In a Big Country

Well, happy Friday, friends! Another week has gone by so quickly… how does that happen when we are still so restricted and isolated? Surely, time should be dragging! My province, Manitoba, continues to be subject to seemingly (or realistically) ever-widening restrictions, and it’s my opinion that this is primarily due to the arrogant, myopic leadershipContinue reading “In a Big Country”

(Just Like) Starting Over

I remember, in 1980, being excited about Double Fantasy, a new record by John Lennon (1940-1980) and Yoko Ono, after Lennon had pretty much disappeared from the music industry a few years earlier. Back then, I was a 20-year-old with a few circles of friends, a great job, and several relationships with women that wouldContinue reading “(Just Like) Starting Over”

Can’t Let Go

This week, former Roxy Music founding member and frontperson Bryan Ferry released a live solo album, Royal Albert Hall 2020. The collection was recorded in London, England during the a world tour that was to be cut short soon after the UK shows due to the global pandemic. Today, an email blast advertised that theContinue reading “Can’t Let Go”

Work Is a Four-Letter Word

While Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour is my number one BBC 6 Music program to listen to, there are some others I like quite a lot, too. Amy Lamé, whose program comes on right after Garvey’s Sunday time slot, is another presenter I like. I’ll occasionally listen to Sean Keaveney on weekdays, too. Sometimes Liz KershawContinue reading “Work Is a Four-Letter Word”

All You Need Is Love

One of the most hard-fought, nail-biter elections in memory is now over, aside from recounts and other formal processes. The conclusion comes while the COVID-19 pandemic still rages around the world, economies are struggling, and divisiveness seems like it is at an all-time high. We live in an era of increasing polarization, and it sometimesContinue reading “All You Need Is Love”

Isolation

Happy Friday, friends! Of all John Lennon’s compositions for The Beatles and his solo work, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard today’s song, “Isolation,” before today. This morning I was poking around the BBC 6 Music website and delved into some April 2019 archives of Cillian Murphy, the Irish actor in Peaky Blinders (a show IContinue reading “Isolation”

(the actual) Birthday

“Yes, we’re going to a party, party (No we’re not!)Yes, we’re going to a party, party (No, we’re not!)Yes, we’re going to a party, party (No, we’re not!)” (adapted for COVID-19 ‘extreme social distancing,’ from “Birthday,” by John Lennon, Paul McCartney) Today, they say it IS my birthday; is it your birthday, too, yeah? HappyContinue reading “(the actual) Birthday”

Tomorrow Never Knows

In 1976, ex-members of Roxy Music Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera, the latter also formerly of Quiet Sun along with Bill MacCormick, plus Lloyd Watson, Simon Phillips and Francis Monkman formed a side project they called 801. The collaboration took its name from a verse in the Eno song, “The True Wheel,” a fabulous selectionContinue reading “Tomorrow Never Knows”

Here Comes the Sun

I was still only three years old when I was allowed to stay up late, already in my pyjamas, of course, to watch The Beatles when they debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964.  The Beatles have remained a part of my life ever since, coming in and out in greater measure whenContinue reading “Here Comes the Sun”

Oh Yeah

Oh, yeah… so I told you that when I bought my first stereo, a brother of mine urged me to buy Brian Eno’s album, Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy). (My post on January 6, 2020 talks about this, and I’ve mentioned Eno so many times, I won’t link to them all here, or we’ll neverContinue reading “Oh Yeah”

The Ballad of Lucy Jordan

Shel Silverstein is perhaps best known for his book, The Giving Tree, but I learned when looking up “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” that he wrote it for the 1970s band Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show. (Anyone here remember them?) He also wrote “A Boy Named Sue” for Johnny Cash, “The Unicorn,” which wasContinue reading “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”