Roll over Beethoven

I’ve always enjoyed listening to Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos. About a year ago I was given CD boxed sets of the whole lot and as I worked my way through I enjoyed listening all over again. But recently I’ve had a whole new Beethoven experience. Have you ever listened to Beethoven’s string quartets? There…… Continue reading Roll over Beethoven

3 Hamlet Songs you might not have heard before!

What a voice! https://youtu.be/kwkYXqHGDhI Betty Hutton February 26, 1921 – March 12, 2007 https://youtu.be/81CVvkeZhGY Bette Midler born December 1, 1945 https://youtu.be/WRl35-5CKQ0 To die, to sleep – To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come.. And if, in a few days time, you think…… Continue reading 3 Hamlet Songs you might not have heard before!

La Vie en Rose

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I always thought La Vie en Rose was an Edith Piaf song but according to this Youtube description, the song was first sung by Marianne Michel. https://youtu.be/LkBUn8z3Ir4 Piaf was involved in the writing of the song but thought it was too mournful until the song began to become popular and she remembered her role in…… Continue reading La Vie en Rose

Have a very Happy Brass Band Christmas!

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What to follow an Old Time Music Hall Christmas? A Brass Band Christmas, of course! Hope you enjoy these five fantastic brass ensembles as they celebrate Christmas. Oldham Music Centre Youth Brass Band perform Gaudete, Coventry Carol and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. https://youtu.be/6ywr7uiQJS4 Mansfield Brass Band play The Christmas Song https://youtu.be/crHRPK0y298 Hythe,…… Continue reading Have a very Happy Brass Band Christmas!

Have a very happy Old Time Music Hall Christmas!

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As an alternative to the Carols and Christmas Pop you might like to try these old Music Hall artistes. Jack Pleasants Born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1875, Jack Pleasants was a music hall artist popular in the  North of England in the early part of the twentieth century. His more famous recordings were of “I’m…… Continue reading Have a very happy Old Time Music Hall Christmas!

#OnThisDay in 1936 Thomas William Hicks was born #TommySteele

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Thomas William Hicks also known as Tommy Steele was born on this day in 1936. Tommy Steele is reputed to be Britain’s first teen idol and rock-and-roll star. In 1957 his rendition of “Singing the Blues” catapulted Tommy to the top of the hit parade. Although the whistling in the accompaniment is really irritating! One…… Continue reading #OnThisDay in 1936 Thomas William Hicks was born #TommySteele

The Singing Nurse and other musical occupations.

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At my last chemotherapy session I was treated by a lovely nurse who quietly sang along with the background music playing on a golden oldies radio channel. The nurse had a beautiful, tuneful voice and an extraordinary memory for the lyrics of the assorted pop hits of yesteryear. It wasn’t long before I remembered Dominica-nica-nica…… Continue reading The Singing Nurse and other musical occupations.