rla on January 4th, 2021

To start the new year, we go into a mythical, seductive world with Al Stewart, then escape to “sit in the trees and eat bananas all day” with the Kinks, take a break with a creepy-crawly, and sit back for Noel Coward reading Ogden Nash’s light verse for the Carnival of the Animals. You are invited to attend.

[First aired on Cambridge 105 Radio]

rla on December 21st, 2020

We attend to Winter Darkness – not a dismal time, but a quiet time, allowing things to move deeply within and without, a time of gestation. You are invited to attend.

[As heard on Cambridge 105 Radio]

rla on November 23rd, 2020

From the Archives: Rapunzel, the story of a girl’s coming to maturity, turning the story around from its usual treatment, with added music. (As heard on Cambridge 105 Radio.)

The Preacher giving them the Guff

A fable from 1900 by George Ade, about a preacher who gave them the Guff, and lots of music from the Kinks, Fats Waller, the Mothers of Invention, the Miracles, Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff, Maria Muldaur. You are invited to attend.

[First heard on Cambridge 105 Radio]

rla on October 15th, 2020

We look at Risk – the looking ahead into uncertainty and vulnerability, giving up something we have now in the hope of getting something better later on. All leading to a fable about California wild fires and talking oneself out of taking a risk. You are invited to attend.

[As heard on Cambridge 105 Radio. Contact us at lamplight@cambridge105.co.uk.]

We attend to a mixture of songs, mostly light and (somewhat) cheerful. There’s also an absurd fable thrown in for good measure. You are invited to attend.

rla on August 13th, 2020

We attend to Fear, with images and stories from Montaigne, Andre Dubus, and Dante, and a wide assortment of music. You are invited to attend.

[First heard, slightly abridged, on Cambridge 105 Radio.]

rla on July 9th, 2020

We attend to idleness, idling, idlers of various sorts – those who wish to get away from the noise and rush and stupidity of life around them, and those who wish to retreat from busy-ness to find more within. Readings from Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Stevenson, Montaigne, and music from Kinks, Harry Lauder, Pink Martini, Harry McClintock, Beatles, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding. You are invited to attend; listen in.

(Originally broadcast on Cambridge 105 Radio)

rla on June 12th, 2020

We attend to Masks — not those to quell the spread of infection, but those that disguise us, enable us, oppress us. We hear from Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Maya Angelou, Lewis Carroll, James Thurber, plus an assortment of musical interludes. You are invited to attend.

[As heard first, in a slightly abridged version, on Cambridge 105 Radio.]

This episode is a collection of helpful thoughts and insights into what it means to be patient, and to have the courage to accept and love the world even when being clearly aware of all the pain and the evil in the world, and to have the hope that allows us to hold on to the larger meaningfulness of life even when (or especially when) things seem hopeless. “If you sing the blues, you don’t suffer the blues,” Cornel West tells us, and we let Edgar Allan Poe sing us the blues in one of his great stories. You are invited to attend.

(First broadcast on Cambridge 105 Radio.)