Personally, despite my best efforts, I have found 2013 a fallow year for great new music. I know, I know, thousands of you, well a few anyway, who read this blog, will say “ But what about so-and-so , or so-and-so, and then there’s .............”. Well, they passed me by, or maybe they didn’t and… Continue reading ‘Tis these I recommend for lazy days..
Phish and the Grateful Dead are similar in many ways. They play shows several hours long – they are a Jam Band of some stature – they have a “cult” following – they are virtuoso players in their own right – they rarely play in Europe. Of course, I understand the reasons for the latter… Continue reading Summer on a Phish diet
It is undoubtedly sad when a famous musician, a person who has amassed a following, someone with a respected body of work, passes on to that great stage in the sky. I wonder, though, how many of the Converted ruminate on what their hero/heroine would have gone on to create. Would it have been better,… Continue reading Better to burn out than to fade away ?
...amongst the cheering crowd to welcome Fidel and Che to Havana after the hated Batiste had fled.... ....when Martin Luther King told of his dream ... ... to hear Steve Biko’s testimony ... ...standing by the roadside when Nelson Mandela walked up the road holding Winnie’s hand ... ...to march against the Iraq War when… Continue reading Hell, I wish I’d been there…..
Today would have been/ is the 70th birthday of Jerry Garcia...a man who changed my life and many others. You live on, great man, and thank you. ....and if you're dying to know where the jam goes.....
One of the better aspects of living in Europe is that some of the worlds most charismatic cities are within easy distance. If you live on mainland Europe they are only a drive away. Berlin. Amsterdam. Florence. Rome. Milan. Barcelona. If you live in the UK there’s a stretch of water to navigate but we… Continue reading Istanbul and the building that took my breath away.
Most English summers are unremarkable. The sun shines more often than the winter time, temperatures don't rise much above the low 20's as a general rule, but rain is never far away. Thus, the favourite pastime during an English summer is to complain about the summer weather, one way or another. However, every once in… Continue reading Hot, damn hot……………Jerry Week part 4
Oh, the things we say and then .........feel silly about. My potted Deadism for the week in honour of the Great JG continues with this wonderful tv clip from 1967. Youth and exuberance abound, perhaps for the cameras in part, but it was the beginning, and the bus was coming by. Who would know where it would take us… Continue reading “It appears to be style without content….” Jerry Week part 3
On the 28th March 1981 I had been out late for a few drinkies and, arriving home late to find the house in silence, the munchies had set in. I turned on the grill, and then the tv. In those days BBC 2 was still quite cutting edge. You would find excellent culture programmes on this… Continue reading ….just gotta poke aroun’………..Jerry Week part 2
Those of you who know me well know that when it comes to identifying my musical heritage all tributaries can be sourced back to............The Grateful Dead. From this one magical group all musical interest sprung. My love of jazz, free form jamming, groove, rock, country, old American traditional music, bluegrass........everything, and on a personal level,… Continue reading It’s Jerry Week !!