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Friday Fun – Wee Weans 3

“One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” – Frank Sinatra

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“I Love My Dog” – Cat Stevens

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March 26, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Photography | , , , | 1 Comment

Birthday Memories

Happy Birthday my love wherever you are,.

Love always

Gilbey

xx

Fiona is pictured above with our friend Jim Fallon at his son’s wedding reception back in 2007.

Tragically Jim’s wife Marlyn passed away four weeks to the day after Fiona, Jim turned sixty yesterday and I’m sure the tumblers were clicking above.

“Love Reign O’er Me” – The Who

Only love
Can make it rain
The way the beach is kissed by the sea
Only love
Can make it rain
Like the sweat of lovers
Laying in the fields.

Love, Reign o’er me
Love, Reign o’er me, rain on me

Only love
Can bring the rain
That makes you yearn to the sky
Only love
Can bring the rain
That falls like tears from on high

Love Reign O’er me

On the dry and dusty road
The nights we spend apart alone
I need to get back home to cool cool rain
I can’t sleep and I lay and I think
The night is hot and black as ink
Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain

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March 25, 2010 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – Citizen Cope

“Sideways” – Citizen Cope

You know it ain’t easy
For these thoughts here to leave me
There’s no words to describe it
In French or in English
Cause, diamonds they fade
And flowers they bloom
And I’m telling you

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
They’ve been knockin’ me out, they
Whenever you come around me
These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
I keep thinking in a moment that, time will take them away

But these feelings won’t go away… (slow music)
These feelings won’t go away…

It ain’t easy
For these thoughts here to leave me
there’s no words to describe it
In French or in English
These diamonds they fade
And flowers they bloom
I’m telling you

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
They’ve been knockin’ me out, babe
Whenever you come around me

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
I keep thinking any moment that
Time will take them away

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
I keep thinking any moment that
Time will take them away

These feelings won’t go away… (slow music)
These feelings won’t go away…

The diamonds they fade
The flowers they bloom
I’m telling you
I’m telling you

The diamonds they fade
The flowers they bloom
I’m telling you
I’m telling you

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
They’ve been knockin’ me out babe
Whenever you come around me

These feelings won’t go away
They’ve been knockin’ me sideways
I keep thinking any moment that
Time will take them away…

(refrain out…)

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March 24, 2010 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Cross Road Blues

Any excuse to post one of the most iconic songs of all time, Robert Johnson’s oft covered “Cross Road Blues”

“Cross Road Blues” – Robert Johnson

I went down to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
I went down to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
Asked the lord above “Have mercy now
save poor Bob if you please”
Yeeooo, standin at the crossroad
tried to flag a ride
ooo ooo eee
I tried to flag a ride
Didn’t nobody seem to know me babe
everybody pass me by
Standin at the crossroad babe
risin sun goin down
Standin at the crossroad babe
eee eee eee, risin sun goin down
I believe to my soul now,
Poor Bob is sinkin down

You can run, you can run
tell my friend Willie Brown
You can run, you can run
tell my friend Willie Brown
(th)’at I got the croosroad blues this mornin Lord
babe, I’m sinkin down

And I went to the crossroad momma
I looked east and west
I went to the crossroad baby
I looked east and west
Lord, I didn’t have no sweet woman
ooh-well babe, in my distress

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March 23, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Old Music, Video | , , | 2 Comments

Harry Carpenter

Just heard the sad news about the passing of Harry Carpenter on Saturday. I have never been a big fan of boxing but “Harry” was without doubt the voice of the sport in the UK.

Carpenter was the BBC’s voice of boxing for almost half a century after joining the corporation in 1949, when he first began commentating on the sport.

Known for his double act with British boxing great Frank Bruno, Carpenter also presented Sportsnight, Grandstand and Sports Personality of the Year.

He retired in 1994 and died in his sleep at King’s College Hospital in London in the early hours of Saturday.

His lawyer David Wills said: “He had been unwell since last summer when he had a minor heart attack.

“The funeral has not been arranged but will be a family funeral, to be followed by a memorial service in London.”

Carpenter became closely identified with Frank Bruno, whose catchphrase “know what I mean, ‘arry?” featured in their post-fight interviews.

