Archive for the 'Music' Category

Sixto Rodriguez and other poets

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Rodriguez, Cold Fact album coverPerhaps it’s a generational thing but I’ve never really gotten poetry. With few exceptions poems to me seem a random jumbling of words that speak of self-indulgent rambling in the same pseudo-intellectual manner of abstract art. If you can’t discern deep and poignant meanings from a wild array of painted dashes then chances are you won’t be able to feel the pained emotions of the poet either. Apologies to all true poetry lovers, but this kind of navel gazing ain’t for me.

And yet, we all know that words can stir emotion like few other means of human expression. Perhaps only music and art can convey feeling with the same intensity – and it is therefore from the most unexpected sources that I have come to enjoy poetry. Like when a sentence in a book suddenly causes you to sit up and ponder it, quite apart from the overall story, or when you hear certain parts of a song. The latter may be good, bad or indifferent, but can stand out for the poignancy and feeling of a single line. (more…)

Stephen Lloyd Morgan, Voice of the Valleys

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Stephen Lloyd-Morgan album coverPopular international tenor Stephen Lloyd-Morgan releases albums to aid Spanish and Welsh cancer charities

From the Welsh valleys comes a sound that has nothing at all to do with the corporate mechanisations of the music industry. Here music is not just a business but a way of life – originally a way of expressing faith and later a vital part in the everyday existence of close-knit mining communities. From their ranks sprang forth a choral tradition that not only remains as strong as ever, but continues to be built on the most emotive of all instruments: the voice. (more…)

Rock the Rock!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

The Simple Minds rock bandThere’s a buzz in Gibraltar and now it’s extending to the music scene too as this summer the ‘Rock’ is gonna rock to the sound of a multi-band festival.

It’s promising to be one of the best ever events in Gibraltar, with a line-up that includes the Simple Minds, The Alan Parsons Project, Taxi and Noiz. (more…)

Puerto Banús relives its heyday

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Tibu nightclub in Puerto BanusNo need to remember the days when luxurious yachts sailed into Puerto Banús marina and an international jet-set gathered at this famous resort’s stylish venues to party in style in one of Europe’s most exclusive locations. No need to remember because those days are back!

They say the world is your oyster, and for those who can afford it the southern coast of Spain is a particularly attractive one. If you have the means to enjoy it, Puerto Banús alone offers an experience to rival the best in the Mediterranean, the Aegean or the Caribbean. (more…)

Michel appears on Talk Radio Europe

Friday, June 25th, 2010

In June I appeared on a local radio show called Profiles. Inspired by the iconic Desert Island Discs and hosted by Gillie Revill, this Talk Radio Europe programme profiles guests while allowing them to make a selection of six of their favourite songs.
Jay Kay - he does so love his hats!
I thought it would be fun and have to admit that the real draw was the chance to have a selection of my all-time favourites played. A bit like having your own show, and for the many frustrated DJs out there (myself included) it’s just the thing.

I’m too much of a talker to get very nervous, so I settled in and let Gillie ask me about my life and times – meanderings that have taken me via Holland, South Africa and Portugal to Spain. I suppose it’s not surprising that I ended up in a cosmopolitan place like Marbella, given that I feel pretty international myself. (more…)