It is said that somewhere in the world a Gershwin melody is played in one form or another every 35 seconds.

Gramophone write: During the 13 years of their almost exclusive collaboration, George and Ira Gershwin produced nearly 1000 songs, for a dozen shows and four films. Imagine the fruits of that partnership if George had been granted even 10 more years – let alone 40. Someone once told me – and even if it’s not […]

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OLC rock editor Tony Besgrove suggests that you consider Modern Life Is War

“We’re Modern Life Is War from Marshalltown, Iowa!” So begins every gig played by this band. This is the signal that initiates a stage invasion and subsequent mass crowd surfing – with hyped-up fans hurling themselves over the heads of others and seemingly unconcerned over the consequences should that body of fans in the audience […]

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At last, we have fallen for our great Britten

The composer’s pacifism seems an irrelevant curiosity now, his homosexuality of even less concern. Benjamin Britten’s coronation opera Gloriana had its early performances in the gilded splendour of the Royal Opera House. The new monarch herself attended the premiere on June 8 1953.  Two months later, the work had its next outing, in Bulawayo, second […]

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Becoming a Music therapist

Music therapy aims to facilitate positive changes in behaviour and emotional well-being and is essentially a social activity involving communication, listening and sharing. Everyone has the ability to respond to music and sound so a variety of approaches are used. Fundamental to all is the development of a therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist. Each usually play an […]

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Essential Listening: Iron Butterfly – Ball / Metamorphosis (CD)

Originally released on the ATCO label in 1969 and 1970 ‘Ball’ was the follow-up album to ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ which spent a staggering 140 weeks on the US Album chart ‘Ball’ didn’t disappoint, reaching No.3 and staying in the charts for nearly a year, also spawning the hit ‘Soul Experience’ ‘Metamorphosis’ made the Top 20, again providing […]

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What is music therapy?

Music plays an important role in our everyday lives. It can be exciting or calming, joyful or poignant, can stir memories and powerfully resonate with our feelings, helping us to express them and to communicate with others. Music therapy uses these qualities and the musical components of rhythm, melody and tonality to provide a means […]

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Essential Listening: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band – Volumes 1,2 & 3 Winterland Night 1978 Bundle (Limited White 180g Vinyl 5LP)

Vol. 1 SIDE A1.Intro2.Badlands3.Streets Of Fire4.Spirit In The Night SIDE B5.Darkness On The Edge Of Town6.Factory7.The Promised Land SIDE C8.Prove It All Night9.Racing In The Street SIDE D10.Thunder Road11.Jungleland12.The Ties That Bind Vol. 2 SIDE A1.Intro2.Santa Clause Is Coming To Town3.The Fever SIDE B4.Fire5.Candys Room6.Because The Night SIDE C7.Point Blank8.Mona / Preachers Daughter9.Shes The One […]

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Are men more passionate about music than women are?

Bibi Lynch’s music taste has been shaped largely by the men in her life – does that mean men are more enthusiastic about music? I interviewed a brilliant female photographer on my radio show the other day — about her latest wonderful exhibition which focuses on incredible, inspirational women. (I’m stressing the gender stuff here […]

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Sandy Denny – remembered

“Although plagued by self doubt Sandy Denny was arguably one of the best female singers to emerge from the British folk scene. While she was also a talented guitarist, pianist and songwriter she is primarily remembered for her ….” MORE

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Essential Listening: The Man Who Sold The World – Live In London (2CD) by Tony Visconti & Woody Woodmansey with Glenn Gregory and Steve Norman

Legendary Bowie bandmates, producer/bass player Tony Visconti and drummer Woody Woodmansey performed together for the first time since 1970 in September 2014 in a four date UK tour. Fronting the band was Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 and on saxophone and guitars was Spandau Ballet’s Steve Norman. This is a live double album. The band […]

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Essential Listening: Blue Merle – Burning In The Sun

Howard Popeck writes: I like this album. Great musicianship. All great tracks and no obvious filler. This oddly named band (an obscure-ish Led Zep lyric, actually) are a sort of folk-country-pop amalgam. A bit hard to categorize really. So let’s not. The first thing that strikes you is the maturity of the writing, the recording […]

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Essential Listening: Six Days On The Road – 1975 Radio Broadcast (CD) by Chris Hillman & Friends

This album contains a remarkable show from what is sometimes referred to among the cognoscenti as Chris Hillmans ‘Firefallin’ Burrito Brothers’ Tour. This was an early show on the tour and took place immediately following the demise of the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. Hillman called up buddy and former FBB alumni Rick Roberts, who had recently formed […]

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