A fun packed busy week …
Posted: April 20th, 2012 « Back to previous page.
After writing this I am going to flop on the couch with a bottle of red and watch Corrie.
It’s been a mad week but I have loved every minute of it apart from the trip to the hairdressers to get my roots done and some highlights put in. What should have taken a couple of hours ended up being nearer four because the water heater had packed in and they kept having to boil kettles.
I was getting my hair done because I have been recording the first two shows of my new series for Vintage TV. It’s called The Janice Long Review Show. In each half hour show I take a look at 2 classic albums and invite my guests to talk about them. My guests were Holly Johnson, Ian McNabb and Peter Paphides. We discussed Welcome to the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pills Thrills and Bellyaches by The Happy Mondays, Bringing it all Back Home by Bob Dylan and Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ocean Rain. We filmed in the 12 bar in London’s Denmark Street, Tin Pan Alley. It is an amazing venue steeped in music history. If the walls could talk…
I will let you know when the shows are being broadcast.
I went to see Jack Savoretti at the Pizza Express in Dean Street in London. I am a huge fan of Jack and have followed him from day one. I have had him in session on my Radio 2 show and he is returning to do a Janice Long Spoken Word Session in May. He is so talented. He is a troubadour. He writes the most wonderful songs and has a voice that gives me goosebumps on my goosebumps.
The place was heaving and nobody wanted him to stop.Jack is just about to go on tour and he will be playing somewhere near you.
I heard great stuff about Rachel Sermanni’s gig at The Lexington in London and I was meant to be there but I dozed off and woke up too late to be there. Sorry, Rachel.
I have been listening to loads of new stuff. Can’t wait for the Eugene McGuiness album.
Check out The Black Cab Poet, Michael Dennis. Go to Janice Long podcast on iTunes or on BBC Radio 2 website. Not every guest has to be famous. The man is a star. He writes poetry and leaves it on the back seat of his taxi. That’s how I came by him. I hailed him one day and started reading his poems out on my show. When I was told I couldn’t have music sessions anymore I came up with the idea for the JL Spoken Word Session inspired by Michael. The response has been amazing.
Next week is busy. Newspaper reviews on Sky, Roundtable with Steve Lamaq, Sarah Cracknell reciting Dirk Bogard on my Radio 2 show and meeting up with Richard Hawley for my show too.
Right,the red wine beckons and the couch is calling me. Talk next week.