Jane, Jellyfish, Jem, Jet, and Dracula

Music styles come & go in a retro flow of rediscovery & reinvention. way back in the early 90’s there was a resurgence of sixties psychedelic pop. One band was  Jellyfish with mix of Hollies, Beatles & Procol Harum. I have stand-alone Bellybutton, & Spilt Milk in an mp3 collection. Smart songs, romantic, acerbic & beautifully engineered. If you miss them then search them out now.

Another retro sound band from the early 2000’s is Australian band Jet. I have stand alone Get Born with its Revolveresque cover it is clear where their retro roots are. More punky that Beatles though with a strong Kinks feel they are high energy sweetness.

Sticking to ‘j’ is an mp3 collection that includes jem: finally woken/Down To Earth. The Swingle Singers sample that grounds the title track of her first lp delighted me. I had this as a stand alone then downloaded Down To Earth to start off this collection. All the tracks are fun, her voice is appealing, the samples are consistently surprising. Similar to Dido but less depressing 🙂

To round out this mp3 cd I added some very eclectic stuff starting with the Mike Vickers soundtrack to the film Dracula A.D. 1972. His music for this is serious electronica that is much better than the movie, set in decadent, swinging Carnaby Street. In the film is also music from White Noise, whose album An Electric Storm, I tracked down to add to this collection.

Featured in the film is a rock band whose lead singer’s voice I recognized instantly. Sal Valentino formerly of the Beau Brummels. Here he fronts the band Stoneground. So I added their self titled lp & its follow up, Family Album. He has one of the best voices in rock of that era. 

Wait there’s more. Another helping of electronica with Edwin Morris’s The Sun Sets. Then Maryem and Ernie Tollar: Cairo To Toronto – I hear Maryem do a music set at a spoken word show & enjoyed this fusion world music.

Finally – to make this cd even more eclectic is Jane Morgan: The Big Hits From Broadway. Jane was a major 50’s, early 60’s, nightclub chanteuse with a strong crisp voice. She recorded extensively & I enjoy the retro quality of the arrangements of these fun show tunes.


Nice Rolls

‘You know, this is one of those days when I really can’t think of a thing – of a way to start what needs to be started.’ Jim looked up from the table.

‘Would you like a few more minutes to think it over.’ The waiter stepped back.

‘No, no. I don’t have all day & I know neither do you. But what would you suggest?’

‘The daily specials are always fast. The cannelloni looks good.’

‘Then that’s what I’ll have. Thanks.’ Jim was always relieved when he could get someone else to make a decision for him. The less he had to think the better. The more other people decided the more he could blame them when things weren’t that good. Cannelloni? What was that anyway? He’d soon find out.

A child started to cry in the restaurant.

‘Just you stop that.’ a mother whispered.

The child began to cry louder. A dish broke.

Why had he come here? This was a mistake. He’d never been here before. Rarely dined out alone, to begin with. But there was that thing from the newspaper, framed in the window that said … what did it say? … good food. Did he even read it or had he just glanced at it and assumed it was a good review. After all, restaurants rarely posted unkind remarks about them in the window.

‘I said, be still.’ the mother’s voice rose to match the squeals of her child.

‘I will not. Won’t.’ The child banged on the table.

Jim wanted to look, to turn around and see just what the ruckus was, but couldn’t. He didn’t to be seen as one of those types who had to take  gander at everyone else’s misfortune.

There was a smack. Sobs. Silence.

Well that settles that. He wouldn’t be back to this place in the near future.

‘Here you are, sir.’ the waiter put a covered bread basket on the table. ‘Your cannelloni with be here shortly. Enjoy.’

Jim lifted the linen off the bread basket. Heavy, expensive linen that impressed him. Three kinds of rolls inside, and all warm. Soft butter! That was certainly worth suffering through the slap of a child for. He broke open a roll. Warm, rich smell of rosemary came out of it. The butter spread and melted into the bread. 

‘I hate you. I hate you. I hate you.’ the child erupted.

Jim chewed his bread slowly, savouring it.

‘I wish I had never been born. I wish …’

‘Please keep your voice down Cody. You are bothering the other people here.’

‘I don’t care. I hate this place. Stinking hell hole. That’s what it is.’

