It would be nice to get an informed and measured comment from someone like yourself before the sound of grinding axes drowns….
But surely the word heard by far the most was 'Trump'? Love it or hate it, 2020 was dominated by his name.
As so often, XKCD has the apt quotation:
Coming from a different world, the 2004 doco "Rhythm Is It!" is worth tracking down (with subs in English, if you're like me, monolingual). Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle, Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring', and ~230 schoolkids from hhigh and low decile schools around Berlin, most non-dancers, performing the ballet.
Nice that your music column is back. May I suggest a jazz album of great distinction: "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" on Impulse? It's on YouTube for a listen, but worth putting through a decent hi-fi. Coltrane's sax is definitive, and Hartman's voice is like audible chocolate (85% cocoa). Especially recommend the superb version of the fiendish "Lush Life".
Gosh it's great that this blog has been revived, thanks Russell. And in line with Ian's reference to 'Music Helps', and also the theme of being kind, I submit a tune that boomers may remember, from 1954.
"Be Kind To Your Web-Footed Friends", aka "Crazy Mixed Up Song".
Thanks Russell. Morales' unfolding and exploration of 'Young Hearts Run Free' puts me in mind of various classical composers' work with popular and folk tunes of their times, though I lam not competent to make the comparison.
One of the nicest God-I-Miss-Disco moments is this Youtube clip:
from the highly esteemed movie Pride.
<off-topic rant> Murdoch broke the Fleet St unions, Thatcher broke the Miners and the rest, leading to the disintegration of Community in British social life and planting the seed of the eventual Brexit debacle. <end rant>
My personal music moment favourite from Pride is however Bread and Roses: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNQs6gSOkeU]
Concur with Geoff Lealand's praise for this column -- reading it, was (temporarily) stricken that it might be valedictory, but thank kindness, not. I don't FB or Tweet, but browse, and Firefox opens with the following sites:
1 Metservice, 2 XKCD, 3 Alex, 4 PA, 5 Werewolf, 6 SoylentNews 7 Slashdot.
All I want to know of what's happening is contained therein. Thank you, Bob.