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Book of the Week - Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter
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14:12 7 Sep 2013
How nice to hear from you and I’m impressed that you remembered the E ∂E/ ∂t paradox contained within Maxwell’s 2nd equation. Yes, recall all our R4 related discussions on the legendary R4 messageboards. I’ve been interested in radio since I was 3 and so quite happy to post alone, although will always be saddened that R4 personnel refused to take any active interest in their own boards. It simply reinforces the belief by many that R4 is a snooty radio station.
Mr. Nillson was a big radio fan and I enjoyed the reference in the above to his excitement at listening to Ray Charles on the radio. Van Morrison is a big radio fan (as is Neil Young and Bob Dylan), so the genuine radio fans are in good company.
17:33 4 Sep 2013
Lawrence Jones? The Lawrence Jones known for his dedication and earnest support of Maxwell's Equations? It's been a long, long time Mr. Jones. One is so very pleased that you are still contributing.
17:44 25 Aug 2013
Music related content of R4 has improved enormously lately. At a guess, I would say that I spotted the improvement from the WH recording of ‘The Women’s Room’ onwards. Mr. Nilsson (RIP) is a great choice for Book of The Week. Interesting because the critics always appeared to be sinusoidal (symmetrical about the zero line), ranging from rave to pretty unpleasant comments. My fav. would be Nilsson sings Newman, especially his version of ‘Caroline’. I have often wondered if the late Andrew Gold’s (RIP) ‘Lonely Boy’ was influenced by Nilsson’s ‘1941’
Future music related ideas: the late Billy Mackenzie’s version of Mr. Newman’s ‘Baltimore’ literally reduces one to a catatonic state – violin arrangement is simply gorgeous. On the assumption that family and relatives would give permission, then I would love to hear the story of his life on R4.
2nd idea: what about a programme centred on the song ‘St. James Infirmary’ ? The story is really interesting and would fit the radio perfectly. I think the Graham bond version is the most impressive out of all the recordings (especially Mr. Heckstall’s (RIP) sax on the intro). Hee-hee, I like Mr. Baker’s Ford Consul face in the pics.
3rd idea: the recent Digital Folk prog was most enjoyable, what about a programme about the song ‘Poor Murdered Woman’? Shirley and Dolly Collins version would fit in well to a radio prog and I was knocked out with Ms. Shirley Collins’s politeness when she appeared on WH. She thanked Woman’s Hour for inviting her on to the programme! She’s got a lovely radio voice and her commentary would be interesting.
4th idea: One of the most important radio moments of my life was listening to Mr. Hugh Sykes’s (one of my radio heroes), describing the horrors of witnessing the aftermath of a bombing in Iraq. Mr. Sykes spoke about returning to his dwelling place and listening to Van Morrison’s ‘Cyprus Avenue’. R4 could tell the story of Cyprus Avenue
5th idea: Hee-hee……..’John Riley’ :):):) !!!!! When I hear the lyrics: ‘He picked her up all in his arms and gave her kisses one, two and three’, I think of an upper-class Southern posh Woman’s Hour type of woman!!!!! She’d smash your face in if you tried that on with her! I spend half my life working in a posh part of France and we have to do all this double and treble kissing when greeting …….and I feel terribly embarrassed in case the women think I’m a perv! My French isn’t good enough to explain how personal kissing is to the English person.
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