This fits the part of my listening project which can generally be classified as 'The 15 years or so when Bethan fell of the popular music radar [not that she was ever much on it...]'. I've never heard Back to Black. I've heard 'Rehab'. I've conducted Rehab a couple of times. And that's about it. So, time to catch up, so I don't have to pretend to nod knowingly when it's next mentioned.
T Exceptions: Closer to Fine - the opening number of their first album (plus I know it from a great scene from L Word). And definitely my favourite number 'History of Us' - her voice is so open, so raw, so vulnerable. The accompaniment so skeletal and only slightly effected (I wouldn't mind fewer synth strings... ) And such a wonderful way to end an album. I'll come back to this album but for now, I need something else.
I used to teach at tertiary level a long time ago (at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, when they had a musical theatre dance programme... I didn't teach the dance though - more's the pity, think I would have excelled - I taught the chorus class). But the point is, I was only slightly older than the students then. Time has passed. I've been working with people older than me, and people quite a lot younger than me. And now I'm back at University with the first of 2
I don't have a sweet tooth. Not even really nearly (apart from my pregnancy when I single-handedly kept Coco Pops and Cadbury's in business but that was a glitch. Now I'm firmly back on crisps). So what on earth am I doing at the Wilton Academy (or some such) learning how to master the art of buttercream at stupid o'clock on a Monday? And it certainly ticks all those boxes (plus I know one day soon, Stanley will ask for a "purple dinosaur with yellow socks" cake, and I want
Float On Hong Kong opened on Caine Road (near the escalator) a few months ago and I've been twice so far, both times having been incredible experiences. Floating is recommended for pain relief, sleep and / or stress management, deep meditation and, most importantly, visualisation and creativity. If, like me, you are extremely easily distracted (I was once genuinely distracted by a squirrel) locking yourself away (not literally) in a pitch black tank of warm floaty water for a
This week had me musing on how easy it is to get the totally wrong impression of a band / artist, and have that shape your listening (or not) for a long time. There are so many bands I was put off by in my youth because I (wrongly) decided they were too 'blokey' or 'hard-core'. Bonkers. In this group were Pink Floyd, The Who, Gustav Mahler... and Lynrd Skynrd. It was the name and font choice. I had no idea and was a little intimidated so just left well alone. Turns out they a