Friday Night Extra19th of June with guest Ian Adams.

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with guest Ian Adams
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

I was joined by Ian Adams who is a poet, author, photographer and chaplain at Ridley hall Theological college in Cambridge, a post he shares with is wife Gail. He talked about the links between creativity and spirituality and how this can help us to re-connect with ourselves. During the lockdown he has been sharing many photos of flowers. We have had time to notice more of the wonders of nature that he believes are there to delight us. Ian has published many poems. He read to us a poem describing reconnecting with the earth through running in shoes that felt like being in bare feet. He also shared a simple exercise in breathe control. Ian’s books can be found at Canterbury Press. Also check out aboutme/ianadams @pacebene on instergram and Twitter.

Contestants in tonight’s birthdays quiz were Sue in Peterborough, Chris & Bob in Harlow and Patrick in Ingatestone. It was a close call, with Patrick returning to winning ways.

Tonight’s playlist
Paul Bell – The birds still sing. Paul was one of my guests last week. This track was written and recorded during lockdown.
Abba – Thank you for the music – requested by Phyl in Enfield. Many people have rediscovered the joy of listening to music in the last few months.
Marvin Gaye – What’s going on – chosen by Ian. We commented how this song, written as if by a Vietnam veteran veteran retuning home in 1971 and being shocked by all he found, is sadly relevant 49 years on.
Stacey Kent – Bullet train – chosen by Ian. A gentle jazz track with a rhythm that perfectly accompanies a lyric about a journey on a Japanese train.
Stevie Wonder – Mistra Now-it-all – chosen Ian. He told us that this track was written about President Richard Nixon.


Alison Moyet – Love letters. Alison, born in Billericay and grew up in Basildon, celebrated her 59th birthday.

Brian Wilson 78 years old. We played Heroes and Villains, the track originally released from Smile. One very unkind listener said they had seen him playing live and he looked about 100 years old !

Recording artist Blake Shelton performs during the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games opening ceremonies at Soldier Field in Chicago July 1, 2017. The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Blake Shelton, who has had 27 USA country number 1 hits, celebrated his 44th birthday.

Billy J Kramer & The Dekkotas – the Millionaire – an instrumental track, originally a B side – requested by Patrick. He told us this is one of his favourite tracks.

David Pickthall Big Band – Memphis lives in me. When live music resumes, look out for concerts by this band. They are fantastic live.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fanfare for the Common man.

Goodbye Look – I can’t stop – studio guests from two weeks ago.

Chart this week from 1975.

No 8 Stylistics – Sing baby sing

No 14. John Nash – Tears on my pillow

No 19 Desmond Dekkar & the Aces – The Israelites

No1 I Windsor Davis & Don Estelle – Whispering grass. This track was No 1 for 3 weeks. Sung in character by actors from the sitcom ‘It ain’t half hot mum’.

Dian KrallĀ  – Walk on by (Live in Rio)

Joni Mitchell – Just like this train.

Join me next week when my guests is Revd. Wing Commander David Norfield.

He will be chatting about how ancient wisdom can help us through these difficult times.




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