful impersonation, but an attempt to re-create the energy & spirit that changed Berry Gordy’s label from successful local independent label to cultural phenomenon. To that end, in my mind (& clearly to the rest of the audience), they succeeded,  in spite of some rather dodgy footwork from the guys. All in all, there were a wealth of spirited performances, none more so than the principal male, Andre Lejume. The Wife was concerned that I wasn’t enjoying the show but I was not only enjoying it, but also entering ‘trainspotter mode’, watching the (very talented) musicians play – it was the first time I’d been able to see so much of the music I grew up played live – I wanted to see how it was done, how the notes were physically played.

The only fly in the ointment was the announcement we wouldn’t get our programme signed – a reversal of an earlier notice. This was due to having to turn around the production for the evening performance. Despite this, a good time was had by all.

Facebook Ate My Settings…AAAAAAAAAAAAGH!

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Tried setting up a Facebook page, but got into all sorts of trouble. The site & my PC seemed to not want to talk to each other,  re-entering multiple settings, some disappearing. Only beenat it a few days, then gave up. I’ve deativated the account, but may go back to  it at some point soon.