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Music of the Marionettes

Music of the Marionettes

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. It seems hard to believe that Gerry Anderson, pioneer of Supermarionation and producer of classic kids’ television like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet might have unwittingly influenced popular music through puppet shows. Hard to believe… until […]

Jazz Can’t Get Enough

Jazz Can’t Get Enough

Jazz astounds Jazz confounds Jazz rebounds betwixt the soul and the bones Perpetual motion in search of a home Never at rest Aural physics of the blessed Jazz resounds As Mr. Marsalis and his crew pours wine into my ears […]

attends the after party for the NME Awards at Sketch on February 26, 2014 in London, England.

Lily Allen: The New Arthur Scargill

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/halfthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/LilyAllenArthurScargill.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.4MB) Enjoy this blog as a podcast here or at iTunes. George Orwell wrote about Salvador Dali: “One ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously the two facts that Dali […]

Ideas: Worth Less, Worthless, or Worth Even More?

Ideas: Worth Less, Worthless, or Worth Even More?

When the US was a young nation, it was greedy to learn and to grow. A good example is Benjamin Franklin a famous polymath who experimented with electricity amongst other things. Benjamin Franklin was an innovator, but he also engaged […]

Do You Realize?? – Never Mix Politics with Rock and Roll

Do You Realize?? – Never Mix Politics with Rock and Roll

Do you realize how much trouble can be caused when politicians get messed up with music? I am not talking about asking your local council leader to DJ your party, though that might be disastrous too. Politics showed its most […]

Twenty Alternative British Anthems (Part Two)

Twenty Alternative British Anthems (Part Two)

These days, there is a plethora of lists. Wherever you find them – on television, in magazines, even on Amazon.com – they always reek of a lazy, self-serving, inexpensive mission to provoke utterly trivial debate. I dread the inevitable day […]

Twenty Alternative British Anthems (Part One)

Twenty Alternative British Anthems (Part One)

If Britain was to select a new anthem, how would it go? Probably, thanks to a combination of political meddling and Eurovision-style voting by the public, it would be sung by Ant and Dec backed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra […]