I had a dream that I was in a Toronto choir singing a David Bowie song, but the choir leader was David Byrne, who sang:”I, I wish you could swim Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim [Refrain] And nothing, nothing can keep us together We can beat them forever and ever. We can be heroes, just for one day.” Watch the earnestness on the faces of this choir (and Mr. Byrne – he’s fascinated by the process, n’est pas?):
And here’s the Choir Choir Choir! with Rick Astley in Toronto, singing Never Gonna Give You Up:
Here is Art Bergmann of Vancouver, with his late wife Sherri in Spain, singing Faithlessly Yours:
Guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck died recently (Jan. 10, 2023). Here he is playing with Stevie Wonder on Superstitious, one of my all-time favourite songs:
I was a fan of David Lindley, who died March 3, 2023. When he and his band, El Rayo X played The Town Pump in Gastown, I asked one of the record company reps if they could get me a backstage interview with Mr. Lindley. when the band took a break, the record rep escorted me up some stairs, and introduced me to the Man. I asked him: “What are remeos?” A: “Those black and red plaid slippers that are not quite velvet, maybe velvetine”:
And fabulous songwriter Burt Bacharach died last month:
I met Burt once. I went to interview his wife, Carol Bayer Sager – she wrote her first hit in high school, A Groovy Kind of LOve, with Toni Wine. It was recorded by the British invasion band The Mindbenders, whose version reached number 2 on the BillboardHot 100. This song was later recorded by Sonny & Cher, Petula Clark, and Phil Collins, whose rendition for the film Buster reached number one on both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100 in 1988.
Who are these two guys? And why are they on Tiny Desk?