rla on December 12th, 2019

We attend to the way they give gifts in the myths, and today: gifts as token of esteem, gifts as bribes, gifts as expressions of generosity, with a variety of musical accompaniment. You are invited to attend.

Giving a hand

(As heard on Cambridge 105 Radio.)

rla on November 14th, 2019

More Lovers’ Dramas, including a set of Motown dramas, plus opening up Leonard Cohen’s “Alexandra Leaving”, followed by Dylan, who opens with the amazing lines: “Some of us turn out the lights and we live / In the moonlight shooting by / Some of us scare ourselves to death in the dark / To be where the angels fly”. Come along; you are invited to attend.

(First broadcast on Cambridge 105 Radio, the commercially funded community broadcaster for the city and South Cambridgeshire.)

rla on October 10th, 2019

As heard on Cambridge 105 Radio, attending to a handful of songs about lovers’ dramas, mostly on or nearly on the telephone, including a mythic song by Dylan. You are invited to attend.

Here comes your ghost again

rla on September 13th, 2019

We attend to the famous/notorious Powder of Sympathy, as popularised by Sir Kenelm Digby [pictured] in the 1650s, and used to cure wounds even from a distance. Do we believe these stories? Do we dismiss them, like the missionary at the beginning of Stevenson’s fable, who insists there’s “nothing in it”, or like the missionary after his adventure when he admits that there might be “something in it” after all? You are invited to attend.

Sir Kenelm Digby

[As heard on Cambridge 105 Radio]

We attend to the famous episode in the Odyssey in which Odysseus meets the Cyclops: witty, gruesome, and strange in many ways. You are invited to attend too.

rla on July 11th, 2019

We attend to the story of Rapunzel: Why is she named after a garden plant? Was her foster mother a witch? What is it about an adolescent girl isolated in a tower? Her long hair – both her outward beauty and the means she allows others to come close to her. And so on. Lots to attend to here, and with musical interludes from Donovan, Berlioz, Paul Robeson, Rolling Stones, The Fantasticks, and a clip from Fractured Fairy Tales. You are invited to attend.

(First broadcast on Cambridge 105 Radio, the commercially funded community broadcaster for the city and South Cambridgeshire.)

rla on June 13th, 2019
Japanese Koto

We attend to different aspects of tone, what it feels like when we express ourselves or when we are open to the expression of others, and bringing in a fine little Japanese fable about bringing out the tone of a musical instrument. With music from the Kinks, Taj Mahal, Duke Ellington, the Coasters, Fraggle Rock, and the celebrated Michio Miyagi on the koto – so quite a varied offering, to which you are invited to attend.

(First broadcast on Cambridge 105 Radio, the commercially funded community broadcaster for the city and South Cambridgeshire.)

rla on May 9th, 2019

We attend to all sorts of eyes: sexy eyes, dark eyes, blind eyes, killer’s eyes – with a special section on the dark eyes in Raymond Chandler’s Big Sleep. Dr Hook, Billie Holiday, Lovin’ Spoonful, Taj Mahal, Kinks, Dylan, Miriam Makeba, a song in Yiddish, and some poetry too. You are invited to attend.

RLA lang syne

(First broadcast on Cambridge 105 Radio, the commercially funded community broadcaster for the city and South Cambridgeshire.)

rla on April 11th, 2019

As heard on Cambridge 105 Radio, Evening under Lamplight attends to touchstones, those stones that can assess the true value of something – whether a coin or a personality. On the way we visit Dante’s Hell, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and a Robert Louis Stevenson fairy tale, with music from Theodore Bikel, John Lee Hooker, The Temptations, Jimmy Soul, The Band, and Leonard Cohen. You are invited to attend.

RLS, author of “The Touchstone”

rla on March 14th, 2019
I can finally hear the birds

You are invited to attend with us as we attend to spectres that inspire our finest creativity and actions, and to evolving so that we can be open to these spectres and to these fine creative actions – and also be so present that we can finally hear the birds. There’s Krishnamurti also, speaking about the problem with education that blocks this creative happiness, which leads us to Leonard Cohen, and to Dylan, and finally to Fraggle Rock, whose song (pardon me) trumps all the other songs.

(First broadcast on Cambridge 105 Radio, the commercially funded community broadcaster for the city and South Cambridgeshire.)

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