I was out running in the misty rain yesterday morning before work and ironically it didn’t throw me at all to hear Michael Buble’s dulcet tones in my earphones, extolling the virtues of roasting his chestnuts on an open fire! This was followed by ‘White Christmas’ and, although no snowflakes were in evidence, it was still pretty chilly…where is the summer?!?!?
I think, having read through all your lovely replies to my last blog, that you are too are feeling somewhat jaded with our current seasonal issues. I remember about a month back being told that May would be a “washout” but I didn’t want to believe it. That said, it doesn’t seem to be stopping you from getting out and about and making the best of it – even playing cricket – well, Mary’s brood anyway!
Of course, the last time I wrote we were preparing for The Sonny Walter’s Band’s first gig! In preparation for this, Colin had been asked onto BBC Radio London’s afternoon show to promote the album and I was invited too, so that we could be part of the presenter, Jo Goode’s, panel game, ‘Jo’s Box Jury’. Same concept as Juke Box Jury, but much more fun
The girl band ‘Stooshe’ were also in that afternoon with us to promote their new album ‘London With The Lights On’ and they were amazing! Beautiful voices and great personalities – we all had a ball – and they were equally complimentary about Colin’s music too! We had our picture taken with them after the show (at the top of the post), although Jo did ask the question when seeing the processed pic, “Why am I pulling that face?!”…answers on a postcard please!
I’ve obviously seen Colin playing with the band on a number of occasions, but I have to say that on Sunday he was brilliant, they all were! It was a strange venue, at the back end of Camden in a pub that was right on a road junction, but some of the great muscial talents have played there and The Sonny Walters Band had us all rocking!
Family and friends had turned up to support them and for Colin’s sons it was the first time they’d seen him play live, and they were very impresssed. He’s playing again on the 2nd June in Watford at The Horns – his old stomping ground – so hopefully that will be equally well attended and received
In fact, music is playing quite a large part in my life at the moment, because on the 3rd of June, my sister, Jenny, and I will be at the O2 in London to see Barbara Streisand perform the third of her London dates. I realise she’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but Jenny and I were brought up on her music – show songs, film scores, hit singles – you name them, we knew them!
We’re booked into a hotel that night, and plan to make a bit of a day of it before the concert. Soooo excited, even though the tickets were a King’s Ransom, I feel it will be well worth it…one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ evenings, and I’ll share it with you as always
Bit of a change from my early music gigs – Bebop Deluxe and Doctors of Madness being a couple of the bands I saw play live! Although I did get to see Queen play at the Hammersmith Apollo in 1975 and they were amazing! In fact, why don’t you write and tell me which bands/artists you’ve seen live over the years…bet there are a few Osmond fans amongst us!!!
I’m sorry I’ve not ‘seen’ that much of you over the last week, but my schedule included a prep day, when I’m off air, but in meetings with various folk. One of those meetings was with Emily, our Diamonique buyer, whom I mentioned in my previous blog, and she confirmed that I can now tell you about a brand new Diamonique show that I will be presenting every Thursday evening at 8pm!
It’s going to be such a treat to have a regular opportunity to bring you my favourite range of jewellery, and most of it will be designs that Emily and I chose at the Basal Jewellery Fair in March! The first show is on July 4th, when I do hope you’ll be able to join me, but watch this space for updates prior to that
I think that’s pretty much all my news, as no appointment yet at The Marsden, but I did want to show you this picture taken at Colin’s nephew’s wedding (above left) – the dress is from Lesley Ebbetts With Sleeves range, and I felt fabulous in it. One final photo to finish with that I hope will make you smile…Ali Young and I creating our own range of facial hair with a box of candy floss!
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and, as always, I will look forward very much to hearing from you.
Love, Ali xx