It is often said of me that I am, ‘about as much use as a fart in a thunderstorm’. Most likely there is more than an element of truth in that. In particular, technology is my bette noir hence you find me on a wing and a prayer, hoping against hope that I’ve managed to … More A BEAUTIFUL SONG
Renata preferred apricots, blintzes, caviar, a little vodka at times, over ailing nightmares she hated avid weevil’s in porridge, harvest after harvest that bore so little food preferred the Fabergé romance of ‘St Petersburg’ over ho hum ‘Petrograd’ a knight in shining armour kiss above being wrestled to a Bolshevik’s floor Julian calendar’s October … More KNITTING CLOUDS IN A HEAVENLY PLACE
December 1933; 1019 North Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles: George Gershwin is at home piecing together songs for his forthcoming opera Porgy and Bess. Things have gone blindingly well particularly so with most of the melodies done and dusted. In his company is his mate, novelist and poet DuBose Heyward who is trying to write a … More ‘SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS…reasonably good were it not for those infernal wasps’ as DUBOSE HEYWARD SUFFERS FROM LYRICISTS BLOCK!
Bath, Somerset 1912: Frederic Weatherly a prolific English lyricist and lawyer mulls over the notated copy of sheet music for the melody ‘Londonderry Air’ sent to him by his Irish born sister-in-law Jess now residing in the United States. Enchanted by the tune he determines to write the perfect lyric……indeed a lyric that will do … More ‘OH, DANNY BOY, THE PIPES, THE PIPES ARE……….LEAKING’ AS FREDERIC WEATHERLY SUFFERS LYRICISTS BLOCK!