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The Friday Song Is On Tuesday

‘The Scottsboro Boys’ was angry and contentious when it appeared in 2010 – shockingly so as the real-life miscarriage of justice that wrecked (and indeed, took) the lives of nine young black men falsely accused of rape was one of the last collaborations between John Kander and Fred Ebb before the latter’s death. The Scottsboro […]

The Friday Song

While turning out some boxes (mostly binning old British newspaper interviews full of ludicrous misinformation about me) I came across a letter from a friend who was saying farewell to all of his pals. He had grown up in a small American town where he was mercilessly bullied about his sexuality, so he moved to […]

The Friday Song

Victoria Wood and I were the same age. The ‘female Alan Bennett’ sadly died two years ago. She became a friend very early on in both our careers. I went to the first play she had staged and remained a pen-pal for a long time (I kept her hilarious letters). Some performers are naturally nervous; […]

The Friday Song…

…is arriving late owing to a signal failure at Waterloo. Your song will now appear as the Sunday Song, several versus shorter than the scheduled song, on Saturday afternoon. This is because I’m going to visit friends for the weekend, and it would be rude to take my laptop. There are plenty of reasons to […]

The Friday Song!

Still grounded and feeling kinda low tonight, so Sufjan suits the mood. He’s usually a bit weedy for me, but I like this melancholy track, used in ‘Call Me By Your Name’, the soundtrack of which is nothing if not eclectic. The first time I heard it, I thought he was saying, ‘Is it a […]

The Sunday Song!

The new-look blog is taking it out of me. It’s a lot of work keeping it fresh every damn day. Sunday is therefore the new Friday today, and you’re getting a song, but it’s a good one. Some years back two plays about London’s club scene played off against each other. One was ‘Taboo’ with […]

The Saturday Song

It used to be the Friday Song, but this is an easy way for me to cover part of the weekend because I’m proofing at the moment and it’s very time consuming. And I do like a good ear-worm while I’m working. This week I’m still playing Mexican music at home, and was enchanted by […]

The Perfect Cocktail: Words, Music & Images

I play music while I work, to the point where I suspect I can’t work without it. First, its cadences seem to help the rhythm of language. Second, it masks my tinnitus. Lyrics tend to interfere, and I’ve often found them an annoyance. So, it seems, do other people; the lyricists of ‘La La Land’ […]

The Friday Song

Back to more serious matters tomorrow, but the sun’s out today and I think we’ve earned a song. Oh God, you think, he’s on about lyrics again. It’s a writers’ thing. I’m not in love with flowery 19th cent. poetry but I love clever wordplay. Last night I saw Dominic Cooke’s production of ‘Follies’ at the […]

The Voice I’ve Never Heard

I know his name, I know his voice, but I’ve not listened to him. Tim Goodman is the other ‘me’. He’s the audio narrator of the Bryant & May novels. His dulcet tones recently won him another top industry award for audiobook reading when he claimed his third Audiofile Earfones award for Outstanding Narration. Everyone says […]