On the Spread of Novel Coronavirus

It is hard to escape the fact that Covid-19, aka Novel Coronavirus, is back in the news today. I remember that when news of the virus in Hubei province first broke, I was surprised that there was talk of testing and quarantining those travelling in and out of China when there should have been a total ban on all such travel and especially by plane as soon as they were aware of the outbreak.

Live at Leeds

On this day 50 years ago, one of the greatest, live, rock albums was recorded.

 

The Who’s live performances had always been more about extended versions of RnB covers and their own tracks (with improvisations included) than about simply reproducing 3-minute pop singles. Their 1969/70 tours had involved performances of the “Tommy” (at opera houses as well as rock venues) as well as favourite live tracks such as “Summertime Blues”, “Shakin’ All Over” and “My Generation” (at Woodstock, for example).

“You’re the Voice” – playlist

The song was written for John Farnham by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson for John Farnham. From listening to instrumental versions, it is evident that it is the powerful vocal that makes the track and this has encouraged many cover versions and the use of the song in TV and movie soundtracks. Listening to Farnham’s original recording more than 3 decades on ….

A Tribute to Ginger Baker

I am very sad to hear of the death of Ginger Baker today at the age of 80. Ginger was Rock’s first superstar drummer and became an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008 and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Major Pentatonic Scale

A 25 year old recording where I am practising lead guitar at home with an exercise based on the major pentatonic scale that had been set by my guitar teacher. The article includes a description of pentatonic scales and their use in guitar solos and improvisations.

Dad and D-Day

Fleet

As a result of a DNA test conducted in Australia, I have recently been contacted by previously unknown cousins from whom I acquired copies of two photographs of my young father. Coincidentally, these arrived at about the time that would have been his birthday and also in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I was therefore bound to be thinking of my father and in particular his involvement in WW2.

On the Advent of 5G

Should we be concerned about 5G networks? While the UK worries about security issues, should there perhaps be more concern about health risks, the proliferation of masts and the sweeping changes to everyday life that will accompany 5G?

Tommy Smith MBE

Tommy Smith

So sad to hear that former Liverpool defender and captain, Tommy Smith MBE has died today at the age of 74. Born in Liverpool (1945) he played for the club as a youth from 1960 and as a senior player from 1962 until 1978. He was a key central defender when I first supported the club in the 1973/4 season.

Faeland 2019

Faeland

Last year, I posted my reviews of a live concert and first album by the contemporary, indie, folk band Faeland. Since its release, the album “All My Swim” has received widespread support and acclaim. I am now delighted to be able to report that Faeland are currently recording their 2nd album –

Torbryan

A slideshow of photographs taken at Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan, in 2015 and set to an excerpt from Albinoni’s Adagio performed by David Spector as a solo for MIDI-enabled guitar.

Sorry Dave

Sorry Dave

This is a recording “from my vault” that I recently made available for the amusement of a few friends but even so, has registered a significant number of visits. I am therefore making it more accessible by posting it as a blog. The recording was made fairly soon after beginning guitar lessons and when practising in my lounge nearly 25 years ago.

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