The perfect start
Yes yes. Friday and very lovely it is too. Chris opens the shop with Year of the Cat and all is well. If I remember right, Al Stewart was a guitarist in Tony Blackburn's backing band for a while. Can this be true? I think it's right. What was Al thinking at the time I wonder? Al was magnificent for a number of albums; I think it was On The Border that got me into Year of the Cat and then off on a voyage of discovery to his other stuff. Songs about Nostradamus and the Russian invasion of Germany in WW2 sounded very profound at the time and I still like the Modern Times album. I saw him at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham and he was v. talented if a tad eccentric. The eccentricity-I think it's fair to say-has continued, but I still love the fey English voice when he's on the radio. Nice one Chris.
Here we go then with a Friday jaunt to 5 Live and 2 hours of movie chat with guests John Cusack who stars in The Raven, a new movie about Edgar Allen Poe and Andrew Stanton who wrote the Toy Story trilogy, directed Wall.E and has just directed his first live action film John Carter, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs books. The 2 literary Edgars tackled in one week! That's at 2 and then, would you believe it, it's that ARF moment again and cute kids, hen-nighters in cars and party planners of all sorts queue up to chose top Friday anthems. But they don't chose the ARF opener, oh no. Win the ARF CROWN! Choose a winner!
Have a solvent and reassuring Friday, see you after 2&5.