This was our second look again at some of the guests from the last few months; their stories and music choices. They were all involved with either social action projects or fundraising apart from author Henry Martin. His new book gave a theological perspective on helping others to make the world a better place.
RAH Band featuring Bella Hutton – One day we’ll smile again.
Louis Armstrong – We have all the time in the world.
Phil Collins – Another day in paradise.
On 3rd of September Tom Hill and Luke Tovey told us about their participation in the 20 mile Centenary Walk around Chelmsford to raise money for CHESS Homelsss. Tom had a target of £1,000. Luke’s Just Giving page is still open if you wished to donate. They chose The Proclaimers – I will walk 500 miles.
24th of September Kaye Bundy, Jenny Cox and Elaine Maxim joined me to talk about Essex Befriends. This organisation was founded in 2019 to address the growing reality of loneliness amongst people of all ages. At the time of the interviews, the organisation had 263 volunteers working with 564 clients. However, there were a further 254 people seeking befrienders. Volunteers give as little or as much time as they wish. If you are interested in the possibility of undertaking the role of a befriender, the contact number is 01279421308. Anyone requesting a befriender should call 0300 770 1263. Elaine chose the track by Nina Simone – Feeling good. She said hearing this song always makes her feel happy.
1st of October Lynn Connolly and Gill Bell from Brentwood Mutual Aid came to the studio. This organisation began in March 2020 in response to community needs brought into sharp focus by the pandemic. Very quickly there were over 1,000 volunteers. These were undertaking shopping, getting prescriptions, doing anything that vulnerable people needed who were in lockdown. Now more volunteers were needed as many people were back at work. Volunteers give as little or as much time as they can . More information can be found by phoning 01277 424953. Trustee Gary chose Bill Withers – Lean on me.
Crowded House – Weather with you.
Caro Emerald – Riviera life.
Above. Chris Stein and Debbie Harry in 1978 and below in 2020.
Chris Stein is the co-founder and guitarist of Blondie who celebrated his 72nd birthday. We had the French version of the Blondie 1978 UK no 1 – Sunday Girl.
Twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the same night, guitarist Stephen Stills was 77 years old this week. We heard two tracks featuring him.
Buffalo Springfield – For what it’s worth
Crosby, Stills Nash & Young – Teach your children.
R.E.M. singer and songwriter Michael Stipe celebrated his 62nd birthday. We heard the band’s 1991 UK no 6 – Shiny happy people.
Keane – Somewhere only we know. Patrick in Ingatestone was unable to take part in the competition this week, but requested this track.
Chris and Bob in Harlow and John in Billericay had a closely fought contest today. John narrowly defeated Bob into second place.
Coldplay – Higher power. Chris requested any track by Coldplay for Bob to thank him for the way he is helping her to recovery and to wish him a long and healthy retirement.
On 26th of November I spoke with Emma Hughes from Sanctus. Each week they work with around 150 homeless and vulnerable people from their hub in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford. Hot meals are served 12.30-2.30 each day and takeaway food is provided. They also provide access to many other services for people. More information is available by phoning 01245 257985. One of their workers chose the track by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the bridge.
On 3rd of December Essex-born artist and author Henry Martin phoned from his home in France. This was three days before the official launch of his third book – Vincent Van Gogh and the Good Samaritan. He told us that he had first seen this painting in the Netherlands in 2011. He had spent a couple of years musing on the questions: why did he paint this? why in 1890? why so near the end of his life? His answers had eventually resulted in his new book. Henry feels that Vincent identifies with both the wounded man and the Samaritan. Vincent’s reason for this is to show that God helps us in life whatever the circumstances and we should be showing this help to others in practical ways. One of Henry’s music choices was Tracey Chapman – Talkin about a revolution. He felt this was appropriate as Vincent Van Gogh’s painting style is revolutionary and changes our perspective on how we see the world.
Michelle Ward – What a wonderful world.
Chart this week in
No 1 Pet Shop Boys – Always on my mind.
No 13 Johnny Hates Jazz – Turn back time.
No 18 Alexander O’Neil – Criticize
Curtis Mayfield – Move on up.
All the posts featuring the guests today are available in my archive with full recordings.
Next week my studio guest is Revd. Julie Hardy, Priest in charge of Bently, Kelvedon Hatch and Navestock. She will be talking about the Alpha course that is about to begin in one of the churches. She will also talk about the three churches and her ministry journey to this point.