Dreams of tomorrow
It's the first Friday of the month, a night when we hoped we'd have fireworks at the Wheatsheaf, but sadly that isn't happening right now. That's been the story of the year.
So what's the antidote to lockdown blues? How about a Klub Kakofanney Reloaded from those masters of magical musicality, the ever popular Flights Of Helios. Here is some previously unpublished video from a couple of their recent appearances for us on the Wheatsheaf stage. I hope you enjoy.
Despite a challenging year, Flights Of Helios have managed some socially distanced practice sessions and released a new recording, in September.
Scray clowns with scary hair
So what else is happening? On the tailcoats of Halloween, we've had our screens filled with the scary clown from America, and a tense week wondering just how the US elections would play out. In the early stages, when it looked like Trump might pull a deranged and tortured rabbit out of Uncle Sam's hat and get re-elected, I couldn't help but think about the Grerenday song from 2004, American Idiot. And yes, that is a couple of years pre-Twitter. Here is a cover of the song, played by Robert Matlock. This video is from four years ago when Trump was in his mysoginistic Crooked Hilary phase. The mashup of news clips which is set to this video really bring home the lyrics.
The man in the gaberdine coat was a spy
If we are talking USA though, I'd much rather listen to Paul Simon singing the brilliant Simon and Garfunkel song, "America", which dates back to 1968. I still treasure the vinyl version of that single and regard Paul Simon as one of the all-time musical geniuses. Here is a video of him playing it live, more than forty years after he first performed the song.
We are going through tough times at the moment, mentally, economically, emotionally. All I can say is hang in there, do whatever you can to cut down opportunities for transmission of this virus, keep up the social distancing, difficult as it might be, remember the handwashing and facemasks, and always remember that there are people out here who care about you and miss seeing you.