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Neil Gits A Bird In His Loft

26th May 2024
Posted by Neil Matthew

I am not an early riser and like anybody getting on a bit I need a good solid seven hours sleep each night – I can’t function on four to five hours worth after partying hard the previous evening anymore !! As anybody of a certain age will tell you, a proper good lie-in is out of the question too, with your bladder dictating that you NEED to get up either just before your 7 hours is completed or at best after one snooze of the alarm…

So to be rudely woken up at 5.00 am last week by some sort of noise coming from just outside my bedroom was to say the least “frustrating”. At first I thought it might be one of the neighbours’ young kids excitedly getting out of bed super early on their birthday, but the sounds seemed to be coming from above my head rather than through the thin wall separating me from next door. A look out of the indow with my bleary eyes revealed that pigeons and other birds were sitting on and flying to and from TV ariels on all the roofs nearby, so as I actually have one such (reduntant!) fitting directly above my bedroom window, I suspected that might be the problem…

I tried to get back to sleep, but now half-awake I became aware the ‘noises’ were moving across my head and in my semi-conscious state, after a long look back across at my house in my PJs from the other side of the street and prodding up the hatch to my loft briefly, I realized I had a bird flying around up there in a state of panic ! Thankfully, however it got in, it founds its way back out and I have heard nothing since – but I do keep “coming to” from my precious sleep almost every night at some point between 5 & 6am almost expecting to hear something again !

Luckily, it wasn’t a Monday morning and I had a good enough sleep before my last couple of shows to keep up the high standards of presentation and quality of music that you’ve come to expect over the last 14 years ! Here’s the latest playlist for you to check out for yourself & maybe visit our “Listen Again” page to hear the show if you missed it :

The Tunes – Monday 20th May – 2024

Four Tops – When She Was My Girl
Average White Band – Work To Do
Tyrone Lee – Soul ‘n’ Samba
Dee C Lee – Don’t Do It Baby
Dee C Lee – Back In Time
Gwen Guthrie – Love In Moderation
Earth Wind & Fire – Can’t Hide Love
AP Connection ft Heather Haywood – Right Time
O’Jays – Used Ta Be My Girl
Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie
Donna Summer – Love Is In Control (Groovefunkel Remix)
Brainstorm – Don’t Let Me Catch You With Your Groove Down
Jorge Montiel &Juan Laya ft Xantone Blacq – When The Sun Goes Down
Steve Arrington – Dancing In the Key Of Life
Gayle Adams – Love Fever
Roy Ayers – Poo Poo La La
David Morales – My Everything
Anita Baker – More Than You Know
Beverley Knight – Tell Me I’m Wrong
Luther Vandross – Sugar & Spice
Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat
AC Soul Symphony – Tradewinds

Feel free to get in touch with your soulful request or just for a mention on the show – put a post on “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook, text (01268)833978 or message me via e-mail : [email protected].

The Old Gits Soul Show is broadcast LIVE from 7pm–9pm every Monday, repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, on Gateway 97.8FM in Basildon & East Thurrock and available nationally via the Radio Player at Sky TV as well as online via You can listen on your smart speaker or your phone too … plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website – just search “Cool Soul” !