The former world heavyweight champion, 48, was said to be “very upset and shocked” by the death.

“The most exciting time was probably the Tyson fight when even Harry Carpenter, who was quite a cool man, sort of lost his cool,” the spokesman added.

Carpenter was on air for the “Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1974.

He labelled the end of the contest – underdog Ali won by knockout in the eighth round to reclaim the world heavyweight crown at the age of 32 – as “the most extraordinary few seconds that I have ever seen in a boxing ring”.

Of Ali himself, Carpenter said: “He is not only the most remarkable sports personality I have ever met, he is the most remarkable man I have ever met.”

Carpenter also had the privilege of presenting Ali with the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Century award in 1999.

His immediately recognisable, warm broadcasting style earned him plaudits outside the United Kingdom, too.

In 1989, he received American Sportscasters’ Association and International Sportscaster of the Year awards.

He will be greatly missed.

For a full tribute visit the BBC page HERE

March 22, 2010 Posted by | News, Old Music, Television, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

One Sided Love Affair

“One Sided Love Affair” – Elvis Presley

If you want to be loved,
Baby, you’ve got to love me, too.
If you want to be loved,
Baby, you’ve got to love me, too.
Oh yeah, ’cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

If you wanna be kissed,
Well, you’ve gotta kiss me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be kissed,
Well, you gotta kiss me, too.
‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

Well, fair exchange bears no robbery,
And the whole world will know that it’s true.
Understanding solves all problems, baby,
That’s why I’m telling you

If you wanna be hugged,
Well, you gotta hug me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be hugged,
Well, you’ve gotta hug me, too.
Yeah, ’cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

If you know you can’t take it,
Baby, why try to give it?
If you know you can’t take it,
Then baby, why try to give it?
‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

Well, fair exchange bears no robbery,
And the whole world will know that it’s true.
Understanding solves all problems, baby,
That’s why I’m telling you

If you wanna be hugged,
Well, you gotta hug me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be hugged,
Baby, you gotta hug me, too.
‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.
‘Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.

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March 22, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Video | , , | 2 Comments

Lesley Duncan

Last week we lost another musical unsung hero, hopefully this post will spread the word.

Lesley Duncan (12 August 1943 – 12 March 2010) was an English singer-songwriter, best known for her work during the 1970s. She received a lot of airplay on British radio stations such as BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2, but never achieved great commercial success.

Duncan was born in Stockton-on-Tees. Her songs included “Everything Changes” and “Sing Children Sing”. Elton John duetted with her in a version of “Love Song” similar to his own, on his album Tumbleweed Connection.

“Love Song” – Elton John

She appeared onstage with John in a 1974 concert at the Royal Festival Hall to perform the duet once again.

The live recording of “Love Song” was included on John’s Here and There album. The version on Tumbleweed Connection remains one of the few songs composed solely by someone other than John and Bernie Taupin or one of their regular collaborators, to appear on a formal Elton John studio album.

Duncan contributed backing vocals to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album as well as singing lead on the song “If I Could Change Your Mind” on the Alan Parsons Project album Eve. As well as writing and singing her own material, Duncan was a backing vocalist in the mid to late 1960s, most notably for Dusty Springfield and the The Walker Brothers. She co-wrote three songs with Scott Walker for the Walker Brothers.

After Elton John recorded “Love Song” this landed Lesley Duncan a recording contract with CBS / Columbia Records. Producer Jimmy Horowitz gathered some of the top studio musicians in England to record on Lesley’s albums including Chris Spedding and Peter Frampton. Her first album “Sing Children Sing” included Elton John on Piano.  “Sing Children Sing”, “Love Song” and “Help Me Jesus” would all be released as singles in the US. Top tracks from this album were “Mr. Rubin”, “Love Song” and “Lullaby”. These songs would all be covered by other artist like Olivia Newton-John and Long John Baldry.

In 1972 her second album “Earth Mother” was released. Unlike the first this was not available in the US. Top tracks from this album include “Time”, “Fortieth Floor” and the title track “Earth Mother”.

