5 Great British Rock ‘n’ Roll Tracks

  1. Johnny Kidd and the Pirates – Shakin’ All Over – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n327ncoU_ZU
  2. Cliff Richard – Dynamite – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F16dD0u6VAs
  3. Vince Taylor – Brand New Cadillac – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ImWirFEjO8
  4. Billy Fury – Turn My Back On You – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi2uEogSM7E
  5. Screaming Lord Sutch – I’m a Hog For You – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNHxAl-ajIk

British Rock ‘n’ Roll was a bit of a joke. Our studios did not know how to record it and Larry Parnes, the impresario, tidied them up into Teen Idols. However, a few slipped through the net.

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5 Great British Beat Tracks from the early Sixties

  1. The Who – I Can’t Explain – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3h–K5928M
  2. The Downliner’s Sect – One Ugly Child – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc4wr2A6H94
  3. The Yardbirds – I Wish You Would – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO1tV7bC4nY
  4. The Pretty Things – Don’t Bring Me Down – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPJPfbglyYE
  5. The Measles – Casting My Spell – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw0pf4jSu68

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5 Great Merseybeat Tracks

Now most of Merseybeat was not recorded well. It was too commercial and lost the raw energy of the various acts. They were tarted up in suits and sanitised in the studios. But some slipped through.

  1. The Big Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcu9XHcNxjE
  2. The Mojos – Everything’s Alright – https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=youtube+mojos+everything’s+alright&spf=1498042263828
  3. Merseybeats – You Can’t Judge a Book – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zof-i2FKdi4
  4. Beatles – I saw her standing there – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZMQU4c1pEg
  5. Gerry and the Pacemakers – Slow Down – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd-mdEZazvE

Enjoy the Music!

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I’m Sorry – A poem of semi-contrition.

I’m Sorry

 

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for the things I didn’t do

And the things I did.

For the things I did not give, the things I gave

And the things I kept.

I’m sorry for the angry words, the silence

And even the apologies,

Or lack of apologies.

I’m sorry for agreeing, disagreeing,

As well as being stubborn, compliant and obtuse.

I’m sorry for what I have destroyed, built and hoarded.

I’m sorry for the way I’ve lived – the selfishness, selflessness and reluctance to change.

I’m sorry for what I could not do, as well as what I’ve achieved.

I’m sorry for my beliefs, deeds and obsessions.

I’m sorry for my mistakes and the things I got right.

It was all wrong

And I am truly sorry.

I will try to do better –

But you know –

I may just do it all again.

 

Opher 21.6.2017

 

 

I’m Sorry

 

Well I am sorry. There are many things that you think back on and realise that you could have done better, people you let down, embarrassments, injustices. Life is littered with them.

Even when you are doing things right the effects may be detrimental to someone.

Relationships are difficult. Being a man is difficult. Living is full of uncertainties. Even the certainties turn out to be wrong.

But – overall – I wouldn’t change it much!! I’m sorry.

The Journey Pt. 33 – Vaulting through Valetta – Malta

Hi from afar but nearer (or further away depending on where you are),

We’re back at sea after visiting Malta, heading for Gibraltar (day after tomorrow). Then it’s Lisbon and home.

How quickly the formidable becomes picturesque, even quaint, and the functional takes on the patina of charm. Sailing into Valetta at dawn, with the sun already risen, yet still providing a soft morning glow, one was struck by the perfection and beauty of the harbour. It must rate as one of the most striking – scaling the very heights of chocolate box. Everywhere one looked were huge thick walls and fortifications. The skyline, with its many spires and basilicas, was revealing. This had been constructed to make a statement, to scream strength and power, and to be the most forbidding sight on the planet. This was a bastion of Christendom, successfully standing against the flood of Islam, a staging post to the Holy Land and a show of Christian might.

Back in its day any Muslim fleet daring to venture into that harbour, causing that enormous warning bell to be struck, would have been met with withering blasts of cross fire from a great array of cannon. The walls would have been insurmountable and the city impregnable.

Valetta was built for war.

How times change. The sandstone fortifications have now aged, glow with pastel honey, and are no longer functional and threatening, but have transformed to become positively endearing. The cathedrals and churches are places of beauty and no longer statements of defiance whose grandeur was challenging to those who believed differently. Now the narrow streets with their assortment of balconies are delightful.

The derelict shops on the waterfront have been refurbished and painted with gay colours. Muslim, Christian and Jew pay to visit the Caravaggio’s in the cathedral. Perhaps the world, becoming smaller by the day, has reached a point where travel has opened the eyes to the fact that we humans, despite our differing faiths and beliefs, have more in common than we have differences? Besides, there’s money to be made.

Malta has become a tourist destination. The climate lends itself. The military might of a past long gone has been gentrified. The gardens provide wonderful views a real scenerama. Around the corner are the resorts. There was a European feel to the place – mainly Italian but with strange British touches – such as the old bright red pillar boxes and telephone boxes. After the careering bustle of Asia it felt like we were back with the familiar – and everybody spoke English.

We spent a pleasant day wandering the streets, eating ice-cream, having a local tuna salad lunch, drinking a coffee and a beer and enjoying the pleasant temperature. It was warm, not searing. The people also provided warmth and those streets, gardens (replete with green lizards), churches and fortifications were good on the eye.

When we sailed out late in the afternoon, and watched the fortifications of the three cities slide past I was struck by how welcoming the might of the ancient military might can be.

We’d already marked down that Malta was definitely a place for a longer future visit. We’d only scratched the surface. What was below that patina of charm? More charm?

Only six days to go now before we hit Tilbury. Just Gibraltar and Lisbon left. We both have very mixed feelings. We’ve been on this boat for sixty five days and it feels like home. We’ve packed in so much that it is going to take us months to unpack our mental baggage. Yet we are looking forward to coming home to our new house and meeting up with friends, picking up the threads after three months away. Our real life is waiting for us on shore with a thousand and one pressing needs. This is all an unreality, like treading water in a fantasy. It will be good to get real again even if a lot chillier.

Nasty Party sets out its agenda in the Queen’s Speech.

Thank heavens for Jeremy Corbyn. Because of the hung parliament there are unlikely to be some of the more obnoxious stuff:

  • Fox Hunting
  • Grammar Schools
  • Free Schools and Religious Schools
  • Scrapping of free school meals
  • Dementia tax and taking your house
  • Tax cuts for the rich
  • Police cuts
  • Austerity for the poor
  • Cuts to public services.
  • Social Services cuts
  • Hitting pensioners triple lock and fuel
  • Privatisation of the NHS
  • Hard Brexit

They will simply put the nasty stuff on hold and look to bribe their way back into a majority so that they can inflict their dogma.

The only way to stop the nasty stuff is to vote them out!!!  Vote Jeremy Corbyn and Labour in for a fairer Britain.

The Blues Muse – Reworked Chapter one – suggestions welcome!

A rather unique book with a light touch – a journey through Rock and Blues – as a novel!

Opher's World

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This is the reworked Chapter one to give you a feel of the novel. Does it work for you?

Tutwiler Mississippi

It was a desultory day at the railway station at Tutwiler. The Mississippi August sun was unrelenting and the air thick with moisture. No matter how used I became to the sultry heat, it was draining. The sweat beaded on my skin and refused to evaporate into the over-laden air. My overalls were already sodden and my shirt, with all its many holes, was clinging to my body. My red bandana, tied loosely round my neck, soaked up some of the moisture and stopped the sweat running down my back. It was still early morning and sure to get worse before noon. I was grateful not to be labouring in those fields. My guitar was my passport to an easier life. I wanted free of those plantations and that…

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