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More Music. Less T-Word!

You may have been living in a cave or stranded on a desert island without any connection to news of any sort. Of course, the chances are, that is not the case. Like everyone else, no matter what your political persuasion may be, it should be safe to say, we are all, if not in a state of shock, then at the very least, we are trying to make sense of Mr. Trump essentially clinching the GOP nomination after his win in Indiana. So, the question then became, should we do another piece on Mr. Trump? In past editions of Life Elsewhere, we’ve heard from various qualified people, a branding expert, a humorist and political commentator, a social historian, we even asked some of our musical guests to share their opinion on Trump. Yet,  we reasoned it really is difficult to comment on the prospect of Donald Trump actually being the GOP nominee, running for the office of President, without the urge to sneak in a sarcastic quip to two. In the days, the months and years to follow, volumes will be written about the ascendancy of Trump. There will be plenty of time for us at Life Elsewhere to collect our thoughts and deliver an honest appraisal of this peculiar but, historical occurrence. Instead, in our next show, we turn our attention to music.

The abundance of new music delivered to Life Elsewhere is truly remarkable. So much great music being made around the globe is from young people alone in their bedrooms with the laptops and programs like Garage Band. The vast array of new music from the new generation gives us hope for the future. It’s ironic really, as we head toward electing a new President, much of the dialogue, the rhetoric, is so outdated. It’s not just last century, it’s ancient! Yet, here we are with enterprising youthful artists using their talents and embracing advances in technology to make memorable music for today.

Brighton-based, Jack Allsopp goes by the moniker of Just Jack. His just-released EP, Life Lessons features Alchemist, a song he says is about,  “The internal and external battles you have when you’re bringing up a kid.” Taken from her upcoming debut album, 1 of 3 is the new single from Kelly Lee Owens. Originally from Wales, the London-based singer, songwriter, and producer says, “Emotionally – there’s vulnerability in the track but there’s also strength – both are important. Both are present in any type of relationship. The end section is Kelly Lee Owensme taking back the power – understanding the truth of the situation.” Covering a well-realized song can present a few obvious problems, Ben Hobbs took on the challenge with his subtle reading of The Sundays’ 1990 hit, Here’s Where the Story Ends. “It’s a really nostalgic song and I didn’t want to approach it in the sense of just making a modern version of the track,” Hobbs says. The track appears on his just-released EP, Sweet Enough. Icelandic electronica trio Samaris, offer minimal beats and dreamy synth washes, taking cues from dub techno, IDM with delicate ambient textures and breathy vocals in Black Lights from the album of the same name, out on June 10.

Ian McLagan

Also in the program, a tribute to Ian McLagan, the famed keyboard player for The Small Faces, Faces and The Rolling StonesMac’s birthday is May 12, he sadly died two years ago on December 3. We asked Mac’s Press Agent and very good friend Jo Rae Di Menno to share her memories of a lovely man.

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Happy Birthday Mac!

Jo Rae Di Menno & Ian Mac McLagan

May 12 is the birthday of Ian Patrick ‘Mac’ McLagan. Just a week or so before Mac’s birthday in 2014, Norman B ran into his old art school friend at a prestigious charity event in Seattle. In the green room, backstage at the Experience Music Project Museum, the two silver-haired Londoners, chatted away, reminiscing and agreeing they should record their conversation. “We’ll have a fireside chat via Skype!” chuckled, the always effervescent McLagan. Some weeks later, after Mac returned from being on the road, a recording session was arranged. The fireside chat went so well, Mac suggested he and Norman get together again for another lengthy recording. The second fireside chat was recorded later in the year, at the time when Ian released his latest album, United States and was about to embark on a tour with Nick Lowe. On the day of the recording, Mac was his usual characteristic happy self, making quips and pointedly ribald jokes. During the dialogue, the topic of age came up. Ian McLagan spoke seriously for a moment but managed to make light of the fact that he’d be ancient if he ever was able to pay off his second mortgage.

The fireside chats with Mac were lengthy, so we aired them in segments. As December 2014 arrived, we were about to air the final segment, when a brief email arrived from Mac’s Press Agent, “Sorry, Norman” it read, “You need to know that Mac has died!” Mac’s Press Agent Jo Rae Di Menno was also one of his best and most trusted friends. As Mac’s birthday is almost here we asked Jo Rae to share a few memories of her always smiling friend. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we pay tribute to Ian McLagan.

