I was reminded of a Christmas 2021 gig that I went to with my friend when I heard the lead singer of the band ‘The Stunning’ interviewed on the radio today. They were amazing as always, and the evening was especially poignant as it was just before the last Covid lockdown. We have seen them about half a dozen times, and they never fail to impress. Even more than thirty years after forming ‘Brewing up a storm’ always gets me going. It must be one of the nation’s favourite songs.
The lead singer in the main band played beside his brother on base. The guy on the keyboards also played the trumpet and the bongo drums. He blew my mind; I had never seen anyone play the bongo drums so fast and with such amazing skill. We moved after the first song as a pillar was blocking my view of the lead singer.
There were two giant mirrors in front of the circle seats where we were sitting, and I could see myself dancing; for a minute, I thought I actually looked quite cool. As we were up in the gods we had a birds-eye view of a box beneath us to the right. Everyone in it was dancing on their seats and giving it socks. I went to the bathroom, and as I was seated on the throne, I noticed a baby changing fixture in front of me. I smiled to myself whilst reading it as I thought if somebody did want to change their baby, they could just leave it there and come back and maybe get a different one.
All the best
In the development where I live, there is an Asian man that owns a coffee van. I saw him and his van down by Low Rock a few weeks ago. One of my friends advised him to increase his business by going to the swimming spots. While walking past, I noticed that he was singing into his phone at the top of his voice. He was so engrossed that he never noticed me. I loitered nearby, pretending that Buzz and Finn had some important sniffing going on as I was fascinated.
He was singing the ‘Greatest love all of all’ by Whitney Houston with great gusto. It is a difficult song to sing at the best of times and he was giving it all he could. I couldn’t help but think that maybe he was auditioning for one of the talent shows on television. For a moment, I was tempted to ask him if he took requests.
Anytime I see the van now, I smile when I recall the moment. Perhaps someday I will buy a coffee from him and sing him my order. Just to see his reaction. The phrase ‘sing for your supper’ could be rephrased to ‘sing for your coffee’. Imagine if there were shops that insisted on customers singing their orders. I can see us all now singing at Starbucks or Mcdonald’s. Maybe they will dedicate one hour a week to this? I would be well up for it.
All the best
Like a lot of folk I think that I have the moves of Robyn in Call your girlfriend
But at this stage in my life, I would most likely be classified as a nerdy dancer. I became obsessed with Robyn when I saw the following video (On TikTok) with Emma Stone and Maya Rudolph
Of course, I then had to go and learn all of Robyn’s dance moves from the video. The tumble was a bit tricky to say the least. Nelly the elephant came to mind.
Whilst walking in the park the other day I was listening to 70’s music. My favorite track ‘I feel love’ by Donna summer came on and I began to dream of her playing the legend slot on Sunday at Glastonbury. I was almost dancing around the park as I envisioned myself there.
It transpires that it might be difficult for her to headline at Glastonbury as she is no longer with us. I then began to think that maybe Elvis would be a great replacement. And guess what? I found out that he is no longer with us either.
Diana Ross is to grace the Pyramid stage at this year’s Glastonbury. What a woman. She exemplifies grace. I am envious of everyone that is going but I cannot be greedy as I have tickets for Latitude in the UK and Electric Picnic in September in Ireland.
Woo hoo. Bring on the festy fun.
All the best
A few years ago, pre Covid, I was with some friends at a pub in Temple Bar. Ooohh, when I look back at those halcyon days of freedom and light. Before I had gone to the loo we were talking about our individual experiences with anxiety and depression.
All of us had been tainted by both at some time or another and it was both liberating and sad to hear everyone’s experiences. Shame appeared to be a common trait among us. Even though awareness has heightened around mental health over the last many years, a pervading stigma remains.
When I returned the conversation revolved around an ‘Open Mic’ night. All the girls were excited and animated. I said to the girls ‘So who is this guy Mike and why is he so open with his feelings? Does it help people? ’.
One of the girls looked at me and said ‘Seriously’, I said, ‘Yes, when will he be coming here? . They all started laughing their heads off, a few were crying as they thought I was taking the piss.
I can be fierce thick at times but this was an all-time low, even for me. I soon realized I got the wrong end of the stick. I went along with it and started laughing as well’. Another said, ‘Oh, it was your straight face and delivery, priceless’.
I was asked if I would be reciting one of my poems. At this point I had noticed a poster outlining the details of the ‘Open Mic night’ and eventually the penny dropped. What a numpty eh? Needless to say, the night has not happened and may not for some time but I will be ready with my ‘Mic’ when it does. Who knows I may even meet a Mike who is open about his feelings?
That’s all for now.
Have a great day.