Category Archives: Music

Tunes on Tuesday ~ OMC

you might think your family is strange, but are they BIZARRE?

Some dead-pan songs reveal a greater truth.

Nice car, if you like a ’59 Chevey.  Cute dancers, if you like blondes.

Please listen thoughtfully.


jack collier

bizarre, mais très érotique

Songs on Saturday ~ Cagney

if you can’t sing, can’t dance, then play a gangster instead

Today is the 4th of July, what the Americans call Independence Day.  Funny that we English don’t see it that way.  At least this is a Very American number.

James Cagney, Top of The World, Ma.  Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland.

Please listen with some pride in your country.


jack collier


Old Glory and US Marines


Tunes on Tuesday ~ Drinking Beer

cherish your friends, live passionately and well


jack collier

about the way I feel

Songs on Saturday ~ The Buggles

 they all laughed when Edison recorded sound

Do not ask me why I chose this song for today, it reminds me of one of my more fevered dreams.  This is late 70’s English kitsch writ large.  Such bad taste that it’s good.

Please listen without laughing too much.


jack collier

ahh, the old phonograph and dog picture

there’s nostalgia for you

Food on Friday ~ Music

all we ever get is gruel

As it goes, lots of Americans eat gruel all the time ~ it’s merely another name for oatmeal.  Mixed thin mind you, but oatmeal nontheless.  This from the musical Oliver, based on Charles Dickens seminal work; Oliver Twist.

Some things mentioned in that song you may not have heard of; pease pudding and savaloy.  You’re not missing much if you’ve never tried either.

Please listen with a proper appetite.


jack collier

no doubt Oliver, the Artful Dodger, et al

would enjoy this strawberry and rhubarb pie

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Insane

when love is not tinged with madness, it is not love

This song could well be the story of my life, given that the roles were reversed.  But these days I’m a very cool guy, living a really great life.  I am already a winner.

Please listen without identifying too much.


jack collier

even lunatics fall in love

Songs on Saturday ~ Fleetwood Mac

after we held one another we never ever wanted to let go

Holding your fiend, your lover, the one you love is not supposed to happen in this time of social distancing.  Is life wort living if you can’t hold the one you love?

Please listen thoughtfully.


jack collier


don’t say that you love me unless it’s true

We’ll Meet Again ~ Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

and there’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover

During WWII the Germans had the overtly sexual Marlene Dietrich singing Lili Marlene, which was the unofficial anthem of the Afrika Korps.  We had the wholesome Forces Sweetheart, Vera Lynn.  Kind of says a lot about out differing national characteristics.

Dame Vera Lynn is now 103, and she is still almost as big an inspiration to Englishmen of a certain age as is the Queen.

Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces Sweetheart has died aged 103.  She will be much mourned.

Please listen with respect


jack collier


after a girl has pushed an ambulance up a sand dune, she deserves a cold beer



Tunes on Tuesday ~ Enya

rivers flow not because of their power, but because of their persistence

I have never been to the great grey-green greasy Orinoco, and as it’s set all about with fever trees it seems unlikely that a mosquito-ridden river is ever going to be on my bucket list.  Not withstanding, I find this a very restful and meditative tune.

(As a matter of fact there’s a bit of journalistic licence here, because Kipling is actually talking about the great grey-green greasy Limpopo.  Not ever going there either.)

Please listen meditatively.


jack collier

I have towed a boat but the girl was always sitting in it

Songs on Saturday ~ Glen Miller

Sowohl für die Verbündeten als auch für Deutschland
wird es der längste Tag, der längste Tag

27,760 days ago, Allied Air Power made the landings on the beaches of Normandy possible.  It was the longest day.

Please listen with respect.


jack collier


of course on June 6th 1944, these aircraft would have worn invasion stripes

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