Angry?29 Jun 2021Angry? Do you like to complain? Or have you felt forced to complain? About live music, I mean.Let me explain.Currently, bands can only play inside where strict social distancing rules are observed. Any venues putting on gigs inside are missing out on another half venueful of music fans. And this is suffocating pubs. Music pubs are struggling unless they're fortunate enough to have a large enough outside space.Even then, with bands playing outdoors, the great British Public isn't happy.They don't want to hear live music drifting across from their local's beer garden. Well, a word in your sensitive ear, Unhappy of Uxbridge, Perturbed of Peckham... we're all struggling to get back lost business caused by the spread of Coronavirus, so do us all a favour, OK? For 2 hours a week, close your double-glazed sashes, or stick some buds in your pretty ears and enjoy some Mozart, Motorhead, or Birdy... bite your pretty lip and thank your god that you are still here and still have ears.Everyone knows we're all in this together. But think about it... What can you do to make a difference? Just a little patience, and a little empathy for your music-loving neighbours. They are exactly the same as you. Some of them are very beautiful people and don't eat meat or don't drive cars. So, the next time you think about calling your local council's noise abatement hotline, just consider how you're contributing to society yourself before you call, all right? Fair?---Mac, music lover, town resident, generally patient person.
Is It Safe? (Part 4)21 Jun 2021Is It Safe? (Part 4) I get these emails from my local police security group. They tell me about Nottingham Knockers and Generally Dodgy Types (the low-lifes who crawl out from under damp rocks and steal your life savings. The Normal Kind of anti-social behaviour).And while I do *sigh* when I get these emails, one piece of recent advice did make me stop and think.The world has become seriously dangerous - scam-wise - since hackers/low-lifes can now fiddle with something called Calling Line Identity (CLI) on your phone.I worked in telecoms in the 1990s. CLI was a crucial key to telephone screening and security. When someone makes a call, their telephone number is sent digitally to the called number. This is how you know that your Mum or Granny is calling you - your phone tells you.* Your Phone Tells You *It's written twice because I want you to know that your phone can lie. YOUR PHONE CAN NOW LIE TO YOU.Now that scammers/hackers/low-lifes can manipulate the calling number, no-one is safe. These criminals can easily pretend to be your Mum, your Granny, your bank, your solicitor, even the Police. It's what they call social engineering. It's trickery, forgery, false impersonation. It's one heck of a racket to steal your money.Frankly, as an engineer and citizen, I am shocked that this is even possible. It's appallingly poor design, a massive bug that can't be fixed.See Number spoofing scams on Ofcom for details.Our telephone system is broken and should not be used.I'd advise you to use WhatsApp for making your voice calls. That way, numbers can't be faked. But Facebook will log your call. It's up to you, Little Brothers and Sisters.Mac (DND)
Happy Birthday, Old Fruit1 Jun 2021Happy Birthday, Old Fruit I've talked about Lemonrock before, as it grew older, and more mature. I've likened Lemonrock to a growing teenager, and I've joked about it leaving home, getting a job and becoming independent.Well, Lemonrock has now definitely grown up. It is 21 years old today.Some perspective:World Wide Web: created 1989Lemonrock: created 2000Facebook: created 2004Twitter: created 2006Instagram: created 2010So, Lemonrock has come of age. Over half a million gigs posted, thousands of bands and venues posting their own gigs, and millions of happy customers finding out about local live music, all through Lemonrock Gig Guide.We know that these are still difficult times, but, if you have a spare party hat, sparkler, or old bottle of Prosecco lying about, please join me, my editorial team, and my many treasured friends, musical and non-musical, in a quiet toast to the best live music gig guide in the land.Cheers, everyone.Mac xx I remember when the 'rock was youngMe and Suzie had so much funHolding hands and pinging phonesHad a load of Bevvies, and a place of our own (each)But the biggest kick I ever gotWas doing a thing called the Lemonrock RockWhile the other kids were sniffing round the clockWe were hopping and bopping to the Lemonrock RockWell, Lemon rocking is something shockingWhen your feet just can't keep stillI never knew me a better time and I guess I never willOh, lordy mama, those Friday (and Saturday, and Bank Holiday, and occasionally Wednesday) nightsWhen Suzie wore her dresses rightAnd the Lemonrock rocking was out of sight
Flying High30 May 2021Flying High It's Birdy again. She has taken over my musical brain. As I sleep, her melodies scuff and tumble. When I awake, her songs are dancing and reciting in my head. There is no escape.I can't work out exactly how she achieves this mental takeover.When I listen carefully, I am starting to realise that she has music at her beck and call. She flexes music into patterns to suit her, and she creates soundscapes as if music were a palette of watercolours or oils. She is not afraid of anything. When is the last time that you went to an art gallery and thought: "Wow, this artist has grasped his/her tools with mastery and confidence and zeal, and I am surprised and delighted at the results"?Music progresses in fits and starts; some innovate, others follow. Birdy belongs to a special class of songwriter, and I hope that she'll be mentioned in the same breath as Dylan, McCartney, Lennon, Bowie, Nilsson, Gibb, Lynne or Bush.Thank you, Birdy. You are stunning.Mac, Music Manhttps://www.officialbirdy.com/https://www.nme.com/reviews/album/birdy-young-heart-review-2928147https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Young-Heart-Birdy/dp/B08SNKSKFK
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