The History Of The Cavern: 60th Anniversary Concert. The Overtures And Special Guests. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

The sign above the door proudly stated the commercial and the endearing truth, “It all started here”, one of the city’s music ambassadors, Ian Prowse, reflects in his song Does This Train Stop On Merseyside that a lay line runs down the very street the club is situated upon and to many, whether in the heyday of the Mersey Sound with bands such as The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Swinging Blue Jeans permanently filling out the venue or to modern day audiences who find themselves in a slightly different version of the brick built cellar but still immerse themselves in the music provided over the years by such bands and artists as The Fast Camels, Steve Hogarth, Fish, The Arctic Monkeys, Adele and Whisky Ginger Johnson; regardless of the era The Cavern is a musical shrine to the best and the beautiful who have and who still wish, to perform in Liverpool’s most iconic music venue.

AJ & The Collectives, Split Personalities. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

To embrace the words of a different culture is to allow yourself to feel human and not wallow in the same rut, the same catastrophic spell that stagnates and festers till there is nothing but boredom and mischief in the heart. To embrace a different side to the story, does not mean you have abandoned your own tale but it is the hope that every so often something from another point of view will create even more understanding in your heart.

Bob Cheevers, Fifty Years. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Any anniversary is worth celebrating, in a world where from one day to the next the transient nature of life sees people move on, move away, forget a project, forget the things they once loved, to even get to a year in the same place, offering the same vision and clarity is to be celebrated hard. When that vision has been illuminating minds for fifty years, when it has been thrilling, tantalising and making hearts break and fall in love for that amount of time, then celebration is not enough, it is a memorial, a commemoration of all that is good in the world.

My First Love Letter To Liverpool.

I wish I could see the Mersey floor

and touch the greatness

that the city of Liverpool

is built upon,

the pounding heart

that sweeps in daily,

lucid dreaming,

hard fact reality in which nothing beautiful

is ever truly forgotten;

this Mersey providence

full of Mercy,

full of hope, I wish

I could be part of it.


Ian D. Hall 2017

An Odd Shaped Ball.

I’m afraid I don’t do Rugby, of either code

except when it comes to watching England V Scotland

and the odd par-taking

of a World Cup; sport for sports sake, not my bag

or ball it seems,

despite having had a teacher at school who insisted

in one of those terrifying end of year reports

that I was more suited to the game,

a natural player, I nearly laughed as I read it

on the way home, so not my cup of tea,

despite having had the honour of watching

Sherlock: The Final Problem. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Sian Brooke, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Amanda Abbington, Andrew Scott, Art Malik, Timothy Carlton, Wanda Ventham, Simon Kunz, Richard Crehan, Matt Young, Tam Mutu.

Endeavour: Canticle. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Sean Rigby, Anton Lesser, Dakota Blue Richards, James Bradshaw, Caroline O’ Neil, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Paul Brown, Pearl Chanda, Sharlette Henry, Phil Rowson, Sophie Simnett, Ella Hunt, Michael Fox, Jonathan Barnwell, Dario Coates, Will Payne, William Ilkley, Sagar Ayra, Matthew Needham, David Sturzaker, Rebecca Lacey, Kaisa Mohammar, David Reed.

Brit Floyd To Immerse Themselves At The Echo Arena This March.

The hotly anticipated rock event of the year returns, as Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, Immersion World Tour 2017. The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert experience is truly recaptured in high-definition sound, and with a stunning million dollar light show and state of the art video design.

Manchester By The Sea, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward, Heather Burns, Anna Katerina Baryschnikov, Tate Donovan, Matthew Broderick, C.J. Wilson, Heather Burns, Erica McDermott.

People, like places, can hold their secrets for as long as possible, the strange ways in which a village ticks can also manifest itself in the way that a person’s mind can become; closed off, unable to deal with a certain moment in the past to the point where it just no longer acknowledges the Time ever existed, till it becomes hearsay, rumour, dismissed gossip in the next generation coming through.

La La Land, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons, John Legend, Amiée Conn, Terry Walters, Callie Hernandez, Jessica Rothe, Sonoya Mizuno, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jason Fuchs, Olivia Hamilton, Finn Wittrock, Josh Pence.

If you don’t understand the language then Jazz might leave you cold, the same could be said for musicals, the rituals, the spontaneity, the drama and the freedom, all are entwined in a system that may seem uncoordinated, clumsy to the naked ear, but let it flow over you, lose your inhibitions and don’t talk through it, don’t talk above it and it will grab your interest. It is in that freedom of expression that the two genres, Jazz and the American Musical come together to make something beautiful in La La Land.