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THIS MONTH welcome a great friend of mine Linda Slade – someone who manages to call in on many aspects of theatre and drama.
Fifty Shades: From Vocal Grey to a Platinum Pronunciation
OLDIES AND ANCIENTS RETURN BUT THEY DELIVER!. RICHARDS AND GILMOUR LAY IT DOWN
Rolling Stone man Keith Richards makes his first solo album in 23 years with Virgin issuing his Crosseyed Heart. Blues songs, and rokers and even humour comes from the famous one. 71 year-old Richard is collecting a lovely set of reviews. hHe other grand oldie is the suave Pink Floyd man Dave Gilmour. This is Gilmour’s fourth solo set. The guitar man is usually credited with Floyd’s sweeping soundscape music. here’s even a monologue and some vocal work from Crosby and Nash
JESUS MUSIC AND BEYOND
How can anyone not love the debut album from 3 Winans Brothers, Foreign Land (BMG Absolute).? Well perhaps not if you are a metal trash fan, or someone whose ears never stray from the classical.
Certainly for anyone who loves soul and gospel , and even dance, this is manna from heaven. In the US this album set has already won various awards and excited record reviewers.
The Winans is a US family set-up that has carved its name into US Gospel Music history, but here comes the first from the three bothers Carvin, Marvin and arguably the best known Bebe Williams. Bebe has in past times made some beautiful albums with sister Ce Ce.
It was the death of Ron Winans that for all intent saw the seeming last days of the Winans. Indeed on this album there is a tear jerking memory track ‘I Really miss you.’ Here is a great song but also in its lyric expression of the pain of missing someone precious. “How I miss your voice, how I miss your smile./ I really do/ still tears on my pillow/ Jesus was waiting when you left ere.” ’
This album has a veritable mix of musical styles, from rasping house to smooth riding soul to a mix that even briefly transports you to the Bee Gees., and of course Gospel Music in its present contemporary music phase. Well, there is house sampling vocals, and a gospel choir along the way, but of course some fine singing from the trio shines through, all aided by catchy accompaniments very much to the fore. To these ears this is a mix of the smooth riding vocals and arrangements that was once given the title of “Philly’ to the raw guts of present house dance. The best illustration of this is the catchy opening cut with its funk house edit, and where the title is an appropriate ‘Dance’. The sharp girl sample lead and ace girl back-ups steal the show from the guys. It’s a track for the floor or designed for a pushy loud car radio sound from a large convertible riding the wide US street. As it happen the femme vocals come from the fabulous Clark Sisters. In the US they call this ‘feel good music.” It is also filed under Soulful House Music.
Lovely falsetto guy singing comes on the second track ‘Your Love Will Never End’ that takes us through the glories of creation and personal assurance of love. It has a hit riff title line and with the trio comes a gospelling - pop choir – all very fetching.
The choir “Coo” us into a song to some extent based on Romans 8, with its title ‘If God Be For US.” You have to wait until track six for the title track, a smooth sounding affair with close-up exquisite vocals. Lyrically it is about a battle within the mind, of attending to the Word of God, of waiting for Christ’s return. They yearn for that ‘home’ of the after-life where there are no tears or fears, and take as you will they would have us accept our present existence as “foreign land” Ideally this album should be out there pushing the narrow confines of BBC Radio One into black music par excellence for how much soul, let alone Gospel does the station mix into his mainstream programming? – The answer is little. ‘Please Don’t Let Go’ is another smooth riding cut that would sound great pumping through the car windows on a warm summer night – in the US at least. It also has some good sounding sax before the velvet sounding vocals once more take over. By this point we are hitting 40 minutes on this engaging album and if you want to know how three guys singing can have variety, even the unusual, take in track 11, ‘Just Between Me and you.’ that also has some sensitive and lovely piano to vary instrumentation.
