Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Red Light Spells Danger - and a Northern Soul classic!

So thanks to the very splendid radio station Absolute 80's - I've won tickets to see Billy Ocean in London.

Being an 80's child - I'm most familiar with his work from that decade (If the Going Gets Tough, Get Outta My Dreams...etc) but his best work for me is in the 70's - including the Northern Soul stomper - Red Light Spells Danger.

A recentish interview with Ocean stuck in my mind, as he recognises he is blessed to be able to work as a professional musician, and how fragile this career can be, with work plentiful one minute and an empty diary the next.

His diary doesn't look like being empty any time soon - his track 'Love Really Hurts without You' is still making it on to blockbuster soundtracks.

I have high hopes for this gig - I shall report back at the weekend.

In the meantime.... here's a reminder of that fantastic song.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


I've just got back from a rather lovely holiday in Venice - here's some of what we listened to - and what the people of Italy were listening to too, courtesy of Radio Italia 102.5

First off - Steven Tyler sings 'Smile'
This was on a DVD playing in Bacaro Jazz, one of our regular Venice haunts. It is bee-yoo-tiful.

Next up - Interpreti Venezia
We saw these guys perform live - Passacaglia was the encore. Amazing musicians, very quick at bowing. And bowing. Couldn't get a pic of them in a row.

And next we have - from RTL102.5 - Capital Cities 'Safe and Sound'
I'm not a pop fan, but I love this video. Check it out.

And lastly. Lorde. RTL102.5 played this at least 8 times a day. What an earworm. I really don't like this song but I thought you should all share my pain.

And there you have it. The music of Venice.