Photo of Jo Rae Di Menno & Ian Mac McLagan used by kind permission of Theresa DiMenno

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The Ian McLagan Special

Ian McLagan

Ian McLagan

The next edition of Life Elsewhere will be dedicated to Ian “Mac” Maclagan, who died one year ago on December 3. Compiled from the many hours of a recording session, Mac described as a cozy fireside chat, via Skype, Norman B presents an intimate tribute to the famed keyboard player. Ian was well-loved for speaking his mind and his congenial personality, which is evident from the conversation, as he passionately recalls growing up in post-war London and becoming a rock star. His reminiscences include seeing The Rolling Stones in their early days, “It was Brian JonesMick Jagger and then no one else!” Mac announces. In listening to Ian McLagan‘s stories, you’ll hear why his contribution to popular music cannot be underestimated. Ian Maclagan was one-of-a-kind, he is sadly missed.

From the upcoming show, Mac remembers Brian Jones 

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.

Remembering Ian “Mac” McLagan

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Ian “Mac” McLagan the famed keyboard player with the Small Faces and Faces, who also collaborated with The Rolling Stones, and led his own band from the late 1970s, died on December 3, 2014. The next edition of Life Elsewhere will be a special tribute to Ian, a crucial figure in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Earlier last year (2014), Ian and Norman B ran into each other, backstage at a charity concert, they were both performing at, in Seattle. It was an unplanned and surprise meeting for the two silver-haired men who had gone to art school together, many years ago in London. Catching up backstage at the event didn’t allow much time or peace and quite to reminisce, so a couple of recording sessions were scheduled. “It’ll be like having a cozy, fireside chat over Skype.” Joked Ian. Those “fireside chats” resulted in many hours of a fascinating and revealing conversation with a man who had experienced and seen so much in his illustrious career. Because of the amount and compelling content of the recordings, Norman B decided to air the sessions in two parts. The news of Ian McLagan‘s death came in just over a week after part one of the “fireside chats” first aired. Out of respect to Mac and his family, and not gratuitously capitalize on his untimely death, we chose to wait to air more of the “fireside chat”. Here then in the upcoming edition of Life Elsewhere, we bring you the portions of the conversation with Mac, not aired before. You’ll hear Mac and Norman talk about their days growing up in the early 60’s in the same area of London and attending the same college. And, Mac talking candidly about his early life, becoming a pop-star, drugs, life on the road with The Rolling Stones, and the sad death of his wife. Listen carefully, because Ian McLagan‘s words are all the more poignant when he talks about age and not paying off his mortgage until he’d be 99. “He was one of the nicest men I have ever had the honor to know,” says Norman B, adding, “This is a true heartfelt story, from a man who loved life and rock ’n’ roll, make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

The photo above of Ian “Mac” McLagan and Norman B was taken backstage at the Kiss The Sky concert in Seattle, April 22, 2014. The audio clip below is from the “fireside chat”, with Mac talking about getting old.

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.

Sex & Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll & …er…Math!

Sex

In the next bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere we’ll talk with Mandy Smith who recounts in explicit detail, her life as a Virgin Flight attendant. Mandy will tell us the good, the bad and the downright naughty tales of life in the air. Her book, Cabin Fever, The Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Air Hostess, has just been released in paperback.

Drugs

Dr. David Casarett‘s new book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, brings a welcome objectivity to contentious topic by applying a unique mix of science, humanity, and even humor to effectively dispel common myths and misconceptions about medical marijuana. Dr. Casarett joins the program and we’ll ask the important questions, including, “How stoned is too stoned?”

Rock ’n’ Roll

The Hit That Never Was this week features an English rock band who formed inSiv Jakobsen 1963 and were professionally active between 1964 and 1967. They were a popular live attraction at the time, rivaling such groups as The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds, although, despite releasing a clutch of singles and an album, their record sales never reflected this popularity. The band took their name from the singer, who was the eldest brother of another rock musician who later found fame with the Faces and the Stones. If you can’t name the band, make sure you don’t miss the next Life Elsewhere to find out who is this week’s Hit That Never Was. Also in music, Norman B will introduce you to a talented new singer-songwriter from Norway, Siv Jakobsen. “I’m entranced by Siv’s voice and her adroit use of silences or pauses in her work.” Says Mr. B. who will play two two cuts from her EP, “The Lingering”, a unique cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic and How We Used To Love, which is also released as a single with a beautiful video to promote it. Siv has that ethereal, haunting quality that reminds me of Life Elsewhere favorite, Barzin.” Adds Norman B.

Math

“I believe you have Discalculia”, mathematics Professor, Jordan Ellenberg tells Norman B, who admits to having difficulty with numbers and being daunted by interviewing the author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking. The professor’s book, now out in paperback is all about math, but not the math we learn in school which can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. Instead Jordan Ellenberg explains to us how terribly limiting this view is. “Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it, the math.” the professor says.

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