Sorry my dearest blogettes/blogowers/blogions…I do still exist…
2 complete extremes this week.
(1) Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall
(2) Bad Ass Brass at Ronnie Scotts
TCT are incredible. They GET teenagers. (In preparation for the rest of the time you spend reading this, presuming you’re not just skimming for rude words, I’m going to desperately try to avoid quoting Britney Spears’ famous track featured in the film Crossroads…)
TCT provide specialist essential services for teenagers. http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/what-we-do/specialist-services/ I remember when I was in hospital for 4 days with appendicitis and I was 13. I was on the cusp of adult ward, but they let me stay in the kids ward with Mr Bean VHS and fun food. A feeble comparison, but I remember thinking ‘what if I had been a bit older?’ The services that TCT provide allow teenagers to just be teenagers. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?
I was fortunate enough to be involved with the workshops at the Royal Albert Hall last week. Incredible teenagers and all of their friends/loved ones from around the country came to write songs with the team – and then perform them to the Hall staff/special guests. I guess there’s a danger of sounding quite preachy, but this team, the Education team at the Hall and the TCT team are incredible. It takes a lot to be great. It takes more to guide others to achieve their greatness. The strength of all of the teenagers and their friends is inspirational, but equally as important, their musical talent and ideas are amazing. I forget that behind ‘typical teenager front’ is a massive ball pool of fresh ideas!
The songs that were written were honestly moving. They’ll be on this website soon… http://jimmyteens.tv/
Bad Ass Brass + TJ Johnson @ Ronnies = quality.
Upbeat and dingy and bumpy and dancey and happy and loud and smooth and full of red wine and cheese. It did need a thick layer of fag smoke but at least we saved our lungs, if not our livers…
The reasons you should see Bad Ass Brass are threefold:
UNE Reworking of classics to translate in an 8 piece brass ensemble = asty wall of sound
ZWEI They call themselves Naughty Donkey Brass when doing education work. LMAO LOL ROFL etc
C SOUSAPHONE. Nuff said.