Joni Mitchell: Woodstock (1970)

written & produced by Joni Mitchell | from the album Ladies Of The Canyon (1970) | live in-studio from London (1970)

Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s ‘Death Valley’

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.


Refreshing to hear this talk by Ken Robinson. My wife is a teacher and would endorse his views: how a “command and control” approach by the education hierarchy is crushing teachers, burying them in so much administrative work that their ability to teach suffers. And how a regimented approach does not recognize that children are individuals with different strengths and weaknesses and that education needs to be tailored to fit the individual …. not the other way round.

Chromatics – Into The Black

Cover of the Neil Young Classic “Hey Hey, My My”
Chromatics, from the album “Kill For Love”

Andrea Bocelli/Lisa Gerrard – Nella Tue Mani

While on the subject of cinema themes, two great versions of the final song from Gladiator (2000), composed by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, are among my favorites.

Andrea Bocelli – Nella Tue Mani (Now We Are Free)

And the original haunting film score sung by Australian musician Lisa Gerrard

Jenny O’ Connor – The Gael

Written by Dougie Maclean in 1990 (from his album The Search), performed here by violinist Jenny O’Connor.

Some of you will recognize this as the version adapted by Trevor Jones for the theme from Last of the Mohicans (1992).

Erik Satie – Once Upon A Time In Paris

The music of Erik Satie with paintings by Edouard Cortes.

Songs ~ Gymnopedies ~ Gnossiennes #1,3,4,5
Album ~ Satie: Works For Piano Solo And Piano Duet

Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’

A bit of nostalgia. From Midnight Cowboy, with John Voigt and Dustin Hoffman.

The harmonica theme at the end is played by Jean Toots Thielemans.

Michael Gove on Brexit, productivity and innovation

Interesting viewpoint on Brexit.  How the EU became anti-innovation, erecting barriers to entry which favor incumbents.

Ganggajang: Sounds Of Then

More Australiana: Sounds Of Then (This is Australia) by Ganggajang

Marc Faber: Don’t believe China’s growth figures

Dinah Washington: What a Diff’rence a Day Makes

Originally written in Spanish by Mexican songwriter María Grever in 1934, the song was known as Cuando vuelva a tu lado (“When I Return to Your Side”). Later popularized by Dinah Washington who won a Grammy Award in 1959 for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance with the English translation.

The Seekers: The Carnival Is Over [video]

The signature voice of Judith Durham is part of the soundtrack of my childhood (I was 9 in 1967 when this was recorded).

Gerry & the Pacemakers: Ferry Cross The Mersey [video]

Gerry & the Pacemakers: Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965)

Liverpool FC fans will know Gerry Marsden from their club anthem: You’ll Never Walk Alone.
2005 Champions League Semi-Final against Chelsea:

St Pancras boogie [video]

Henri Herbert, keyboard player with the Jim Jones Revue,… gives an impromptu performance on the concourse of St Pancras International station, London.

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness | TED

Materialism sucks. Happiness is imagined.

Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

The Temptations: My Girl [video]

Signature voice of David Ruffin, lead singer from 1964 – 1968, makes this a classic.

The Three Degrees: When will I see you again [video]

Having a Motown day……

David Gilmour: Wish you were here (acoustic version) [video]

David Gilmour playing Pink Floyd’s Wish you were here unplugged