A one off

On year ago today I ran a spoken word and music event in the anthitheatre of Birmingham City Centre Library. 

It was a lovely warm day and the anthitheatre was brilliant.  The sounds projected up into the roads above.  

All the audience loved the event and it was a thrill for the performers to have such great natural acoustics. 

“Why won’t it happen again?” I hear you ask? 

Because they have buried the amphitheatre in cement and soil to save on costs! 

Time of Your Life 

Last night was my monthly spoken word event. It’s always crazy, long and incredibly diverse.  I enjoy the eccentric side of life and my monthly event is  magnet for these wonderful characters. 

Now,
 one man who has learning disabilities has been coming along to my event for quite a while, he sometimes interrupts the acts and sings, “time of your life ” randomly.  There is normally a kind sole who encourages him to listen to the acts instead of interrupting. 

Last night at end of the night, I gathered everyone together and we sang, “time of your life ” just for him….

…well we didn’t just sing it,  in my true spoken word style we performed it for him. Singing, drumming and one lady got up and danced with him

A Leonard Cohen Day

We are in August, yesterday morning felt like late October.  It was dark, cold and raining. 

But there is also something comforting about these days, I was inside doing work looking out of the patio doors at the bleak weather. The music industry chose to play was Leonard Cohens amazing album, “you want it darker. ” .. seamed apt ūüėĄ

Waiting for fireworks 

This moment in time I am currently in Stratford upon Avon with my family  at the river festival waiting for fireworks.  

Yes, I mean literally, not some kind of family drama to take place.  We are sitting on the grass surrounded by people having fun and more prepared than us, with coats listening to music . We are amongst this pulsating crowd minus coats waiting for the firework finale 

There is something very British about summer nights, music, crowds and fireworks finals. ..and best of all watching people dance 

Wow, such Talent 

Well, it was my spoken word and music event at the quirky little bohemian cafe in Balsall Heath last night and it was a night bursting with talent. 

It’s not just spoken word and music  (maybe I should rename it) there are comedians , a magician and often more. 

I remember way back when variety programmes began to receive high ratings , programmes like, “The good old days.” Yes, I am that old!  We still love variety acts today, I believe ,”Britain’s got talent” is still on . 

What lots of people may not know is there are many venues in Birmingham where talent is overflowing, last night was just one of them

The Word in One City

One of the things that I love about Birmingham is the diversity of its people.  This leads to an amazing range of art, music and food. 

There is always an event happening in Birmingham displaying this wonderfulness. 

Last night I went to an event celebrating Portugal carnation revolution.  I had never heard of this before, it was celebrated with beautiful sung Portuguese poetry, music , singer singer writers and traditional food. 

It was a lovely evening where I lost in the moment 

18-80

I have just hosted my monthly  Spoken word and music event @the Lych Gate Tavern in Wolverhampton and once more it was bursting with local talent. From a young and brilliant singer song writers on the guitar with his friend on the cajon…they must of both been around 18 in age. ..to a lovely elderly experienced poet reciting his own gentle poetry reflecting on the effects of aging.

David Freja 

A few years ago, a quiet man wandered into my spoken word event with a guitar on his back and asked me for a slot.  It was a very busy event and I was too full to let him perform.  But I told him to come back the following month. 

He did and I gave him a slot,  he performed some Nick Drake songs and after he chatted about his own songs he was working on.

Last night he launched his debut album at the Ort, and it was a wonderful event. I am totally blessed to play a tiny part in artists lifes prior to them flourishing then releasing albums, poetry books and shows