30 songs for 30 days

I spotted this 30-day song challenge on Twitter ages ago…suggested by Halfway 2 Nowhere @H2NUK It is a challenge to identify 30 songs to fit 30 different categories. It seemed fun…so…here are my initial reactions. I could choose different answers everyday! Day 1 -a song you like with a colour in the title ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay. I have…

David Rovics and the music of hidden histories

3 June 1917 was a day of huge contrasts in Leeds. There was the Leeds Convention; a conference bringing together members of the labour movement from across Britain in solidarity with the Russian Revolution, and in the evening there were anti-Semitic attacks in the city. One hundred years later there was a conference celebrating and…

I predict a Riot Grrrl

This past Saturday Leeds was host to Live at Leeds, a multi venue music festival featuring dozens of artists and genres. My overall review is simple – it was great. Well executed and lots of fun. I have been to a similar event in north London – the Camden Crawl. It works well in Leeds with…

Me and Handel’s Messiah

I went to listen to a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Leeds Minster on Good Friday. And it was great. It is a piece of music I have some history with. During GCSE Music we ‘did’ The Messiah. I remember vividly being taught about some lines that appear early on; “Every valley shall be exalted,…

C.J. Cregg and sex on TV

So 2017 started well and then disappeared under a pile of activity and ill health. Today I am resting up and I want to blog so I am thinking over some general random topics I want to write about. I got thinking about a post about The West Wing after watching the first series of the…