thesoulman's bioI am disabled mental illness. Have had an addiction for a long time used Christian faith to stay clean have been a long time. Interests include Cooking all things Italian do cheap eats known as Cucina Provera Mediterranean regions of Italy.
Love my music like Northern Soul and Motown . Also Soul music blues and Jazz.
Love my Classical Music mainly again Italian Operas and Composers.
Italian Football Serie A and Spanish Football La Liga
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13th Jun 2020thesoulman commented on:
Bolognese RaguHello good morning to you. Thank you for kind words much appreciated. I love Italian Food culture cuisines as many references to music. One reason is practical sensible recipes more is less the saying. Cost not a lot. On benefit am messed about by DWP sometimes means no money three weeks while sorting out mess. Have lived on homemade soups all the time or simple meat veggies pasta and beans . Even I can make recipes and create magic with out messing it up. A common fault amongst my self. Mental health means have to write every procedure down, daft I know but it works bullets on A4 paper keep this for reference. New thing I have done is created a menu used cheats short cuts tricks tips. Using a range of available products including frozen veggies and store cupboard standbys. Despite the snobbery of using some products. Saves times and energy. I can not sit or stand very long so Italian is quick easy. Challenge my self do a five ingredients or less some recipes. Please be my guest have fun. Rules condiments do not count seasonings do spices use things like jars Pesto sauces so on. Favourite lots of them put these on sometime. Please thank you once again.thesoulman commented on:
Anxiety - does anyone else suffer?Hello pleased to meet you. Sorry to hear this, suffering anxiety. I have joined recently and if I can advise you on seeking support from various organisations. Mental health charities offer a lot of resources support and also one important thing you are getting help. All charities offer floating support advice on wellbeing health and can signpost to relevant information and advice. I had been using mental health charities a long time. Spend a lot of my time advising others. Have wealth of knowledge, experience and qualifications in doing so. Your not alone many people suffer anxiety including myself. One concern is always keeping healthy and aware of your diet and nutrition. Avoid caffeine in tea, coffee chocolate, no alcohol very much avoid. Consume too much makes anxiety worse. Also you need to take whole grains bread rice pasta. Pulses beans. Fruit and vegetables plenty of lean meat Chicken and Turkey. Hope that helps. Mental health charities. https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk https://www.rethink.org Might not be in all areas. Please ask me any thing happy to chat be compassionate offer a lot of support. Please take care Pleasure to meet you.thesoulman commented on:
What music are you listening to right now?Hello good morning to you hope you are keeping warm safe cold dank depressing day so an opera morning. Nothing like Nessun Dorma on a morning Pavarotti on early why not. Do this have days and have the range of CD's to vary must have always some dancing. Always dancing strutting my funky stuff and helps me keep fit. Good to do with housework washing up and those jobs we have to do. Mentioned blues and lots more I am sure will contribute to the post. When you collect music and meet those in the industry never a yellow brick road. Met a lad was at school with . Asked what he was doing am a popstar. Uttered with arrogance . I recall . Went to see him can not play a note awful and terrible . Partial deafness from birth hearing him made it worse. Was not impressed . People paying to see hear this awful noise. Asked my opinion after wards well I will tell all my friends with a smile. I felt embarrassed thought wow. Then one time in a job met this colleague starting first day. Oh will not be here long she mentioned going to be famous. Be a pop star going to auditions the days of TV reality shows. I had to bear this all day if ever some one need to be told some one had to. Am a gent but some one else did, so off she goes. Gone came back and I added still here then well it was just an audition. In fact no even seen any one as I knew a lot of good friends who were singers never got in with their agents. On the TV lots of reports about incidents and media hype. Imagine turning up no talent no voice and expect to be famous. Who wants that .?? The words in my head to my colleague yes you could be famous on the stage sweeping it but did not too polite.thesoulman commented on:
