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Wednesday Words – The The

Love is Stronger than Death is a song from The The’s album Dusk.

It was written by Matt Johnson, only constant member of The The. Matt Johnson wrote this song following the death of his brother.

In his depression, he found that writing this song was therapeutic for him.

The title is a paraphrase of a Biblical quote: “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” (Song of Solomon 8:6).

“Love Is Stronger Than Death” – The The

LoveLoveLove
LoveLoveLove

Me & my friend were walking
In the cold light of mourning.
Tears may blind the eyes but the soul is not deceived
In this world even winter ain’t what it seems.

Here come the blue skies Here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.
LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.

In our lives we hunger for those we cannot touch.
All the thoughts unuttered & all the feelings unexpressed
Play upon our hearts like the mist upon our breath.
But, awoken by grief, our spirits speak
“How could you believe that the life within the seed
that grew arms that reached
And a heart that beat.
And lips that smiled
And eyes that cried.
Could ever die?”

Here come the blue skies Here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.
LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.

Shall rise. Shall rise.
Shall rise. Shall rise.

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June 30, 2010 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Friends, Mrs D, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Anniversary Day

It was three years ago today

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Video | , , | Leave a comment

I Don’t Like Mondays

I Don’t Like Mondays” was a UK number one single for four weeks during July and August 1979. Written by Bob Geldof and performed by The Boomtown Rats. It was the band’s second number one single.

Geldof wrote the song after reading a telex report at Georgia State University’s campus radio station, WRAS, on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California on 29 January 1979. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays; this livens up the day.”

The song was first performed less than a month later at the Fox Theatre, London. Geldof explained how he wrote the song:

“I was doing a radio interview in Atlanta with Fingers and there was a telex machine beside me. I read it as it came out. Not liking Mondays as a reason for doing somebody in, is a bit strange. I was thinking about it on the way back to the hotel, and I just said ‘Silicone (sic) chip inside her head had switched to overload’. I wrote that down. And the journalists interviewing her said, ‘Tell me why?’ It was such a senseless act. It was the perfect senseless act and this was the perfect senseless reason for doing it. So perhaps I wrote the perfect senseless song to illustrate it. It wasn’t an attempt to exploit tragedy.”

Geldof had originally intended the song as a b-side, but changed his mind after the song went down well with audiences on the Rats’ US tour.

Spencer’s family tried unsuccessfully to prevent the single from being released in the United States.

Despite being a major hit in the United Kingdom, it only reached #73 on the US Billboard Hot 100, partly due to Geldof’s antagonistic attitude towards U.S. radio stations. The song was played regularly by album-oriented rock format radio stations in the United States throughout the 1980s, although radio stations in San Diego still refrained from playing the track for some years in respect to local sensitivities about the shooting.

The song became Number One in the UK single charts in July 1979. In the UK it won the prestigious Best Pop Song and Outstanding British Lyric categories at the Ivor Novello Awards.

 It was subsequently covered by Tori Amos on her 2001 album Strange Little Girls and later by G4 on their 2006 album Act Three.

At a concert in London in 1995, just before the tenth anniversary of Live Aid (during which Geldof himself performed the song in the Boomtown Rats’ final major appearance), Bon Jovi covered the song after being joined on stage by Geldof at Wembley Stadium.

This recorded performance features on Bon Jovi’s live album One Wild Night Live 1985–2001, as well as on the bonus 2-CD edition of These Days. Geldof himself performed an impromptu version of the song while hosting the Live 8 concert in London, on 2 July 2005.

Germany 4 England 1 …………………..well there is always an exception to the rule!

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Sounds – Graham Cash

Songs for Beginners is Graham Nash’s first solo album, released in May 1971, and one of four high-profile albums released by each partner of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping Déjà Vu album of 1970.

At its heart, however, Songs For Beginners is an album of love songs…tales of lost love, yes, but a romantic collection nonetheless.

No less than three songs among the eleven – “Better Days,” “Simple Man,” and “I Used To Be A King” – deal with Nash’s heartbroken break-up with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, of whom he wrote the CSNY gem “Our House.”

