My song today is ‘Let Me Entertain You’. This single by Robbie Williams was released as the fifth and final single from his debut solo studio album ‘Life Thru a Lens’ (1997). It was written by Williams and Guy Chamber. In March 1998, the track peaked at Number 3 in the UK chart. It is certified Gold for sales of over 400,000 copies.
The lyrics are mostly innuendoes and double entendre, telling the story of a man trying to persuade someone to cheat on their boyfriend with him. Although the sex of this person is never mentioned, it is worth noting that the lyrics include the phrase Mon cher, which means my dear only when referring to a male. In a 2010 interview, Williams was quoted as saying “An awful lot of gay pop stars pretend to be straight. I'm going to start a movement of straight pop stars pretending to be gay."
I spent a great part of my earlier years winning a good number of singing contests between the ages of 8-21 years, and in all truth, I loved entertaining all manner of audiences. Three years ago, I took up the daily singing practice. Although my prime purpose of singing again after over half a century was not out of any pretence that I was any longer a good singer but was down to improving my lung capacity and blood oxygenation levels. I am pleased to say that these three years of singing exercises served their health purposes ideally and improved both lungs and blood oxygenation levels by 20 percent to a normal level. More important to find, however, was the tremendous fun and pleasure it gave me to sing again. Since I started my daily singing practice three years ago, I have established my own Youtube channel and now have over 1000, recorded videos of my daily songs that I post on my Facebook page.
Between 1990 and 2000, I held two thousand story assemblies in Yorkshire schools. In all of these assembles I was accompanied by either a national or international famous name and celebrity for the purpose of making our Yorkshire school children feel special. These famous names came from every sphere of interest and included: Prime Ministers’ wives: Arch Bishops: Film Stars: International Actors: International Footballers: Female Astronaut: The First Arctic Explorer to travel to both North and South Poles: National Actors: National Painters: High profile MPs: National Television Presenters: Chief Inspector of Ofsted: Chief Police Constables: Chief Probation Officers: Princess Ann: Earl and Countess of Harewood. Famous Authors: Sooty. In addition, I received phone calls from the late Princess Diana asking me to send her two of my children’s books to read to 9-year-old Prince William and 7-year-old Prince Harry. I also received letters of congratulation from the Taoiseach of Southern Ireland, and a personal phone call from President Nelson Mandela praising my African stories as being ‘wonderful’ in 2000.
All the above, simply indicates that whether it is through stories or songs, I have always tried to entertain various audiences. I hope that I have another few years still left in me to carry on entertaining you.
Love and peace Bill xxx