What music are you listening to right now?Hello thank you for your insights comments and please have no problems about any one disliking a particular genre of music no problems. Also each to their own do not wish for any arguing or indifference should be supportive of each others tastes and just be tolerance. Views and opinions are divided but end of the day. Music all of it comes from various strands of soul, gospel blues and mixed together. Including country, even Classical music inspired the likes of many artists using the basis of chords they composed. Examples being Barry Manilow using the works of Chopin, Could It Be Magic based on. A lot of it is very simple constructions and based on various chords and rhythms added to that and expanded on that we have music. Every one I ever met has always said in music industry and entertainment the problem is composing a song be some on wished to sue for copy right and plagiarism . As each composer song writer may use same notes rhythms so on. Recall the sample debacle create a track use some one else music sample it then have to if they can get away with out paying royalties. Into this century even last century more cases heard and settled out of court. I have various tracks in my CD collection rip off from other creations. Most notorious one for me . Was Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music instance note for note Sam Cooke Yea Man. Although Cooke is credited on Sweet Soul Music. . Yea man never released over here Sweet Soul Music major hit. Motown nearly went bust because in the early years note for note composed a response to Goffin and Kings Will You Love Me Tomorrow by the Shirelles. That is very contentious subject and still argues today. Who wrote what, and who sang and who did the drums guitar sessions, etc. All one thing we can have and agree on must have music in the morning playing late night jazz. Found these, Simply series Jazz, Soul, Blues so one good wind down CD's. Classic FM selections on morning and nigh times just turned off radio too many depressing stories.thesoulman commented on:
What music are you listening to right now?Hello pleased to meet you non taken, different areas have their music local to them. In the North it was a way to cope with life. I got into this when the Northern Soul Revival of the Eighties, blue eyed soul and continued to find more people like me. Then came cross those who were there at the start the 60's.. Interesting stimulating fascinating . It is now that the artists who created this music image are being reborn due to these CD compilation's.thesoulman commented on:
What music are you listening to right now?Hello thank you for instructions only thing clueless no ideas what is you tube or the other one NETFLICK is it confused muddled. From the time had an old computer so old needed a wind up handle to start it up. So old the introductions when signing in were of Latin. Just got this one right now have to write make my own instruction manual even joining a forum. New to everything , only exciting thing to me is talking to others around the world. Well used to since losing my self esteem. Good to know every one caring kind. Need that a comfort reassurance just playing my Motown rarities to day. Great songs never released any of them. Enough said .thesoulman commented on:
What music are you listening to right now?Hello good to hear from you have seen a lot of footage of Wigan Casino Northern Soul clubs. In some clubs have a dress to impress code amongst clubgoers. In the area I came from had a magazine dedicated to club scene. Had the brightly coloured suits a fashionista in the making. Lime green and matching ties purple maroon. orange and the flowery shirts. I do know a then come in to a club wearing jeans tshirts not allowed. Very much clean neat tidy. Lot different then not now find it all a blur. Probably why mind stuck in a mind warp. A time when we were lot younger. You mentioned the tracks above got all of those on CD. Worth thousands Do I love You. Interesting story Berry Gordy Frank Wilson had a spat over some contractual issues with Berry Gordy so he pulled it. Which was in a dispute effecting later the song writing team of Holland Dozier Holland wrote majority of the songs walked out. Due to arguments compensations commission on songs written, when you write a song get a certain percentage to label artist and songwriter they own the songs the label come dispute this and as want to own their songs. Reasons many of these cases come to court in the media, surprising shocking. Really they write the songs and get not a lot of support recognition not even other copy write law complex and hard to understand. You can have the situation like early recording artists recording the artist put his name on the song writing credits understand never written a thing. With the advent of contracts and disputes and backing artists groups demanding to be paid many are not. As in many of the black recording artists. A time the label every one was struggling a time of change, due to circumstances in America.ViewDate:
10th Jun 2020thesoulman commented on:
