This week, I've played a lot of stuff at home, including Teenage Fanclub's 'Songs From Northern Britain', the Kelly Jones album 'She Bang!' and Whitney's 'Forever Turned Around'. In the car, It's been Dinosaur Jr's 'Where You Been'. I've been going through my vinyl collection a lot as I'm participating in the #mayvinylchallenge on Instagram (@anthony.overs).
It’s a pretty safe bet to say that veterans of the live music scene will have witnessed some wild and crazy things happen both on stage and off. And I’m sure some of those experiences have been downright bizarre!
Performing naked? Sure, it’s been done plenty of times. Too drunk to play? Yep, I’m sure we’ve all seen that too! How about somebody spraying mace in the crowd? Unfortunately, I’ve experienced that. Or walking into the men’s toilets to find the singer of a hard core punk band standing at the urinal talking to his penis. …
I’ve been a fan of Nada Surf for many years. I remember their first single ‘Popular’ when it was released in 1996, but didn’t really pick up on them at the time. It wasn’t until I heard ‘The Way You Wear Your Head’ by chance in 2002 that my interest was piqued. I bought the album ‘Let Go’ and was instantly hooked! That album hovers somewhere in my top 10 records of all time.
In my opinion, they only got better! ‘The Weight Is A Gift’ in 2005 and ‘Lucky’ in 2008 were brilliant. Such an incredible trio of albums!
Now, given my vintage, and my passion for music, I have been to a lot of gigs. And I mean A LOT! Choosing a favourite live show is a very difficult task. Some gigs are memorable for multiple reasons, and some have a special place in my memory because of the time, place, artist, or even who I was with.
A little while back someone challenged me to list all of the bands I’d ever seen. I spent a great deal of time (perhaps too much, but hey, we were in lockdown) thinking about bands I’d seen, and methodically listing…
April is Parkinson’s disease awareness month. World Parkinson’s Day falls on 11 April. Why that day? It’s the birthday of English physician James Parkinson, who published the first detailed description of the disease in ‘An Essay on the Shaking Palsy’, in 1817.
Raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is crucial, given its prevalence. It is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia. The Shake It Up Australia Foundation provides this brief summary:
In recent weeks I have come across a few articles about birdwatching and how it has become somewhat of a go-to activity during periods of lockdown or quarantine during the covid pandemic. You might be familiar with the process; working from home, more time to see what is happening in your yard, you see a bird you’ve not seen before, so what the heck is it???
And so you enter the world of birdwatching, or birding, as it is known amongst the old hands and die-hards.
So, exactly how do you do it?? How do you become a birder?
Larson described the way our brains work in recognising music, and that we find comfort and joy in recognising music that we are familiar with. He called it “ … a positive-feedback loop … we love the things we know because we know them and therefore we love them”. Larson explained that music we know provides solace, and particularly so in the troubling times the world is currently facing.
This paragraph about discovering new music was perfectly written:
“The act of listening to new music in the midst of a global pandemic is hard, but it’s necessary. The world will…
Australian. Varied interests including music, wildlife (especially birds), food, baseball, taekwondo, drums. Person living with Parkinson’s.