Photo 29 Aug 1 note Cool dude checking out his new wheels. (Grandson Ziev in Tel Aviv).

Cool dude checking out his new wheels. (Grandson Ziev in Tel Aviv).

Text 13 Aug 2 notes Prog Rock And Me : A Confession

My Prog Rock magazine occasionally conducts a poll among its readers, contributors and musicians to create a top 50 or 100 of prog music albums. Well, in the latest one published just a matter of a couple of weeks ago, out of the top ten, I own nine. 

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Out of the remaining 90 I own 42! 

I have been trying to fathom quite why this has become my favourite rock music genre. Words like “innovative”, “epic” and “experimental” come to mind. So do phrases like “music without frontiers” and “the perfect balance between art and entertainment”(pretentious? moi?). Maybe it’s just clear evidence of a deranged mind and that I am rapidly losing my marbles… Marbles? (at number 52 in the charts!) and Marillion’s finest hour.  

PS My missing tenth album from the top ten is “Thick As A Brick” by Jethro Tull. An omission that I hope will eventually be corrected.

Text 4 Aug 1 note 4th August 2014 : The Centenary Of The Outbreak Of The Great War (1)
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It seems incumbent upon me as a lover of history and writer of a blog on music, poetry, cricket (among other subjects) to commemorate this day with some suitable entries. This is the first of two entries for the day…first Siegfried Sassoon’s poem ‘Dreamers’.

  
Soldiers are citizens of death’s grey land,
Drawing no dividend from time’s to-morrows.   
In the great hour of destiny they stand,
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.   
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win   
Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin
They think of firelit homes, clean beds and wives.
  
I see them in foul dug-outs, gnawed by rats,
And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,   
Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats,
And mocked by hopeless longing to regain   
Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats,
And going to the office in the train.
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4th August 2014 : The Centenary Of The Outbreak Of The Great War (2)

This beautiful song is by Ivor Gurney, the Gloucestershire poet/composer featured in an earlier post. Unbelievably Gurney wrote this whilst in the trenches in 1916. The words are by his friend Will Harvey (written a year earlier). This orchestration is by a third Gloucestershire friend, Herbert Howells. 

I’m homesick for my hills again -
My hills again!
To see above the Severn plain,
Unscabbarded against the sky,
The blue high blade of Cotswold lie;
The giant clouds go royally
By jagged Malvern with a train
Of shadows. Where the land is low
Like a huge imprisoning O
I hear a heart that’s sound and high,
I hear the heart within me cry:
"I’m homesick for my hills again -
My hills again!
Cotswold or Malvern, sun or rain!
My hills again!”

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Video 20 Jul 1 note

"Tears In Rain : Time To Die" : Blade Runner (Reposted from January after the original clip was deleted)

I’m feeling rather miffed that my son blogged this iconic speech first as I had planned to blog it myself later…but I’m going to blog it anyway as it is just utterly wonderful. Also I want to add to Chris’s copious annotation by mentioning that part of this was improvised by Rutger Hauer much to Harrison Ford’s confusion. 

Video 19 Jul 2 notes

"that hallelujah morning"…

New single / video from Elbow…Real Life (Angel). My favourite track on “The Take Off And Landing Of Everything” and an wonderful video to go with it. 

Text 18 Jul My 4th List : 12 Rock Albums I cant live without…

The Beatles : Abbey Road

Jimi Hendrix : Are You Experienced?

IQ : Frequency

Yes : Going For The One

Steven Wilson : The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)

Donald Fagan : The Nighfly

Anathema : We’re Here Because We’re Here

Elbow : Build A Rocket Boys

Pink Floyd : Live At Pompeii

Peter Gabriel : So

Kate Bush : Hounds Of Love

Marillion : Marbles 

Bubbling Under  …

Steven Wilson : Grace For Drowning

Elbow : Leaders Of The Free World

Midlake : Courage Of Others

Midlake : Antiphon

The Doors : LA Woman

Steely Dan : Gaucho

 

Photo 8 Jul 1 note My two year old grandson Ziev, catching up with the latest in the Kevin Pieterson saga in the ‘Independent On Sunday’!

My two year old grandson Ziev, catching up with the latest in the Kevin Pieterson saga in the ‘Independent On Sunday’!

Photo 3 Jul 1 note Cool table top artwork @ The Porto Lounge, Fishponds, Bristol  

Cool table top artwork @ The Porto Lounge, Fishponds, Bristol  

Video 1 Jul 2 notes

thejenglobook:

Thanks to NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour for this link. Hilarious album, but this song is… dark.

Listen to: Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) (Feat. Kermit) by Christo Graham

From an extremely weird concept and this track in particular is deeply deeply disturbing.  


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