Her next album was “Everything Changes”. Highlighting the album are the tracks “My Soul” , “The Serf”, “Love Melts Away” and the title track “Everything Changes”. This lead to her signing with MCA records in the US in 1976

MCA released her next two albums “Moon Bathing” (Lesley’s favourite album), which again included the help of Elton John, and in 1977 “Maybe It’s Lost”.

After low sales of these albums Lesley Duncan was back to a singles artist releasing singles in the UK which was where she started, here is an old Northern Soul track of her’s from 1965 which was the B-Side of the “Just For The Boy” single.

“See That Guy” – Lesley Duncan

The last album Lesley Duncan appeared on was the 1979 release by Alan Parsons Project called “Eve” where she sang the track “If I Could Change Your Mind”.

“Sing Children Sing” was also re-recorded as a single in 1979 with an all star cast including Kate Bush, Pete Townshend and Phil Lynott.

In 2000 her albums started to be released on CD in the UK. “Sing Children Sing” was released in 2000 followed by “Earth Mother” in 2001. 

It is often when the rest of her albums will be released on CD the original master for those albums were lost in a fire. But, copies of the master have been found and hopefully they will see CD releases.

Lesley Cox (Duncan) died in March 2010 on the Scottish Island of Mull where she lived.

A special message from Lesley’s husband…..
March 12, 2010
“This afternoon I drove to the hospital at about 2pm and on the way I got a call that Lesley’s condition had deteriorated alarmingly. When I arrived at her bedside, the nurse had put on the Sing Children Sing album playing softly in the background. I held Lesley’s hand and after about ten minutes Love Song started to play. During the song I felt one or two tremors pass through Lesley’s body and, as her lovely song ended, she passed away. It was as peaceful, I think, as death can be and a relief after her years of struggle.”
Tony Cox

Click HERE to a link to a relevant article in ‘The Scotsman’ newspaper of 20 March 2010:

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March 21, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | , , | 10 Comments

Sunday Sounds – Amazing Grace

Aretha Franklin

 

Sydney Pollack‘s 1972 film of Aretha Franklin recording her hit gospel LP, Amazing Grace, may finally see the light of day.

After 38 years stuck in the Warner Bros vault, producer Alan Elliott has reassembled the footage and intends on releasing the film later this year, reports Variety. Pollack died in 2008 at the age of 73.

Amazing Grace was recorded live in Los Angeles in January 1972. The resulting recording became the best-selling album of Franklin’s career.

Check out the trailer for Pollack’s film below!

Source www.mojo4music.com

Here is Judy Collins classic version of “Amazing Grace” from her 1970 album “Whales And Nightingales”

“Amazing Grace” – Judy Collins

Finally remember this surprise number one from 1972

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Movies, New News, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Living In The Past

Despite their humble sixth place in the Irn-Bru second division, Dumbarton have laid down an audacious claim to be recognised as Scottish champions. But the title The Sons covet won’t be settled in May. The honour in their sights was contested 120 years ago.

In the first-ever Scottish League season in 1890-91, Dumbarton finished level-top on points with Rangers. It was before the concept of goal difference, and the League ordered the clubs to stage a title play-off. It ended in a 2-2 draw, and the inaugural championship was declared a tie.

“The record books might say we shared that title,” Gilbert Lawrie, Dumbarton’s chief executive, said. “But if the issue had been settled on goal difference, which was introduced soon afterwards, we would have been the first champs.” Lawrie is right. The Sons beat The Gers on goal difference by +40 to +33, but who’s counting now? Answer: Dumbarton. “Morally, we were the first-ever winners of the Scottish Football League,” Lawrie said.

The old bone of contention was disinterred this week as the League celebrated its 120th anniversary. On March 20, 1890 officers from 12 clubs met at Holton’s Commercial Hotel in Glasgow’s Glassford Street to launch the competition. It followed the success of the English League, created two years earlier by the Perthshire visionary, William McGregor.

Of those dozen pioneers, only Dumbarton remain members of the Scottish Football League, although Celtic, Heart of Midlothian, Rangers and St Mirren are active in the renegade Scottish Premier League. The others present at the epoch-shaping meeting are now little more than footnotes in the history of the game: Abercorn, Cambuslang, Cowlairs, Renton, Third Lanark, St Bernard’s and Vale of Leven.

