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  1. I've never pondered this deliberately before re 'soul fairy band' but I took it in the same spirit as the notion of the 'band and street choir' that informs my enjoyment of Van Morrison: a sense of traditional or folk roots supplying the 'fairy' or 'fey' bit twinned with the 'soul music', an all-inclusive music. I hasten to say I offer this as food for thought, and haven't put it under the microscope!
  2. What a pity the person filming didn't bother sticking with Jole Blon in its entirety - that would've been something special.
  3. I don't view this in terms of peaks and troughs - it is love for me, constant and faithful. Might seem sappy to some but the songs and music are truly part of me, fundamental, inseparable. edited to add that I don't mean that anyone who has peaks and troughs is at fault somehow - honestly didn't mean that.
  4. Many thanks for the link - that was really enjoyable:-) I wish Patti would put out more of her own music and songs.
  5. I've been thinking of noting the titles we all have, to avoid getting the same book again - thanks for prompting me to get on with it:-) Books have always been a welcome refuge for me so I endeavour to counterbalance the need for news with the need to escape from it or to read something that helps with keeping real issues in perspective. The times being what they are, I'll surely keep reading:-)
  6. The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) just finishing so it is Ramsay Lewis - Wade in the Water now; toe-tapping and occasional bopping around the room as exercise, to tunes that make me smile:-)
  7. Finally got the chance to see "Good Omens" - a treat to see with Michael Sheen and David Tennant, even if I thought the latter's twisty strut as Crowley would do him a mischief:-) It's always a very good thing to see Miranda Richardson at work too - she's great!
  8. Devoured "The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days" by Juliet Conlin. A fascinating and skilfully related tale of an elderly man and the grand-daughter he travels to meet, their stories unfold in parallel and in opposition time-wise, and the outcomes seem uncertain and not likely to conclude happily for either party. I don't want to give anything away but I really couldn't put the book down and simply kept reading to the end.
  9. I speed-read/skimmed through "Mrs Osmond' by John Banville because I didn't want to spend any longer with such precious minutiae-mulling people, and then launched into reading "Kid Gloves - a voyage round my father" by Adam Mars-Jones. The feeling came over me, someway in, that not only was I like the Wedding Guest in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', being button-holed by someone who has to tell their tale their way with no sense of what it is like for the receiving party to hear it, but that I'd inadvertently jumped ship from "Mrs Osmond" only to be marooned with yet another seemingly precious minutiae-mulling person. I hasten to add that I like 'The Rime' very much but am ambivalent about 'Kid Gloves' and its author at present. In fairness to Adam Mars-Jones, his first sentence says "This may be a memoir of my father but I didn't set out to write one, more of an account of a particular time", and notes that he had moved in with his parents because his mother was dying and he had then stayed on "to look after the survivor" (his father), so I had thought, from the context, that the 'particular time' would be an account of caring for his father as his health declined. However, whilst there is material relating to this strewn around the book, there is a lot more setting out of historical material relating to cases tried by his father, a now-retired High Court judge, which I can see is intended to provide a fuller picture of his father, and details of how he and his brothers tried to resist their father's powerful commanding personality, and all manner of extraneous material which rather detracts, in my view, from the focus on the 'particular time' coverage itself.There is no straight-forward account nor fixed timeline here. Again, in fairness, I think that A M-J wishes to depict how he, a rather brittle, fastidious middle son who is gay, was perplexed and pained by his father's bluff adversarial attitude to family life, and wants to show that no-one can easily account for how personalities can jar even in the most caring of families, and is trying to be fair to his dad, hence 'Kid Gloves', by demonstrating that his dad's attitudes were a product of his own less-privileged background and experiences. His father seems larger-than-life and appears to have been both difficult to live with in his prime and sometimes hard to love and yet A M-J does show not only that his dad seems to have been very good company socially but also that he tried, within the constraints of his own beliefs and mores, to be a loving father too. It could have been a very successful memoir but it does not quite carry it off on the page, to my mind, and it is only looking back on it as I try to review it fairly that the reasons for it not wholly succeeding for me are becoming clearer in part. There are no chapters or breaks in the narrative - it is a stream of consciousness that pours out, swirls round, and meanders on leaving occasional ox-bow lakes behind it. A small example: on pages 4-5 of my Penguin paperback edition, we gather that Adam Mars-Jones's mum's name was Sheila; as the book progresses, he notes that he calls her 'Mum' in his reminiscences when that is what he called her at that time in his life, and calls her 'Sheila' when that was what he called her at other periods; only on page 247 does he share why he calls her Sheila, and it is a 274-page book. A M-J tells us about different people and provides his take on their experiences in this memoir but the one person who isn't pinned down closely is the author himself. His is an oblique presence, distancing himself from the material even when it concerns him intimately - probably a necessary authorial trick but not a disarming or winning one, especially as every other person appearing in the book is outlined coolly and even clinically. Perhaps I'm being unfair to the author but I don't think I shall seek his company again.
  10. A shock to read of his death - he wrote and performed such fine songs and music and made it look effortless to boot. I enjoyed the documentary he featured in a few years back, and it is available on YouTube so here is a link, hopefully, for anyone who wanted to see it again as much as I do:
  11. In case any UK folk like listening to audiobooks, there is an abridged version of "The Mirror and the Light" by Hilary Mantel read and performed by Anton Lesser on the BBC Sounds website. It has been broadcast over the past 3 weeks, a little section at a time, and concluded on Friday 3rd April, but they also have 'omnibus' editions, where you get a week's worth of the broadcasts put together (the last of these will be available from 5th April). I simply love Anton Lesser's voice and I think he does a wonderful job of performing all of the characters in the book, more than meeting the challenges here with his subtle and skilful vocal acting . These links will hopefully get you to the right places to be able to access the Omnibus editions or you can search on BBC Sounds for "The Mirror and the Light" and seek out the 13-minute sections if you'd prefer the shorter listening option; you have to sign in with your BBC account to listen either way.
  12. The outpouring of love for Bill Withers on The Guardian's website news article about his death is really touching - I don't think there was a negative comment below the line, which testifies to the magic of Bill Withers' music and the beauty of his mellow voice. I know that I'll be re-watching the wonderful documentary he made a few years back, which is available on YouTube.
  13. Watched 'Springsteen on Broadway' again, with headphones on - still an absolute joy, God bless him:-)
  14. "American Land" at the conclusion of the "Wrecking Ball" cd:-)
  15. I can't figure out how to quote what I said as well as your response - anyway, I was genuinely illustrating the fact that there is only one provocation which goads me to let fly with sweary invective, but nevertheless I considered Bruce's swearing in SoB as part of his performance and was untroubled by it. Bruce has genuine skill as a storyteller, unsurprisingly, and did a really great job in SoB in my opinion, weaving the strands of his narrative themes together with the appropriate songs, balancing light and shade, being self-deprecating and candid as well as sending up and reinforcing his status in music - a good magic trick beautifully conjured up:-)