I’m open to all offers of instrumentation – the only proviso is that you must live in Levenshulme.
I’d especially like to hear from a drummer or percussionist and some low end brass (are there any sousaphone players in Lev? There must be a tuba player, surely?) but whatever instrument you play, if you’re up for giving it a go, get in touch!
Went to Bessie’s grave today to put down roses for her birthday and found that I wasn’t the only one to remember. There was a jar of pickled pig’s feet and an empty beer bottle with very bright fake flowers. I wish I caught who put them there, because they’re someone I’d like to know. It’s nice to have your birthday remembered 75 years after your death. Even though she died in 1937 her grave was unmarked until 1970 when Janis Joplin, who idolized Bessie, and Juanita Green, who as a child had done housework for Smith, paid for her tombstone. Ironically a couple of month’s later Janis died. Dory Previn wrote a song about it. Dory Previn ironically (again) just got a tombstone of her own two months ago.
Anyhow, Happy Birthday!
“Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer.”—Bessie Smith
“Fewer than one in 10 British children attends fee-paying schools, yet more than 60% of chart acts have been privately educated, according to Word magazine, compared with 1% 20 years ago. Similarly, other jobs that previously provided bright, working-class kids with escape routes – from modelling to journalism – have been colonised by the middle and upper classes and by the spawn of those who already hold sway in those professions. The spectacle of some smug, mediocre columnista who would definitely not have their job if their mummy or daddy hadn’t been in the newspaper racket advising working-class kids to study hard at school, get a “proper” job and not place their faith in TV talent shows is one of the more repulsive minor crimes of our time.”—Julie Burchill (via jhnbrssndn)
I’ve always wondered why this street exists. Everywhere you go in Wainfleet, it tells you that these London-style terraces were commissioned by Bethlem hospital but they never give a reason why. Now I know.
We had a rip-roaring time at the first Levy Uke Up. Thanks to everyone who came along. The good news is, we’re going to to do it all again on Sunday 29th April, 7pm at Pod Deli!
There’s a Facebook event page and we’ve already started work on the next songbook. So if you have any suggestions for songs you’d like to play, let us know. Contact us here or just email Lou via louarmer at gmail dot com.