Film Music


The James Bond and Perry Mason Themes

This post is about the James Bond theme, a tune which wallpapers most of our minds, it’s been with us for 60 years! Rick Beato breaks it down!

Click here to watch the video.

Rick Beato is a musician in the USA who has built up a big Youtube music channel.

He usually does two types of video: 1) Breaking down old hits’ musicality or production and finding out what makes them so good; and 2) Interviewing the people behind them.

You can find interviews with all the big names and many session musicians you didn’t know were on many of the songs you like.

Rick himself is an accomplished musician with a background in jazz and rock.

If you are into music and haven’t discovered Rick Beato yet I can wholeheartedly recommend him.

In this video he dissects the James Bond theme.

However, in my opinion Rick misses what I have always thought is one of the biggest influences on the James Bond theme – the Perry Mason theme. If you Youtube them, start with Perry Mason and then go onto James Bond. The tonal, style and chords are all similar. 

Click here for the Perry Mason Theme

Click here for Fred Steiner writer of the Perry Mason theme talking about how he came up with it.

Anyways that’s my two cents worth. And below is the best interpretation of the original Perry Mason theme I could find. If you can play – give it a go! It’s a challenge!!


Boom Radio

Boom Radio

Click to listen to Boom Radio now.

Boom Radio, set up in Feb 2021, is a new radio station catering for Baby Boomers because the founders felt Radio 2 was going for a younger audience leaving a gap in the market.

There are some well known names in their DJ roster like David Hamilton, Nicky Horne, Graham Dene and Kid Jensen! Remember him? Also Roger Day from the old pirate ships; and Jenny Hanley from TV and films. They play music from the 60s and 70s, with some a little older too.

You can listen to Boom on a DAB (digital) radio, smart speakers like Alexa; you can download their app to your phone or tablet “Boom Radio UK app”, you can listen on your PC or laptop and although it doesn’t have it’s own channel on Freeview TV it is listed on Channel 277 and you can switch it on there. Basically just about everywhere except FM radio.

Healthy Generations is hoping to hook up with Boom Radio. We run all those live and online exercise classes but maybe less well known because most of it takes place in care homes and day centres is we play loads of yes, Baby Boomer music, to Baby Boomers. Boom boom!

I (Peter Crockett) had never heard of Boom Radio until recommended by one of our users whose name I have forgotten. Forgive me! And send me an email again to remind me if you read this. Your name needs mentioning!

Music News

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck died Tuesday 10th January in hospital following a battle with meningitis.

He shot to fame in the 1960s with The Yardbirds playing alongside a young Jimmy Page, later of Led Zeppelin, and played on their hits before carving out a career of his own.

Considered one of the most influential guitarists of his generation, Beck’s solos earned him the moniker “the guitarist’s guitarist”.

You will probably know him best for “Hi Ho Silver Lining”. Listen to this great live version from 2003 on Jools Holland.

He was asked to join the Rolling Stones after Brian Jones died and had Rod Stewart in his band The Jeff Beck Group for a while.

My favourite album is from 1975 which he recorded with George Martin called “Blow By Blow”. Beck said of Martin, “To work with someone of that caliber … he gave me a career. I couldn’t wait to get to the studio every day.”


Music In Care Homes

Music In Care Homes

We are back with many of our partner organisations now lockdown has eased. We used to do a lot of music events – sing-a-longs, choirs, parties and tea dances and slowly but surely they are all coming back. And we are starting sessions in a lot of new places.

We have risk assessments that we adapt to each new venue if needed. We follow and regularly update all government guidelines.

Ring Sam Tomlinson our admin manager on 0798 114 2376 or send him a message

Meanwhile here is Marco Magnani at Care UK Muriel Street.