The Local Authority

I started listening to the Bitter Sweet Symphony experimental offshoot – or “curveball” (if you will) of the main weekly “Are You Not Entertained?” podcast last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Let me explain…

I confess that it isn’t something I listen to regularly (the AYNE podcast) as, well….I’m not majorly into sport, and certainly NOT football, so unless they talk more about the sport I can get a handle on, or like (cricket, snooker, darts, strongman events, curling, figure skating – I admit that is a crazy mixed bag…but I like what I like! Lol) … I’m gonna be kind of all-at-sea listening in regularly.

Jim has been on the show a couple of times, so when he highlights that fact, I’ll tune in.

At the start of the New Year, Jim posted on SM FB to talk about Billy Sloan and informed us fans of the offshoot to the AYNE podcast in which hosts Roger and Grant had interviewed Billy with a view of having a regular feature that explores the marriage of sport and music in people’s lives. Billy agreed to be their first guest. And what, with Billy being Billy – as with some Scots who, give them a subject they can get their laughing gear around and they’ll talk the leg off an iron chair about it – Roger and Grant really got their money’s worth with Billy! And a life of brilliant anecdotes they felt unable to cut and truncate. The whole interview so worthy of airtime, they decided to air the whole thing but break it up into two parts.

Billy and I at Oran Mor after the Caezar gig in 2018. Photo taken by my good friend, Ronnie McGhie

I listened to part one last night. And I am really looking forward to hearing part two tonight.

The first thing that made me just think “eeeeh!” was hearing that Billy started out his journalistic career just down the road…like LITERALLY just down the road in Springburn! Springburn had a local rag (the Springburn Times – I’ve no idea if it still exists, I’ll assume not, but I’ll look into it) and so he started out with them and sister local rag the Bishopbriggs Times.

It’s a small world!

The first part of the podcast was 55 minutes. The second part is coming in at 1 hour 45 minutes. I mean, strap yourselves in, peeps! Lol. But, it’s gonna be some ride. Just listening to first part last night and hearing the story of his afternoon hanging out with Muhammad Ali in London was just…crazy stuff.

The link to both parts is below. Enjoy!

Bitter Sweet Symphony – Billy Sloan Part One

Bitter Sweet Symphony – Billy Sloan Part Two

P.S. Don’t forget Billy still is very much right in the throng of things and is still very much the authority on music here in Scotland and in Glasgow in particular and has his own weekly show on BBC Radio Scotland on Saturday nights at 10pm GMT.

A Frank Talk

I have been patiently waiting for this since Jim first mentioned it in a post back in August. The…as phrased in tweet you can see below (and retweeted by Bruce Findlay who subsequently brought it to my attention)…GALLUS, Francis Xavier Gallagher, has a podcast that starts next week.

Such was the wait that when Frank replied to a post from Jim a couple of weeks back, I replied to Frank saying “hey, when’s the podcast coming out, Frank?” He did reply, but not with a firm date, just “middle of November”.

Even better news is…Jim is his first guest! Squeeeee! I am even MORE excited now! Roll on next Wednesday and to Frank’s podcast!

End Of Days Podcast – The Waco Story

 

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I only have the vaguest memory of what happened in 1993 in Waco, TX. The overriding memories were that David Koresh sounded like a nutjob – that the authorities in America tried to drive him out of the compound by constantly playing Billy Ray Cyrus’s Achey Breaky Heart in a loop day and night – and that ultimately it ended in tragedy.

Revisiting the story, it really was such a tragic thing that happened. How so many people were taken in (and taken!) by this man. That so many Brits went over and fell victim to what unfolded. Very few escaped.

It’s a sobering listen, but fascinating too. I have enjoyed and learned so much from listening to this podcast.

You’ll find the link below…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06qc33m

Seeking Praise And Approval…The Desire For Validation.

It’s because Charlie knows you’re always learning. We’re all always learning. The person who doesn’t believe you are not always learning is the biggest fool of them all.

Surely Charlie’s, or even the rest of the band’s “added recognition” not being sought out is automatically gained by the crowd reception at gigs. It is why you guys do what you do too, right? The playing live element? Would you still be slogging away 40+ years later if no one turned up? If no crowds were there to give rousing receptions?

Yes, the ‘hard yards’ are done quietly, without fuss. Of course. But all the elements converge. You may not outwardly look to seek praise or recognition, but without some of it along the way, what other drive is there to keep going? Honestly?

Also within Jim’s latest post was a link to a podcast titled ‘It Takes What It Takes’ – it’s an episode of a series called The Daily Stoic – a compendium to daily email meditations from “DailyStoic.com”. I looked at all the rest of the episodes to see what subjects/topics were being looked at.

Obviously certain titles caught my eye, “You Have To Be Kind To Yourself”, and “Do It Because It’s Right. Not So They’ll Like You”. Yeah…that titled SCREAMED out at me! One – as one I need to employ, two – that this is definitely something Jim himself employs!

One can only assume the mister is subscribed both to the podcast and daily emails? He does seem to like to absorb aspects of philosophy, making passing references to things like The Art of War, Bhagavad Gita, and “Syd Arthur” (sorry, had to have a joke). And he recently quoted Marcus Aurelius in a post.

I can see myself taking a listen to some of these podcast episodes.

660,000 Podcasts? How Am I Going To Know Which Ones I Enjoy The Most?

An article and compendium piece inside the latest edition of New York magazine on all that is podcast…

Click on the individual pics to view and enlarge.

 

Mr Podcast…

The Mister has been talking about Lead Singer Syndrome again today. And podcasts. He does like listening to podcasts. Doesn’t sound like he’d be much company for a hike with, if he’s preoccupied with listening to podcasts, audiobooks and whatnot. Does he actually TALK to anyone? Lol.

I will never stop hoping and praying that one day I’ll get more than just a couple of minutes fleeting chitchat with him and actually get to have a full deep and meaningful – maybe even eventually interview him for the blog. Yep! I know! In my bloody dreams. Why on earth would the man ever want to spend more than a few minutes in my company, or speak to me?

Anyway, I hope to embed a link to a podcast in which he was interviewed for last year as SM was touring North America. I haven’t listened to it yet, but will do shortly.

(Click on the image below to listen to the podcast in question.)
Something for the old lugholes…

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