They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson produced and directed this World War I documentary, comprised of period footage from the BBC archives, remarkably restored and enhanced using multiple technologies.

“They Shall Not Grow Old” is being screened in select US theaters for two nights only: December 17 and December 27.

Find locations and purchase tickets at Fathom Events.

Pete Shelley (1955 – 2018)

In memory of Peter Campbell McNeish
(17 April 1955 – 06 December 2018)

Please Hold

I think it reasonable to assume that everyone has, at some point, been placed on hold while attempting to contact a place of business, corporation, government office, nonprofit, etc. And during that time spent in telephony purgatory, callers typically endure endless loops of annoying messages, intolerable muzak, or a combination of both. However, depending on where you’re calling, you may have heard this pleasant, if not mesmerizing instrumental:

Over many years, I have frequently enjoyed that relaxing tune while spending countless hours on hold with customer service reps at various companies. I’ve often wondered what the track is and who produced it; however, it wasn’t until hearing it again today (while on hold, of course) that I made an effort to search it out.

The track is titled “Opus No. 1” and was composed and recorded by Tim Carleton and Darrick Deel in 1989 (sounds a bit reminiscent of Jan Hammer’s work for “Miami Vice”). Nothing came of the tune until a decade later when Deel, then in the employ of Cisco, seized on an opportunity to use “Opus No. 1” as the default hold music for the company’s new IP phone system.

And it seems that I’m not alone in my appreciation for Carleton and Deel’s ‘hit’—there are multiple postings of “Opus No. 1” under varied names on YouTube, accompanied by hundreds of comments.

Thanks for holding.

The Boy And The Piano

Given that I’m anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, and even anti-Christmas (yeah, yeah – bah humbug), it is undeniably hypocritical of me to post the new John Lewis Christmas advert on Black Friday.

However… it’s pretty darn good.

Talking Turkey

Our world is changing. Our traditions should change too.

Harley Quinn and Kevin Smith are breaking the chain of unhealthy and unsustainable holiday traditions and putting the emphasis on love and compassion. Adopt a turkey rather than eating one.

Learn more at


People Are People

Martin Gore has said that he regrets “People Are People” because of its obvious lyrical message, and has described the tune as “too nice, too commercial”; consequently, Depeche Mode has not played the song live since 1988.

Gore should put his artistic ego aside and once again recognize and perform “People Are People”—it is an egalitarian anthem greatly needed for our deeply divided world.

People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

So we’re different colours and we’re different creeds
And different people have different needs
It’s obvious you hate me though I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ve never even met you so what could I have done?

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand

People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

Help me understand

Now you’re punching and you’re kicking and you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency
So far it hasn’t surfaced, but I’m sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel from your head to your fists

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)

The Big Bamboozle

Barry Adamson
“The Big Bamboozle EP”
1995 Mute Records Limited (UK)

01 The Big Bamboozle | 03:40
02 007, A Fantasy Bond Theme (Dance Version) | 04:37
03 Busted (Michaelangelo Version) | 05:45
04 Dead Heat | 04:50

Released 26 October is “Memento Mori”, an anthology chronicling the 40-year career of Barry Adamson. The Mancunian native played with Magazine, Visage, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, and others before commencing a solo career in 1988. Adamson’s compositions incorporate elements of soundtracks, jazz, soul, funk, dub, and other styles, often blended with contemporary electronics. Issued in 1995, “The Big Bamboozle EP” includes material from various releases, serving as a mini sampler of Adamson’s oeuvre; digitally exclusive to the CD is the ‘Dance Version’ of “007, A Fantasy Bond Theme.”

Moby “Falling Rain And Light”

A Moment Of Silence

The Day The Music Died

Longtime followers of the MOD blog may recall this delightful diatribe from three years ago: In Memory Of Music

So today, 23 October 2018, marks the unofficial 20th anniversary of music’s demise. Let us all observe a moment of silence…