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Heaven And Earth, Hard To Kill. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Some will move Heaven and Earth to make sure that the voices that are ignored, those that question, those that probe beyond the polite enquiry, are heard. For to keep anything in silence, to bully someone because their point of view is different to your own, is a sign of the intolerable winning and no reasonable discussion or debate should be Hard To Kill with an executive order.

Hegarty, Even The Joker Cries Sometimes. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The clown, the comedian, the one who persistently smiles no matter what life throws at them, those are the ones in which we should hold closer than most, for in their laughter is the silent sound of unhappiness and sorrow; in their eyes is the hope that someone, somewhere, will take them by the hand and let them not be bound by the joke that everyone sees.

Savoy Brown, Witchy Feelin’. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Embrace the darkness as much as you can, allow the feeling that is denied the faint-hearted as they quake with nervousness and more than a little jealousy, for the Blues in the hands of Savoy Brown is that extra tingle down the spine, the tales of hardship, woe and society forced anguish, it is the sense of the macabre in the misery that makes this particular darkness all the more delicious and unnervingly beautiful to hear.

The Child In Time. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore, Saskia Reeves, John Hopkins, Anna Madeley, Lucy Liemann, Richard Durden, Geraldine Alexander, Elliot Levey, Karen Bryson, Andrea Hall, Gerard Monaco, Laurence Spellman.

An adult is just a child that has found a way to deal with growing up, growing old and finding that rare solution to owning responsibility; an adult is the child and then forgets what it was to be carefree, to be light hearted and cheerful. It is only in the urgency of our parent’s voice that the child begins to understand that the world is a dangerous place, not the untroubled paradise of learning, of playing and the hopefully cheery memory we wish it could be.

It Blows.

 

I know it is in the mind,

these long dragged out

moments of disrepair, of broken

down machine inside fragile skin,

but that doesn’t help,

for those thoughts

of neglect, of bottomless

Universal humour

are always willing and able

to give me the broken eye socket,

the bleeding eye and bruises;

I know that, but still

the blows keep coming.

 

Ian D. Hall 2017

Coventry.

It is a cold harsh place,

this Warwickshire town,

not one for me,

placed there

undeservedly,

once, cycling there for work

and feeling the chill, placed there

again and the frosty atmosphere

afforded this poor son

of Birmingham;

I don’t know how Lady Godiva

kept her private life

warm.

 

Ian D. Hall 2017

Full Casting Announced For Magical Half Term Panto Sleeping Beauty.

St Helens Theatre Royal spellbinding pantomime Sleeping Beauty is just one month away and Regal Entertainments are delighted to announce two new additions, Jess Pritchard and Corey Rumble, to the cast.

Sleeping Beauty will awaken at St. Helens Theatre Royal from Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th October, just in time for a fantastic half term treat!

Producers recently announced the first wave of confirmed cast which includes star of West End and television, Liverpool’s own Claire Sweeney as the evil fairy Carabosse along with Laura Gregory, Tam Ryan and Simon Foster.

Ten Years After: The Albums 1967-1974. Box-Set Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Time has a peculiar sense of humour when it comes to making sure that almost as one we stop looking back too far in music history, perhaps just in case what we find is the reminder that what went before our current favourites and obsessions is actually the top banana, the reason the fan or the dedicated enthusiast became enthralled and engaged in the first place.

A Ticket Home.

I bought a ticket

to go home

for the funeral,

it rained for a while

as I chose times and the ease

of passing

over one or two station stops.

Your mum was important to you,

I would have changed

at every station

if it helped at all.

 

Ian D. Hall 2017

Remarkable Jazz Pianist And Composer Zoe Rahman To Visit Pyramid Next Month For Top Quality Show.

Jazz pianist and composer Zoe Rahman is to perform with the Inner City Ensemble at Warrington’s Pyramid Arts Centre on the 21st October.

Described by the Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard”, Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene.

A vibrant and highly individual artist, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste.

Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performances, Zoe has become a highly sought-after musician, recently working with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammer’s Spatial AKA Orchestra.