• The Film Valkyrie

    25 Ene 2009, 22:31

    Yep just been to see the film Valkyrie..

    In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, VALKYRIE, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (CRUISE) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.

    A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance.

    Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler’s own emergency plan – known as Operation Valkyrie – these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, von Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.

    VALKYRIE is produced by Bryan Singer, Christopher McQuarrie and Gilbert Adler. McQuarrie co-wrote the original screenplay with Nathan Alexander who also serves as co-producer. The executive producers are Chris Lee, Ken Kamins, Daniel M. Snyder, Dwight C. Schar and Mark Shapiro.

    And it was well worth seeing this film.
  • The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys

    2 Mar 2008, 13:14

    The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys came together in the Spring of 2005, following Brian and Martin's request to Nick (a songwriting acquaintance from the local circuit) to write a bluegrass song with a view to performing it somewhere someday to someone. The first song Nick wrote specifically for the band (How Much) I'm Needing You was thrashed out in the Schofield brothers' small recording studio at Tonedale Mill. Nick played mandolin, Brian banjo and Martin acoustic guitar. It was evident from quite early on that there was something that could be worked on and before long a handful of songs were polished with complex harmonies and instrumental solos. One crucial element was missing from the lineup, and as small worlds have it sometimes, Jules visited from his studio upstairs and just happened to bring his double bass along..........they added a well-known local landmark and Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys were born. The summer of 2005 was spent having a ball, doing gigs to whoever would listen, writing more songs and learning more covers. There was also the instruments too - individually the players were new to them, but knew what they had to do, and much time was spent learning the ins and outs of bluegrass playing methods. It was also evident from the word go that traditions were as important to the band as anything else. They follow in the footsteps of their stateside influences by performing radio-style around a single microphone, moving in for solos with superb choreographic ease. The image and reputation followed rather rapidly, along with a huge collection of incredibly daft hats.


    The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys say that their album launch party for their recently-released second album "The Moon Shines Still" was a superb night . . .

    they had a lot of fun playing songs from the album along with old favourites. Having listen to this excellent album, I can confirm that it really an album to knock the wax from any listenerís ears - and should certainly help take the band to the forefront of the Bluegrass music scene. Definitely highly recommended - "The Moon Shines Still" can easily be obtained from www.thunderbridgebluegrass.com


    Some of the south-west’s most highly respected acoustic performers are playing a special charity event at the Wellington Arts Centre on Saturday 12th January in aid of the local Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.

    The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys line up alongside a string of acts including Gordon Campbell, Sarah Cunningham and the Silver Street Band.


    The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys are busy preparing for their concert on Saturday night at the Arts Centre in Wellington, Somerset. All tickets are taken, but those who miss out can experience the show for themselves when it is released on DVD. The band promise that the audience will be fully involved in the production which will also feature footage from the past couple of years plus an insight into the group and its take on bluegrass.

    The DVD is due to be released in early 2008. For more info about the band check out the Thunderbridge website.
  • Céline Dion

    1 Feb 2008, 13:35

    From humble beginnings in a rural Quebecer home town, Céline Dion has risen to international superstardom like a shooting star. Céline has been called one of the premier contemporary pop vocalist of the Nineties. She has earned music industry accolades from around the world: Grammy Awards in the US, Juno and Felix Awards in Canada, and World Music Awards in Europe. The entire world has seen Céline Dion literally transform herself from a gifted pre-adolescent into an international superstar.

    Born in Charlemagne (a small town 30 miles east of Montréal, Québec, Canada), famous for it's spinning tops, Céline is the youngest of 14 children of a highly musical family. Her parents, both musicians, operated a small club, and on weekends, the entire family performed and entertained the local population. From the tender age of 5, Céline sang with her siblings and quickly acquired the ability to perform live. At the age of twelve, together with her mother and one of her brothers, Céline composed a French song which would forever alter the course of her life.

    The demo tape containing the song was brought to the attention of René Angélil, a well respected personal manager. In January 1981, René was so taken by the voice of the young Céline, that he became determined to make her an internationally known talent - he even mortgaged his house to finance the recording of Céline's debut album!

    Céline began to receive recognition for her talent in 1982, winning the Gold Medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo, along with the coveted Musician's Award for Top Performer. In 1983, she became the first Canadian ever to receive a Gold Record in France.

    The streak of recognition had only just begun.

    By 1988, Céline had established a strong name for herself in her native province of Québec, where she was enjoying superstar status, receiving numerous Felix Awards and racking up platinum albums. That same year, Céline won the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland, where she performed live before a television audience of 600 million viewers throughout Europe, the USSR, the Middle-East, Japan, and Australia. In Eurovision Céline represented Switzerland with a song Ne partez pas sans moi.

    In September 1990, Céline released 'Unison' - her first English-language album and her first for Sony Music - and scored a breakthrough US hit with the Top 5 single "Where Does My Heart Beat Now".

    Céline's international breakthrough came when she recorded the title track for the soundtrack to the animated Disney hit movie 'Beauty and the Beast'. The song went to number one and garnered an Academy Award and a Grammy Award. "Beauty and the Beast" formed the cornerstone for Céline's second English language album, called simply 'Céline Dion'. That album produced four more hit singles including "Love Can Move Mountains," "Water From The Moon," "If You Asked Me To" and "Did You Give Enough Love." In Canada, the album went six times platinum and set the stage for an incredible streak of Juno Awards.

    On December 17, 1994, Céline Dion and René Angélil were married at Notre Dame Basilica in Montréal.

    At this time, the Céline juggernaut started rolling at a momentous pace in the UK. British fans took extremely well to "Think Twice," a ballad on 'The Colour Of My Love.' For five consecutive weeks, the song and album stood on top of the respective British charts, an achievement not replicated since 1965 and the heyday of The Beatles. "Think Twice" remained at number one for two more weeks, surpassing the magic million mark to become only the fourth million-selling single ever in the UK by a female artist.

    With 'D'eux,' Céline achieved what everyone thought was impossible - introduced French music to the upper reaches of the British charts. The world had truly discovered Céline Dion.

    Blessed with one of popular music's great voices, she has crossed all barriers - even that of language - with her electrifying series of international hits. With her breakneck pace of recording, video shoots, touring and appearing on TV shows and awards specials, it seems like Céline has time for little else. Not the case when it comes to an important cause. Céline has used her talents to further the cause of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In fact, one of Céline's most emotional songs ("Vole," from the 'D'eux' album, later translated into English as the song "Fly," which appears on the 'Falling Into You' album) is a touching memorial to her niece, Karine, who was taken from her by this disease.

    Released in March 1996, 'Falling Into You' became the best-selling album released that year; topped the charts in 11 countries, and was voted Album of the Year and Best Pop Album at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

    'Let's Talk About Love' is the follow-up to Céline's double Grammy Award-winning album. Recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles, 'Let's Talk About Love' features a host of special guests including some of popular music's greatest vocalists, songwriters, and producers.

    'Let's Talk About Love' was released on the same day as the soundtrack of the motion picture 'Titanic'. Both albums featured the much-loved Titanic movie's theme song, "My Heart Will Go On," written by James Horner and produced by James Horner and Walter Afanasieff. "My Heart Will Go On" quickly became the wedding song of choice for Céline's fans.

    In a stunning back-to-back achievement, 'Let's Talk About Love' went on to match the 27 million worldwide sales of its predecessor; 'Titanic' also sold over 27 million copies worldwide. It is the all-time best-selling orchestral soundtrack in recording history. Céline sang "My Heart Will Go On" on the worldwide telecast of the 70th Annual Academy Awards, live from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song -- the second Oscar for a song sung by Céline Dion, following "Beauty And The Beast".

    A new French album, 'S'il suffisait d'aimer,' recorded in February 1998, was officially released worldwide on September 8. The first featured single, "Zola sourit" received rave responses on the radio all over the world. Céline first introduced her fans to the album's title track during her Let's Talk About Love World Tour.

    Céline's next album, 'These Are Special Times,' featured sixteen songs for the holiday season, including the Christmas pop classics "Blue Christmas" and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)"; and such traditional religious favorites as "O Holy Night" and "Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)". In addition, 'These Are Special Times' produced the No. 1 single "I'm Your Angel," Céline's duet with R. Kelly, who wrote and produced the song; the Diane Warren-penned title track, "These Are Special Times"; and "The Prayer," a duet with Andrea Bocelli.

