The song Sky Pilot was recorded by Eric Burdon and the Animals for the album The Twain Shall Meet in 1968. It includes a long instrumental section that features sounds of aerial bombing and ground troops fighting, during the Second World War. Despite the Second World … [Read more...] about You’ll Never Reach the Sky
In the 1990’s, music producer Rick Rubin approached Johnny Cash to encourage the singer to record with him. The approach was unusual as Rubin largely worked with rap and heavy metal musicians. Cash’s music was closer to country. Cash was also not the musical force he had … [Read more...] about The Man in Black.
I will be presenting this paper as part of the Two Way Learning Webinar Series offered by Australian Institute for Psychoanalysis. Here is the link to the series. https://www.psychoanalysis.asn.au/two-way-event The title of my paper centres on an incident where I became ill … [Read more...] about Sorry Polly, Women’s Law Still Touches Me
David Bowie’s death in January 2016 sparked a worldwide celebration of his life and music. Missing from the analysis of Bowie’s contribution to popular culture was a serious discussion of his 1967 novelty song, The Laughing Gnome. It was an appalling oversight. It is time to set … [Read more...] about David Bowie’s Gift To Psychotherapy
In the fifteen minutes it takes to perform Ravel’s Bolero, the drummer plays 4050 beats, all within a repetitious pattern. During those fifteen minutes, there is no respite. The drummer has to get through the best way they can. Here is the French comedian Jacques Villeret’s … [Read more...] about No Escape for the Drummer