Category Archives: Blues

I Heard it Through the Grapevine

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In a Broken Dream

It was my mate who convinced me to do it. He ran a car showroom, and he said, ‘I’ve got this group come from Australia, but the singer’s not very good. Can you do a demo for me?’ I said, ‘What do I get?’ He said, ‘Well, I don’t have any money. I’ll give you a set of carpets.’ That was 1969″

                                                                                                                         Rod Stewart

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Blue Canvas: The Artist Miles Davis (BBC Radio 4)

“A painting is music you can see, and music is a painting you can hear.”     

In a BBC Radio 4 Seriously…  documentary, Miles Davis takes up art as therapy after his stroke in 1982 and comes to love it so much that he carries a sketchbook and pens in his trumpet case:

Richard Williams’ interview with Miles from1983 in the Guardian here begins: I’ll answer your questions if you’ll print my drawings. Richard regrets not buying some of them! You can see some of Miles’ artwork here.

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Singing 3 gardens into life

When we moved to our new house, for us kids it was a huge huge big deal to have trees in the back garden. Where we had lived in Selly Park, the back garden was more concrete than grass, so it felt like we were in a forest. Some of my happiest memories are of endless summer holidays where it seems like we spent most of the time in the garden, making up dance routines or having mammoth waterfights. The song is a celebration of that.”                                Laura Mvula, speaking to the Birmingham Post

Say the English word garden out loud. Two equal syllables, neat and tidy. Now listen to Laura Mvula unzip that first syllable and pack it full of happy memories, of sanctuary and joy:

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