    Also, in 1998, Dundurn Press released the much anticipated biography: Céline...The Authorized Biography. After travelling with Céline and her entourage for over a year and spending hours in one-on-one conversions with the star, Georges-Hébert Germain recounts the story of one of the world's best loved vocal artists. Céline and Georges-Hébert Germain later collaborated once again on Céline Dion...My Story, My Dream. Released in 2000, Céline recounts her story in her own words and straight from her heart. The autobiography is an exquisitely detailed portrait of Céline backstage, on the road, and in the recording studio.

    'All The Way...A Decade Of Song' is a collection of Céline's greatest hits, including her chart-topping hit singles "The Power Of Love," "Because You Loved Me," "I'm Your Angel," and the Grammy and Academy Award-winning classic "My Heart Will Go On." Also included are "Beauty And The Beast," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now"; and "If You Asked Me To".

    Seven brand-new songs, were recorded specifically for this collection, including the title song "All The Way," a respectful and loving tribute to one of Céline's all-time favourite singers, the late Frank Sinatra.

    On New Year's Eve 1999, in Montréal, Céline Dion gave her last public performance before beginning a temporary hiatus from show business to enjoy her private life... and improve her golf game!

    During Céline's hiatus, a compilation album, 'The Collector's Series...Volume One,' was released in October 2000. Among Céline's greatest hits and best-loved recordings, the album also includes "The Power of the Dream" which Céline performed at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as well as a Spanish version of "All By Myself".

    But the greatest joy for Céline and René came with the birth of their son René-Charles Angélil, born January 25, 2001 at 1:00 AM, weighing 6 lbs, 8 oz. He was baptized six months later on July 25, 2001, in Montréal's grand Notre-Dame Basilica.

    A new peak in Céline's spectacular career was reached when she released her new album 'A New Day Has Come' in March 2002, which ended her two-year hiatus. The album entered number one in more than 17 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, and the United States within two weeks of its debut. It features new tracks that range from pure 21st century pop, "A New Day Has Come" to dramatic ballads "Have You Ever Been In Love" and "I Surrender," from breathtaking dance music "Sorry For Love" to a pair of pre-rock classics "At Last;" and "Nature Boy." Other highlights include "I'm Alive," "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)," and "Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)".

    The release of the album was accompanied by a blitz of TV specials, appearances on talk shows and magazine interviews all over the world.

    In March 2003, Céline began a three-year commitment to appear five nights a week at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a 4000-seat arena designed for her show. A 90-minute event, A New Day... introduces a new form of entertainment, a fusion of song, performance art, theatrical innovation and state-of-the-art technology. The show was created by Dragone Productions, a team led by Franco Dragone, the creative spirit behind ten of the critically acclaimed productions by Cirque du Soleil.

    On March 25th, to coincide with the opening of A New Day..., Céline released 'One Heart,' a brand new album featuring an upbeat cover of Roy Orbison's classic "I Drove All Night" as its first single. The album also includes songs produced by Ric Wake, Anders Bagge, Kristian Lundin, Peer Astrom, Max Martin, Mark Taylor, Erick Benzi et Humberto Gatica.

    On October 14th of the same year, Céline released the much anticipated '1 fille & 4 types,' her first French album in five years. Artistic director Jean-Jacques Goldman, the power behind 'D'eux' (1995) and 'S'il suffisait d'aimer' (1998), had come up with an idea to surround her with three different writer-composers who have made their mark on the French music scene: Jacques Veneruso, Erick Benzi and master guitarist Gildas Arzel.

    The voice of one or other of these incomparable artists accompanies Céline's performance throughout the album, produced by Benzi and guided by Goldman from start to finish. '1 fille & 4 types' debuted as the top selling in Canada, France and Switzerland in its first week of release. The first single, "Tout l'or des hommes" also made radio history by establishing the record for becoming the highest charting Francophone single on the National CHR Audience chart in the BDS era in Canada.

    On June 14th, 2004, Céline's album 'A New Day...Live In Las Vegas' was released into stores worldwide. The album, which includes a behind-the-scenes DVD, features thirteen songs perfomed live on stage from her Las Vegas show A New Day... and two new studio-recorded tracks: "You and I" and "Ain't Gonna Look The Other Way". The live tracks feature Céline's most recognizable songs such as "My Heart Will Go On" and outstanding renditions including Barbra Streisand's "If I Could", Frank Sinatra's "I've Got The World On A String" and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish".

