Elvis Presley: The Searcher

Last week Sarah and I spent two evenings surprising ourselves by watching a two-part Netflix documentary about Elvis Presley. “Surprising” because neither of us had ever much liked him, until we watched this brilliantly done story of his life. Since when I’ve thought a lot about Elvis. And gone and got the music I’m listening …

Oliver: Dancing towards a new dawn

If you lived with me, and only Sarah does, you would know that at the least provocation or simply for the joy of it I will burst out singing my favourite bits from Lionel Bart’s musical “Oliver.” My “favourite bits” amounting to the whole thing actually. That musical is one of the greatest joys of …

One Song: For love is strong as death

Years ago at this time of year we would vote between us for our favourite things. We being me, Sarah and my daughter Clare. Looking back on the year nearly gone we’d remember and vote on various categories like our “shop of the year, best film, top book and one song.” And I was particularly …

All Things Are Quite Silent: Anna Lapwood

It begins with a low hum, no words and a whooshing sound like a wind from somewhere, through leaves in a forest perhaps. Before the choirs fully enter for an hour of music that has charmed my whole day, since Elizabeth Alker played some of it on the early Saturday morning programme that’s always one …

Since the Late Days of March

Since the late days of March to this early OctoberWe have sat here, you and I listening to Elizabeth Alker, on Saturday mornings,Play her Saturday sounds, the known and unknown.And even once sending her the rain on our polytunnel,That sound of the lockdown, one Saturday morning.Elizabeth Alker playing some Erland Cooper,Vivaldi, Anna Meredith and so …

We’re so easily called away: Appreciating Ram

When Paul and Linda McCartney’s ‘Ram’ album came out in May 1971 I was seventeen years old and had hardly any money. But my Saturday job in a supermarket meant I’d have just enough to get the bus to town and go up to Probe Records in Clarence Street to buy it the morning it …