Brother Carvin believes that when God gives you a gift, you has to nurture that gift, practice and exercise your vocal cords.” Brother Bebe says their father gave them good advice when setting out.“ Know who you are before people in the world tell you who you are. So if your record is successful you’re not easily persuaded to go another route.” Brother Marvin says the album take us through some of their life journeying. Oh, ‘Dance’ gets two outings, there on track two and again at 13. So there is a double helping of ‘I Really Miss You” with the second a soul remix. And ‘Move to Me’ is also given a double outing with the second a fiery trumpet funk led feel. And indeed some groove hit vocal back-ups to the lead, as it steams away fast and furious. It fades out at 3”26 but could have been easily extended to really hit the dance floor. Great stuff but then the album is a mighty affair. Play it loud!
This review first appeared in The Methodist Recorder
ROCK and BANDS of varying shades AND GROUPS AND SINGERS
THESE CDS FIND THEIR WAY INTO the Jasper library but vinyl albums are not listed.
AEROSMITH BIG ONES
ALLMAN GREGG LOW COUNTRY BLUES
AMERICA NGREATEST HITS
ARCADE FIRE REFLECTOR
BARCLAY JAME HARVEST CAUGHT IN THE LIGHT
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST RING OF CHANGES
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION
BECKER MARGARET STEPS TO FAITH
BECKER MARGARET SIMPLE HOUSE
BECKER MARGARET SOUL
BECKER MARGARET WHAT KIND OF LOVE
BENETAR PAT SOMEBDY’S BABY
BENATAR PAT BEST SHOTS
BENATAR GRAVITYS RABY
BLUE OYSTER ULT THE SINGLES COLLECTION
BON JOVI THESE DAYSBIG COUNTRY SHIPS
BON JOVI HEY GOD
BBONAMASSA, JOE, DUST BOWL.ON JOVI LOST HIGHWAY
BRANIGAN LAURA THE PLATIUM CLLECTION
BROWNE JACKSON THE BEST OF
BUCKLEY JEFF GRACE 128
CARS THE GREATEST HITS 129
FAMILY STRANGE BAND 130
CAMEL STATI0NARY TRAVELLER
CARS THE CARS GREASTEST HITS
CHAGALL GUERVARA CHAGALL GUEVARA
CLAPTON ERIC COMPLETE
CLATPN ERIC UNPLUGGED
CLAPTON ERIC CHRONICLES
CLAPTON ERIC LIVE
CLAPTON ERIC THE BLUES CONCERT 2 DISCS
COLDDPLAY A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
CREED HUMAN CLAY
CROW SHERYL SHERYL CROW
CROW SHERYL THURSDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB
CROW SHERYL SHEERYL CROW
CROWE SHERYL THE BEST OF
CROWED HOUSE THE VERY BEST OF
CROWDED HOSE TOGETHER ALONE
DEACON BLUE WHATEVER YOU SAY SAY
DEACON BLUE OUR TOWN THE GREATEST HITS
DEACON BLUE WHEN THE WORLD KNOWS YOUR NAME
DEEP PURPLE DEEPEST
DEEP PURPLE THE BATTLEPLAYS ON
DEEP PURPLE ?!
Dr john LOCKED DOWN
EELS ESSENTIAL EELS
FLEETWOOD MAC THE VERY BEST OF
FLEETWOOD MAC SAY YOU WILL
FFLEETWOD MAC THE DAN
FRANZ FERDINAND FRANZ FERDINAND
HACKET STEVE PLEASE DON’T TOUCH
HART BETH DON’T EXPLAIN
HART BETH SEESAW
ELY JOE LETTER TO LAREDO
ELTON JOHN DON’T SHOOT ME
ELTON JOHNGOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
ELTON JOHN TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION
ELTON JOHN GOOD MORNING TO THE NIGHT
ELTON JOHN CARIBOU
ELTON JOHN CLASSIC YEARS
ELY JOE LETTER TO LAREDO
FACES THE BEST OF good boys.
