Tag: Music

Eurovision relief!

I asked. I pleaded! I begged for your votes for this year's Eurovision entry from Portugal. And it seems to have paid off. After an incredibly tense run-off in the voting (well done, Eurovision organisers for adding such a nail-biting voting mechanism!) it looked like Portugal's hopes were about to be dashed by a 17 ...

MacPsych at the movies: La La Land

I think I went to see La La Land at just the right time. Let's face it: the first few weeks of 2017 have been pretty miserable from an international perspective and the news shows haven't held back in delivering a steady stream of doom, gloom and bigotry on a nightly basis. I also need ...

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A happy Spotify discovery

Have I told you lately how much I love Spotify? This afternoon, my 'Release Radar' playlist was on in the background, when a live track came on and I thought to myself "I recognise that voice...". I gave it a few more seconds, but couldn't place it exactly. I picked up my iPhone to check the ...

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“I’m old fashioned…”

Beautifully delivered by the very talented Sara Gazarek. And I have Spotify's recommendations to thank for stumbling across her beautiful voice. https://youtu.be/XV1JDIFLitk Just added a couple of her albums to my iPhone for off-line listening. Wonderful stuff.

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This is cheering me up!

Tough couple of days, what with one thing and another. In fact, a few things. But I've just spent an hour listening to Gregory Porter and I'm feeling a lot better about life in general. Music, eh? Cures all ills... https://youtu.be/Fv4iZDkjzj8 Gregory Porter's new album, Take Me to the Alley is out now and is just lovely. ...

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Well, that was random.

Last night's Eurovision really was a change from the norm. On three counts, in fact. For a start Sweden did a magnificent job of hosting a complex and demanding live TV show, not once but three times in a single week. Two semi-finals and a grand final. Additionally, each night was staged differently, with the ...

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Eurovision 2016: Australia

https://youtu.be/2EG_Jtw4OyU You may very well wonder how and why Australia is competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. I stopped querying participation some time ago, to be honest. Apparently, the Eurovision knows no borders (though it does know outstanding membership fees, much to Romania's embarrassment). But they're here now and so we better get used to ...

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RIP Prince

https://youtu.be/6SFNW5F8K9Y As if the list of talented people who've died so far in 2016 couldn't get any longer, Prince was taken from us earlier this week. One of the most talented and creative musicians of the last few decades is gone, but he leaves an amazing catalogue of music. I'm not exaggerating here. He had a massive ...

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“Blues Brothers” at Universal Studios

https://youtu.be/8n-dk5u-laI As I said previously, we spend a day at Universal Studios Orlando during this month's holiday. It was a fun, hot and expensive day. Universal sure know how you extract maximum expenditure from their visitors! Anyway, aside from the various rides and exhibits, there were some live shows. I took some video of the ...