Eric Clapton plays a hymn with Taj Mahal

The Blues began with the Spirituals.  Here we can see one of the British heroes of this rich genre playing a hymn.  Not only that but watch below to see Clapton with Taj Mahal, accompanied by a Jazz band.  Hope you agree that...

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Feedback – Stairway to Heaven

Last century a problem for rock concert goers was noisy feedback from  instruments from poor sound systems.  Many concerts were spoiled for the performers and audience alike by horrendous screeches and squeals.  I have known...

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Norman and Norma – Story Song’s

Story Songs have a long history. One old song comes from the biblical book of Exodus.  It retells the story of the Israelites escape from Egypt. They had been enslaved and wanted to recall the experience of their liberation in a...

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It Is Gospel!

It is… an incredible story.  A film made of a concert by the most successful artists of early 1970s – Aretha Franklin was made but not released ’til 2019. This is what Rolling Stones magazine says about the...

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Boogie Woogie Smiles

What sort of music brings a smile to your face? Try this – Jools Holland, Charlie Watts and friends in a style that consistently turns my the corner of my mouth into a smile. It lifts my spirits.  Piano in the Boogie...

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Singing the Blues

Understanding The Blues is simple with the leader of the world’s best Jazz orchestra as your guide.  Wynton Marsallis is an excellent musical educator as well as the blowing a hot trumpet for over 40 years. Wynton is part...

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Eurovision Song Contest

This year Israel will host the 64th Eurovision Song Contest   The little film at the end of this blog shows last years champion singer.  The contest is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv in May 2019, following Israel’s...

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Hugh blows hard

Hugh Masekela played trumpet for a lifetime.  He would have been 80 this month.  His music still continues to bring joy even after his death in January 2018.  In the film below, he talks about the ‘old geezers’ of...

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Lullabies are good for you

Studies conducted by New York chief of newborn medicine, Dr J. Perlman discovered that gentle music therapy slows down the heart rate of prematurely delivered infants, helping them feed and sleep better.  Other studies prove...

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Dmitri’s Leningrad Score

  This is the story of a symphony which is frequently performed at a cemetery  in St Petersburg ( formerly Leningrad). Over half a million victims of the terrible 900 day seige of the city are buried here.  This seige was...

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