FEEDER COMFORT IN SOUND
FEEDER PUHING THE SENSES
FEEDER ECHO PARK
FLETWOOD MAC THE DANCE
FOREIGNER THE BEST OF LIVE
HART BETH 37 DAYS
KILLERS SAMS TOWN
KILLERS DAY & AGE
KNOPLER MARK WITH EMMYLOU HARROS ALL THE ROADRUNNING
LED ZEPPELIN CELEBRATION DAY
LED ZEPPELIN REMASTERS
LEE ALBERT PURE BLUES
LIFEHOUSE NO NAME FACE
LITTLE FEAT SAILIN’ SHOES
LOFGREN NILS SILVER LINING
LYNYRD SKYNYRD LAST OF
MAGIC NUMBERS MAGIC NUMBERS
MANIC STREET PREACHERS THE GREATEST HITS
MANIC STREET PREACHERS THE HOLY BIBLE
MANIC STREET PREACHERS LIFEBLOOD
MANIC STREET PREACHERS GENERATION TERRORISTS
MANIC STREET PREACHERS EVERTHING MUST GO
MANIC STREET PREACHERS KNOW YOUR ENEMY
MANIX STREET PREACHRS THIS IS MY FAITH TELL ME YOURS
MARS VOLTA DE-LOUSED IN THE COMATORIUM
McVIE CHRISTINE IN THE MEANTIME
MOTT THE HOOPLE MOTT
NIRVANA IN UTERO
NO DOUBT THE SINGLES 1992-2003
OASIS DON’T BELIEVE THE TRUTH
PAXTON TOM RAMBLIN’ BOY
PAXTON TOM AIN;T THAT NEWS
PETERS MIKE BREATHE
PETTY TOM AND THE HEARTBREAKERS GREATEST HITS
PLANT ROBERT JOY
PLANT ROBERT MIGHTY REARRANGED
PRETENDERS LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS
RADIOHEAD HAIL TO THE THIEF
RADIOHEAD OK COMPUTER
RAIT BONNIE LONGING IN THEIR HEARTS
RAIT BONNIE YOU
RAIT BONNIESILVER LINING
RAIT BONNIE ROAD TESTED
RAIT BONNIE LONGING IN THEIR
RAMONES GREATEST HITS
RED HOT CHILLI FINGERS WHAT HITS?
REED LOU MAGIC LOSS
REED LOU TRANSFORMER
ROLLING STONES THE STICKY FINGERS
ROLLING STONES 2120 MICHIGAN AVENUE
ROLLING STONES DECCA RECORDINGS
ROLLING STONES GET YER YA-YA’S OUT
RONSTADY LINDA WINTER LIGHT
RONSTADT LINDA THE COLLECTION
RUNRIG AMAZING THINGS
SCAGGS BOZ A FOOL TO CARE
SHACK H.M.S. FABLE
SORENSON TAYLOR THE OVERFLOW
SMITH PATTI BANGA
SNOW PASTROL FINAL STRAW
SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE WRECKING BALL
SPRINGSTEEN BRUE HIGH HOPES
SPRINSTEEN BRUCE GREATEST HITS
SPRINGSTTEN BRUCE STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
STORM THE STORM
SUPERCHICK ROCK WHAT YOU GOT
TEN YEARS AFTER see Albert Lee.
TEXAS CAREFUL WHAT YOU LIVE FOR
TEXAS WHITE ON BLONDE
TEXAS RED BOO
TRAFFIC MR FANTASY
TRAVELLIN WILBURYS COLLECTION
U2 RATTLE AND HUM
U2 THE JOSHUA TREE
U2 ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND
U2 HOW TO DISMANTLE THE ATOMIC BOMB
U2 THE BEST OF 1990-2000
U2 ACHTUNG BABY
WILSPON NRIAN presents SMILE
ZZ TOP LA FUTURA
DAZED AND CONFUSED guitar greats
HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT
MIDDLE OF THE RODA AND 50S
ZEE RECORDS STORY
These sketches by tony jasper can be presented but recognition of the writer should be given.
