Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Happy Guising Folks


In Scotland and parts of northern England, a “trick or treat” is called guising because of the disguise or costume worn by the children. Although traditions of seasonal guising stretch back at least as far as the Middle Ages, it became an exclusively Halloween practice only in the twentieth century. However there is a significant difference from the way the practice has developed in the United States. In Scotland, the children are only supposed to receive treats if they perform for the households they go to. This normally takes the form of singing a song or reciting a joke or a funny poem which the child has memorized before setting out. Occasionally a more talented child may do card tricks, play the mouth organ, or something even more impressive, but most children will earn plenty of treats even with something very simple. However, guising is falling out of favour somewhat, being replaced in some parts of the country with the American form of trick-or-treating. Such a practice is in use in certain regions of the United States, as well. Children of the St. Louis, Missouri area are expected to perform a joke before receiving any candy.

At chez Dancer the blinds will be closed and lights out!!

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Video | , | 2 Comments


“Hallelujah” was originally written and composed over the course of a year, and is said to have been a frustrating and difficult process for Cohen.[1] Cohen says he wrote at least eighty verses, discarding most of them in the process of crafting the song. Cohen is quoted as saying:

I filled two notebooks and I remember being in the Royalton Hotel [in New York], on the carpet in my underwear, banging my head on the floor and saying, ‘I can’t finish this song.’[2]

Cohen first recorded the song at Quadrasonic Sound, New York in June 1984, working with producer John Lissauer. The next recording of this song by Leonard Cohen was captured live in Austin, Texas on October 31, 1988 with production by Leanne Ungar and Bob Metzger.

Buy Leonard Cohen Various Positions HERE

The original recording is noted for containing biblical references in the lyrics, alluding to David‘s harp-playing used to soothe King Saul (I Sam 16:23), and his later affair with Bathsheba after watching her bathe from his roof (2 Sam 11:2). The line “she broke your throne and she cut your hair” is a reference to the source of Samson‘s strength from the Book of Judges chapter 16. The third verse mentions “the name” (Tetragrammaton). In these instances, the lyrics are overtly sexual. Jeff Buckley called his own rendition of the song a homage to “the hallelujah of the orgasm“.[4]

In 1994, Cohen released a substantially different version on the 1994 live album Cohen Live, retaining only the final verse from the original recording. In this version, the lyrics became more sexual, and the song’s structure was slightly reworked. Since his original studio album version, live performances by Leonard Cohen almost invariably include the final song verses not performed by Cale and many others. Many cover artists mix lyrics from both versions, and occasionally make direct lyric changes such as Rufus Wainwright singing “holy dark” and Allison Crowe singing “Holy Ghost” rather than “holy dove”. Although individual words do change among various versions, apart from such examples of clear revision by interpreters, any variation may be due to selection from Cohen’s complete lyrics rather than alterations by the cover artist.

Buy Jeff Buckley “Grace” HERE

Buy Katherine Jenkins “Sacred Arias” HERE

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment


Scottish music industry mogul Alan McGee called time on his illustrious career last month – via a Facebook status update.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music this week, McGee said: “It was on my Facebook. My status said: ‘Glad I’m not a manager any more, I really recommend it.'”

McGee, who spent 25 years in the music business, running Creation Records and working with the likes of Oasis, the Libertines and the Charlatans, revealed his reasons for bowing out: “I stopped doing the record company about a year or two ago because I think they’re pointless things, like dinosaurs or trams or something. I think I’m a man of the times, kind of like Tony Wilson really. We don’t really have a place in the music industry anymore because we actually like music.”

McGee added: “I think the prerequisite for being in the music industry is not liking music and playing the corporate game, agreeing with your boss.”

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Alan McGee was best known as the founder of Creation Records. Named after his favourite band The Creation it was his second tip of the hat to the band having already named his earlier own band after one of their songs “Biff Bang Pow”

Buy music by The Creation HERE

Here they are on German TV with the brilliant “Making Time”

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – To Love Somebody

“To Love Somebody” was the second single from The Bee Gees third album Bee Gees’ 1st released in 1967 the album is I believe presently unavailable on CD.

This track is without doubt my favourite B Gibb/R Gibb composition which is perhaps not surprising given that their manager Robert Stigwood asked them to come up with a song for Otis Redding who died in a plane crash before he could record it.

Covered by hundreds of artists, most notably Nina Simone (1969 single and album To Love Somebody), Janis Joplin (on the 1969 album I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!), Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, The Animals, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Billy Corgan, Bonnie Tyler, Ace Of Base, Jimmy Somerville (UK #8), Tom Jones, Simply Red, Blue Rodeo, Jimmy Barnes, Michael Bolton ( Billboard #11 pop, #1 adult contemporary), Slobberbone, Gallon Drunk and Silver Ginger 5, it has become one of the most famous Gibb compositions.

Here is a super live version from Ray LaMontagne

To Love Somebody – Ray LaMontagne MP3

Here are the Bee Gees

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

The Hand Of God Returns

It is with amazement that I hear that Diego is to be appointed the manager of Argentina.

