Category Archives: Music

You Want It Darker…

Sadly but gloriously I’ve found Leonard Cohen late in life. We miss so much during our struggle for survival. In the short time since his death his work has been an inspiration to me as I approach the final stages of my first novel. He obviously moved James Radcliffe, and this beautiful obituary is a fine tribute to a wonderful human being.

Will the DARK ACT get past the Senate?

Neil Young, 22/06/2008 Firenze, Nelson Mandela...
Neil Young, 22/06/2008 Firenze, Nelson Mandela Forum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apart from enjoying his music for nigh on 50 years I have been so impressed with Neil Young’s environmental work and contribution to ‘Farm Aid’ over many years that one day recently I was inspired to write;

Ode to Neil

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Top 10 musicians who have influenced social change

The death of Pete Seeger in January 2014 set me thinking. What a powerful impact the popularity and worldwide scope of modern music has had on society over the last 50+ years. And I believe it will undoubtedly continue.

Many musicians have raised awareness and/or championed causes to alleviate human suffering from social problems caused by famine, natural disasters, war, civil rights violations, environmental abuse and others. Some have achieved it through their music, some by using their fame as musicians and others using both.

Whichever way, the list is long and we will all have differing opinions as to which of them have been the most influential in bringing about social change and raising awareness of serious social issues? And which of their many songs are the most memorable? Continue reading Top 10 musicians who have influenced social change

Would Eddie have been bigger than Elvis?

Legendary Masters Series
Legendary Masters Series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eddie Cochran was just 21 when he died in a car accident on April 17th 1960. He was travelling with Pat Thompkins (Tour manager), Gene Vincent and Eddie’s girlfriend Sharon Sheeley in a hired Ford Consul car from Bristol to London (Heathrow Airport) on the A4 when the driver lost control near Chippenham. Both Eddie and Sharon were badly injured and taken to St. Martin’s Hospital in Bath. The next day, Easter Sunday, Eddie lost his life but Sharon and Gene Vincent, who was also injured, made complete recoveries. Amazingly, Pat Thompkins, who was in the front passenger seat and the taxi driver George Martin were uninjured and later Martin, despite excessive speeding, only received a £50 fine and a driving ban. Continue reading Would Eddie have been bigger than Elvis?

Joe Bonamassa – Guitar legend?

Joe Bonamassa
Joe Bonamassa

How long before we realise we are privileged to be in the presence of the next rock and blues guitar legend. Not only is Joe Bonamassa a brilliant guitar player but he has developed his vocal and song writing skills to such an extent that he can hold his own in three dimensions. Continue reading Joe Bonamassa – Guitar legend?