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About LeftyP

  • Birthday 20/10/50
  1. Lyrics that changed your world

    As an acne ravaged 16 year old, my life had already been changed when I met a girl at school three years my junior. I was well and truly hooked and used to walk her home every night (carrying her books of course). Nothing happened between us but when I heard John Sebastian's lyrics in "Younger Girl" they said it all. "Should I Hang Around Acting Like Her Brother, In A Few More Years They'll Call Us Right For Each Other. But Why If I Wait I'll Just Die!" Stupidly, I waited and she married someone else! I liked the Hondells version that was played on Radio Caroline (North) back in 1966. Here we are 50 years on and that song still strikes a chord with me. To compound things, a few years ago Frankie Valli recorded "My Eyes Adored You" which told my sad story; "Carried Your Books From School, Playing Make Believe You're Married To Me". Oh the pangs of first love! I met her again earlier this year and she still caused a little flutter in my heart. What a sad old fool I am!
  2. Fotheringay at Newcastle City Hall around 1970-ish. Wonderful Sandy Denny with Jerry Donahue on guitar, Pat Donaldson on bass and the incredible Gerry Conway on drums. It was a magical night and their self titled album is still on of my favourites.
  3. Car insurance for semi-pro musicians

    One thing to beware of is that an insurance company may not want to insure you because, as a gigging musician, you may be classed as high risk. It happened to me with house insurance because I worked for the BBC as a local radio presenter! Anything to do with "showbiz" and they assume you are into sex, drugs and sausage rolls! The problem occurs when you approach another company and they ask "have you ever been refused insurance". You may find it has a knock on affect on other areas of insurance. Try the MU, who have all kinds of advice for the performing musician.
  4. I'm thinking about getting a leather bass guitar strap with a customized message or design on it. I've trawled the internet for likely suppliers but no one stood out. Have you had a your name or message put on a guitar strap and if so where did you get it done? Cheers!
  5. Black Friday !!!

    I tend to treat this 'sale' with suspicion. If they can reduce the price of stuff by several % and still turn a profit how much is the stuff really worth? My late mother worked in a shop for years (Co-op) and knew all the tricks to offload slow moving stock. Take items off the shelves and put them in one of those big wire baskets with a sign saying 'special offer' or 'our price' and folk would buy them. Another trick was to say that some item was not going to be available again and people who didn't even like the stuff would buy it! If you are in the market for something and can get it for a few quid cheaper than usual then fine but treat all sales with great caution. When have DFS ever sold their sofas at 'full price'? As for Black Friday, well it's turned into a continuous money grab that appears to be lasting for weeks!
  6. If you are thinking about virtuoso players then classical guitarist John Williams springs to mind as does pianist Oscar Peterson. My wife is a classical oboe player, used to most of the classical repertoire, and she cannot bring to mind any female composers from that era. Modern day, I would echo the mention of Carole King as a great contemporary composer and Diane Warren. Burt Bacharach deserves a mention plus the Irving Berlins, Cole Porters and Gershwins of this world. In short we are spoiled for choice so let's just enjoy their genius!
  7. Adding orchestras to classic recordings

    I'm not sure what to make of the Aretha song. The new orchestral backing was not too intrusive so the first lady of soul's voice was loud and clear. I well remember, as a teenager at school, hearing Aretha sing "I Ain't Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You". It was played on Radio Caroline (North) while I was waiting to go in for school dinners! I fell in love with her voice and songs right there and then and I don't think you can improve on perfection (that's Aretha as perfection not the school dinners!).
  8. He would wait a long time to get a reply from me via Face-ache because I very rarely use it. I don't post anything on it and check it about once a fortnight as I 'follow' one or two performers and organizations who put notices on the site. I also get so much Spam email that I have a very high security setting on my 'In Box'. If your email details are not in my address book your communication will go direct to my 'Junk Mail' folder - along with the invitations from Anastasia to "enjoy" her Russian lady friends! There seems to be a expectation that everyone is hovering over their computers 24/7. What is wrong with a 'phone call?
  9. I have a Rhode NT1000 condenser mic in excellent condition. This is a studio vocal mic and requires 48volt phantom power. The current version (which looks identical to this one) is on sale a various outlets - including Amazon -for a shade under £300.00. I bought it a few years ago with a view to setting up a home recording studio. That venture never happened and the mic has been tucked away in a cupboard for some time. A friend of mine at the BBC borrowed it to record some vocals and said he wanted to have its babies! Not sure how he intended that to happen - best not to ask! Included in the sale is a "Cats Cradle" type of mic clip which suspends and isolates the mic from sounds transmitted by the mic stand - tapping feet etc. It's a lovely piece of kit which, sadly, is not going to be used by me. If you have a home studio and record vocals or acoustic instruments this will really give you great results.
  10. Separating the artist from the art

    This is a very interesting topic. How far do you go at finding out about an artist before listening to their music or watching them perform? If you hear a great track on the radio do you hold back your opinion of it until you've checked out the lifestyle of the performer? As has been said in an earlier post; look back through history at great artists (painters, composers etc) and you may find that their lifestyle was unsavory to say the least. One of the best live concerts I attended, some years ago, was the Gary Glitter Christmas Show (I got free tickets!). It was an absolute blast! Of course we didn't know then what we know now - but it was still a great evening's entertainment. I try to judge a song from its words and music. I'm sure if we dug deep enough we could find something to dislike about most of our favorite performers.
  11. Dave's World of Fun Stuff

    I've tried to watch some of his videos but can only tolerate about a minute of them because of his camera work. I am susceptible to motion sickness and his hand held camera swaying about causes nausea very quickly. Tripods should be compulsory!
  12. I have a Sony ECM-999PR microphone in almost new condition even though it is several years old. I bought it in London when I was doing lots of live recording (sometimes on Reel to Reel!) but it has not seen much use. There is a video on YouTube - link below - by someone who found one in a cupboard. The video shows how versatile the microphone is even though it looks like a mortar bomb! I have no idea how much it is worth but it comes with a hard case, foam 'pop' cover and several leads to fit a variety of connectors. If you fancy it - make an offer. I had to put an amount in the price box because it wouldn't let me leave it blank. https://youtu.be/lS9ohDx_4aw I've had several inquiries about this mic and have tried to reply to you all. Since the "upgrade" of the website I'm not sure my messages have been sent so sorry if you have not heard from me. Roman, are you still interested as there are other people waiting to hear. Thanks, I'll try to get to grips with the new posting procedure!
  13. La Bella Limited Edition Strings

    [quote name='ChazzJEUK' timestamp='1501765481' post='3347223'] So I know La Bella have a habit of releasing limited edition silk wrapped Nylon Tapewounds most recently the "Tigers Blood" and before that the "Purple Haze". What I want to know is, has anyone in the U.K. Managed to get their hands on a set? & where from? [/quote] Don't know if they will have the exact strings you want but Supermusic57 Ltd of Clydebank stock La Bella.
  14. La Bella single string replacement

    You could try Supermusic57 Ltd, 32 Drumry Road, Clydebank G81 2LL I bought a set of the strings via Amazon and they came from Supermusic. I managed to snap one of the strings near the winding peg and Supermusic were very helpful in getting me a replacement. From the telephone conversations I had with them I don't think La Bella normally supply individual strings.
  15. [quote name='gjones' timestamp='1509232251' post='3397506'] Would you have put it up, if it was Johnny Vegas playing this tune in his underpants? [/quote] I wish you hadn't put that image in my mind!