SKETCH CALL THE POLICE
VOICE A FEW WEEKS AGO NEWS BROKE THAT THE POLICE may focus on cyber crime, terrorisms and protecting children, and not have time to investigate such a mundane thing as someone reporting they’ve been burgled. We have had access to one phone call from a Mrs Daisy Plant.
MRS PLANT: HELLO. AM I THROUGH? IS THAT THE POLICE STATION?
OFFICER; IT MIGHT BE.
MRS PLANT: MY NAME IS MRS PLANT I need help.
OFFICER: CONTINUE MADAME IF YOU WANT ASSISTANCE. I CAN SAY THIS IS NOT THE RAC AA OR GREEN SHIELD. I CANNOT SAY MORE.
MRS PLANT. MY NAME IS MRS PLANT.
OFFICER THANK YOU FOR THAT INFORMATION AND FOR USING OUR SERVICE MRS PLANT. EVERY CALL IS VALUABLE. WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU ONTHIS LOVELY DAY?
MRS PLANT:I AM 82 AND I AM BEING BURGLED.
OFFICER; I AM SORRY TO HEAR THAT.
MRS PLANT I NEED HELP.
OFFICER ; THAT SEEMS A REASONABLE THING TO SAY IN VIEW OF WHAT YOU REPORT.. PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT YOUR CALL IS BEING RECORDED AND MONITORED FOR FUTURE TRAIING PURPOSES.. SO WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
MRS PLANT: YOU ARE THE POLICE?
OFFICER; I AM WILLING TO SAY THIS IS NOT THE AA OR RAC BUT I RESERVE THE RIGHT NOT TO SAY WHETHER THIS IS GREEN SHIELD OR NOT GREEN SHIELD.
MRS PLANT YOU MUST KNOW.
OFFICER I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT BRINGS YOU TO THIS CALL BEFORE I CAN DEFINITELY SAY.
MRS PLANT :I AM BEING BURGLED AT THIS VERY MOMENT. I AM HIDING IN THE BATHROOM.
OFFICER: I AM IMPRESSED YOU HAVE A SIGNAL. IN VIEW OF YOUR DESCRIBED SITUATION YOUR LOCATION SEEMS A REASONABLE. CHOICE.
MRS PLANT: YES, BUT. I AM BEING BURGLED.
OFFICER: UNFORTUNATELY YOU CANNOT MAKE A CUP OF TEA. BUT TO BE POSITIVE AND PRO-ACTIVE WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT WHEN UNDER STRESS, IF YOU ARE TAKEN SHORT YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
MRS PLANT. ARE YOU GOING TO HELP ME?:
OFFICER”: IN VIEW OF WHAT YOU SAY I AM WILLING TO SAY WE ARE THE POLICE.
MRS PLANT: I AM BEING BURGLED. TIME IS MARCHING ON.
OFFICER: I AM SORRY TO HEAR OF THIS INCONVENIENCE,. I WOULD LIKE TO FFER YOU OR MORAL SUPPORT, AND FOR SOME OFFICERS HERE, A PRAYER SUPPORT.
MRS PLANT: ARE YOU SENDING SOME 0FFICERS?
OFFICER: THAT’S A VERY OLD FASHIONEDD CONCEPT. GENERALLY BURGULARS DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON ANY PARTCULAR
MRS PLANT : I DON’T UNDERSTAND. PREMISEWILL SOMEONE COME?
OFFICE: I AM PUTTING YOU THROUGH
TO OUR EMERGENC DESK. THEY WILL HELP YOU. PLEASE HOLD THE LINE. THERE MAY BE A PAUSE.
VOICE: THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING THIS UNDISCLOSED SOURCE TO DEAL WITH YOUR PROBLEM.
To help you to speak with the correct service
PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWIG
QUESTIONS WTH A YES OR NO.
Are you a victim of cyber crime?
MRS PLANT No idea.
VOCE PLEASE ANSWER YES OR NO. AFTER ASWERING ALWAYS PRESS THE HASH TAG.
