Playing: The 'In' Crowd by Ramsey Lewis
BBC Radio 2

Like Ever


Good morning from a wet and gloomy car/station/train/school. As my old colleague Jane Garvey tweeted yesterday, if only there was a winter,party based celebration on the way...
Having explained about my chat yesterday with Naomi Watts, an unusual turn of events meant that Naomi turned into Ewan McGregor who plays her husband in the film The Impossible. Fortunately Ewan is always a brilliant, thoughtful and engaging guest and all was well. I had to lose my questions about Princess Diana (she's just finished filming a bio-pic) but otherwise (hopefully!) no one, apart from you dear blogger, will be any the wiser.
Today Taylor Swift graces us with her presence. One of the biggest American country and pop singers in the world does a turn. The stats on Taylor are staggering but Grammys and CMA awards and 20 million album sales tell their own story. She has a huge entourage which is unusual among the stars that usually come to R2 but when you reach Taylor herself, she is delightful. A woman in control of her career and team (it seems to me) and if her new album is anything to go by, someone poised to try a few new ideas. Duets with Gary Lightbody and Ed Sheeran are very good I think and the Lightbody track particularly show a generous nature-it sounds more of a Tired Pony/Snow Patrol track really. But he won't be here and Taylor will from 6.
And oldies today please for THE LAST TYPEWRITER which was made yesterday. My mother had one and was very fast too. As a kid she used to tell me how useful it would be if I could learn to type. Ha! I scorned, who's going to need those skills? I had no intention of being a secretary after all and so ignored her advice. You were right ma! If only I'd listened I'd be able to blog at twice the speed...
Have a vigourous and thorough Wednesday. See you after 5


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