What music are you listening to right now?Hello thank you for comments unfortunately clueless no ideas to do anything like that. Sorry I see obviously your a fan of Michael Jackson and music . We all of us have tastes views different opinions. Music is for every one the other thing meant to say am losing my hearing . So reasons why listen now and also losing the memory means can not recall recent songs. Just played the American Songbook . On CD Gershwin, Berlin and Cole Porter way the songs are sung can remember the words lyrics. Useful. Anything past Eighties no idea some years missed can not recall and still mystified . Not into modern stuff as can not understand it any of it. Jazz Blues Soul and sprinkling of Swing Big Band plus the 50's 60's even then some songs why did that ever become a hit. Add to that my wind down Classical or even start of the day put the radio on and Classic FM. Italian aria Opera and composers like very much, Saturday night Pasta bowl a Puccini aria or and selection Opera favourites or a compilations makes the evening relaxed sends me to sleep and refreshed. Like Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and some others. Recommend this some local theatres do productions of Opera. Touring companies brilliant not only the music the costumes sets and all of the stories basically same. As I once added to a girlfriend uttered to me how do I understand this, in Italian plots are the same. Man meets Woman finds some one else who is love with some one else. Some one dies or gets killed murdered . These dramas on stage as we have on TV. Why they created going to the theatre 19th Century . No TV radio and entertainment. Please can I thank you for reading much appreciated rarely speak to any one. Please take careViewDate:
10th Jun 2020thesoulman commented on:
What music are you listening to right now?Hello Pleased to meet you . Thank you for your music choices . Unfortunately not a fan because of the his conduct and behaviour. I would and could go in to details and say a lot as just joined do not wish to. If you are like my self been collecting Motown and Northern Soul. Big community of collectors and of course community. You meet cutting crews backroom staff recording artists and meet others like you. DJ's and those in the recording industry the night clubs scene. Who had previous employment being on the Radio independent ones stations or involved promotions A & R so on. Who have music comments connections spent a many happy hour in companies of some of the artists who unfortunately never really made it. So gather all this information knowledge and much more the whole history of why and how and for reasons unknown records tracks never released or marketed wrong mis prints and pressings legal problems. All in my opinion makes an industry not accountable for their artists. Something seriously wrong if an artist and have met many of these on weekends and other venues still perform although can not and trying but due to illness or poor health or other disability . Understand this many artists of the Northern Soul Scene and Motown not the majors the lesser well know ones. Need the money. Constant touring and in their 70'' 80's . Smokey Robinson Hyde Park Concert 80 this year . Does perform well sing well and is not one of the lesser well known stars. Talking about if you consider to have a look. All young ladies some from school at the time exploited by Motown have a look great tracks but also not getting the full treatment and expected royalties. One such artist was Mary Wells. My Guy only chart hit UK, yet done around 150 sides tracks. All because disputed contracts Motown wanted her to record material she did not. Did own song writing and was denied a lot of the star treatment. I know all of this because met and talked to those who know and were there. This was early 60's and a black talented lady artist telling Managers Producers and so on, got contract refused to sign. Signed from Motown to Atlantic label. Disputes many over finance royalties and time served as if you were expected to record be there anytime night or day. Other thing a lot of records can become valuable if like this. The Marvelettes Please Mr Postman. Did a lot of fantastic tracks never released rarities. Example is this story . The Marvelettes signed to Oriole Label first before Motown. On the Oriole Label released Locking Up My Heart A side B side Three Little Fishes had this rare pressing. Motown bought Oriole reissued song tracks Put Three Little Fishes B side A side Finders Keepers . Not Locking Up My Heart. Did not sell so pulled both records valuable. The list any way have a listen if you find them on CD companies many often through AMAZON sell CD's. Artists. Brenda Labren The Andantes Motown Backing group of ladies did every Motown track 60's more of less. Carolyn Crawford Chris Clark one of the few white ladies signed great songs. other ones Connie