    October 11th, 2004, Céline's latest album 'Miracle' officially hit stores worldwide. This is album is all about the love and bond between a mother and her child, something which is precious and cannot be compared. 'Miracle' includes Céline's newest single which has the same title as the album, and many others including "Bhram's Lullaby".
  • The Beatles

    22 Ene 2008, 20:26

    The Beatles,Yes always like them ever since I was living next door to Johns Ante and Uncle in Liverpool,I my self was in the Salvation Army Children's Home Strawberry Fields I was in the home from a baby with my sister. So yes I do like all the Beatles songs.

    Beatles' Strawberry Field to shut

    The home was immortalised by John Lennon's song of 1967
    The Strawberry Field children's home immortalised by The Beatles is to close, The Salvation Army has said.
    The site in Woolton, Liverpool, was made famous when John Lennon wrote the song Strawberry Fields Forever after playing there as a child.

    The three children currently living at the Beaconsfield Road home are to be placed in foster care.

    Marion Drew, of The Salvation Army in the North West, said the home was "responding to change".

    In a statement the group said the closure reflected a change in approach in looking after children in local authority care.


    As a child, John Lennon played at the site of the home
    "It is now preferable for children to be cared for within a foster family or in a small group home, rather than within large residential institutions," it said.

    "Care for young people has moved on significantly and we are responding to that change."

    Ms Drew said there were "no plans at all" for the site.

    She told BBC News: "We felt it was not a good idea to be looking into that until we have actually been clear on the care of the children we've currently got and the staff that we currently have.

    "Those have been our priorities and so we have no plans at all, and we're not in any discussions about anything at the moment.

    Favourite haunt

    "What we would like to do though, is to commit ourselves long term to the care of children and their families in the city, in whatever form that is going to take."

    The home is due to close in May 2007.

    The building was a favourite haunt of John Lennon in his childhood, and was saved from closure in 1984 by a cash donation from his widow Yoko Ono.

    The Salvation Army said it hoped to redeploy staff, but could not rule out redundancies.

    Strawberry Fields Forever, a double A-side with Penny Lane, reached number two in the UK singles chart in February 1967, being kept off the top spot by Engelbert Humperdinck's Release Me.

    Strawberry Fields also gave its name to a memorial to Lennon in New York's Central Park. Lennon was murdered near his Manhattan home in 1980 by Mark Chapman, a deranged fan.

    Strawberry Field, the Liverpool orphanage immortalised in the lyrics of one of The Beatles' most enduring records, is to close today after 69 years.



    The Salvation Army announced its decision to wind down residential child care at the home in January. The last of the three children living there have now been found foster homes or care in the hands of the city's social services.

    The charity said that the closure reflected the changing approach to childcare with youngsters being taken out of large institutions and instead placed within families.

    As a child, Lennon played in the home's 15 acre grounds with orphans who lived there, and he harked back to this innocent time when writing the nostalgic Strawberry Fields Forever, released in 1967. It was described by George Martin, The Beatles' producer, as "probably one of the best songs ever written."

    Beatles fans from across the world make the pilgrimage each year to take photographs outside the home's 100-year-old wrought-iron gates. The spot has become a shrine to the late singer-songwriter with messages and signatures, including those of Lennon's sons, Sean and Julian, scrawled on the perimeter walls.

    It was saved from closure in 1984 by a £90,000 cash donation from his widow Yoko Ono and there is also a provision in Lennon's will to keep it open.

    But the Christian charity said it was "now preferable for children to be cared for within a foster family or in a small group home, rather than within large residential institutions".

    Major Marion Drew, the Salvation Army's divisional leader in the North West, said that its future use had not been decided although the site has been valued at £15 million if it were sold for housing.

    The closure comes as a blow to organisers of Beatles tours in the city, who earlier this month discovered that Ringo Starr's childhood home in Toxteth was one of 20,000 homes to be demolished.


    Strawberry Field's overgrown flora and wildlife proved irresistible to Lennon, not least because his Aunt Mimi warned him against going there to meet his friends.

