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Neil Gits A Fly On His Food

10th August 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

Summer. It seems to be everyone’s favourite time of year, the time we all look forward to, when everyone seems to be relaxed and happy, the season which gets more songs written about it than any other, telling us how wonderful life is and how we wish it could last forever. Certainly, a lot of the music I play on my show sounds extra special when the sun is shining, but therein lies the problem. Summer doesn’t always come hand in hand with warm sunny weather in this country ! In the Peak District last week, seriously heavy rain caused severe flash flooding and one town had to be evacuated in case a dam at the local reservoir burst !! And as I type this there seem to be 70 mph winds blowing anything that’s not nailed down all over the street and my garden – dramatic but I am not sure it enduces “happiness” …

When we do get days when the sun comes out, global warming has ensured that the temperatures get very hot, too hot – way TOO hot … reaching a level that becomes life threatening for the unprepared amongst us, and even on that odd day when the weather is “just right” for summer, life is still not perfect. Eating outside seems to be a pleasure people enjoy on a summer’s day but it doesn’t work for me. I attended a really nice function recently in my working capacity and was kindly given a lovely big plate of BBQ food – yum !! But I was unable to eat it staright away and when I got a break about ten minutes later, I turned round and it was covered in about half a dozen big hungry flies – YEUGH !! I am trying to think of one thing that I actually love about summer, but being a confirmed ‘Old Git’ I am struggling …

Still at least those good old soul tunes always sound good and you can hear some more LIVE this Monday at 7pm on Gateway or if it arrives sooner for you on reading this, repeated at 5pm on Saturday – check out “Listen Again” for some of my older shows too …

My Last Live Playlist – 29th July 2019 :

Passion – Don’t Stop My Love

Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady

O’Jays – Start Stoppin’

Change – Change Of Heart

Cameo – Rigor Mortis

Tony Momrelle – We Can Have It All

Alexander O’Neal – Sunshine

Toni Braxton – Why Should I Care

Brothers Johnson – Celebrations

T-Connection – On Fire

Lou Rawls – One Life To Live

Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya

Earth Wind & Fire – Africano

Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait

Midnight Star – Headlines

Zapp – It Doesn’t Really Matter

Big Funk Factory – Uptown Blues

Rockie Robbins – Drives Me Out Of My Mind

Deborah Bell – Love Won’t Pay The Rent (Weekend Mix)

Tommie Young – That’s All A Part Of Loving Him

Tilly Grace – The Soul Man Theme

August Gigs

Friday 16th August

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soulful Seduction”

The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA

“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”

DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 16th August

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw

Guests : TBC

7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 17th August

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Super Soul Saturday”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT

DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 24th August

“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”

Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Soulful House, Boogie & More..”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Guest: Paul Clark

8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only

email: [email protected]

Text : (07960) 217136

Sunday 25th August

“Overdose Of Joy All Dayer”

Top Meadow Golf Club & Hotel, Fen Lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR

DJs: Paul Kidley, Sam Green, Elliott Mount, Bully, Nick Gunn,

Steve Kite, Lee Fatloke, Danny T, James Anthony

Live PA by : Imaani

3pm – 1am ; Tickets £20

*Supporting The Indee Rose Trust & Joni’s Army Charities

Friday 30th August

“Brentwood Over 30s Summer Ball”

Holiday Inn, Brentwood, just off J28 of the M25

Room 1 : Greg Edwards & John Osborne

“Jazz Funk & Soulful Anthems”

Room 2 : DJ Phil Indulgence

“Club Classics & Chart Tunes”

9pm – 2am ; Full details at

The world seems to be on holiday at the moment ! When they get back I will create and post a fully up to date long list of soul events….

In the meantime, if you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place leter in 2019 let me know the details, whether you are a DJ , promoter or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

 E-mail: [email protected] or send a text message to (01268)833978.

 The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via from 7pm–9pm every Monday, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !