Life moved on, poems came and went and I started working for Forest of Dean Community Radio. One of the advantages was that in addition to helping people make their shows was that, I started my own radio show, a late, friday night 2 hour music show and, as a consequence, my cd collection grew ( no fancy record company supplied libraries for us).

I have always had, as you may have gathered, a broad musical taste and the show allowed me to share some of my music, with my surprisingly, (well to me), appreciative and fairly large audience.

We spent the 2 hours up to midnight in the musical company of Ray Charles, Lady Day, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dusty, Eva Cassidy, 
Buffy Sainte-Marie, George Harrison, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, B.B King, Eric Clapton, The Four Tops, Temptations, Otis Redding,  
Kirsty MacColl and oh so many more .

But the other joy were the ‘live’ interviews, not least Kirsty’s wonderful mum, Jean MacColl who joined me via the phone line to tell us of her fight for justice for Kirsty. Amongst others who joined me were Cliff Bennett, whose first four records were made in the studios of the legendary Joe Meek, and local bands, live in the Studio, Bottlebag & Banshee., to name but two

Good Times

Sadly so many of these great musicians have ‘come home’ and some have inspired poems. and I share them with you here.

 ‘Songbird’ has been shared with Eva’s family and I thank them for their kind words, others with friends across the world, and some, have generated a beautiful response in rhyme from Miss Martha Reeves, accolade enough.