    Beatles experts also believe that Lennon felt a kindred spirit among the orphans after he was sent to live with his aunt in Menlove Avenue after his father walked out and his mother Julia felt that she could no longer cope.

    The song, which was prevented from reaching Number 1 by Engelbert Humperdinck's Release Me, included the line "Let me take you down 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields. Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about, Strawberry Fields forever."

    The words "nothing to get hung about" were inspired by Aunt Mimi's strictures not to play in the grounds. It has gone down in Beatles mythology that the young Lennon would reply: "They can't hang you for it".
  • Free Music By Paul Velocity

    14 Ene 2008, 15:00

    If you like Disco free music then go to his site http://www.paulvelocity.co.uk/ he up-dates every now then so go for it and enjoy.

    Ho! And by the way Paul has a new Site page so have a look.

    Well its worth it..
  • Andrea Bocelli

    10 Ene 2008, 18:49

    In 1996 and 1997 Andrea Bocelli exploded on album charts across the world, with the international debut album, Romanza, a collection of passionate popular songs. Conquering Europe, then charts around the world, the album amassed a multitude of platinum and multi-platinum awards, with worldwide sales in excess of 16 million copies to date. Selling an impressive 500,000 copies in the Far East, one million in Italy, and more than three million in Latin America and Spain, the album also contained “Vivere ”, “Il Mare Calmo Della Sera,” and the title track, “Romanza,” all of which feature on the new Best Of collection.
  • New Album By Ridinghood

    23 Dic 2007, 11:23

    Hi from Bryan,Ridinghood are Welsh/Dutch band and it make big welcome to get debut album that has refreshing sound and to have someone that can sing, I'am looking forwould to there second album if the first one is this good!the second one must be better. Good luck for 2008.and keep that good music flowing.
  • Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys

    18 Dic 2007, 15:30

    The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys came together in the Spring of 2005, following Brian and Martin's request to Nick (a songwriting acquaintance from the local circuit) to write a bluegrass song with a view to performing it somewhere someday to someone. The first song Nick wrote specifically for the band (How Much) I'm Needing You was thrashed out in the Schofield brothers' small recording studio at Tonedale Mill. Nick played mandolin, Brian banjo and Martin acoustic guitar. It was evident from quite early on that there was something that could be worked on and before long a handful of songs were polished with complex harmonies and instrumental solos. One crucial element was missing from the lineup, and as small worlds have it sometimes, Jules visited from his studio upstairs and just happened to bring his double bass along..........they added a well-known local landmark and Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys were born. The summer of 2005 was spent having a ball, doing gigs to whoever would listen, writing more songs and learning more covers. There was also the instruments too - individually the players were new to them, but knew what they had to do, and much time was spent learning the ins and outs of bluegrass playing methods. It was also evident from the word go that traditions were as important to the band as anything else. They follow in the footsteps of their stateside influences by performing radio-style around a single microphone, moving in for solos with superb choreographic ease. The image and reputation followed rather rapidly, along with a huge collection of incredibly daft hats.


    The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys say that their album launch party for their recently-released second album "The Moon Shines Still" was a superb night . . .

    they had a lot of fun playing songs from the album along with old favourites. Having listen to this excellent album, I can confirm that it really an album to knock the wax from any listenerís ears - and should certainly help take the band to the forefront of the Bluegrass music scene. Definitely highly recommended - "The Moon Shines Still" can easily be obtained from www.thunderbridgebluegrass.com


    Some of the south-west’s most highly respected acoustic performers are playing a special charity event at the Wellington Arts Centre on Saturday 12th January in aid of the local Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.

    The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys line up alongside a string of acts including Gordon Campbell, Sarah Cunningham and the Silver Street Band.


    The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys are busy preparing for their concert on Saturday night at the Arts Centre in Wellington, Somerset. All tickets are taken, but those who miss out can experience the show for themselves when it is released on DVD. The band promise that the audience will be fully involved in the production which will also feature footage from the past couple of years plus an insight into the group and its take on bluegrass.

    The DVD is due to be released in early 2008. For more info about the band check out the Thunderbridge website.
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  • To Everyone Merry Christmas

    10 Dic 2007, 7:12

    To Everyone have a Very Merry Christmas And Happy New Year for 2008.