Overnight thread…

  • Xavier

    Mizzou Loses 1,500 Students, Is Flat Broke After Caving to Campus Protests


  • AlanUK

    Mark Knopfler …
    Arguably the greatest all-round guitarist, songwriter and singer combined.
    Dire Straits is a group of the past but it was Knopfler who is credited with writing all their songs. And he is still playing, writing and singing. He is now backed by a collection of brilliant musicians with a huge range of instruments at their / his disposal.
    I am not enough of a buff to know how many live concerts he gave last year but it was plenty – around the world.
    I find the studio records cold and clinical but the live performances are electrifying. If you are into his style of rock / country / story-telling then treat yourself to any of his live concerts (there are plenty on Youtube). He prefers to perform in intimate settings of a few hundred people where he can be more one to one with the audience but he can handle 10s of thousands.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And then they put out Twisting By The Pool.

      • mobuyus

        I have ElectricGuitars and a swimming pool. Nothing wrong with Twisting by the pool and I’ve been known to twist one up by the pool.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I do like that song but it ain’t no Sultans of Swing.
          Mind you they did come back with that MTV song.

    • He is among the very best.

    • canminuteman

      I saw him play at Massey Hall in Toronto (about 2000 seats) a few years ago. It was fantastic. Never got to see Dire Straits.

    • Waffle
    • Waffle

      Thanks for posting this — haven’t listened to Knopfler in a long time (since Dire Straits). He’s now on my “favourites” list — am listening to Postcards from Paraguay as I write this.

      • AlanUK

        Postcards – excellent.

        Have you tried Telegraph Road at a live concert? 13+ minutes of class. But don’t be put off if you don’t like that style. On a different level there is “If this is goodbye …” either on his own or with Emmylou Harris:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tyhlgfzPH0

        • AlanUK

          It’s worth listening to all the Prince’s Trust concert 090909. Mark Knopfler at his best in the quiet style.

        • Waffle

          Wow! Hard to write through the tears. This song brings it all together for me. I have long wondered about the mutual attraction between British and US musicians (The Stones, the Beatles, Clapton, for example), but with this song, Knopfler nails it — 9/11 was the tipping point. As the demographic shift marches inexorably on, I think there is an ache for the music of our souls and that is probably best expressed in American Country which is the culmination of the British Isles tradition (and more). In fact, that’s really all I listen to now. It’s the only thing that makes sense. Thank you so much!

  • tom_billesley

    Christian magistrate sacked after he claimed on television that adopted children are better off being raised by a man and a woman.

  • tom_billesley

    Gillis Lundgren, who designed some of Ikea’s best-selling furniture and played a role in developing the company’s self-assembly concept, has died.