Author Archives: Graham Stannard

About Graham Stannard

A broadcaster and massage practitioner, based in Essex and London. Presenting Musical Meanderings on Phoenix FM and now also the Mental Health Matters podcast.

Black Orchids | Live In The Studio | Musical Meanderings 11th January 2018

Wonderful to have live musical guests to launch powerfully into 2018. The Black Orchids, Kay Elizabeth, Magnus Box, Alain Duchesne and Brian Hedemann, joined me live in the studio in Brentwood to talk about the recording of the new album and shared a couple of songs from it- Still Remains and The Wonder.

You can hear it all again here:

We also reflected on the previous release ‘Blood Moon‘ and any changes in the song writing and production styles, especially with the help of producer John Moon.

Their Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/blackorchids/

 

 

As well as their music I also started the show with a song by Motörhead- Killed By Death, celebrating the life of ‘Fast’ Eddy Clarke who passed away today. Also, as the conversation unfolded, we talked about musical influences, such as the heavy music I’ve enjoyed with Kay, such as Windhand and there were a couple of contributions by Magnus who shared a song from his other project Sparkle Darkly as well as a song he enjoyed by another band he came across Ringo Deathstarr.

 

Here is the playlist for 11th January 2018 (including links for more information and where to buy where available)
1. Motörhead – Killed By Death
2. Alice In Chains – Dam That River (Dirt)
3. Grottos – Pendulum (Catch The Breeze EP – 2012)
4. Moby – New Dawn Fades (Heat Soundtrack)
5. Black Orchids – Obscure Vision (Blood Moon EP – 2015)
6. Black Orchids – Still Remains
7. Black Orchids – Blood Moon (Blood Moon EP – 2015)
8. Windhand – Hyperion (Grief’s Infernal Flower – 2015)
9. Alcest – Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles (Les Voyages De L’ame – 2012)
10. Black Orchids – The Wonder
11. Ringo Deathstarr – Guilt (Pure Mood – 2015)
12. The Sweetest Ache – Briaris (Jaguar – 1990)
13. The Mystery Of The Bulgarian voicesa Feat. Lisa Gerrard – Pora Sotunda (Single- 2018)
14. Sparkle Darkly – Velvet Glove
15. Sejd – Båtsman (Sejd – 2015)
16. Bark Psychosis – All Different Things (All Different Things EP – 1990)

graybo.com

Black Orchids


Mindfulness Teacher Myra McHale- a clip from upcoming Mental Health Matters Episode 5

An excerpt of a conversation in the upcoming Episode 5 of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM.

Myra McHale is an experienced Mindfulness Teacher and Practitioner based near Brentwood, Essex.

Find out more in our full conversation when it’s posted on the Phoenix FM website:
http://www.phoenixfm.com/category/mental-health-matters/

Here is where you can find out more about Myra, her work and how to book a session:
http://myramchale.com


2018 Launch – Musical Meanderings 4th January 2018

A dual celebration – remembering highlights of 2017 and looking forward to what’s ahead in 2018.

Enjoying the new music I discovered, such as the explorations of the post rock and doom metal genres, such as Tempus and Fjord, and also highlighting my song of the year- Pallbearer- A Plea For Understanding and my album of the year- 1968 – Fortuna Havana.

Also looking ahead to upcoming gigs in 2018, such as Myrkur, Crowbar and Obituary.