“We remain hugely proud of our heritage,” Lawrie said. “It is an honour to have played a full part in the history of the League, and it is an achievement that we are still in business, still playing our football, 120 years later.

“It is a long time ago, but we are immensely aware of our club’s past. We won the League outright in the second season, and Rangers can’t take that away from us, even if they claim a share of the first title.”

The status of the League was slashed savagely when the richest clubs broke away in 1998, sparking recriminations about greed winning out over fair play and the good of the game. The accusations were remarkably similar to charges levelled at the League when it first formed. One of Scotland’s biggest-selling sporting papers greeted the League’s birth with the bitter broadside: “Our first and last objection to the League is that they exist. The entire rules stink of finance, money making and money grabbing.”

Queen’s Park, widely recognised as the greatest club side in the world, refused to have anything to do with the new set-up, saying that the competition would foster professionalism, among other evils. Their prediction quickly came true. Dumbarton’s local rivals, Renton, were booted out of the League for breaking the amateur code just five games into the first season.

Lawrie said that the days when Dumbarton were in the vanguard of money grabbing have long-since passed.

“In that first season Rangers complained that they were asked to play Dumbarton in midweek, saying it was alright for a big team like Dumbarton but poor teams like Rangers struggled because their players couldn’t get time off work,” he said. “Those days are long behind us. But we’re happy with who we are and where we are.”

Source www.thetimesonline.co.uk

“Living In The Past” – Jethro Tull

Happy and I’m smiling,
walk a mile to drink your water.
You know I’d love to love you,
and above you there’s no other.
We’ll go walking out
while others shout of war’s disaster.
Oh, we won’t give in,
let’s go living in the past.

Once I used to join in
every boy and girl was my friend.
Now there’s revolution, but they don’t know
what they’re fighting.
Let us close out eyes;
outside their lives go on much faster.
Oh, we won’t give in,
we’ll keep living in the past.

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March 20, 2010 Posted by | Dumbarton FC, Old Music | , | 1 Comment

New Music – Graham Parker

The great Graham Parker has a new album released on Monday (22nd March 2010).

This is his press release:-

Not too long ago, I was courted by Primary Wave, a publishing company that specializes in finding “placements” for their artists’ songs.  They insisted that I would fit in well with their “iconic” catalog, a portfolio that includes the songs of Kurt Cobain, Hall & Oates and John Lennon, among other luminaries. 

Help, I’m an icon! I thought. 

There are other perhaps less flattering words that they could have used to describe me and that might well be more accurate, but hey, I’m all in favor of a world where folks with money hoist me up to impossible heights, if only to experience the dizzying thrill of dropping like a stone when it is discovered that the rest of the world does not agree with their assessments.

OK, I’ll cunningly go along with their delusions, I figured.  Let them waste a few bob on me.  My songs have certainly been inert for so long weeds are growing between the stanzas.  At least if I knew what a stanza was, and if my songs have any of them, I’d most certainly expect to find a jungle of invasive species crowding them out and blotting out the sunlight.

But the smart folks at Primary Wave have caught on bigtime to the fact that, although CD sales for most of us are, ahem, not very good (!), songs don’t go away.  If they did you wouldn’t have to hear the insufferable “Somebody’s Watching Me” on the worst of the otherwise excellent Geico ads every five minutes.  Not to mention having to stomach a Journey tune on the final Soprano’s episode, which I refused to watch out of spite.  (Did they all get whacked?  I’ll never know.)

 

So anyway, early last summer I received an e-mail from a Primary Wave rep. who deals with the West Coast end of things, TV shows in particular.  It was one of those missives that television music supervisors presumably throw out to all their music publishing contacts, requesting a “Main Title,” a theme tune for an upcoming show.

The rep. was unsure as to whether I’d be interested in writing something on spec, and certainly, it’s not an endeavor I’ve ever thought of attempting before, but the idea of the show in question must have got my juices flowing, for within about half an hour I had a ridiculously catchy tune that fit the bill perfectly.

I then booked time at a local studio and recorded a one-and-a half minute opus (that’s all they needed), guitars, vocals, keyboards and synth drums, and was well pleased with the effort.

