Lost ‘Two Ronnies’ sketch
 
By Ross Welford
25 Jan 2017
 

Lost ‘Two Ronnies’ sketch


Well, by “lost” I mean “not on Youtube” which, I realise, is a different thing altogether, but I’d love to see it again. It’s one of their wonderful songs: they are street sweepers and that’s about all I can remember, other than it was hilarious.  Every now and then I check to see if someone […]

You’ve GOT to see this (honest!)
 
By Ross Welford
24 Jan 2017
 

You’ve GOT to see this (honest!)


A ragtime version of Fur Elise?  Bring it on!   It got me thinking: is Fur Elise the best-known “classical” piano piece?  Or is it just a staple of British piano lessons? Anyway, this is great, and gets better.  Just when you think, “Oh yeah, I get it, very clever…” he turns it up a […]

Whistling: top 5 songs
 
By Ross Welford
14 Sep 2016
 

Whistling: top 5 songs


I learnt to whistle over the summer, and accomplishment of which I’m much prouder than it really merits. I don’t mean whistling a tune.  I’ve been able to do that since I was very little.  (My Gran would say, “Oh, it’s Whistling Rufus again!” which I assumed to be some performer but I’ve just looked […]

Back to CDs…I think
 
By Ross Welford
8 Jul 2016
 

Back to CDs…I think


The builders are in, and so a load of junk is out.  (How do we accumulate this stuff?  Where does it come from?  Why did I ever think that there was any point in hanging on to a broken hand-mixer?) Anyway, stuck at the back of a cupboard, Mrs W and I came across our […]

Happy ending for “Happy Birthday”
 
By Ross Welford
28 Jun 2016
 

Happy ending for “Happy Birthday”


After years of avoiding it, film-makers and performers can now include “Happy Birthday To You” in their work without paying a huge music corporation for the privilege. God knows why, but I follow stories about music copyright sort of keenly.  It’s not like I have any personal interest, it’s just a curiosity. Today’s news that a US judge has ruled […]

Victoria Wood: my unfunny encounter
 
By Ross Welford
21 Apr 2016
 

Victoria Wood: my unfunny encounter


“She won’t be funny, you know,” said our executive producer. I had booked Victoria Wood, who died yesterday, as a guest on a chat show I was producing for ITV, starring Jimmy Tarbuck (about which I have written before). She was a late booking, the first guest on the first show in 1996.  Two days […]

Lang Lang and Liberace
 
By Ross Welford
2 Dec 2015
 

Lang Lang and Liberace


Went to see Lang Lang last night, the renowned Chinese pianist who, it seems, divides opinion.  A rather sniffy review in The Telegraph was typical of Lang Lang detractors: style over substance, too much of a showman, etc. One comment online amused me: “Lang Lang needs to remind himself that he is a Pianist (sic) and […]

Give this a few seconds…
 
By Ross Welford
9 Oct 2015
 

Give this a few seconds…


…and when the penny drops, you’ll LOL.  Proper LOL as well, not what LOL usually means which is “I smiled inside a bit”. It’s funny all the way through as well. PS I have been practising “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a piano solo for, ooh, twenty years now.  I can do it with the music in […]

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