One of the legacies of my enjoyment of the Rohail Hyatt years at Coke Studio is that I found that I enjoyed, amongst the range of fusions on offer, the Qawwali style of music and singing. So I’m pretty chuffed with myself when I now recognise it unprompted. Qawwali, Bollywood, brass and electric beats meld… Continue reading Working it’s Mehrangarh magic
I struggled last year to be energised by the music I was hearing. Little seemed to be breaking new ground or even beautifully relaying the old ground enough to entice me on to it. Perhaps I just wasn’t hearing the right stuff. 2014 had been laden with diamonds and perhaps I was hoping too much… Continue reading Such difficult themes – such wonderful music
Milestones such as New Years bookend periods within which it is handy to collapse and review all that went before. At least since the previous new year. We are always searching for the illumination, the light, the enhancement, the moment that lifts you out of your socks. Musically, for me, sock shedding experiences have been… Continue reading The best new music of 2015….from my ears at least.
Since I posted the best of 2014 with the conviction that my choices couldn't be bettered I can safely say that I was proved right,to my taste anyway. However, it would be wrong to say that the albums covered there were the only ones worth checking out. There are quite rightly some "honourable mentions" worth… Continue reading The Best of 2014 – Honourable Mentions
Last weekend was special in so many ways. I passed another anniversary and was royally treated by Mrs. Monkey. We joke how I have become accustomed to the life into which I have become accustomed. But it is a joke – our joke – we never take any of it for granted. A three day,… Continue reading Reflections from London
The best albums of 2014! What ? Still two months to go ? Yeah, but I've waited this long and I don't see anyone beating these two masterpieces. They are, indeed, quite special. Firstly, the wonderful musician that is Dhafer Youssef and his album "Birds Requiem" which was released in November 2013 and showcased on… Continue reading The best albums of 2014.
Oh dear, oh dear. There I was, pregnant with anticipation for the arrival of the new Coke studio baby. I eagerly headed for Vimeo where the new child was cradled warmly. First track, starts interestingly enough -strong rock beat, some strings, punchy repetitive riff. Powerhouse rock'n'roll. More strings. Then guitar solo shredder. Wha? More strings.… Continue reading Coke Studio …. Oh dear…..
The ageing process makes me very discerning when it comes to parting with my cash, especially for new music. The Webster, in it’s grand egalitarian principle, fuelled by cheap and ever evolving technology, has made music making the simplest of tasks if you are so inclined. This, on the one hand is great, on the… Continue reading The story so far – new music 2014
Cheltenham, being a not so sleepy beautiful town in Gloucesterhire, hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. Each early May Bank Holiday it is the turn of the Jazz Festival. The event has become something of a mainstay on the jazz circuit and draws world renowned names to it's tents and halls in what… Continue reading Cheltenham Jazz Festival…. what a result !
(The idea for this post was placed delicately into my brain by the task mistress.) Over the years my muso son has kept me apace with the new 'n' happnin' trends in the popular music of the day. Some years ago he gave me a De Phazz album as a Christmas gift and admitted that… Continue reading True North …. the spirits move me back and forth …