From the moment Tosh refuses to fill in his assessment form and serenades us with a remarkably good Sinatra song, this documentary grabs life through song. Six hospice patients allow us into tender, vulnerable and funny moments of their lives. Singing unlocks the patients' pasts, guides their dreams and their futures. Encouraged by one nurse who loves to sing, and a collaborative filming process, they wrestle with the new insecurity facing us all: recent advances in biomedicine mean we can now live for years rather than months after a terminal diagnosis. Sometimes. But not every time. How do we cope with this uncertainty? Strathcarron's patients are quirky, wry front-runners in a journey that we will all face. Each patient deals with enormous change during the three years of filming.
Eva Schubert is a singer and songwriter based in Vancouver, Canada. Inspired by jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone, blues icons like Etta James, and — perhaps improbably — Leonard Cohen, she writes in a diverse range of styles. “Songs for a Ladies’ Man” is her first album, full of songs with a classic jazz appeal.
To achieve this recorded trilogy of works by Scots composer Thea Musgrave, NMC has pulled together various recordings from separate BBC Proms seasons. The earliest dates from 1998, and a performance by Lisa Milne and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä of Songs for a Winter's Evening, written in 1995 in response to a joint commission by the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and Burns International Festival. Milne weaves the warm, lyrical lines of these ……[4 STARS] Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 7/13/2009