Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Still On Hiatus

I'm doing OK, but my current state is best exemplified by the song Sitting In Limbo by the great Jimmy Cliff.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Burt Bacharach Day

Having completely missed last month's Burt Bacharach Day, here are two Bacharach clips for the 20th of March, 2007.

First, enjoy Trijntje Oosterhuis as she belts out "Walk On By" and "Anyone Who Had A Heart", backed by the Metropole Orchestra. Both will be performing an entire concert of Bacharach songs at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall on April 6.

Next up is a recent Bacharach composition (from the At This Time album), Go Ask Shakespeare, sensitively performed by Rufus Wainwight. It's a bittersweet and beautiful song with a great lyric by Burt.

And with that, I go back on hiatus. . .

Thursday, March 08, 2007

On Hiatus

For personal reasons, I will be taking a break from blogging for awhile.

Is there any place I would recommend going to during my hiatus? Yes, absolutely - go to voice artist April Winchell's website, it's great.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Sir Terrance Allan 'Spike' Milligan

Attention! Minimalist absurdist at work!

Otherwise known as Spike Milligan (1918-2002), who, with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe, created (Python predecessor) The Goon Show for BBC radio from 1950 to 1959. This and the following sketch are from his last television series, There's A Lot Of It About, circa early 1980's.

To paraphrase Catharton.com:

At the 1994 British Comedy Awards, host Jonathan Ross was going along on autopilot spouting cliches as he presented Milligan with a lifetime achievement award and read a gushing letter from Prince Charles. Here is Spike's response, on live TV:

Spike later sent Charles an apology - and cheerfully asked if he'd blown his chances of a knighthood.