I’ve been listening to this a lot because it reminds me both of my current circumstances as a quarantine senior, and the skating novel I just finished(!), where someone uses this as part of a gala program.
The ABC Classics FM annual Top 100, a countdown voted for by listeners. This years it's Beethoven, all Beethoven (well, he did win favourite composer last year). Currently it's the Leonora No 3 - unfortunately, my lifetime of listening to classical musical comedy means that it keeps turning in my head into something from the Hoffnung concerts
Tomorrow when the countdown continues towards no 1, there are gonna be a LOT of symphonies....
Unfortunately, we have returned to the obituaries.
Steve Priest, the bassist with The Sweet, died on Thursday.
Choosing a song to post as a tribute was very hard, because I love so many Sweet songs. But in the end, I went for my favourite Sweet song. Not because it is my favourite, but because Steve has prominant parts in it - not only does he sing a lot of the most iconic lines of the song, but he is even mentioned in the opening line!
More bad news, I'm afraid. Bonnie Pointer from the Pointer Sisters has died.
Bonnie's death means that the original line-up of the group, made up of the two younger sisters, have now left for the big stage in the sky. Youngest sister June died in 2006. Older sisters Anita and Ruth would later join the group to make it a trio and then a quartet.
Bonnie left the group in 1977, before the Pointer Sisters released the songs I am most familiar with ("Jump" and "I'm So Excited"). However, she was a co-writer of the following song with Anita (who sings the lead vocals), which won the group their first Grammy Award: