Posted on 23/11/2018

This is the name of my new song, due out on Spotify and all on 27th November. The song is a rant against the loose use of language. Thus people say: Awesome (its loathsome); no Worries (meaning... read more >

79. Queen of vibrato

Posted on 11/04/2018

Queen of vibrato Rokia Traore is a Malian noblewoman. She was brought up as the daughter of a diplomat and travelled widelyin Europe and the Middle East. She went through school and university... read more >

78: Aretha Franklin

Posted on 10/01/2018

The first track I recall of hers is 'Think'. I played it hundreds of times on my disco 'The Moving Company' in 1968-9. It always brought the crowd alive. Amazingly... read more >

77. West Country Trip Hop

Posted on 29/12/2017

This is an introduction to trip-hop music and Bristol (its source). The guide is Indian which give it more colour and depth than a BBC announcer would be able to provide. More enthusiasm... read more >

76. Not a Blockhead

Posted on 27/11/2017

Ian Dury and the Blockheads were popular in the 1980's. One or two of his songs have endured: mainly his 'Reasons to be Cheerful' as its such a good idea for cheering up when things are going against... read more >

75. Freaky Bertrand

Posted on 20/11/2017

Bertrand Belin is a remarkable person. Also produces good songs if you dont mind them a bit intellectual. He is not the chap for a singalong chorus so much as the meditative lament. But his voice has... read more >

74. Major and Slam

Posted on 09/11/2017

74. Major and Slam Two string bass players of the same era: 1930's to 1960's developer an unusual but similar approach. They both played conventional string bass most of the time, but also did bowed... read more >

73. Elvis’s imitators

Posted on 02/11/2017

73. Elvis's imitators You could say  that all pop singers after about 1955 were Elvis imitators, except perhaps Roy Orbison, as Elvis had an immense effect on subsequent performers. But what I mean... read more >