Haines and Lewis Sisters whom wrote around 100 songs many never issued have found a few . Hattie Littles Liz Lands Anita Knorl Linda Griner Oma Heard I scour and search websites retail ones main one being AMAZON . Many on CD rarely issued tracks in the old days bought all vinyl 45's so on. Personal issues had to sell the lot.. Now I recall a DJ I knew who went to the States bought a stash back something now impossible. I just want to add anything you wish to know or not sure please ask have a lot of music knowledge. If I offended about Michael Jackson sorry but the man has a history as a Christian never forgive those whom hurt and harmed. If you think I am wrong then I apologise he is if you think a legend then I will not burst your bubble. There are circumstances and situations that money power and prestige can bring to a person and cause them to do things they should not be doing. Have a duty of care and responsibility image. To be honest open and sincere. I have met those in the music industry have a lot to say about Michael Jackson and his demeanour attitudes to any one of whom he met. All I can say. Please thank for reading and please take care.ViewDate:
8th Jun 2020thesoulman commented on:
What music are you listening to right now?Music my memories and good times recall through my favourite artists and it helps me mentally. One needs to be reminded of what music created for. I am in to my Northern Soul used to do the club scene and my flowery shirts. All nights weekenders Blackpool losing the memory. Can not remember where forgetting but the music helps me. Also the Northern Club circuits and much more. All fuzzy foggy memories. Buy these compilations of Northern Soul Tracks Motown mainly but others. On CD great to listen to have a boogie strut my funky stuff. Have always a long list of favourites changes constantly. A fan keep the faith. List current right now is. All Motown Foot stompers. Think It Over Before You Break My Heart - Brenda Holloway Baby Ago Ago - Barbara Mcnair Can't Hold The Feeling Back- Brenda Holloway Somethings Wrong- Chris Clark Needle In A Haystack - Velvetlettes There's A Ghost In My House - R Dean Taylor Back Street - Edwin Starr Two Can Have A Party- Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell Heaven Must Have Sent You - The Elgin's. Crying in the Night - The Monitors. Get Ready - The Temptations Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye I Can't Help My Self - Four Tops. What More Could A Boy Ask For - The Spinners Going to A Go Go - The Miracles. That is so far the current list any one likes any of those worth listening to. Getting those rarities and gems Motown has locked away in its vaults. Some tracks have never been released my enjoyment is seeking out on retail on line websites long lost tracks artists and any thing I have not got and have to obtain. Usually minor ones never heard of them and dropped but on some compilations . We have to be thankful and remember their contribution to the label. Not many people know when Motown started out in the Fifties. Originally was a Gospel Label then by the 60's had changed. To which the record label become the icon it is now. If you do ever manage to get some of the early artists. Marvin Gaye was one. Had this voice this talent. Groomed as the next Nat King Cole, even did covers of Tom Jones It Is Not Unusual. Also Frank Sinatra songs Marvin Gaye recorded, have. Witch craft How Deep Is The Ocean . Funny Valentine Nat King Cole Tracks Marvin Gaye covered Let There Be Love When I Fall In Love These Foolish Things There is a rare Album called Marvin Gaye sings Nat King Cole worth looking for never found it might on CD somewhere. Always finding rare tracks and continue to search.ViewDate:
8th Jun 2020thesoulman commented on:
Feel lonely and looking to chatHello Pleased to meet you how are you coping ? I am sorry feel this way had to say something. I never had felt like this for along time, how are you feeling ? Thank you for contacting me. In just do know what to think any more. I spent every day of my valuable time helping others. I never understand why people whom you speak to every day on line . Say massive part of your life and in reality hate you to cause so much trouble. Mentioned what I used to do, well this is painful. I will say this one of a number of volunteers on community websites . When Coronavirus came in to all our lives I was the one adding urgent specific information, giving heads up and lots of advice on posts. When your dealing with vulnerable isolated lonely people who rely on support teams find them selves struggling and have nothing. Plus those with mental health addiction any little problems up early hours mornings most days in to next night and days. Had to admit never heard so many stories of heart break and emotion. What a mess this Government causes. Please apologise long post please can I ask about you what you do and spend the time doing if you do not mind me asking. Anything I can do to be supportive offer friendship and compassion . Empathy sensitivity honesty . Please take care thank you for reading.ViewDate:
