You might look at the list of episodes that we did and say “Leonard Nimoy?”. As you will hear if you listen to the segment it was an “extra” – something of a quick dip into a little known part of Leonard Nimoy’s career.
We were recording a series of segments for broadcast shortly after receiving the news that Leonard Nimoy had passed away. We are both old fans of Star Trek, and one of the features of Richard’s radio program was to play “the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy from time to time. In between recordings I mentioned that I had other tracks that Leonard Nimoy had recorded and Richard invited me to put together a segment to mark his passing.
This is turned out to be one of my favourite segments albeit for an unusual reason. I think when you listen to the segment you can hear that we are striving to be as respectful and diplomatic as we can, while at the same time setting out to play what in my personal opinion is a genuinely terrible piece of music. Now there are people who carve out careers for themselves as singers notwithstanding their limitations as vocalists. No one would mistake Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen for the Three Tenors, for example. What each of those three brings to their music is a real passion, often because they wrote the song that they are singing. I do not doubt Leonard Nimoy’s sincerity, but it does not translate into a something that is really listenable. The arrangement does not help, as you can hear from the opening bars. It practically plods. As a result, the song is terrible even before he starts singing. And it goes downhill from there.
So give a listen if for no other reason than curiosity! It is sort of like eating haggis – now you can say that you have done it, and you never have to do it again.
Not So Proud Mary