PhoenixFM Drive presenter Stewart Pink joined me to chat about his e-book of Pandemic Poetry. Stewart talked about how his grandparents were always making up rhymes and poems. From an early age Start started writing poems, admiring the work of Pam Ayres. Despite being bored by poetry lesson at school, Stuart has continues to write poetry. He finds writing is sometimes helpful in working through what he really feels about something. He started writing poems during the pandemic while broadcasting his shows from home, “the Pink House”. To quote from the forward of the e-book, ‘we won’t want to remember everything that happened, but when Cov-19 is old news, these silly little poems will remind us of the moments that made us laugh when we needed it the most’. Stewart is delighted and surprised by the success of the e-book. For any aspiring authors thinking about writing and publishing their own e-book, Stewart recommended Amazon Kindle.
Jason Mraz – Good old daze. From the 2020 album Look for the good.
Piano Guy – It’s gonna be OK. Their videos have had over two billion views on YouTube.
Elton John – Rocket man – chosen by Stewart to go with his poem about astronaut John Young who took a corned beef sandwich into space!
The O’Jays – Love train – chosen by Stewart. He read his poem about looking forward to being in a conga and thought this an appropriate track.
The Eagles – Take it easy. Stewart thought that the lyrics of the Eagles were poetry. He had written a special poem for the show about walking.
The Friday Teaser
John Taylor, base player with Duran Duran was 61 years old this week. We heard their 1985 James Bond theme – A view to a kill.
Brian Wilson in 1967.
Brian Wilson is singer, songwriter, innovative record producer and founder of the Beach Boys. He was 79 years old recently. We heard Surfs Up from the 1967 Smile Sessions.
Brian Wilson in 2021.
(Aimee Anne) Duffy celebrated her 37th birthday. We heard her 2008 UK no 3 Warwick Avenue.
Stewart in the studio played Patrick in Ingatestone. Patrick was our winner. Phyl, Derek and Jackie in Enfield congratulated him on his win and said the questions were hard.
Paul Simon – Think too much – from the 1983 album Hearts and bones.
Paul Carrick – Tell somebody who cares.
John Croche – Time in a bottle. Patrick in Ingatestone requested a track by John Croche. This no 1 track in USA, Canada and Australia came from the album You don’t mess around with Jim. None of his singles or albums charted in the UK.
Moonlight Parade -Hanging around. New track from a band from Brentwood.
Chart this week in
No 5 Jethro Tull – Living in the past
No 6 Beatles – Get back.
No 9 Elvis Presley – In the ghetto
George Benson – Never give up on a good thing
John Batiste – Tell the truth – from his 2021 album We are.
Leona Lewis – Footprints in the sand – from her 2012 UK no 3 album Glass heart.
Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue
Join me next week for another edition of On 2 Three Friday.