Friday, 26 December 2014

I AIN'T FINISHED YET !




VERY NEARLY eight months have passed since I inadvertently featured that 1932 recording containing the "N-word" during the April 27, 2014 edition of my “Swingers & Singers” BBC radio production. That unfortunate episode was followed on May 4, by what was to prove to be my last radio show. However, I’m STILL receiving e-mails, letters and cards from former listeners, and from all over the world.




 Mail on Sunday May 11, 2014

Indeed, since the beginning of December, I’ve received quite a few Christmas cards, and dozens of e-mails from one-time listeners to my radio shows, all of whom have sent me warm Season’s Greetings, and all of whom have used one simple phrase … “we miss you”.


 Just a Few of the Christmas Cards from Former Listeners


To illustrate the above point, here’s a copy of an e-mail I received on Christmas Day, from Canada:-

“Hello David   My wife and I hope you and yours are well.  Every time we play some of the 1920s and 1930s British and American dance music I have collected from YouTube and other internet sources over the last year, I have you to thank for introducing us to that wonderful era in music.

Our love affair began in the autumn of 2013 when we were listening to BBC Radio Devon online one Sunday morning here in eastern Canada and you were running a programme in honour of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hoagy Carmichael.  A few of the pieces particularly caught our ear – “Keep An Eye On Your Heart” by Victor Silvester and “Rockin' Chair” by The Swingtette.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I started to look for more Victor Silvester on YouTube … which led me to Jack Hylton (my favourite bandleader from back then) … which led me to Al Bowlly … which led me to Leo Reisman ... which led me to Mrs Jack Hylton … which … well you get what I mean.  Now we have hundreds of songs from that era burned to disc.  We listen to them all the time and to our ears, they never grow stale.

So David, thank you for opening-up a whole new musical vista in our life. We really miss your show.  We found out what happened one morning when I went to Radio Devon online to listen to Swingers & Singers and it was not there! After a little digging I discovered the story behind it all.  A cryin' shame it was.  You were, and still are, missed by many of your faithful listeners.  You were kind enough to play requests that people sent in. I'm sure they were thrilled to hear 'their song' on the radio.  Many kudos to you David and thanks again.

Kindest Regards and Happy Christmas”

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My reply to the above email will go some way to filling in a few gaps, and bringing this Blog bang up to date:-






“Many thanks for your Christmas Greetings and good wishes, and thank you for your very kind comments ... much appreciated ... it's nice to know I'm remembered with such affection.

I'm pleased to report I'm keeping reasonably fit and well, despite my on-going Dystonic Tremor disability symptoms which slowly continue to increase in severity year on year. Contrary to many UK media reports in May of this year, however, Dystonic Tremor is not a "stress-related" condition: it's a progressive neurological condition just like Parkinson's, MS and Motor Neurone Disease, and it's here to stay.

Having said that, I'm much luckier than some because I am still able to walk properly, and my voice is holding-up nicely, thank goodness.

Okay, having set that particular record straight, there’s one other newspaper headline I’d like to correct. Please note: I never did say "I'll never work again" as reported in at least one UK national daily on May 11, 2014. On the contrary, on May 16 (just five days after that newspaper headline was published) I received some very good news that, not only acted as a timely tonic, but also aided, in no small measure, a speedy recovery from the shock of having my 32 year radio career terminated.



That 'very good news' sent me away to Cardiff from May 25 to June 6, 2014 inclusive. There, I took part in the filming of an episode of "Casualty" for BBC 1 TV ... my first TV role since 1997 ... which was transmitted on October 18, 2014. Under my stage and pen name of Lewis Adler, I played a disabled man called Timothy Blake (see the stills above and below), and I'm pleased to report my performance was extremely well received. I've pasted a link below which will take you to a very nice review of the programme and my role in it. Hopefully, my on-screen efforts will open-up a few more TV and film opportunities for me over the next year or so. For now, though, it's que sera, sera time.






In the meantime, I'm "resting" as they say in the business but, given my Dystonic Tremor symptoms, I won't be waiting at tables any time soon.




So, as you can probably guess, 2014 hasn't been a bad year for me after all. In fact, it has been really quite eventful one way and another. My hope is the events of 2014 will, in due course, prove to be one of those remarkable but all-too-rare "one door closing and another door opening" moments in my life ... fingers crossed. Time alone will tell.




Meanwhile, I wish you a very happy post-Christmas season and a trouble-free 2015 to follow.

Warmest Best Wishes”

And here’s a postscript I added to the above message…

PS: try to check-out Angel Radio sometime. I think you'll find they play your kind of music every day and night. Here's a link ... http://angelradio.co.uk/





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So, there you have it folks: a very brief retrospective of my 2014. The only activities I haven't mentioned so far are my literary pursuits. Under my birth name of David Lowe I continue to write a column on UK pensioners issues for the monthly provincial newspaper the Torbay Times, while my e-books "Redeeming Factor" and "Maisie Pops" (both published under my stage and pen name of Lewis Adler) continue to sell worldwide ... especially "Maisie Pops".




All in all, I guess you could say I haven't been idle in 2014...

In fact, I’m still a’walkin’, a-talkin’ and a-writin’ … and … I ain’t finished yet!

