How Many Movies can They Remake?

 How Many Movies can They Remake? Recently I heard they were going to do a sequel of Mrs. Doubtfire.  I’m still shaking my head over that one.  Why would be the first question, especially with the death of the wonderful Robin Williams. It seems almost disrespectful to take the role he played and hand if off to someone else. How would be the next question.  Where can you go from the ending in the first?  Yet they are considering a...

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Masterpieces – Five Songs about Art

There was a bit of a fad for singing songs about film stars and artists back in the early seventies, and once or twice such songs burst onto the radio. As a kid I found this fascinating, even when the songs were a little bit saccharine. There was Elton’s Candle in the Wind, an ode to Marilyn Monroe  long before the late Lady Di got her posthumous hands on it. There was You’re So Vain, Carly Simon’s beautifully...

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The Endless River by Pink Floyd

The Endless River by Pink Floyd Every Christmas I’m given a surprise CD and this year it was Pink Floyd’s new album, which is called ‘The Endless River’. It was released late in October 2014 and quickly shot to number one in the charts around the world. The album was put together in Dave Gilmour’s amazing home studio on the river Thames just outside London. It has eighteen tracks, which are all instrumental, apart from the last track,...

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Movie Review: The Book Thief

Movie Review: The Book Thief Have I ever told you that neither I or my other half pay too much attention to movie ratings? I guess for many years we have and been so disappointed in what was considered 5 stars and enchanted with some that only rated 2 or 3…. The Book Thief is based on a novel written in French “La Voleuse de Livres” , and takes place in Germany before and during the Second World War. This movie though is unlike...

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The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys The word ‘fusion’ is something I’m familiar with when speaking of the arts. Belly dance is the platform with which I associate fusion. That’s no the only artistic arena in which fusion is possible, and I’m not thinking of cold fusion. The Piano Guys (TPG), with their exquisite blend of classical and contemporary music, is who I have in mind. I was first introduced to TPG just before the beginning of a meeting a few...

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Selling out – rock music in car advertising

Ever since I was a kid, and had an earful of Coca-cola’s hillside singers teaching the world to sing, I’ve been more than a little cynical about the use of music in advertising. A good song had great meaning and resonance and to use it in a commercial can seriously undermine the love and loyalty that the music has built up over the years. Take Renault’s use of Cream’s ‘I Feel Free’ to sell a...

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Ruby Ruby Ruby Rooobeee

Ruby Ruby Ruby Rooobeee Had a tune stuck in your head lately that you just cannot shift? For me, these past few days, it has been ‘Ruby’ by The Kaiser Chiefs. At Christmas while stuck in the queue at the supermarket, I was behind an elderly gentlemen that was whistling a tune familiar to me, yet I didn’t get it until hours later, and once I did, it was with me for days. It was Dean Martin’s ‘Everybody...

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Rogues Gallery – Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

I’ve always been one for the eclectic, off-beat and downright wild compilation albums. It’s all because I grew up with a transistor radio glued to my ear late at night; listening to the shows of British radio legend John Peel, making and sharing mixtapes and slowly becoming a curator of all kinds of musical styles. As a consequence I like a wide variety in my music. Sitting down to listen to an entire album by one artist...

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If you like Fleetwood Mac you’ll like… Haim

If you like Fleetwood Mac you’ll like… Haim In these days of TV talent show contestants hogging the airwaves one can be forgiven for getting the impression that teens are growing up ignorant of real music. But it’s also clear that playing a musical instrument hasn’t gone out of fashion. I think that we can thank our schools for this happy turn of events, and the growing amount of twenty-something musicians with...

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Why I Chose a Korg padKontrol MIDI Studio Controller & Drum Machine

Why I Chose a Korg padKontrol MIDI Studio Controller & Drum Machine I chose to buy a Korg padKontrol MIDI Studio Controller because it is made by Korg and they are a company that produce quality. I knew it would be an excellent device. I was looking for a drum machine that would make my life easier and I can say that I have found just that because this machine makes programming drum patterns into software easy. Here’s what I love...

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Happy Birthday Elvis! – A Precious Tribute to Elvis

 Happy Birthday Elvis! –A Precious Tribute to Elvis Ella Mae Sings “American Trilogy” We celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday today.  Born on the 8th of January in 1935, “The King of Rock and Roll’ lives on 80 years later. I can’t think of a better gift for Elvis and his fans than to share little Miss Ella singing “An American Trilogy.”  She’ll brighten your day, and no doubt, Elvis’ spirit must be looking upon her fondly.   Ella...

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Can Anyone Say SWOON!

Can Anyone Say SWOON! Having grown up on the early 60’s and 70’s bands, I can honestly say that one of my favorite singers had to be Elvis Presley. If I close my eyes, and listen to him sing “Love me tender, Love me true, all my dreams fulfilled” I still get that soft woozy feeling in the pit of my stomach and the soft sway of the music subtracts all the years that have since passed. I am a teenager again, and...

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Join Jaquo on Facebook

JAQUO Magazine on Facebook Join us! According to Alexa, Facebook is the second most popular website in the United States. Do you check Facebook every day? I know so many people who do. So by popular demand,we have started a Facebook page for your favourite lifestyle magazine. As every new article appears on the site, it will be posted to our Facebook page too – so you’ll never miss a single thing. Watch out for special...

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Review: The Legend of 1900

Review: The Legend of 1900 This is a film I have watched over and over again – and it’s due for another airing very soon. It’s the most wonderful story; both heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time. But if that sounds too maudlin, please don’t be put off. It’s immensely entertaining, hugely funny and has the most fabulous music. Our narrator throughout the film,and one of its leading...

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Bowling for Soup

Bowling for Soup ‘Bowling for Soup’ is an American rock band with a punk influence. They are from Texas. The band members are: Jaret Reddik lead vocalist and lead guitarist, Chris Burney who plays guitar and is a backing vocalist, Erik Chandler who plays bass guitar, and Gary Wiseman on drums. The guys met in high school where they eventually formed the band in 1986. Since then they have made 9 albums. They didn’t have much success at...

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