I looked at what I learned about the variations in forms of expression in artists such as Dorthia Cottrell– I played a song from her solo project along with her fronting doom metal band Windhand. Similarly, I discovered an artist from Denmark- Amelia Bruun who has done the same. I played a song of hers, then from her other more well known project- Myrkur from the new album Mareidt which she is promoting during her current tour. She is playing in Bethnal Green on the 22nd.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for a fantastic 2018! Here’s to all the music we will be enjoying.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 28th December 2017 (including links to more information or purchasing where available)
1 Tempus – Tuvia (Hymn For The Courageous – 2017)
2 Fjord – Phoenix (Portrait for a Reflection – 2016)
3 Sleep – Sonic Titan (Live – 2013)
4 Yuri Gagarin – The Big Rip (Yuri Gagarin 2014 Remix)
5 1968 – Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
6 Pallbearer – A Plea For Understanding (Heartless – 2017)
7 Crowbar – Self Inflicted (Crowbar – 1993)
8 Windhand – Summon The Moon (Windhand – 2012)
9 Dorthia Cottrell – Gold (Dorthia Cottrell – 2015)
10 Goldmund – Threnody (The Malady Of Elegance – 2008)
11 Lucy Claire & Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon (Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon – 2016)
12 The Last Sighs Of The Wind – Your Wave Caresses Me (We Are Trees – 2017)
13 Desperate Journalist – Be Kind (Grow Up – 2017)
14 Amalie Bruun – Siren (Crush EP – 2012)
15 Myrkur – Ulvinde (Mareidt – 2017)
16 Saturnus – I Long (Veronika Decides To Die – 2006)
18 I/O – To Everyone I Could Have Loved & All The Places We Could Have Called Home (Anyone, Anywhere – 2017)

graybo.com


Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 4

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM. This episode features the conclusion to my conversation with Character Development teacher and mental healer Chris Deojee and a clip from YouTube channel provider Wild Thing.

You can listen to it here:

Chris Deojee

With Chris we continued with topics including the effects of nutrition on mental health, the confusion with genders and societal and political changes and continuing to look at solutions.

Based in Suffolk, but practices around London and through Essex. He wouldn’t specifically call himself a mental healer, with all the technical connotations that would convey, but a lot of work certainly helps along those lines. And he was able to fully describe what he does and how he is able to help people.

You can learn more about him and get in touch here:
https://www.facebook.com/darren.deojee
http://nativereservation.one
http://www.alternativeanswers.net

And find out more about his nutrition and amino acid business here:
https://www.brightpresence.co.uk

During the episode I also included a video clip from a Youtube creator called Wild Thing who covers many topics on how we can improve and move forward in life. In the clip he talks about how we can listen to our bodies more and life around us. I have recorded a conversation with him to share in the next episode.

Here are links to the news items I shared during the show. First of all how mental health issues are the last thing we want to share with our colleagues at work. I don’t 100% see this as bad news, because the other issues mentioned in the survey were still issues we can share and help each other with:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/uk-workers-sex-money-discuss-office-work-colleagues-mental-health-a8122011.html

Also, more news on the effects of social media, and in this case ‘selfies’ have on us. These issues come up a lot in the conversations I have on the show:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/selfitis-selfies-obsession-real-condition-social-media-narcissism-research-notthingham-trent-a8112066.html

Music played during the show:
Narayan Jyoti & Ron Paz – Invocation (Doors Of My Heart – 2010)

Maneesh De Moor – Interlude (Om Deeksha – 2007)

Snatam Kaur – Deep Blue Sea (Celebrate Peace – 2005)

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

graybo.com


Christmas 2017 – Musical Meanderings 21st December 2017

Celebrating the end of 2017 and the holiday season with some of the highlights of the year and the music I discovered.

You can listen to it again here:

Here is the playlist for 21st December 2017 (including links to more information or purchasing where available)
1. Yuri Gagarin – First Orbit (Yuri Gagarin – 2014 Remix)
2. Fjord – There is Life inside this Sapphire (Portrait for a Reflection – 2016)
3. Corrosion Of Conformity – Wolf Named Crow (No Cross No Crown – 2018)
4. Vista Chino – Dargona Dargona (Peace – 2013)
5. Kyuss – Gardenia (Welcome To Sky Valley – 1994)
6. Crippled Black Phoenix – How We Rock (No Sadness Or Farewell – 2012)
7. Raintimes – Forever Gone (Raintimes – 2017)
8. Night Ranger – Running Out Of Time (Don’t Let Up – 2017)
9. The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices Feat. Lisa Gerrard – Pora Sortunda
10. I/O – Alternates (Anyone, Anywhere – 2017)
11. Oh Hiroshima – Ellipse (In Silence We Yearn – 2015)
12. Paint The Sky Red – Victory (Not All Who Wonder Are Lost – 2015)
13. Pictures From Nadira – Por la Noche (Nadira – 2016)
14. We Shine Every Night – Guiding Hand (All Shall Rise, All Shall Prosper – 2017)
15. Stars Of The Lid – December Hunting For Vegetarian F**kface (And Their Refinement Of The Decline – 2007)

graybo.com


Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 3

Welcome to the third episode in this series of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM. Featuring Character Development teacher and mental healer Chris Deojee and Oak frontman Andy Valiant.