Mrs PLANT: No
VOICE THANK YOU. ARE YOU A VICTIM OF TERRORISM? YOU Have 5 seconds remaining.
MRS PLANT NO.
VOICE THANK YOU, ARE YOU PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM NASTY PEOPLE ?
MRS PLANT I am being burgled.
VOIC E PLEASE ANSWER YES OR NO.
Mrs plant No. OFFICER; I AM PLEASED TO SAY YOU ARE NOT A VICTIM OF MAJOR CRIME THAT COULD HAVE INTERNATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONEST ANSWERS.
PLEASE USE OUR REPORT SYSSTEM BY ANSWERING ONE TO TEN IF 1 YOU FOUND THE SYSTEM EASY 2 YOU ENJOYED TALKING WITH A FRIENDLY OFFICER 3 YOU WILL USE THE SERVICE AGAIN,
THANK YOU FOR YOIR TIME, IT IS APPRECIATED.
Mrs plant Hello, is that the police? HELLO..................
BUYING A RAIL TICKET IN 2015
TAPE” (Next customer. Window 7.)
MAN Good afternoon Madame. My name is Mr Goodenough..
WOMAN; What an unusual name. I hope the service will be good enough. I’m so sorry. I blush, you must have heard that many a time..
MAN: Here to help you at this very important time of year. Happy Christmas.
MAN. Part of the service. Naturally we
want everyone to feel joy at this time of year;
What can I do for you?
WOMAN: I want a ticket.
MAN: You’ve chosen the right place, the right window. I assume you do not want a morning ticket, day ticket, afternoon off-peak, early
evening peak supplement. Tickets for pets, bicycles, under 14s, under 12, under fives, ticket,
and almost forgot there’s a` sleeper ticket, although you do not have to have either a single or double berth, just a seat in the first class. Saloon.. I have to remember to ask if the customer has a Senior rail card. Then again some trains do not stop at every station, some do Wed-Friday but not Monday. Tuesday. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday. This is an advance not an on-the-day window.
WOMAN: Just me.
MAN. That makes things a lot easier. Splendid, what I would call a Christmas gift.
MAN: When you do this job you never get anything simple, like one customer and one customer only, travelling there and then, just a single ticket. No all day it’s family tickets, two for one husband and wife, school party, four for 2, zonal purchase, weekly, monthly, all-year advance purchase, then foreign parties of 20 or more, rarely get asked for one ticket. Oh, people want a parking ticket, ask for a 10p off voucher for some fizzy track, a headache.
WOMAN My friend has told me that you do a supper super super single ticket.
MAN: Not good enough. See I can take a little joke against myself. To where do you want to go?
WOMAN. OH, how silly of me. Newtown.
MAN As in Wales, Cornwall, Merseyside, West Highlands, Ulster...More Newtowns coming up on the screen...
MAN Are you sure there’s a station in Newtown?
WOMAN I meant a rail and bus ticket .. to PENZANCE. then to Newtown.. My friend says it’s the number 2 bus.
MAN; Penzance, quite a journey. No 2’s are all double dekkers, not that you see much when it’s dark. Went to Penzance with Gwendoline for our honeymoon. Lovely place. Penzance. Here it is.
Right. Excuse me sir, I’m still dealing with this lady.
When will you be going
WOMAN. December 22.
MAN: December 22.
WOMAN Something wrong?
MAN: Can’t see anything ABOUT A SSUPER SUPER SUPER SINGLE OR A SUPER SUPER SUOER SUPER SUPER SINGLE . At this time of year the more cheaper tickets get withdrawn.
Usually I can offer a dozen or more alternatives.
There is a reduced fare – Christmas offer – for those who have suffered a divorce this year.
WOMAN: Charles left in August.
MAN: That’s good-enough. Did I say I can take a jest? It must be a first divorce.
WOMAN: He was my fourth. I know – not good-enough.
