John Martyn – Solid Air, AOTM May 2020

Once again I have the tremendous honour of contributing to the prestigious 'Album Of The Month' category here on Cedric's blog. You may recall from my post of May last year, I chose to discuss 'Fives Leaves Left', Nick Drake's debut album, which was my 'gateway drug'...

Monet, Portrait of Père Paul – Impressionist Triumph 1882

The Daily Art App, which I am now realising should be funding this blog, has once again thrown me an artistic morsel which I shall now chew on for your reading pleasure. Did you enjoy that mixed metaphor? I did not. Monet is one of the founders of the impressionist...

Gustav Mahler – Third Symphony in D Minor (What Mahler Tells us)

Note: I have made references throughout this blog to timings for certain highlighted moments (e.g 0:03 of track 1) – this is in relation to a recording of the work I will provide a link to below (follow along should you so desire).  Music has a long-running debate...

Nightclubbing, Grace Jones – Birthday Review

On Bank Holiday Weekend, I found myself mulling over what I should do to celebrate Grace Jones' birthday on May 19th. While out on a walk, the heavens opened and Matthew and I were drenched. I interpreted this as an omen. Walking in the Rain is the opening number on...

Hunting Birds at Night, Exquisite Insular Art – Jean François Millet

I came across Jean François Millet some weeks ago when my DailyArt app sent me The Gleaners, his 1897 masterpiece. I was so impressed by this that I dug a little deeper into the Millet catalogue and found Hunting Birds at Night, also known as Bird's Nesters. Jean...

The Martian – Otherworldly Epic

I think of the reviews I have read, the Guardian (shock, horror) summarises this film most appositely: Left for dead on the red planet following a scientifically anomalous but narratively necessary windstorm, botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon, giving Cast Away-era Tom...

The Bookworm – Carl Spitzweg, Prescient Art

A scholarly look through the Metaphysics section of one's library might not be the most prescient aspect of this wonderful painting, but I urge you to bear with me while I make up my mind on why I've chosen the above as a title to this post. Carl Spitzweg was a German...

Circus of Books – a Piece of Queer History

This documentary is about the story of a family business which changed queer history for ever. But more specifically, it about an adult store in West Hollywood. Circus of Books takes us through the back stories of various characters involved in the rise and ultimate...

Rush – Hemispheres, AOTM April 2020

For those who didn't know, Rush is comprised of official Canadians, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. Neil Pert recently, and very publicly, passed away. This lodged a little seedling into my mind that I absolutely had to dedicate one of the AOTMs to Rush....

Collect Your Father, a poem from the Before Times

With isolation comes reflection. It is perhaps a credit to my elevated state of happiness in recent months that I have not composed poetry as prolifically as before. But here is a poem for you which I composed while at a Todd Rundgren concert last year, when I was not...

Hello and welcome to CEDRIC SUGGESTS, specially designed for those of us who are partial to a slice or three of The Culinary Arts…

But Nota Bene Dear Reader: this blog is NOT limited to my recipe and restaurant ramblings alone! I shall also take it upon myself to decribe my various other encounters and experiences in this wonderful world we all share. Expect recommendations of excellent service received, for example, and lively discussions on a variety of exhilerating sublects like as Fashion, Art, Education, Religion and Fitness my word. Not forgetting my regular Favourite Albums of the Month / Year feature. Are you ready? Then enter Freunde, Étranger, Stranger…

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John Martyn – Solid Air, AOTM May 2020

Once again I have the tremendous honour of contributing to the prestigious 'Album Of The Month' category here on Cedric's blog. You may recall from my post of May last year, I chose to discuss 'Fives Leaves Left', Nick Drake's debut album, which was my 'gateway drug'...

The Martian – Otherworldly Epic

I think of the reviews I have read, the Guardian (shock, horror) summarises this film most appositely: Left for dead on the red planet following a scientifically anomalous but narratively necessary windstorm, botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon, giving Cast Away-era Tom...

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