In these difficult times it's sometimes hard not to get dragged into the morass of awfulness that surrounds us.
Luckily we have music and this morning my spirits were lifted by a video posted to Facebook. It was of The Staves
singing "America' backstage. The harmonies are drop dead gorgeous - they are 3 very talented sisters.
Two other talented siblings are the Secret Sisters and I learned this week that their father is the bass player in the bluegrass
band Iron Horse who play very convincing versions of rock songs by band like Led Zeppelin, Metallica and GunsN'Roses.
Also this week the film 'I Saw The Light' made it onto the TV. Other in the family complained when I tried to watch it, and with
some justification. Tom Hiddleston, who had received a significant amount of coaching from Rodney Crowell, made a pretty good fist of capturing
the essence of the singing and stage presence of Hank Williams, but was less convincing in the non-singing elements. At times I thought the
pace was turgid and, Hiddleston aside, I felt the film was inferior to "Your Cheating Heart' in which George Hamilton portrayed Hank.
Apart from the farce at the dreadful Oscars (with PwC proving themselves as flawed at handling envelopes as audits), the other big news item
I picked up was the death of a major character in "Nashville'. (Naturally I will not reveal the name.) This has thrown social media into a
spin and fans have been wailing and crying to such an extent that I wonder if some of them can distinguish between truth and fiction.
It's a shame that the gentle wit of the late Terry Wogan is no longer available to us. Back in the day he got stuck into "Dallas" and I feel he would
have had a lot of fun with Juliette Barnes et al.
There seems to be a fair amount of decent new releases pending but no sign of an Emmylou 70th birthday album.
Gig wise I'm looking forward to Edwina Hayes in a few days - I haven't seen her for a while.