Stinking hell hole – where did a child hear something like that? Such a cute turn of phrase though. Yes, nice rolls, very nice rolls. He’d have to tell his friends.


every Tuesday 2019


Stratford Festival – Nathan The Wise

August 2-13: getting back to my roots in Cape Breton
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Shaw Festival – Sex (Mae West)

Stratford Festival – Little Shop Of Horrors

June  – Capturing Fire 2020 – Washington D.C.  capfireslam.org 

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Blundstone and The Blues

Colin Blundstone with One Year (71)/Ennismore (72) is on a mp3 compilation ‘voices’ – his being the distinctive voice of The Zombies – a band I love – I found Ennismore on lp remaindered at Zeller’s while I was living in Cape Breton – I knew who he was but didn’t realize he’d gone solo after the Zombies broke up. Apparently he had a career in England but never got into the American market. These two lps are solid but it’s the voice that carries them. The material isn’t pop, isn’t teen fodder but more early emo. Thoughtful, reflective with moody orchestration and minor chords. If you are a Zombies fan you’ll love these.


blues burn out

When Gregg Allman released Low Country Blues (2011) a few years ago I downloaded it to see how he sounded, played – this is solid blues with a tinge of rock and country. His voice is fine. His guitar work is classic, laid back and the songs are comforting as opposed to challenging. Adult contemporary. Searching For Simplicity (97) is an earlier solo lp of his with more of his solid singing & playing & yet another take on the Brother’s Whipping Post.



Eric Anderson: Eric (70) – another voice I loved – I had this lp on the east coast. Country rock with heterosexual yearning for the right woman, the right moment that doesn’t get cloying. I always enjoy listening to him even if his music isn’t particularly original.

Ron Elliot is another of those guys who spun off from a major success to obscurity. See my post about the Beau Brummels for more. Candlestick Maker (70) is his only solo lp after that band broke up. Folksy and nicely recorded, easy to hear but impossible to categorize. But that voice is fine.


empty bottles

Pete Townsend: Empty Glass (80)- Pete gets sober and wants to kiss the Rough Boys, even though he’s caught between two female, sort of trampy, angels on the cover of this. He recorded loads of solo lps but this is one of the better. Rough boys I want to kiss you.

Bloomfield Kooper: Live Adventures (69) – this is a classic live lp that was all the rage when it was released – a sort of super group duo of these two momentary stars – Kooper fresh from Blood Sweat & Tears. Bloomfield fresh from Butterfield Blues Band. The material covers tunes from Green Onions to Dear Mr Fantasy.


The Promised One 2

The two men could only exchange monosyllabic greetings due to the over amplified music in the densely populated drinking establishment.

Paul, as one of them was named, allowed the other gentleman to purchase him a carbonated non-alcohol beverage. During their conversation the others present were inspected as possible more rewarding conversationalists.

The proffered refreshment was an indictor of  a commitment to pursue this particular conversation over others that might be presented by others at this occasion. The exchange could result in immediate or future benefits for either party. Of immediate benefit was the regard of others who observed them in conversation.

While awaiting the beverages a discussion ensued about work and places of residences. The paying gentlemen mused on his own less than perfect living accommodations, speculating that a change in same could result in a betterment of his opportunities in attracting a life partner.

This leads to a general talk about the locations of said accommodations. The gentlemen feels positive in this exchange with Paul and notes that each time they have conversed they have gradually learned more about each other. As neither alluded to sexual acts each felt there was something deeper than that possible.

The  gentlemen was of the opinion that a the inadequacies of his life would be best fulfilled by a relationship with someone.He’d been seeking a partner for some time and although unsuccessful and after several past conversations with Paul, felt Paul could be a suitable candidate.

To facilitate further conversation the gentleman invited Paul to accompany him to a quiet location. Paul accepted and the gentleman followed him with a renewed sense of soon to be fulfilled promise.


June 5-7 – attending – Capturing Fire – Washington DC



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June 21-26 – attending – Rosemary Aubert’s Workshop: The Novelist’s Selfie – Loyalist – Belleville https://www.facebook.com/events/965611026782246/

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June 26, Friday, 10:00 pm – feature – Pride 2015 Erotic Cabaret – Glad Day Bookstore, 598a Yonge St., Toronto


June 27, Saturday – 7:00-  Feature: Hot Summer Nights at Hirut, Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave., Toronto


September 3-6 – attending – Fan Expo


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October 18, Sunday – feature: Cabaret Noir: Inner Child Sacrifice




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