MAN. I mean if you were to go before December 22, there’s a special ticket for children, proof needed of course.
WOMAN No young childRen.
MAN: All this makes it that more awkward trying to get a cheaper ticket.
WOMAN 0h dear.
MAN So, it looks as though it’s full fare, London to Penzance on a first, in peak times is not far
behind the cost of flying to New York.. One Way..
though if you changed at Reading, Taunton, Tiverton Parkway, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Plymouth, , leaving Paddington at 06.45, it would mean you could get the 17.57 from Plymouth, that’s a two car DMU, always packed, and be in Penzance by 8.,and catch the 2110..only goes to Helston
WOMAN Newtown is before. Helston
MAN A lengthy journey.
WOMAN That’s 12 hours. Simply not good enough. Oh, I am so sorry..
This month’s listing is of books in a theatre context that deal with Jesus..
- Anon, ed. Kemp E with Mitchell, K. (1997) The Mysteries. London: Nick Hern.
- Bradley I. (2004) You’ve Got To Have A Dream, London: SCM.
- Braun. M. (1972) Jesus Christ Superstar. The Authorized Version. London: Pan.
- Browne, H and E.M, (1945) Pilgrim Story, London: Frederick Muller.
- Buckner. R. (1993) The Joy of Jesus - Humour in the Gospels . Norwich: Canterbury Press.
- Clarke-Smith. ( 1901 ) The Miracle Play in England, London: William Andrews .
- Dewar, L. ( 1949 ) New Testament Ethics,.London: University of London Press.
- Eversole, F. ed. ( 1962 ) Christian Faith and the Contemporary Arts, NY: Abingdon.
- Forde, N. (1986). Theatrecraft., London: Marc Europe.
- Heddendorf, R. (2009) From Faith to Fun - The Secularization of Humour. London: Lutterworth
- Honeycombe, G. (1964) The Redemption, London: Methuen.
- Hussey, M. (1957) The Chester Mystery Plays , London: Heinemann.
- Jasper, T. (1974) Jesus in a Pop Culture, London: Collins.
- Jasper T. Pickering K. (2013) Jesus Centre Stage (Highland)
- Johnson T. E. Savidge D. (2009) Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue. Baker Academic.
- Malachi, M. (1975) Jesus Now, London: Collins.
- Miles, K. (1981) Coventry Mystery Plays, London: Heinemann.
- Moynahan. M.E. (1998) Once upon a Mystery. New York: Paulist Press.
- O’ Leary, D.J and Sallnow, T. (1982) Love and Meaning in Religious Education- The Incarnational Approach to Teaching Christianity, Oxford: OUP.
- Pickering, K. (2001) Drama in the Cathedral, Colwall: Garnet Miller.
- Purvis, Rev.J.S. (1953) The York Cycle of Mystery Plays, London: SPCK.
- Sanders. E.P. (1985) Jesus and Judaism.London: SCM. .
- Sugano, D and Pickering, K. (1997) The Midlands’ Mysteries ,Colwall: Garnet Miller.
- Tayor.T. (1916) The Celtic Christianity of Cornwall, London: Longman, Green & Co.
- Tillich, P. (1955) The New Being, London: SCM.
- \Vermes. G. (2000) The Changing Face of Jesus. Harmonsdworth: Penguin.
- Wolfe, K. (1984) The Churches and the British Broadcasting Corporation 1922-1956, London: SCM.
- Wood.D.ed .(1992) The Church and the Arts. Volume 28, London:.Blackwell.
- Wright, S. ( 2008 ) The Sounds of the Sixties, NY: Grosvenor Houks).
New titles to the ever growing Jasper library include:
- Pop Goes Religion Terry Mattingly (homas Nelson)
- Using the Bible in Spiritual Direction, Liz Hoare (SPCK)
- God in the Details – Eric Mazur and Kate McCarthy (Routledge)
- Blood on the Flag Nigel Bovey (Salvation Army)
- Backpacking with the Saints Belden C Lane (Oxford).