3rd Jun 2020thesoulman commented on:
Alcohol dependencyHello every one I am a new member also been an alcoholic for thirty years now clean last thirteen. I understand many members or families loved ones have problems around alcohol leading to possible addiction. If you are concerned and do need some one to discuss with any issues problems I have a wealth of experience knowledge. Been through rehab services mental health services out reach services, also want to say have the information guidance and support net works if I can help please do. I also have supported advising those with alcoholism and it is a difficult every day on going situation. Even for my self despite being clean you have to remember the WHO World Health Organisation has stated alcoholism a disease which it is. I also have had insights and encounters from those still drinking still thinking not an alcoholic and use intimidation bullying to continue. As with any alcoholism the person themselves need to identify the problems can never say stop has to be done with specialist treatment and care. If you ever said to an alcoholic stop and they did for some reason the body reacts needs that drink withdrawn suddenly heart circulation problems could occur. Systems of the body are scarred deeply and can react to any of the symptoms of being an alcoholic, including bowel and stomach issues headaches nausea loss of appetite and shakes shivers loss of memory. Only way is specialist help support advice which I can give any one the facts clear precise information and advice. Understand the distress the pain and the anxiety. I would always advise to any loved one member who is a alcoholic to discuss with your GP. There are charities organisations and associations offer a plan an a lot of coping methods strategies which in my opinion are good only way is to go through rehab. I have been through many of these kept relapsing so used rehab community services. Called CAS Community Alcohol Service your local area will have one. I will always give the details of any organisations good to use but it the whole point of recovery is to make sure that you can cope with out alcohol. Since coming off I have to share and admit to you this a long process 18 months to 2years to be clean. Had to be strong took a lot of strength courage and also I lost many friends doing the process, sorry apologise but it happens. I can not be with other alcoholics or go the pub or drink with other people. Have no relationships for a long time as alcohol it seems the social way to meet. Add to that side effects health symptoms have blighted my life yes am clean but has caused me constant pain, aches . Muscle loss memory loss, walking struggling, social personal issues trust. Hearing loss eyesight loss already had that due to disability now made worse by addiction been told. Stomach bowel problems on long term meds at one time five in number different types to cope with Dementia Thiamine and drugs meds to get rid of pain unfortunately used cannabis in a teabag to help me reduce pain, again got addicted had to seek help again. So have that as well experience knowledge of medications drugs used courses funded by NHS local wellbeing services to benefit my own knowledge to educate myself. On mental health related courses wellbeing medications sleep and much more diet nutrition have got obtained qualifications in those. All is a worth while experience knowledge to pass on to those who are alcoholic. Please ask me any thing , new one is the units the confusion on units how much should I be drinking a common question, I will just say the Government says one thing says another. I will supply the information something I will do have a website but the recent levels have dropped or might have increased, meet so many bewildered. Talking of website these will help any one to understand anything about alcohol happy to include as well alcoholism. https://www.alcohol_anonymous.org.uk https://www.drinkaware.co.uk The last one has a lot on units and makes it clear easy to understand. The AA organisation offers meetings where that you attend have a sponsor. I would consider this mental health charity. https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk Has it own inhouse advisors and addiction specialists all alcoholics have mental health issues. Anxiety depression personality disorders. Mental health one other good service MIND https://www.mind.org.uk All charities might not be in all areas. One other the Salvation Army has it own rehab addiction teams . https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk Please if you need help am here to listen be supportive. Thank you all Please take care.
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