Dante and Beatrice surrounded by loving lights on the planet Venus

As heard on Cambridge 105 Radio, Evening under Lamplight‘s Valentine’s Day show attends to the goddess Venus, as dramatised by Dante in Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. And a variety of musical interludes. You are invited to attend.

Walt Whitman
“I mind them or the resonance of them”

A revised edition from the Archives, with Walt Whitman celebrating the diversity of people all around us – including, you’ll notice, “the fury of roused mobs”, a phrase that will resonate in special ways today. And our music brings in other divers people from the world around us. You are invited to attend.

[First heard on Cambridge 105 Radio.]

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)