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Life Changing Music

Music That Changed My LifeIn the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B looks back at the music that changed his life. He tells of buying his first album at Woolworths, not knowing anything about the music. He was captivated by the brooding Greek-god like visage on the cover. It was the Memphis FlashElvis Presley. From there Norman discovered the Blues and  Elmore James which led to the new R & B sounds coming out of the USA, including early Tamla Motown and  Marvin Gaye. It was no coincidence that fledgling London bands were also being inspired by the same music. The Rolling Stones being no exception, fronted at that time by Blues aficionado and masterful musician, Brian JonesVan Morrison with his R & B and Irish Show-band roots were all but absent when he released his landmark album, Astral Weeks, a momentous life-changing release, says Norman B. Reggae has been another important part of Mr. B’s life and he cites  Cornell Campbell and Gregory Isaacs as fine examples. The consistently adventurous music of David Bowie is included in the story as are the The Smiths, The Only Ones are acknowledged for their timeless ode to addiction and  Killing Joke with their formidable melding of rock, dub and even metal in their debut release. A.R. Kane, remain still relatively unknown but their music caused Norman B to reevaluate his thinking in some areas. Finally, Canadian musician and poet Barzin is singled out because his beguiling lyrics and enchanting arrangements signify another change in life and a new way forward.

Also in the program our regular contributor on film and media Bob Ross, pays tribute to a unique, genius performer, Robin Williams. Plus the Hit That Never Was features a high-school friend of Norman B, the legendary virtuoso guitar player and singer-songwriter, Peter Green.

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Catching Up.

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 12.41.02 PMThe latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Podcast featuring an extended interview with Dr. Dan Peters on the aftermath of the recent shooting in Isla Vista, California, is available here and here.

Coming up, June 9, at Life Elsewhere, we will celebrate World Cup Brazil 2014 with acclaimed creative director and soccer aficionado, Robert Priest who is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Eight by Eight a brilliant new magazine all about The Beautiful Game. Robert and his co-partner Grace Lee, have created a magazine that is not only beautiful to look at, its fascinating and entertaining, even to the non-soccer fan.

June 2, Jowita Bydloska, joins the program, author of Drunk Mom: A Memoir, a new book that pushes boundaries as she courageously shines the light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful transformative love of one’s child. Norman B will explore with the author, the harrowing details and how her new book also gives hope, especially to those struggling in some way .

Further ahead on Life Elsewhere we will be talking with Richard Gabriel about his new book Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts which reads like fiction, only the explicit detail is all too real.  New York Times Best Selling author Kate Kelly has a new book, 
“>The Secret Club That Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity Trader 
We’ll ask Ms. Kelly, “What shocked her the most during her research for this book” and “Should we the 99% be worried by the antics of traders?”. The Devil’s Workshop (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad) is a new historical thriller by Alex Grecian. perfect book for reading on vacation, lying in the sun as the author takes into dark, dank places where Jack the Ripper roamed. We’ll ask Alex Grecian how he researches his books to provide such chilling detail and why his fascination with the past?

Last week, as way of showing our gratitude for your support of Life Elsewhere, we made an exclusive music mix for you to download. The response has been outstanding, but our server space can only handle so many downloads before it begins to cost us money to upgrade in order to accommodate the traffic. We want you to have the music mix, go download it now! To economize on our costs the download link will be disabled on June 1, 2014.

Here is a sample of the music we have included in the FREE mix, the late, great Gregory Isaacs from a Jamaican 12″ EP, Soon Forward

Download Norman B’s Exclusive Thank You Mix Here

 

 

 

“Cock & Balls!” Said The Professor

Julie LangfordJulie LangfordAssociate Professor of Roman History at the University of South Florida, joined the Birthday edition of Life Elsewhere. Ms Langford described in explicit detail how the ancient Romans celebrated birthdays and rites of passage, “Romans marked out children from adults by their dress, in particular by an amulet that citizen children would wear around their neck. Very often, this had a phallus and testicles…it was in the shape of a cock and balls” the Professor cooly announced, causing Norman B’s producer to have an instant deer-in-the-headlights moment as she readied herself to hit the “bleep” button. Julie Langford went on to describe how a phallus was the symbol of life  and crucial in averting the Evil Eye. The Professor continued with stories about sacrifices, honey cakes, the age girls became women and much more.

Listen to the complete Podcast of Life Elsewhere’s Birthday edition, which also includes Norman B retracing momentous changes in his life through music. His musical selection includes, Elvis Presley, Elmore James, Marvin GayeThe Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Cornell Campbell, Gregory Isaacs, David Bowie, The Smiths, The Only Ones, Killing Joke, A.R. Kane and Barzin.

This is the song Norman B heard at the age of ten, that changed his life. Hear the complete Podcast of Life Elsewhere’s Birthday edition here or here