What I Remember When I Look At Your Hands.

Lift your Cornish head,

let that Tamar heart, Saltash

spirit, a rememberance

of all that you have mastered

fill your mind, for all

you have spoken in volumes,

in tenderness and all you have taught,

remind you that no matter

what I could achieve,

it pales

into insignificance to

the love in your heart;

may you always be there to guide,

for without that light

I am lost.

 

Ian D. Hall 2016

King King, Live. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There is a huge difference between being ready for the studio and being born for the stage, one can thrill the senses, the other washes over them, taking them on a ride that stops the heart, makes it require the sweet recovery of a frontman versed in the knowledge that live music is not about treating the symptom but improving the soul to live and cheer the sound from the wooden stage.

A Morning With The Underground.

Bright morning sunshine,

the day betrays the evening

in which I know

you search for a small glimpse,

the testimony of 89

in amongst the crowd,

to know where your brother was

and I wish I could take that pain away

for you.

We had spent the morning

putting flowers on a grave,

windswept and council unloved,

an old man on a tattered bench

sits and watches as I say a few words

for the underground,

the flowers laid, we bow our heads

Liverpool Sound And Vision: The Sunday Postscript, An Interview With Val Colvin And We Shall Overcome 2016.

It is a battle cry but not one that is steeped in any political agenda, it is an urge to remember that once upon a time we cared for all in society, for it used to be that a whole village was responsible for the upbringing of a single child, the care of one is the care of all. Yet somehow we have become beleaguered, convinced that it is the right thing to do to ignore all the bad aspects of society, to not care about the homeless, the sick, those we perceive to be living a life of feckless abandon; it is a society that is on a tightrope, precariously balancing between keeping head held high and toeing the line eagerly signposted by many politicians or falling into the void themselves.

Shake It Up Baby, Theatre Review. Ticket To Write, Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Jackie Jones, Neil MacDonald, Hayley Hampson, Julian Feria.

The world has not been the same since four lads from Liverpool took over the mass hysteria and pop domination and showed that the post war spirit of change and seeming polite revolution was here to stay and not wrestled back by the forces of the damned pre war sentiment of knowing your place. The 60s was all about the revolution, the counter culture and the moving away from pre-destined supposition; it was time to Shake It Up Baby and start to take a chance in life.

Drums Along The Mersey, Theatre Review. Ticket To Write, Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Mike Newstead, Daniel Murphy, Abigail McKenzie, James Markham, Matthew Bromwich.

There are many contenders for the much vaunted and valued position of the fifth Beatle, that often much publicised place in history that has fallen for example on the shoulders of Brian Epstein, George Martin, even possibly Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and perhaps with the wish of many early fans the late Stuart Sutcliffe; however there is one man who arguably stands above them all and it is only thanks to history, historians, to the faithful in Liverpool and Hamburg that the truly remarkable Pete Best is quite rightly remembered as being the Beatle who should have been.

Jim Alsbalstian’s Human Zoo, Comedy Review. 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Liam Hale, Sean Stokes.

Somewhere in the dim and distant past there was handed down with great pride, a diktat that suggested emerging talent should be given time to grow, the insistence that the performer would be given whatever they needed to bring their comedy to the foreground, even if it took a couple of years of honing and shaping the sketches or the big idea; it was perhaps a halcyon time when The Goons for example were to become the absolute Kings of all they surveyed.

Me And Deboe, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There is a reasonable and compelling argument to be made to compare the tantalising work of Me and Deboe with the greatest of all musical partnerships, the phenomenally outstanding Simon and Garfunkel. The comparison isn’t in the voices or the appearance, but where it matters most in the defining action of the duos appreciation towards their audience, the way they are received and the true mastership of both their lyrics and of the beat they generate.

Limerance, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is an art to fall in love for the first time, the expectations are actually lower in the first minutes of any attraction than if you spin out the desire for a lengthy period; the pedestal only grows higher the longer you take to see the art in someone and the joy in their eyes in an up close and personal way. The quicker the introduction, the sooner it is you can let the infatuation with their song begin.

Astles, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Live music is important, everybody, the world, his wife and their sometimes ignorant children knows that the live arena is the most important approach for music in the 21st Century. Almost killed by rampant commercialism, the despicability of some streaming services not paying what an artist is due in full for their songs and the process of creativity being turned into a product rather than a little piece of their soul being turned into something beautiful and worth a lot more than money can buy; the live arena is the last natural place in which musicians of any standing get to feel appreciated.