Readers of NQ might recall a previous Youtube video of mine called “The Cultural Revolution Starts Here”. I have used some of the themes I mentioned in that video in a play I have just completed.
I believe that a society’s musical soundtrack is a good indicator of its cultural health. While a lot of good and exciting music can still be heard in some of the better movies, I am depressed by the banality of most of the music being pumped out by radio stations and also on Broadway. Its [...]
First, let me wish NQ readers a happy Fourth of July, or whatever it is you wish Americans at this time. Personally, I think Americans may have missed out on a lot of things by breaking away from British rule (like being able to sing “Rule Britannia” at the Last Night of The Proms, but [...]
As I say in this video, my latest project – another attempt to spread culture among the masses and save western civilization – has been a real labour of love. As regular viewers of my Youtube channel will know, I regard Mozart as the greatest composer ever. But while I love a lot of his [...]
Since my last stab at a Gilbert and Sullivan pastiche – “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Intellectual” – seemed to have been enjoyed by a lot of people here on NQ and on my Youtube channel, I thought I would share one of my latest efforts. This time there is no video [...]
This video explains why I haven’t uploaded many videos lately. It is the first in a three-part series that tells of a musical I have been working on, which I hope will at least provide some entertainment for my friends on No Quater and on my Youtube channel.
Here’s one for the feminists. It’s another tongue-in-cheek song from my musical $ucce$$! (now seeking a Broadway home). The song is sung by an Irish-Latino character named Juanita Fitzgerald. The lyrics are as follows:
I wrote the song in this video for a musical called “SUCCESS!” (which I recently revised and which is currently looking for a Broadway home). It occurred to me that the observations in this song could be applied to a lot of the people and situations discussed here since the start of the elections. Part [...]
As I say in the video, it seems to me that many, if not most people tend to live their lives on the surface, hiding their true natures from the world so as to present a facade of normality, whatever the concept of normality happens to be at the time and in the circumstances of [...]
This recording was apparently unearthed in Australia. Written in 1915, with words by Thomas Hoier and music by Jimmie Morgan, it was recorded in 1929, the year that saw the start of the Great Depression. It raises some interesting questions, particularly for someone like me who arrived on these shores rather late in life. One [...]
Just as the world can be divided into those who prefer Mozart to Bach and those who don’t, so the world can be divided into those who prefer F. Scott Fitzgerald over Ernest Hemingway and those who don’t. In my series on the great composers, I found that some of those who preferred Bach over [...]
In my new video I look at the way the Emperor’s Clothing Syndrome has dominated the arts and humanities over the past half century, with the help of academic practitioners looking for theories to build on, trying to carve out some academic territory for themselves and becoming the high priests or priestesses of their chosen [...]
For those of you who may not be aware of the fact, Thomas Malthus was the Chicken Little of economics and the guy who created the concept of the “Malthusian Catastrophe”, with his predictions that the world would soon run out of food and other resources because of the rapid growth in the world’s population. [...]
In my last video – the penultimate in the composer series – I look at some of the other composers who were considered for the list of the top ten composers who ever lived, but who didn’t make it – and why.
Finally we come to the number one spot in the series on the greatest composers of all time. There will be seven additional videos on this composer presented on my Youtube channel over the next two weeks – six devoted to his “Greatest Hits” and one to his Requiem.
As many people guessed, the composer at number 2 in the list of the greatest composers of all time is Ludwig von Beethoven.
Yes, it’s the news about who is at number three in the list of the Top Ten Composers of All Time.
My new video names one of the most important composers who ever lived, even though he is only ranked at number four in the list of the top ten greatest composers ever. Maybe he deserved a higher ranking. But the music of the composer at number three is more widely known. It was a tough [...]
The Christmas to New Year period can be the loneliest time of the year for those not celebrating with family or friends, or who are stuck in the rut of depression. There are many more lonely people out there than most of us can imagine, and in the current economic climate there is no doubt [...]
By sheer chance, the composer who makes his debut at number five in the list of the Top Ten Composers Ever is someone whose name is synonymous with Christmas. This time I am simultaneously uploading another video of his greatest hits on my Youtube channel, so that everyone can enjoy his music over the Christmas [...]