Now there is no doubt that he was a great player but history is full of examples of round minded great players failing to make it as a manager, round minded is not Diego, he has been through a lot of problems and whilst everyone deserves a second chance appointing him as national team manager is a big risk.

Diego scored his first international goal at Hampden in 1979 and may well make his first appearance as manager there.

To many he is a honorary Scottish hero for this iconic moment.

“Hands In The Air” – Girl Talk

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Footbal, New Music, Video | , | 2 Comments

The Who At Kilburn

They are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. For over four decades, they have changed modern music as we know it. But some of their most famous performances have never been released… until now. On December 15, 1977, The Who performed before a select invited audience at the Gaumont State Theatre in Kilburn, North London, to record a concert for Jeff Stein’s film, The Kids Are Alright, which turned out to be one of the last live performances by drummer Keith Moon. Shot in 35mm, this holy grail for fans has been digitally restored and remastered in high-definition for the ultimate The Who home theatre experience.

Buy Here Released 17th November 2008

by Adam Budofsky
Rock Show: Live On DVD
The Who weren’t flawless live, but they were perfect, up to the end. (And by “the end,” I mean 1978, the year original drummer Keith Moon died. Those who care to argue can meet me in the parking lot after school.) Flawlessness is the last thing you should be worried about when you’re in a rock ‘n’ roll band anyway. Transcendence–now that’s something to shoot for. And a Who concert was nothing if not a validation that rock ‘n’ roll could release you from the mundane, the difficult, the gray inequities and insecurities of daily life.

Moon was, of course, the man-child who reminded his band mates and fans, on a daily basis, not to take themselves too seriously. Yet his playing–grandiose, dramatic, and yes, at times funny–was, in its complete uniqueness and sympathy to the music, an integral part of some of the most meaningful songs ever performed on bass/guitar/drums. Keith was, famously, a living breathing contradiction.

This DVD contains the entire concert that was staged in order to have up-to-date footage for the then soon-to-be released Who documentary The Kids Are Alright, which still stands as the greatest rock doc of all time. (Again, dissenters, you know where to meet me at three o’clock.) Though Keith–and to be truthful, the rest of the lads–struggle through a couple numbers, like the new-at-the-time “Who Are You,” at most other points they’re simply magnificent. There are far too many cool moments here to list; just go out and buy the darned thing. I’ll be waiting out back to convince those who still donʼt “get” it.

PS: The double-disc Kilburn package contains previously unreleased footage of the band at the London Coliseum in 1969. The Isle Of Wight DVD from a few years back is a much better visual representation of the band during this era, but the sound here ain’t half bad, and this is prime live Who, and therefore nothing to sneeze at.



Scott H. Keller

“Shakin’ All Over”

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Video | | Leave a comment

We’re Back

After a spat with a DMCA Notice regarding my post on Rodrigo y Gabriela I am now back on line.

It is ironic that this particular artists music should be so heavily monitred by “Big Brother” as if it wasn’t for the widespread distribution by bloggers of their appearance on Jools Holland a couple of years ago they may still be busking in the streets instead od delivering a live album as they can’t come up with any new material.

Perhaps I am being unfair on the artists it is likely that instructions come via their management or record company, however I am sure such post do more good than harm and I for one have purchased a hell of a ot of music which I first sampled via blogs either by listening to posted tracks or downloading mp3’s.

Needless to say we seem to be in the season for DMCA notices as there has been a series of such instances even within the limited sphere of blogs that I visit.

Big Brother more than ever is watching….beware

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law which implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as Digital Rights Management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works and it also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. Passed on October 12, 1998 by a unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 28, 1998, the DMCA amended Title 17 of the United States Code to extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of on-line services for copyright infringement by their users.

On May 22, 2001, the European Union passed the EU Copyright Directive or EUCD, which addresses some of the same issues as the DMCA. But the DMCA’s principal innovation in the field of copyright, the exemption from direct and indirect liability of internet service providers and other intermediaries (Title II of the DMCA), was separately addressed, and largely followed, in Europe by means of the separate Electronic Commerce Directive. (Unlike U.S. federal laws and regulations, the execution of European Union directives usually requires separate legislation by or within each of the Union’s member states.)

It is “Taping Kills Music” all over again

This is not a Social Crisis…..just “Another Tricky Day” for you

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Video | , | Leave a comment

Out of Order

Out of Order

October 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Extra Extra Read All About It

This morning this was a field for grazing horses and…….

this was a road.

For now they are part of an overflowing river…The Gryffe

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Landscapes, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

Weekend Trip

Last post until Sunday folks as I am off tomorrow to Fraserburgh, via overnight stay in Peterhead.

Fraserburgh - "The Broch"

Fraserburgh -

 The trip is a result of a 2nd Round away draw in “The Homecoming Scottish Cup”

It’s a long trip and with poor weather forecast it had better be worthwhile.

Fraserburgh FC will be difficult opposition and nothing short of a good performance will see us through to the next round.

Bellslea Park

Bellslea Park

Some question my sanity and even I often think that I am a poor misguided fool.

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Dumbarton FC, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

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