Tyrone Shoelaces (b. 1st April 1919, Hampstead, London) Musicologist, Compiler, Curator.
From an early age Tyrone was steeped in the music business, his mother, Edna, was a gifted spoons player often playing to the most influential and wealthiest families of 1920's Hampstead.
His father, Lancelot, an officer in the Royal Artillery, was also the chief cannonist for the LSO, famous for his peerless performance of The 1812 Overture at The Royal Albert Hall 1926. The resulting attempted murder & arson charges were quashed after the second appeal.
Tyrone's early years were to be mainly filled with his prodigious talent on the theremin which lead to him receiving a scholarship.
Tyrone graduated in 1941 from St. Vitas College, Cambridge with a first class honours degree in music and plumbing.
He enlisted in the Army soon after and volunteered for the Special Music Service (SMS) where he carried out many operations behind enemy lines, sabotaging Nazi pianos by de-tuning them before concerts & interchanging parts of the Wagner scores with George Formby songs, anything to undermine the enemy's morale.
After the war, Tyrone vowed to use the power of music for good. He embarked upon a world tour with the ultimate goal of collecting every type of music known to man and to share its goodness with those that would listen.
His quest took him to all four corners of the world , from the foot-hills of The Andes to the depths of the Zambesi Basin, nothing was left unrecorded. This expedition lasted for nearly 43 years.
Eventually age got the better of him and upon advice of his close friend and physician, Dr. Feelgood, he retired to his country estate with his 3rd wife, Ivana Bendova, the 25 year old Ukranian gold medal gymnast. Other doctors warned Tyrone that any love-making could prove fatal but Tyrone shrugged and replied, "If she dies, she dies."
But age was eventually beginning to tell on his fine and sculpted physique and the aches & pains that come with it.
Again, on medical advice from Dr. Feelgood, Tyrone was ordered to grow some Grade A medical cannabis as this was the only sure way to alleviate the great man's suffering. This he reluctantly did in his conservatory and, from there, set out to catalogue his music collection.
Strangely, it is reported he hasn't left his home since.
Fortunately, every month Mr. Shoelaces, under the alias 'Muzikizum' releases samples of his discoveries in the shape of a mixtape, lovingly fashioned around a central theme. These compilations are available HERE or from The Monthly Mixtape group on Last.fm, a place where like-minded souls converge to offer up their harmonious takes on life, love and loneliness.
Although not to everyone's tastes, there is certainly something there for anyone to enjoy.
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