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Thursday, June 30, 2016

June Music Blogathon - Day 30

A song I’ve heard from someone else that I like.

I've struggled with this one. Not because I haven't been influenced by other people's suggestions. Most of my girlfriends in my teens introduced me to groups I wouldn't have perhaps listened to if not for them. My brother has also introduced me to stuff. Most notably Banco De Gaia when he bought me their CD, You Are Here, as it had been his record of the year. But that doesn't lend itself to one song. You need to isten to the whole thing as tracks meld from one to another. And in fact if you loop it you would never hear the beginning or end as that runs through too. It's a mix of Trance. Dub, Arabic/Indian influence, a track with a bazouki.... If you like trance and something a little eclectic it is well worth a listen.

So in the end I am going to choose something by an artist I have already chosen. Cat Stevens. My best friend at senior school was Doug McGevor. and we used to skive off in the afternoons and go back to his house. We would ransack his mums larder for tins of strawberries in syrup and listen to either King Crimson or Mr Stevens. His favourite LP was Tea For The Tillerman. I borrowed it and got into it too. And it still has many of my favourite tracks of his. The one I am going for though is Father and Son. And I could kill Westlife for covering it and managing to completely miss the fact it is theroetically a duet.

Cat Stevens - Father and Son

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June Music Blogathon - Day 29

My all time favourite song.

It's difficult to think of just one song as my favourite. There are many that mean a lot and some of those have already been listed on previous days for different reasons. Wild West Hero by ELO is a very strong contender or maybe The Last Resort by the Eagles which I can't believe hasn't cropped up somewhere and would probably have been my choice up until a few years back when I started listening to Nancy Griffiths. Another singer I came to via Radio London although in this case it was actually before they launched. For the month before going to air they promoted themselves with a song list and amongst those was From A Distance by Nancy. I liked the song enough to find out more about her and then realised I liked a lot of her music. She's what I guess would be New Country by genre.
However, the song I have chosen is a duet with one of her backing band. I have sung it in concert with a friend. And when I picked Galveston for a previous category becaue I'd been there this reminds me of that visit too as I drove this road to get there.

I never tire of hearing this nor singing along.

Gulf Coast Highway - Nancy Griffiths

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June Music Blogathon

My favourite song from the last decade.

My favourite song? I'm not even sure I can think of a song from the last decade. I've been trying to rack my brains as to what CDs I might have bought in the last 10 years and I know I've bought quite a lot but I can't remember them. And I've certainly bought a few here in France, particularly by Renaud, who as far as I can describe is a punk, folk, rock, traditional singer. A bit of an enfant terrible when he started in the late 70s and still popular now.

And whilst writing this I've just realised I bought a cd here the other week. The first by a group I've liked the music to but never bought anything prior. It's from their CD Drone which I guess is a concept album as I think all the tracks follow through in sort of timeline. Shows how little I know about it. There are a number of good tracks but I will go with a single. So here is

Muse - Mercy

Monday, June 27, 2016

June Music Blogathon - Day 27

A song to listen to at the end of a tough day.

There are probably a few I would think of if I spent the time but one came to mind straight away. It was a song I only came across a few years back with listening to Robert Elms on Radio London. The artist wasn't one i had heard of before that time and I don't think I've heard of him since. I do however find it a good relaxing record, which is what it is all about.

In fact, in a few seconds time I will look for a photo of the artist to post and that will be the first time I have ever seen him. I wonder if he will look as I imagine.

Jeb Loy Nichols - Heaven Right Here



Nope, really nothing like I expected.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

June Music Blogathon -

A Song I Would Give My Offspring.

Hands up all those who even for a fleeting moment thought about choosing something by The Offspring. Oh, just me then.

Anyway, I didn't have to think too long about this and I had a few contenders.

First could have been Stan by Eminem. A cautionary tale of what can happen if you get obsessed with something or take entertainment too seriously.

I could have chosen Zombie by The Cranberries. About those who kept, and indeed keep trying, to keep the Irish troubles going.

But I have gone with an anti-war song, though more the former than the latter for me, which shows how everyone believes they are in the right. There have been many versons of this song but I've chosen to go with the songwriters version although it has the lyrics as he can sometimes be a little incoherent. Bob Dylan - With God On Our Side

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June Music Blogathon - Day 25

A Song From My Childhood

I am of such a vintage that in the days when I was no'but a lad children didn't really listen to pop music, we had our own records and indeed our own little record players. Amongst the records I owned, along with a number of nursery rhymes, were Tubby the Tuba by Danny Kaye, Big Rock Candy Mountain by Burl Ives and Sparky's Magic Piano by I can't remember who. Once we got to 7 or 8 we would listen to Junior Choice, (no, I'm not old enough to remember Uncle Mac!!), and some of those records came up again, but there was another I particularly liked. And in retrospect I can see how partly the appeal comes from it's comedy value and "cleverness" of concept, something I am still impressed with whether it be a full blown song or the putting together of "one song to the tune of another" in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue".

Today I present for you.....

The Highway Code - The Master Singers



Friday, June 24, 2016

June Music Blogathon - Day 24

A song that I wish I could play on an instrument.

This is quite a difficult one because my lack of any real instrumental skills mean the answer would theoretically be everything. By the same token the answer is also nothing, because I know there is little chance of me playing it anyway, whatever I chose, so I never even think about it. Had the question been about something I wish I could sing, the list would be endless, mainly with operatic arias.And the one skill I wish I had was to jus sit down at a piano and play, just like they do in the films.

Having thought long and hard, I do have a contender. It's a guitar piece and one of the reasons I wish I could play it is because my younger brother could, and that's bloody annoying as anyone with a younger brother can tell you. I do feel I can claim some credit though for his skills as without me he might never have picked up a guitar. And in particular, my one. My electric one. Which one day I came home to find he had traded in to buy himself a 12 string acoustic. Without a by your leave mind you. Based on the fact that he didn't think I used it much so it might as well be used for something useful for him.

So, I would like to play Classical Gas by Mason Williams.

As long as I can play it better than my brother!