You can listen to it here:

Chris Deojee

Chris Deojee

It was great to finally be able to speak to Chris Deojee, though when we did we had a technical problem which meant the recording wasn’t saved. Thankfully, we were able to meet again and we managed to record a conversation, maintaining a lot of the energy of what we spoke about in the first. In fact so much that I’ve decided to split it into two parts over two episodes, with this one being the first.

Based in Suffolk, but practices around London and through Essex. He wouldn’t specifically call himself a mental healer, with all the technical connotations that would convey, but a lot of work certainly helps along those lines. And he was able to fully describe what he does and how he is able to help people.

We spoke about many of the distortions in society which cause a lot of imbalance in each of us and how we’re not shown great examples of emotional dexterity growing up by those around us, compared to how we are physically for example.

Also we talked about the distortions caused by the difference in subjective and objective reality that are imposed on us, and the increase in confusion in gender and use of language.
The continuing part in the next episode will include how important nutrition is to our mental health.

You can get in touch with him here:
https://www.facebook.com/darren.deojee
http://www.alternativeanswers.net

Andy Valiant | Oak

Andy Valiant | Oak

Before I played that conversation with Chris, I included a chat I recorded with my friend Andy Valiant, the singer from stoner/ doom metal band Oak who I have often featured on my Musical Meanderings show. We spoke about the issues men have with mental health from our own perspectives, including issues connecting with the feminine, how men and women are interacting at the moment and possible causes of male suicide.

Here is where you can find out more about their music and purchase it:
https://oakstoner.bandcamp.com
And their facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oakstoner/
OakAlso during the show I shared some music based mental health news that there is a service for musicians and artists suffering with mental health issues.

Help Musicians UK is the service and I also included their research into some of the causes and results.
https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/working-retired-musicians/mental-health

Music played during the show:
Malojian – Often Wonder (The Deer’s Cry)

Oak – Mirage (Oak II)

Maneesh De Moor – Bliss (Om Deeksha)

Malojian has a new album ‘Let The Weirdness Carry You Home’ available here:
https://malojian.bandcamp.com/album/let-your-weirdness-carry-you-home

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net


Barren Moon – Musical Meanderings 30th November 2017

Eleventh Vibration

Lucy Claire

Lucy Claire

A return to more traditional meanderings, featuring new examples of some of the post rock I’ve being learning about recently. In this case from Russia, such as Eleventh Vibration, Siberia* and We Shine Every Night.

Then I also somehow ventured from some blues based rock of Raging Slab and Richie Kotzen through a mini melancholic theme featuring alt country such as My Morning Jacket through to the gentle beauty of Lucy Claire and Daniel Lanois.

Thanks again to the ‘Where Post Rock Dwells’ YouTube channel for the help in discovering some of the new music:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Nemron28

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 30th November 2017 (including links to buy or find out more where available)
1. Eleventh Vibration – Nature (Illusions – 2016)
2. Wychhound – Hourglass (Wychhound EP – 2015)
3. Boris – Riot Sugar (Heavy Rocks – 2011)
4. 1968 – Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
5. Obituary – Platonic Disease (Back From The Dead 1997)
6. Dinosaur Jr. – Watch The Corners (I Bet On Sky – 2012)
7. Richie Kotzen – Something To Say (Something To Say – 1997))
8. Raging Slab – Gracious (Sing Monkey Sing – 1996)
9. Jackson Browne – Sleep’s Dark And Silent Gate (The Pretender – 1976)
10. My Morning Jacket – I Needed It Most (At Dawn – 2001)
11. Daniel Lanois – Desert Rose (Belladonna – 2005)
12. Ulaan Khol – Sunset, 2am (Los Angeles EP – 2012)
13. King Creosote & John Hopkins – Your Own Spell (Diamond Mine – 2011)
14. Lucy Claire- Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon (Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon – 2016)
15. Elliot Smith – Stupidity Tries (Figure 8 – 2000)
16. Alice In Chains – Down In A Hole (Dirt – 1992)
17. Windhand – Hesperus (Grief’s Infernal Flower – 2015)
18. Alcest – Délivrance (Shelter – 2014)
19. Siberia* – She Is The Universe (Kaleidoscope – 2015)
20. We Shine Every Night – Guiding Hand (All Shall Rise, All Shall Prosper – 2017)

graybo.com


Ellie Parsons from Billericay Choral Society

Billericay Choral SocietyOn Tuesday 21st November, I was able to fill in for Michelle Ward on Eat My Brunch on Phoenix FM which gave me the chance to speak to Ellie Parsons, Musical Director with the Billericay Choral Society.

She popped into the studio to talk about their latest production- a wonderful version of Handel’s Messiah this coming Saturday the 25th November at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Great Burstead.

We spoke about her journey in becoming Musical Director with the choir, how often they meet and what goes on behind the scenes to make such a production happen.

You can listen to the conversation again here:

Ellie Parsons

You can find out more about the Billericay Choral society here, including upcoming productions and how to get involved and join here:
https://www.essexinfo.net/billericaychoral/

And where to find tickets for the production:
https://www.essexinfo.net/billericaychoral/next-concerts/

And you can find out more about Ellie here:
https://www.ellieparsons-soprano.co.uk


Jay Matharu – Musical Meanderings 16th November 2017

Jay MatharuAnother enjoyable Musical Meanderings and a great full circle moment as I have the pleasure of sharing a conversation with an artist who was my first ever interview on Phoenix FM.

Jay Matharu is a wonderful and accomplished guitarist and I first met him when he sent me a CD of one of his previous projects, Mahavira only two weeks after I had started Musical Meanderings. I remember recording the conversation by the canal in Camden after we arranged to meet.

Jay Matharu

Jay Matharu

His life has taken various turns since then, including a move to Sweden with his wife almost ten years ago. After finding some outlets for playing out there, he noticed that he had a lull in his creative output for himself. He then found a way of pushing out of it, which was then the path of creating his new, solo album- These Clouds Are So Undisciplined!

You will find out the process of how he did during the conversation, along with the origins of the album name and also how he was able to arrange the collaborations on the album with wonderful musicians, including Nili Brosh, Ponch Satrio and Andreas Boliden. I included the songs featuring them during the conversation.

Speaking to Jay then made it easy to organise the other music I played during the show as it allowed me to share some songs featuring some of my favourite rock and metal guitarists over the years, including Dinosaur Jr, Joe Satriani and Pallbearer. I also ‘book ended’ the show with a couple of post-rock songs from bands I’ve been playing over recent weeks as I spoke with Jay about enjoying a lot of artists in that genre- Sound Architects and I/O.

You can listen to it all again here:

You can listen to the interview on its own here:

Here is the playlist for 16th November 2017 (Including links to purchase where available)
1. Sound Architects – 1972 (In Time of Need – 2017)
2. Dinosaur Jr. – Get Me (Where You Been? – 1993)
3. Joe Satriani – I Believe (Flying In A Blue Dream – 1989)
4. Testament – The Legacy (Souls Of Black – 1990)
5. Marty Friedman – Saturation Point (Dragon’s Kiss – 1988)
6. PALLBEARER – Watcher In The Dark (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
7. Jay Matharu – Ascent (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
8. Jay Matharu – Illumination (feat. Ponch Satrio) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
9. Jay Matharu – Kaleidoscope (feat. Andreas Boliden) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
10. Jay Matharu – Breathe In, Breathe Out (feat. Nili Brosh) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
11. I/O – 60 – South (Anyone, Anywhere – 2017)

Jay Matharugraybo.com