burnett.jpgI was introduced to the music of T Bone Burnett at an Elvis Costello concert many years ago at the Perth Concert Hall. Burnett was the ‘support act’ and someone that I needed to ‘endure’ before the real act began. I’d wanted to see Elvis Costello for years and this guy T Bone Burnett was now the only thing standing between me and that moment finally arriving.

Something strange happened when Burnett started singing. Instead of just wishing that he got off the stage so that I could hear about Oliver’s Army, I found myself completely drawn into his music and his lyrics. As it turned out, although I really enjoyed Costello’s performance, and it was rather brilliant, I enjoyed Burnett’s even more. I was now a fan.

T Bone Burnett hasn’t got the greatest voice in the world but he sure knows how to write great lyrics.

I was listening to his song Criminals on my iPod a couple of days ago and found myself once again agreeing with every word. T Bone sings it as his personal song but I can so easily make it my own. I can nod in agreement with every word.

Criminals is a great reminder of where we need to start if we want to change the world.


I’ve seen a lot of criminals
I’ve seen a lot of crime
Doing a lot of evil deeds
Doing a lot of time

We speak of these men as aliens
From some forbidden race
We speak of these men as animals
We will lock in a cage

But there’s one man I must arrest
I must interrogate
One man that I must make confess
Then rehabilitate

There is no other I can blame
No other I can judge
No other I can cast in shame
Then require blood

I see him in the shadows down the hall
I see him in the plaster on the wall

There is no crime he cannot commit
No murder too complex
His heart is filled with larceny
And violence and sex

His heart is filled with envy
And revenge and greed
His heart is filled with nothing
His heart is filled with need

He’s capable of anything
Of any vicious act
This criminal is dangerous
The criminal under my own hat

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In conversation with Nancye Hayes

Nancye Hayes has performed in many major musical productions including Cabaret, Chicago, Sweeney Todd and Showboat. She has also worked behind the scenes as a choreographer and director. Nancye has appeared on television in programmes as diverse as Home and Away, The Dismissal, and Spicks and Specks. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1981.

It would take far too long to list all her career achievements so I’ll just say that Nancye Hayes is a true legend of stage and screen.

I had the opportunity to talk to Nancye during my morning radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM today. She was a delight to meet and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to chat with her. You can hear our conversation by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

Nancye is in Perth for Australia’s Leading Ladies, an amazing concert event with the WA Symphony Orchestra at the Perth Concert Hall tomorrow, Friday and Saturday evenings. The show features Rachael Beck, Rhonda Burchmore, Judi Connelli OAM, Sharon Millerchip, Geraldine Turner OAM, Anne Wood and conductor Sean O’Boyle.

The seven magnificent leading ladies of musical theatre will perform classics from The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Miss Saigon, Chicago and many others. As well as performing, Nancye will take the additional roles of director and compere.

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