Category Archives: Music

Classical music piece enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

Interesting story on NPR yesterday — although children’s author Roald Dahl died nearly 25 years ago, he continues to inspire musical adaptations of his work.

Read the full transcript or listen to the story!

Paddington Bear’s “Singing in the Rain”

At long last, after a record drought in Sacramento, we’re finally getting some rain.

Not rain like the U.K. has gotten rain all winter long, mind you, but at least it’s a start. And on that note, Ruby posted this delightful video of Paddington Bear “Singing in the Rain,” following my post last week about Gap’s Paddington Bear line. Enjoy!

Beatles covers as pocket squares

Turnbull and Asser

Yellow Submarine

Beatles Help

Turnbull & Asser has released a limited edition series of Beatles album covers turned into pure silk pocket squares, exclusively at Bloomingdale’s. They are hand rolled and finished in England and each cover is selling for $150 a piece, or you can pick up the entire box set for $1,995!

What it’s like to be a dad at a One Direction concert

If you ever wondered what it’s like to be a dad at a One Direction concert, take a gander at some of these photos shot and posted by Vice West Coast editor Jamie Taete on his Instagram. They made me smile!

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Dad at One Direction concert

All photos by Jamie Taete

Oscar Night

Shirley Bassey

Welsh singer Shirley Bassey at last night’s Oscars

Did you watch the Oscars last night?

*SPOILERS*

Some of my favorite bits: Adele, the cast of “Les Miserables” performing “One More Day,” Ang Lee and Quentin Tarantino’s wins, Barbra Streisand’s “Memories” and  Argo clenching best picture. But best moment of the night goes to Dame Shirley Bassey. Utterly breathtaking at the age of 76. She looked and sounded beautiful! What an inspiring performance!

And happy 50th birthday to the James Bond franchise!

Downton Abbey and One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful” mashup

Love this.

Have a lovely Presidents’ Day!

(What’s the story) Morning Glory?

Oasis (What's The Story) Morning Glory?On a recent episode of “Girls,” “Wonderwall” by Oasis was played and it immediately brought back a flood of memories from my time at uni (translation: university).

If you haven’t heard the album “(What’s the story) Morning Glory?”, check it out. (I’m listening to it on Spotify today.) Oasis is an amazing band and this album is legendary in my mind.

Favorite tracks include “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” “Champagne Supernova” and “She’s Electric.”

New music: The Intermission Project

A friend in the U.K. posted about this new British band from Kent called The Intermission Project. I like their sound. It’s been described as a little Mumford & Sons with soul and I think that’s spot on.

Adele at the Golden Globes

Did you catch Adele’s winning thank you speech at the Golden Globes last night? Loved it! She was so gorgeous and real and refreshing and hilarious!

Check it out if you missed it!

The UK’s Christmas number one

If you’ve ever seen “Love Actually,” you’ll remember those scenes where Billy is hoping that his rip-off of “Love is All Around” will be the Christmas number one and wondered, “What is the big deal about a Christmas number one?”

In the U.S., I have no idea what song is currently number one on the charts and haven’t even heard a chart show on the radio since Rick Dees was doing that kind of show on the radio (and I will not reveal how long ago that was!)

And yet, in the U.K., this tradition is alive and well and a Christmas number one is still considered quite prestigious (since it tends to be the busiest time for record sales).  This year’s Christmas number one? “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” the Simon and Garfunkel classic re-recorded by the Justice Collective, which is raising money for the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who were crushed to death from overcrowding at Hillsborough football stadium in 1989. Justice Collective includes Sir Paul McCartney, Melanie C, Robbie Williams and more.

Have a listen!

And by comparison, here’s this year’s Christmas number one in the U.S.: “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars.