Thursday, 28 February 2019

André Previn - d. February 28th 2019

St Cecilia will be there,
Toscanini at her shoulder.
Grieg is waiting too, to 
grab you by the lapels,
slap your cheeks, saying
What kept you, sunshine?

read about André Previn here

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Mark Hollis - d. February 2019

In a future Eden,
lit by a music
made of space,
I will find you,
garland you with
grass, tell how
I’ve seen genius
for myself.

Read about Mark Hollis here

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Peter Tork - d. February 21st 2019

I write the bass line
to your bubblegum meditation.
It tells, for Pete’s sake,
how, in that generation,
you made the world shine.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Gordon Banks - d. February 12th 2019

The sun's a ball,
the pitch a universe.
Posts, left and right,
distant galaxies.
You dive, full stretch, 
over and over. Saved!
And even angels, weary 
of miracles, cannot believe
the action replay.

Read about Gordon Banks here

Friday, 8 February 2019

Albert Finney - d. February 8th 2019

It's unhappy hour
in our Salford boozer:
sit down, angry man,
detective, gangster, 
ghillie. We'll have one for 
the road. Make that two.

Read about Albert Finney here

Monday, 4 February 2019

Julie Adams - d. February 3rd 2019

No creature could lay
a claw upon you: instead,
it is time's lagoon
that claims you,
drags you to the place
from which none return.

Read about Julie Adams here

Friday, 1 February 2019

Jeremy Hardy - d. February 1st 2019

I am tuned to stations
of you: the droll motions
you set before the nation,
regardless of fad or fashion,
red in tooth, and emotion,
way off-key, but with a passion.

Read about Jeremy Hardy here