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**Tue 06 Jan 15**
DO WE LIKE THE BASS ?! - NEW TRACKS
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Ha ! Do we like the bass ?! Recording a new track that might just become a marching song for Common Decency !

Playing bass

Working on tracking this new song with the brilliant Kerry Ellis - it's been too long ...

Brian and Kerry

Bri

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**Tue 06 Jan 15**
NO EXCUSE FOR BLOOD HUNTING

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Better say this 1 more time.

There is NO EXCUSE for Blood Hunting. Along with bear baiting and witch burning, has no place in civilisation.

Bri

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**Mon 05 Jan 15**
THAT LITTLE ENDING SEQUENCE, A QUIRK OF MINE
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[Brian was asked about trademark chord sequence at ends of songs - "use of the E flat chord after the G before the rousing finale [God Save The Queen, Buckingham Palace roof].... the end of Too Much Love - and there are comparisons between that and D going to B flat (One Vision, Great Pretender etc...)" [see LETTERS]:

Yes, that little ending sequence is a quirk of mine, I suppose. Maybe it comes from a reluctance to let things go! You're right, it was me who put it into One Vision. And a few other things besides. But I didn't invent it. Well, I suppose I invented my own special version of it, but it certainly goes back quite a long way in essence. If you listen to The Beatles' song "With A Little Help From My Friends", you'll hear something very similar - and actually I think McCartney has it written in his Genes too - because the end of the song proper in "Hello Goodbye" has the same feature. That's before they start the "Hey-La Hey Lo Ha" coda section.

I think there must be lots of other examples, but at the moment I can't think of many other rock groups who use it. Actually I can't think of any!

I have a strong suspicion that we all heard something like it in our youth, maybe from Tchaikovsky or Saint-Sans ... Or the Temperance Seven !

Well - there's a nice subject for a dissertation ! Ha ha ! Actually, it's my belief that there is nothing truly new under the sun. We all grow up listening and the things we hear influence the things we say for the rest of our lives. But hopefully we do a little bit of processing to assemble old concepts into new, and there is perhaps a little progress along the way.

Freddie's song keys? Yes, that's an interesting subject, and I wish I had talked to him more about it. Or maybe I wish that I could remember what we said.

One thing is certain. His fingers naturally fell on those E-flat and B-flat and F chords, and he liked the sound of it. For me it was a curse and a blessing, of course. Those keys are hard to play along with on the guitar, but it immediately made me look for new chord shapes and unusual use of the open strings, so it was part of the process that led me into developing my own way of doing things, which became distinctive. There are quite a few other things in there as well, such as Freddie's use of diminished chords and their relatives, which also call for a new approach if you're going to make them sound meaty on a guitar.

Cheers

Bri

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**Mon 05 Jan 15**
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT

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This one [Brian Talks] is innocuous … not controversial … but it’s the first one filmed against a moving background - filmed with an Phone on a shellfire stick. And it gives a glimpse behind the Queen scenes. I wonder if that’s what folks would like to see more of ? It was the night BEFORE New Year’s Eve. Yes, before I had a shave !!! I deliberately din’t put it up at the time, because I din’t want to give away anything of the production. Lord knows there are few enough surprises these days !

Bri

Transcript of Video:

BT - Behind the Scenes at the New Year's Eve Concert

BRIAN TALKS #5 - Behind the Scenes at the New Year's Eve Concert - http://youtu.be/LRr6O-2i_Rg
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**Mon 05 Jan 15**
FEEDBACK ON COMMON DECENCY
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Dear Folks ….

… and right now I mean you guys who diligently interact with me on the Soapbox. But I’d like to include all of you also who have left great comments on “Brian Talks" on my new Video Channel, and my Twitter buddies, who are becoming pretty vociferous !

Although it’s 3am, and I need to recharge, I had to make a start on responding tonight. The comments you’ve given me in your feedback messages on COMMON DECENCY are amazingly inspiring. Thanks so much. There is much here that will inform the journey I feel I have to make, and with your support I feel I can make it - I feel WE can make it. It’s a journey a lot of people would probably call Quixotic, or just plain naive daydreaming. But for some reason I feel a strange confidence - it’s almost as if I can see a plan unfolding in front of me - see the future rising up in the mists.

Now ! All I did was throw a few hints out on 'Brian Talks’ - in preparation for launching this idea - but it’s made a big splash a lot quicker than I dared to expect.

OK. Some of you have said, quite rightly, that I need to get a lot more specific about what I mean by Common Decency. This I will do, and we’ll be ready to press this button pretty soon. I need the web site and the machinery that goes with it to be ready before I start asking people to do things. But I can tell you now that what I’m shooting for is a completely reformed House of Commons. A house in which the MPs vote purely according to their conscience and the will of their constituents. You might say, "Isn’t that what happens already ?" Well, having spent the last two or three years in and out of those buildings, lobbying and making friends, I’d say definitively … on the whole, NO. Are you shocked ? There are a bunch of reasons why this is so, which I’d like to discuss later … and I believe those reasons are at the centre of the dark depressing hole which our supposed democracy has slid into. The House of Lords is another story, but I believe that will be sortable if we get the Commons right.

