First up an embarrassing incident involving birthdays. Now last year I belatedly discovered that February the 16th was the delightful Sian’s birthday and was determined to remember to send her a birthday greeting, which I did. However I did manage to completely forget that Monday was my Birthday until checking Facebook at the end of the evening! However one could argue that my attention has been somewhat distracted lately with various things….
Writing wise you may remember I started a whimsical story about a screen writer (who I swear is not at all an amalgamation of myself and Steven Moffat) and his teacher friend (actually more based on Philippa rather than Mrs A) well it would appear I have acquired a bit of a fan and a co-writer for aspects. It’s all rather interesting.
I bought myself a couple of albums by means of belated Birthday celebration.
Django Bates with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band: In Salute of Sgt. Pepper- As the title and artist line up suggests, this is a big band reinterpretation of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which is now 50 years old.
Also I got Graham Dalby and his Gramophones: Swing Classics, Dalby is a steward of the British Jazz scene having provided the theme tune to the late 80’s/early 90’s TV series of Jeeves and Wooster and currently is in charge of the London Swing Orchestra. As the title suggests it’s a collection of classic big band numbers including In the Mood, The Mooche, Fools Rush In, Stompin’ at the Savoy, I Can’t Get Started and Pennsylvania 6:5000.
Finally Melody Gardot: Live in Europe- A double album which again, I think the title says it all.
I watched the first episode of the Big Bang Theory Prequel Young Sheldon… while it had a few moments I don’t see longevity in it and it would probably work better as a series of flashbacks or a one-off episode in the main show itself. The parent show itself has gone off the boil again and is dully falling into sitcom clichés in much the same way Frasier and Scrubs did, the later was particularly disappointing as it did break the mould in its early days.
While I was cynical about the DVD of a part animated reconstruction of the unfinished Doctor Who story Shada thinking it more shameless exploitation of Douglas Adams’ legacy, I must admit they have done a good job with it. I was a little sceptical at “all the original cast reunited claims” because since the production was abandoned in 1979 two members of the cast required in the unrecorded material have died, so I was worried about sound-a-likes. The few moments that they are in “on-screen” they are silent and some other story telling methods are employed to make the plot points… well that and a bit of Denis Carey’s dialogue from the Keeper of Traken was lifted and used for a single line. On the whole it is a good effort but they have pretty much adapted the script straight, one which meanders dramatically, I feel they should have trimmed it down a bit.
So new shifts will mean my Sunday lunch sessions are gone, but stayed tuned from gig reports at the Wild Pig and possible mid-week music sessions.
Toodles for now.