Hail Caezar – On The Airwaves!

With just over a month to go until they are back playing at Oran Mor – Caezar have two radio slots coming up this week – see below (or view the band’s various social media) for details.

The Leopard

Brought up by a certain someone in a post talking about wanting to die under a lemon tree, thinking about his age (again!), being in Sicily, and loving a good story.

He always reels me in with his recommendations.

I used to listen to Radio 4 dramas a lot for a certain period. I still listen to the odd thing. There is a serial-based drama that has just started up again called Love In Recovery, about a group of people at a weekly AA group meeting.

I like the freedom radio dramas give you of being able to conjure up your own images and scenes. You can, quite literally, make your own film…paint your own characters exactly as you would want them (minus any vague descriptions of how a character looks to the novelist). The level of concentration for these is different to reading a book. I find it allows my imagery of things to be much more vivid.

This wasn’t a radio play but an abridged reading of the book. The way in which Alex Jennings read it was wonderful. I can certainly see why he was hired for the job!

Of particular enjoyment through the whole reading was the description of the days in which the newly betrothed Tancredi and Angelica would escape their chaperoned walks through the far flung quarters of Donnafugata. In the mind’s eye, such beautiful sensual images of soft pink skin, rose coloured lips (both male and female), fingertips delicately touching skin, etc, etc, quickened one’s pulse. Eluded to seductively, but all very much left to the imagination. Isn’t that how all the best written sex is? All the parts that you, as the reader, (or in this case, the listener) are left to imagine yourself? And of course in my current circumstance, my imagination ran amok!

I listened to all five parts in one sitting. Only breaking after part two to listen to the latest instalment of The Archers (some habits die hard).

I have never been to Italy, or indeed to Sicily…so my experiences of Palermo, Catania, the towering presence of Mount Etna, the deep azure of that “middling” sea are still somewhat a composite of things I see second hand…so far not experienced with my own naked eyes.

Perhaps that may change sometime soon?

I enjoyed listening to it very much. I may just download all the parts to it and share them here. It’ll only stay on iPlayer (ahem), I mean BBC Sounds for so long. And I’d like to keep it to listen to again and again in future – not have to rely on the Beeb to repeat it. In the meantime, if you click the image above of The Leopard – it will direct you to the BBC page for listening.

I think it may also be wise to invest in the novel, to read it in its entirety, unabridged.

I may also get back to listening to more BBC Radio drama.

Thanks for sharing it, Sir. As for the desire to die under a lemon tree? I’ll leave you with this…

GED GRIMES!

I have an interview Ged had with BBC Radio 3 programme “Music Matters” to upload shortly. He discussed his Dundonian roots, the city and its culture, The Bard’s Tale and keeping the Gaelic language alive. At the end of the interview, his name was mentioned again (ie: as in “I have been just talking to…”) but the dramatic way in which presenter Tom Service had said his name, followed by the dramatic strings, was Just too brilliant! I had to single it out and share it.

Jim And Charlie On Jonesy’s Jukebox On 955KLOS

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Jonesy always goes off on tangents. “So, Richard Jobson…how’s he doing?” It’s like…”you’re Scottish. He’s Scottish”. Lol

Jim describing Roger Daltry as looking like a “condom full of walnuts” when he walked out on stage. Lol.

I read an interview with Daltry recently…he said he doesn’t even work out! It’s just how his body is! What a sod!

 

 

 

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Jim Interviewed By Preston & Steve On WMMR ROCKS In Philadelphia

Such a fab and fun interview. Jim was having second thoughts about the “you turn me on” line in Alive And Kicking?! After all the subsequent sniggering about the “you’ll follow through” line and your (now obvious) reluctance to sing it…perhaps that should have been the concern?! Lol

And…erm…I can safely say that MANY a woman has been “turned on” by the once “geeky Weegie” (she says…incredibly sheepishly…) – hey, some of us even like our boys geeky – geeky = bookish, brainy (ultimate “turn on” for me!).

ANYWAY…before I get myself into SERIOUS trouble…here’s a direct extract of the interview from the podcast (click below to play). Enjoy it, peeps. I know I did. I needed that sweet relief today. I don’t want to be maudlin…but these past few days? Fuck, they have been tough…