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Scott Walker…………a wondrous voice

My favourite Scott song too written by Tom Rush and in our repertoire. Rush said this song, although not one of his best but made famous by an “English” group, (common misconception by Americans as Walker Bros weren’t known in US and more successful over here) paid for his kids’ college tuition.

Annoyingly since this was posted the video owner has blocked playback of the video other than on YouTube!

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During a recent bout of redecorating the house (not by me I might add) I had to move all my CDs and store all 800 of them, into boxes for safekeeping. This was an onerous task and one I had been trying to avoid but the painter phoned me and said he would be coming to start work in a couple of days……….so I could no longer put off the task.

So one morning I began taking CDs off the storage shelves and carefully placing them in cardboard boxes. It was quite remarkable what I discovered in my collection, CDs I had bought and then never played, stuff I had bought on my trips to Vilnius and Copenhagen (remember the Jazz CDs we bought here Mike?) and not to mention Tel Aviv (that was one hell of a record shop).

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One of the CDs I came across was “The Best…

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Blowin’ in the Wind – song-writers inspired by the weather

thunderstorm_flatcolor_image_500_wht_16588We all know us Brits like talking abut the weather but it seems it’s also a key inspiration for song-writers.

Some songs were inspired by specific climatic events such as the Beatles‘ “Rain” after a downpour in Melbourne, Australia. And George Harrison apparently wrote “Here comes the sun” after he emerged into a sunny spring day after a difficult business meeting.

Researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at Southampton University, who published a report in the journal Weather, found 759 popular songs referring to the weather.

The most popular references are to the sun and rain with blizzards being the least common.

A song by Scott Walker, “Stormy” probably holds the record for mentioning six types of weather.

The most prolific song-writer to reference weather is Bob Dylan. He has used references to weather in 163 of 542 songs and that doesn’t include “Rainy Day Woman No 12 & 35” and “Idiot Wind“.

Next most prolific weather-referencers are Lennon and McCartney.

900 singers and song-writers have focussed on the weather and it features in 7% of the songs in Rolling Stones’ top 500 greatest songs

Dr Sally Brown said “We were all surprised how often weather is communicated in popular music, whether as a simple analogy or a major theme of a song such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” or the Hollies’ “Bus Stop” where a couple fall in love under an umbrella“. 

Bob Dylan aside it’s no surprise to me that British songwriters such as the Beatles and the Hollies reference weather; anyone who as experienced a wet Wednesday in Wigan or was brought up in damp Lancashire learns to respect it.

 


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George Ezra – remarkable new talent

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As a keen music aficionado I try to keep my ear to the ground with what is happening in all genres of music and every so often I come across an artist that I have never heard of but whose music making immediately strikes a chord with me.

This happened several years ago with Tom Baxter, singer and songwriter after I heard one of his songs on a live Radio 2 broadcast,

_72060758_ezra_large.jpg I recently had a similar epiphany whilst watching this years (2014) Glastonbury Festival. I switched on the TV and saw a young man singing live and accompanying himself on guitar. I had no idea what the song was but later learned it was called “Budapest” and that the young man in question was named George Ezra (see photo above).

The song was incredibly catchy but it was his bass-baritone voice that was stunning. It was difficult to reconcile…

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