Music Blog 10.2

If you’re anything like me, and I think you might be, you hear a piece of music and find yourself transported to another place and time. I travel and rifle through record racks, hear music on the streets, and listen to the radio. Then I set it down and design a soundtrack so I can visit again, anytime, cost-effectively, in my head. It’s eco-friendly, cheap, and impressive to your friends when they pop over for dinner. Twenty countries grace this playlist…material I picked up on my resent trips to Italy, France, Greece, Iceland, and that scary DJ trip to Australia…hell if Columbus had the Internet he never would have left Spain…enjoy in joy.
John Peel? Working on permission to reload the 200 sessions that slumber in my collection.


Music Blog 9.3: Dreads Up!  Reggaetown, 46 cuts of the most recent and relevant music in a Carib stylee. A purist’s perspective here would be churlish; Reggae has become the property of the world, as it should be. So here’s a tip of the tam to those who are changing the riddim. This playlist contains tracks from 14 countries. The likes of Junior Mervin, Wayne Smithe et ital have left the Yabba pot and are gone. But if you're down for a jump-up, some cool runnings are afoot. Crank up the stereo and all will be irie...seen? 


Music Blog 8.21: This is a three-hour romp from Mozart to Chopin with contributions from a very grumpy Beethoven, and drinking buddies too numerous to mention. Press here go there, mask not included.



Music Blog 8.7: What is English music? Perhaps it’s still the dead Nick Drake, or the rhythmic empathy of Roy Harper and Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson maybe, Elizabeth Frazer of the Cocteau Twins or the slap guitar of John Martyn…oh, they’re Scottish. Van Morrison and Lisa Hannigan…oh, they’re Irish. Kathryn Tickell I’ll swear the harpist is Welsh. Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou…ah, the hell with it. Here’s Music From The Wood Scholars of music, and the playing there of, should drop everything and listen to this playlist.


Music Blog 7.11: ‘In a decently ordered society this music would be available on the National Health’ so spoke the legendary D.J John Peel about African music–and he was correct, it’s absolutely my go to section when I’m down in the dumps. So here are 37 tracks from a dozen African nations guaranteed to have you swaying uncontrollably, feeling happy and full of the joys of polyrhythms. Go on, you know you want to…press here  go there.


MUSIC & TRAVEL 6.24: There are people who travel around the world writing about food, culture, and fine wine for vast quantities of money, viz. I trundle about the planet in content obscurity, buying records and recording sounds for not vast quantities of money…no worries. It’s my quixotic attempt to expose everyone everywhere to everything musical so that at last, peace ensues…well maybe not. So here’s ‘Ramblin’ Man, a soundtrack of my resent peregrinations.


MUSIC BLOG 6.4 A letter from India arived, Dear C, I listen to your music at work when I need to calm down and make sense of the muddle in my brain. I listen to it at home while I cook, clean, eat, and read. I love the R & B, Jazz Swing and Classical Cafe sections. Thank you for adding a wonderful dose of music to our lives. Warmly Sher." Well Sher, Here are the earliest murmurs of Jazz, Swing, Singers…another signpost on the musical journey from there to “hear."

RHYTHM & BLUES: The Blues From Then To Now

Music Blog 5.22: Last week I was watching icebergs drifting out into the Atlantic and sorting a sound track to accompany that merry visual feast when B.B. King up and dies. There and then I had to curtail my Icelandic mixtape activities and work on a hommage to B.B. and the Blues; after all, he was arguably the last player to be able to trace his musical roots back to Robert Johnson, the man who went down to the "crossroads" and discovered the blues. Johnson, and fifty other artists, are featured on this playlist from way back when to now.

WORLD MUSE: The French Connection

MUSIC & TRAVEL BLOG, PARIS FRANCE 5.7: I was under the impression that music from France involved accordion-playing women dying of consumption in basements. Au contraire! I've heard some great, and waded through vinyl to assemble a playlist for you. French, it may be argued, is the sexiest language—they could be singing about their laundry for all I care. Here's a mélange of music chanson. Secured over buckets of wine, cuts from then to now, that those who love the language but can't speak it will enjoy in joy...voila!

RHYTHM & BLUES: The 45's That Fourtyfy

Music Blog 24.4, MODS: Some time ago I resigned myself to returning to England to liberate my cousins cache of 1960s soul singles. My cuz was a Top Mod back then, with people lining up to buy and exchange rare 45s. Flights and numerous trains later, I knocked on his mums door, and legged it to his old bedroom where I squirreled away the precious cargo. Lovingly, they flew back with me and I recorded them before handing them over. Click here, for 36 singles, of the best soul music covering the period 1962-’72, with all the scratches and clicks…magic!

CLASSICAL CAFE: Late Baroque 1700-1750

MUSIC & TRAVEL BLOG, VENICE ITALY 2.4: On this 'awesome' island, the acoustics are as singular as the place. The reverb of shoes on pavement and the lapping of water on walls echo in the sonic geography of alley and canal. In this environment, Vivaldi, created the music that became the Baroque. In this mixtape, we travel back to that Venetian landscape of the early 18th century, where violins and voices called and responded. “In every home, someone is playing a musical instrument or singing-–there is music everywhere,” a visitor wrote at the time. Click here  go there.