Not long after submitting the track, I was told that the music supervisor on the show, although expressing high regard for my effort, had ultimately chosen something else.

Not much of a surprise, really, as my observance of TV usages has led me to the conclusion that they mostly either use trendy Indie acts right out of a Nick Harcourt playlist or, like — the Who.  As always, Trend and Commerce rule, and their choice in this case was no exception, using as they did a tune by someone you’ve never heard of who nevertheless was in an “Indie” band with a very silly name.

Two weeks later, my contact sent me another request for a Main Title, and with the juices still boiling away, I wrote an even catchier piece (this time they only wanted 40 seconds) and repeated the steps listed above.

To be fair, the first show had at least picked a pretty decent piece of work, trendyness of the artist notwithstanding, but on this second show they chose the lamest instrumental imaginable, probably because they decided to go cheap and hired some hack to cobble something together instead of paying a decent chunk of change to an actual name artist.

So, two rejections, but two potential songs in the bag for me.

And here’s where it gets interesting.  What if, I thought, I wrote my own treatments for TV shows — situation comedies for the most part — and then wrote the theme tunes to go with them?  The only person who could reject them would be me, and that wasn’t likely to happen because they’d be so bloody good!

I plunged into the concept with some enthusiasm, knowing as I do that anything that gets me off the couch to pick up the guitar and to then return to the couch with said guitar to actually do some work instead of passing out on said couch in front of some highly dubious footwork courtesy of the Fox Soccer Channel would be a good thing.

Within a month or two I had ten songs, which included fleshed out versions of the ones that I’d worked on for the TV shows in the first place.

Then I took the skeletal treatments of the shows and tarted them up into more fully realized plots, recorded “More Questions Than Answers,” the stunning Johnny Nash tune from the early ‘70’s that I’ve had in mind to cover for about 40 years, and there it was, a new album, “Imaginary Television.”

In the booklet that accompanies the CD and Vinyl (yes, vinyl!), you’ll find TV show plots and fake press reviews instead of lyrics (Judd Apatow, call me….), so don’t cheat and ask someone to burn you a copy because by just listening to the songs you won’t have a clue as to what’s going on.

As well as some solo gigs, me and the Figgs will be doing the rounds, so please keep an eye on the Tour page.

 

Back in the real world, Primary Wave have already been getting results, and the best part is (when it comes to TV show usage at least) that songs are often used in the background, so no ones knows about it.  (The fame I don’t need, I’ll just take the dosh, thanks)

 

Now, there may well be a Paleolithic among you who thinks that even wanting to have tunes placed on TV shows, in movies or in adverts, is a sell out, a morally reprehensible idea, a crass indefensibly offensive affront to the delicate sensibilities of both artiste and audience, a reproachable attack on the bedrock virtues of nonconformist ideology as espoused by 50 years of iconoclastic observance to unwritten codes of conduct evinced by a continual wellspring of rock ‘n’ roll rebellion (stop him…please…) now well established and accepted as a hierarchy implicitly sanctioned in the embedded psyche of a generation of man/child (…oh…) torchbearers still gripping unflinchingly the flame of truth-against-power, a flame (…the humanity…) held dear to countless manifestations of the unadulterated poetics of musical purity, unencumbered (no…no more I beg) by commerciality, resistant to compromise, bound implacably to the concepts of art and simultaneously immune to the vagaries of market and acceptability, popularity (…stop…) and monetary gain, resplendent and intrinsically wedded to higher aspirations of artistic insularity and the (…him…) steadfast multiplicity of complex compositional profundities deeply inherent to the form as established in long-standing antiestablishment diatribes, agitprop and anti-nabob in both structural formulation (…Can’t stand…) (…this…) and density of sonic delivery, immersed in — for want of a better word — cool.                  

Well, then you’d be a twit.

 

GP

I for one will be in line to buy a copy, in the meantime here is a taster.

If you can’t wait you can download via e-Music HERE

“Weather Report” – Graham Parker

“Bring Me A Heart Again” – Graham Parker

To buy the music of Graham Parker click HERE

Finally “yes m’lady” here is some vintage Parker

March 20, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New News, Video | | 2 Comments

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