Monday, 2 May 2022


Sometimes the Secret to getting more Done is to take Time Off!

This is something I will do now. I have too much iron in the fire. A Swedish saying when you have too much to do but no time. That's exactly how I feel now. I have loads of jobs that I need to focus on in order for it to be great product. And as you know, I paint a lot privately and have an upcoming exhibition in June that I need to finish. It's actually a little sad that I need to put this aside for a while. But I feel I have to.

Hopefully everything turns out great and I will be back soon. Of course I hope you all understand that it will be a bit quiet here for a while, but I wish you all a fantastic time with lots of good music and that you really do what you are passionate about.

Much love!


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Sunday, 1 May 2022

Helen Merrill - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

Sunday, time for a classic.

"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" is a popular song written by Cole Porter for the 1943 film Something to Shout About, where it was introduced by Janet Blair and Don Ameche. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1943 but lost to "You'll Never Know".

Today's tune is performed by Helen Merrill, taken from her self titled debut studio album, on which she is accompanied by trumpeter Clifford Brown in arrangements by Quincy Jones. Brown had recorded a similar album with Sarah Vaughan only a few days previously, on December 16 and 18, 1954.

In 1995, Merrill recorded a tribute album to Brown, who had been killed in a car accident in 1956, the year after their collaborative album was released.

Helen Merrill (born Jelena Ana Milcetic; July 21, 1930) is an American jazz vocalist. Her first album, the eponymous 1954 recording Helen Merrill (with Clifford Brown), was an immediate success and associated her with the first generation of bebop jazz musicians. After an active 1950s and 1960s, Merrill spent time recording and touring in Europe and Japan, falling into obscurity in the United States. In the 1980s and '90s, she was under contract with Verve and her performances in America revived her profile. Known for her emotional, sensual vocal performances, her career continues in its sixth decade with concerts and recordings.

Today's version was filmed at Festival de Jazz d'Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France July 1960

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Saturday, 30 April 2022

Jóhann Jóhannsson - A Model Of The Universe | The Theory Of Everything

Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson 19 September 1969 – 9 February 2018) was an Icelandic composer who wrote music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, television, and films. His work is stylised by its blending of traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements.

Jóhann released solo albums from 2002 onward. In 2016, he signed with Deutsche Grammophon, through which he released his last solo album, "Orphée". Some of his works in film include the original scores for Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival, and James Marsh's The Theory of Everything. Jóhann was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for both "The Theory of Everything" and "Sicario", and won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for the former. He was a music and sound consultant on Mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky in 2017. His scores for Mary Magdalene and Mandy were released posthumously.

His only directorial work, Last and First Men, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2017, where he also performed the score live with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

"A Model Of The Universe" - composition from the original score to the 2014 motion picture by Icelandic composer/producer Johann Johannsson. "The Theory Of Everything" is a 2014 British film directed by James Marsh and penned by Anthony McCarten. The film was inspired by the memoir TRAVELLING TO INFINITY: MY LIFE WITH STEPHEN by Jane Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and his success in physics.

Enjoy today's classical piece.

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Friday, 29 April 2022

A Flock Of Seagulls - Messages

A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS may well be known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as much as their hit single "I Ran". A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS were one of prime movers in the 80's new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement. Hairdresser Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) formed A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS with his brother Ali (drums) and fellow hairdresser Frank Maudsley (bass) in 1980, adding guitarist Paul Reynolds several months later..

"Telecommunication" became an underground hit in Euro-disco and new wave clubs. The band signed a major-label contract with Jive by the end of the year, and their eponymous debut album appeared in the spring of 1982. "I Ran (So Far Away)" was released as the first single from the album, and MTV quickly picked up on its icily attractive video, which featured long shots of Mike Score and his distinctive, cascading hair. The single climbed into the American Top Ten, taking the album along with it. In the UK, "I Ran" didn't make the Top 40, but "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" reached number ten later that year; in America, that single became a Top 40 hit in 1983, after "Space Age Love Song" peaked at number 30. "Wishing" was taken from the group's second album "Listen" in 1983. The band released 1984's "The Story of A Young Heart" which fielded the hit "The More You Live, The More You Love".

A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS are famous for their music but also famous for their references in popular culture from TV (Ross's Haircut in Friends), Computer Games ("I Ran" was the standout track on Grand Theft Auto Radio), Film (The band and haircut are referenced in Pulp Fiction, X-Men and The Wedding Singer) . This cemented the bands reputation and brought the band to a whole new legion of fans.

In 2003, the original line-up of Mike, Ali, Frank and Paul reunited for a one-off performance on the VH1 series Bands Reunited. In September 2004, they reformed again and did a brief tour in the United States. From 2004 to 2021 Mike was as busy as ever touring the band around the world. In 2018 the band appeared on record together for their "Ascension" album. The original members all make an appearance on record together for "String Theory".

One of the highlights of the second installment of their Orchestral Hits Opus 'String Theory', iconic 80's band A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS return with "Messages". A long term fan favourite now get's a single release, with five versions in total.

The Original Mix combines the unforgettable guitar energy of the 1982 release, with the Prague Philharmonic swooping in on choruses for added scale and emotional reach, an additional layer that is amplified on the Neo Classical Extended mix, and dialled down slightly on the more laid back Domestic Technology Mix.

Today's tune "Messages" is taken from the new album "String Theory", the single was released along with the Main Extended mix, there's something here for even the hardest hardcore SEAGULLS fans - and long may they continue. Released April 22, 2022

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