And out here, in the land of ‘ordinary' people, how many times do I hear “I hate the way politicians behave - I don’t know WHO I could vote for this time. I want things to change, but … my vote won’t make any difference - so I probably won’t bother.”

I hear it constantly - and that’s the way I felt, too, until recently. I now believe that, ironically probably because of the very mess the major parties have got us into over the last 25 years or so, the opportunity is now there for the common man to seize the opportunity to sweep it all away. By coming together to form a community united by a simple concept: COMMON DECENCY. And this is how we will end the intolerable unfairness which riddles our country. This is not a new political party - it’s a badge - a kitemark - a pledge.

I believe there ARE good people currently in Parliament, of all political colours, MPs that deserve to be returned in the next election. But there also many people in there dedicated to hanging on to old unfairnesses, powered by selfishness and vested interests, and this element is what needs to be thrown out with the dirty washing. We need an assembly of altruistic, morally decent, non-career-minded individuals who will not be influenced by personal gain or the colour of their tie as they approach the ballot box.

Big words ? Impossible dreams ? Maybe … but in the next few weeks I want to put all the cards I have on the table, and you can decide.

Here’s to a new beginning in 2015.

Bri

Wanna be a revolutionary ? Want further reading? My recommendation ? Whether you like him or not, read Russell Brand, and watch his Trews vids. Read Owen Jones. Read George Montbiot. Read Lesley Docksey. Read And look at that Charlie Brooker review about deliberately induced confusion that I tweeted today. Check out Marcus Chown’s tweets. And join me on … Brian Talks.

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**Sun 04 Jan 15**
WORTH 8 MINS - AND - INDUCED DEFEATISM
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WORTH 8 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME

THIS IS WORTH 8 mins of your time today. I promise.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=846072962111323

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INDUCED DEFEATISM

They are screwing with our minds - YOU NEED TO SEE THIS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04w7ytd/charlie-brookers-2014-wipe

See the section 27m36s to 33m 42s

Bri

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**Sun 04 Jan 15**
LAUNCHING THE STEREOSCOPY SECTION
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Still baby steps, but thanks for the support and the great feedback. I'm listening.

Bri

TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO:

Brian Talks - Episode 4

BRIAN TALKS #4 - Launching the Stereoscopy section - http://youtu.be/Sa-LQfWIWfg
VISIT BM STEREOSCOPY section
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BRIAN MAY STEREOSCOPY #1 - An Introduction

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HERE

Stereoscopy and The Owl London Stereoscopic Company

BRIAN MAY STEREOSCOPY #1 - An Introduction - http://youtu.be/dDYfEM03abA
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London Stereoscopic Company

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**Sun 04 Jan 15**
COMMON DECENCY
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Hi

Here's Episode 3 Brian Talks. And THANKS for spreading the word.

OK - If you guys get me 10,000 subscribers by next week I promise to play some guitar on Brian Talks - OK? Deal?

Bri

TRANSCRIPT OF NEW VIDEO:

BRIAN TALKS #3 - Common Decency - http://youtu.be/3chf5v1Y5kI
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**Sat 03 Jan 15**
'BRIAN TALKS' EPISODE 2 - NEW YEAR'S EVE
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To my special loyal Pals who read me on Soapbox (and I hope will continue to do so !)

THANKS for supporting the new YouTube venture. The response to the ‘soft launch’ has been amazing so far. Can’t wait to get the new content up there … all those solo BM things that nobody has really seen in a long while. And some LSC talk … and of course Save-Me talk.

But the thing which is most challenging to me is this Brian Talks thing - which, to me, is a big thing. Already it's inspired me to wake up with words in my head every morning … or maybe it’s the other way round ! But whatever it is … I feel charged with a new passion for speaking the truth in a way which will in turn inspire people out there to sit up and have the same dream … that we CAN, together, make the World a better place for our Grandchildren.

And I don’t mean just talking about it … I mean … making it happen. The seed is now planted … I wanna see a huge Oak Tree of Common Decency grow. That’s my dream for 2015.

Join me ? Well, I think you already did. I thank you from the bottom of my ol' heart !

Bri

TRANSCRIPT OF NEW VIDEO:

BRIAN TALKS #2 - New Years Eve - http://youtu.be/1xKCN1cTFQE
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**Thu 01 Jan 15**
LAUNCHING 'BRIAN TALKS'
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Hi Folks

Happy New Years Day !

If YOUTUBE is your thing, then I hope we will see a lot more of each other in the coming months (as well as here as usual on the Soapbox).

Today - right now - my YouTube channel is finally up there and open … so please do subscribe if you want to be alerted as all the new material gets put up there.

This is what they call a ‘soft launch’ because it’s only part of the channel which goes live today - the ‘Brian Talks’ part. All the other material will be added as we go along. Subscribing will mean you won’t miss any of it. I hope you enjoy ! Thanks for listening and looking !

Cheers

Bri

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Welcome to my new channel - http://youtu.be/z7znXEE4eaY
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Thu 01 Jan 15
THANK YOU ! - HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Westminster Hall

Thank you ! To the best audience in the world tonight !!! We loved ya ! HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Westminser Hall
Westminster Hall

You guys gave us it all !!! Thanks - Westminster Hall - a very Good Night to you all.

XXX
Bri

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