Here's to a creative 2015

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NOTES: You can follow my Lewis Adler TV, film and literary activities on Twitter and LinkedIn (see the links below) or you can e-mail me at lewis.adler@btinternet.com

My agent is Louise Dyson at VisABLE People … www.visablepeople.com

https://twitter.com/LewisAdler
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/lewis-adler/a2/a45/331

Monday, 21 July 2014

UPDATE No. 1




MANY THANKS to all of you who've been private messaging and emailing me to ask how I am keeping and what mischief I'm getting-up to now I'm a full-time pensioner. Well, first things first, I'm in pretty good shape, despite the on-going, ever-deteriorating, pesky Dystonic Tremor symptoms.
Nevertheless, I'm still walkin' and a-talkin', so I ain't finished yet!

Secondly, if I have anything to do with it, I'm only a full-time pensioner for a little while longer, so watch this space later in the year. Until then, I guess it's more pottering around in the garden (weather permitting), plus more work on the sequel to my e-book "Redeeming Factor" (14 chapters and counting), and catching-up with some of my favourite music from the 1960s-1980s.

Talking of which, I've just taken delivery of three CDs ... Neil Diamond "12 Greatest Hits Vol II" (pictured above) including "Hello Again", the very first track I played on BBC radio in 1981 ~ Joni Mitchell "Blue" including the haunting "A Case of You", and the long-awaited Atlanta Rhythm Section collection "Underdog".

In fact "Underdog" includes a very special track that should be adopted by ALL my fellow musicians ... especially guitar players. The title is "My Song" and I've been searching for it on Spotify on-and-off for weeks, without success. So, in the end, it was buy the CD or bust ... see the CD cover below.


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

THE MAILMAN COMETH ... AGAIN !




MORE than one month on from my mega-blooper on BBC radio, and I'm still receiving letters and cards of support from listeners. This little lot arrived this morning (June 18) via the BBC's Plymouth studios. Firstly, my thanks to the Beeb for forwarding the mail on to me, and a great BIG thank you yet again to everyone who has been in-touch (electronically and otherwise) over the past few weeks: your good wishes and kind words have been a very much appreciated tonic!



Friday, 23 May 2014

ALL HAIL ROYAL MAIL !




SOME of the good luck and get well cards and letters I've received from all of the UK over the past week or two, and still they keep coming.

In fact, most of them have been addressed "David Lowe, ex-BBC presenter, Torquay" or similar and still they've got to me!

Well done Royal Mail, and another BIG thank you to all of you who've sent messages of support electronically or otherwise. I'm feeling ok in myself, but the pesky Dystonic Tremor symptoms are still rather troublesome. Nevertheless, your good wishes are a much appreciated tonic.

Many thanks again.

Best wishes one and all

David

Another tonic: a recent visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Saturday, 17 May 2014

ANOTHER BIG THANK YOU




Hello again folks! Apologies for the Blog silence from me since last Tuesday (May 13).

No kidding, I've been away for a very timely, pre-booked few days in Cornwall, which took-in visits to the Eden Project (pictured above) and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Thankfully, strolling through the woodlands, and among the plant and wildlife, made for a comparatively restful and peaceful break from the manic few days that preceded it. The gloriously sunny and warm weather was very welcome too.

On my return home yesterday evening (Friday May 16), I was greeted by thousands more supportive messages from all over the world. It's a massive understatement to say I'm truly staggered by the response.

Many, many thanks to you all, especially those of you who've expressed your concerns over my health issues. Rest assured, I'm feeling okay in myself: it's just the pesky Dystonic Tremor symptoms in my hands, arms and head that have been badly affected.

My job now is to try and get those symptoms back to their more manageable pre-Easter levels, and that's going to take time. Thank you again for your messages of support. I just wish I could reply to you all individually.

Kind Regards
David


I guess I'll be pottering in the garden a bit more from now on...


Monday, 12 May 2014

A HEARTFELT THANK YOU




UTTERLY OVERWHELMED! I just wanted to say a very BIG thank you to each and every one of you who’ve posted comments of support here on my Blog and elsewhere over the past few days. As you can probably imagine, the past couple of days especially have been absolutely manic. Yesterday (Sunday May 11), I lost count of the number of times my BT 'phone and mobile were ringing simultaneously. I wish I could respond to all of you individually, but I've also received several hundred supportive emails from all over the world, and this Blog took more than 10,000 hits on Friday alone. I'm sure you will undertsand that it's probably going to be impossible for me to respond individually to all the good wishes I've received, so I hope my heartfelt thank you here will suffice for now.

Before closing, I must set one record straight. I'm partially disabled by Dystonic Tremor ... one of the Dystonia range of conditions. Dystonia is NOT "a stress condition" as widely reported in the news. On the contrary, it is a neurological condition and like all neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease, MS, etc) it reacts very badly indeed to unexpected periods of stress. That's where I've been over the past couple of weeks, so I now have quite a recovery curve to tackle. It's going to take time, but I know I'll have all your kind comments and good wishes to help me along the way. Thank you again! My kind regards to you all. David



Saturday, 10 May 2014

AND FINALLY, FINALLY....




MY HEARTFELT thanks to all of you, not only here on the Blog, but also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for your support and kind words over the past 24 hours or so.

The BBC have, this evening (Saturday May 9, 2014), magnanimously asked me to return to my former Sunday evening programme slot, but I have respectfully declined their offer.

Let me explain why. As some of you will know, I am partially disabled by Dystonic Tremor: a condition rooted in the central nervous system. To put it mildly, these past two weeks have played havoc with my tremor symptoms, and it's going to take quite some time for me to get back to where I was before this "N-word" issue blew-up ... if I ever do.

I feel sure, therefore, most of you will understand that I now need to focus on recovering, as best I can, the limited dexterity I enjoyed before this regrettable episode began.

Thank you again for your support. With my sincere best wishes ... David