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Will the circle be unbroken … ?

Do our lives go round in circles ? Long, looping cosmic arcs of connectivity ? Is there some cosmic prod going on from birth to death ? Is the world smaller than we think ? Maybe I should leave it there and let you ponder. Answers on a postcard or in the Comments below. I… Continue reading Will the circle be unbroken … ?

The Cork Board, World Music

Coke Studio Season 6 …. down from the fence ….

So, Coke Studio Season 6 is well into the second half of the run and I have deliberated for some time on my reaction to the new style. My mother used to say, “If you can’t say anything good don’t say anything at all.” Yorkshire Poet Ian McMillan lives by the same maxim. Creative people… Continue reading Coke Studio Season 6 …. down from the fence ….

The Cork Board, World Music

‘Tis these I recommend for lazy days..

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..

The Cork Board, World Music

Album Review: Tamikrest “Chatma”

What has gone before under-pins what comes next. It shapes what is acceptable and what is beyond us. The Acceptable New, if our search is for something different, generally contains some aspect of what has gone before. It has some relativity. Somewhere in the overlap of this Venn diagram of searching for new music, is… Continue reading Album Review: Tamikrest “Chatma”

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Summer on a Phish diet

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

The Cork Board

Better to burn out than to fade away ?

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 ?

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It’s Christmas, I’m getting all John Lennon

It is the time of year for reflection. My favourite Christmas song has always been John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas War is Over” , since I always, but always, linger on .......... “and so this is Christmas ..... and what have you done... ?” . And then there is the pause while he lets you reflect.… Continue reading It’s Christmas, I’m getting all John Lennon

World Music

It may be raining, but the Monkey gets blown away…

Last Friday was the only dry day in the last 7 or so in the UK and I was blessed to have chosen it to travel to London. Some months ago I bought a ticket for the Songlines magazine awards concert. Songlines being a world music mag to which I subscribe and the source of… Continue reading It may be raining, but the Monkey gets blown away…

World Music

Album Review: Vusa Mkhaya – “Vocalism”

Play this while you read, from the new album by Vusa Mkhaya, "Ukukhala" . For those of you who missed it, I recently posted an excellent youtube video of Vusa Mkhaya and Mamadou Diabate. Ask Vusa Mkhaya about his music and he will tell you that the voice is his favourite instrument. Born in Zimbabwe, and… Continue reading Album Review: Vusa Mkhaya – “Vocalism”