“I Used To Be A King” – Graham Nash

I used to be a King and everything around me turned to gold
I thought I had everything and now I’m left without a hand to hold
But it’s all right I’m O.K. How are you?
For what it’s worth I must say I loved you
And in my bed late at night, I miss you
Someone is going to take my heart
But no one is going to break my heart again

I used to be a King and everything around me turned to rust
It’s `cause I built my life on sand
And I watched it crumble in the dust
But it’s all right I’m O.K. and I want to know
how you are
For what it’s worth I must say I loved you as you are
And in my bed where are you?
Someone is going to take my heart
But no one is going to break my heart again
I used to be a King and everything around  me turned around
But I know all I have to do is sing
And I’ll lift myself way off the ground
Yeah, but it’s all right I’m O.K. How are you?
For what it’s worth I must say I loved you
And in my bed late at night where are you?
Someone is going to take my heart
But no one is going to break my heart again

Another song here, “Wounded Bird,” was written for friend and bandmate Stephen Stills, who was going through his own break-up with folk singer Judy Collins.

“Wounded Bird” – Graham Nash

I’ve watched you go through changes
That no man should face alone
Take to heel or tame the horse
The choice is still your own
But arm yourself against the pain
A wounded bird can give
And in the end remember
It’s with you you have to live
And in the end remember
It’s with you you have to live
Stand your ground I think you’ve got
The guts it takes to win
But you must learn to turn the keys
Before she’ll let you in
And understand the problems of the girl you want
So near or you’ll wear the coat of questions `til the
Answer hat is here
You’ll wear the coat of questions `til the
Answer hat is here
Serenade your angel with a love song from your eyes
Grow a little taller even though your age defies
Feel a little smaller
And in stature you will rise
A hobo or a poet must kill dragons for a bride;
And humble pie is always hard to swallow
With your pride

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June 27, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

New Music – The Black Keys

Ohio blues duo The Black Keys have spoken about their music background, claiming it emphasised passion over technique.

The Black Keys are an anomaly, a group out of time. Their stripped down take on the blues runs against indie trends, producing something timeless but – in the right hands – forward facing.

On their new album ‘Brothers’ the band expand still further. Adding new instruments, The Black Keys were produced by long time friend and collaboration Danger Mouse on recent single ‘Tighten Up’.

Speaking to ClashMusic, singer Dan Auerbach revealed that his musical upbringing emphasised passion over technique. The frontman explained that his family sang bluegrass songs as a means of passing the time.

“Growing up in an environment where it is all bluegrass songs and gospel songs doesn’t allow you to sing in a phoney voice you know? Music is in my family; it’s something I learnt to do when I was a little kid,” Dan Auerbach asserts.

“I was surrounded by people who sang passionately. You have to be natural to be able to sing that kind of music in a real way. You can’t just come at it from an ‘Idol’ kind of way -that won’t cut it – you will be told to leave the building.”

Parts of the new album were recorded in legendary Alabama soundshack Muscle Shoals studio. However the iconic studio failed to make the impression The Black Keys expected, according to Dan Auerbach.

“We walked through the door and were pretty excited,” he explains. “But after a couple of days we realised that the studio wasn’t anything like it used to be -all the installations which gave the records their sound had been torn out. I think Pat and I found out that we can do this thing we do anywhere; it doesn’t matter where we are.”

“She’s Long Gone” – The Black Keys

Click HERE to read the entire interview!

Source: www.clashmusic.com

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June 26, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New News, Video | | 3 Comments

Friday Fun – The Joys of Ageing

“Old Age” – Louis Jordan

“Old Man Blues” – Mose Allison

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June 25, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck turned 66 today, one six short of a crossroads meeting though.

Some of his best work came early on in his career as this short piece of film taken in the studio with Mickie Most and Rod Stewart illustrates.

Notwithstanding the above his recent work should not be disgarded.

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June 24, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Video | , | Leave a comment

Cats In The Cradle

These three pictures are not photos but pencil drawings. The artist a is 38-year-old graphic artist from Hong Kong called Paul Lung. 0.5 mm technical pencil and A2 paper are the only attributes of these masterpieces. He doesn’t use eraser and spends up to 60 hours sketching out his pictures.

As he often admits people do not belive him and he has to make videos of his work to prove that these art works are not photographs. Check these beautiful artworks out for yourself.

“Cats In The Cradle” – Harry Chapin

My child arrived just the other day,
He came through the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He’d say, “I’m gonna be like you, dad.
You know I’m gonna be like you.”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, “Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s play.
Can you teach me to throw?” I said, “Not today,
I got a lot to do.” He said, “That’s ok.”
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,and
Said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I’m gonna be like him.”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
“Son, I’m proud of you. Can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
“What I’d really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then, dad.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

I’ve long since retired and my son’s moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind.”
He said, “I’d love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job’s a hassle, and the kid’s have the flu,
But it’s sure nice talking to you, dad.
It’s been sure nice talking to you.”
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He’d grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then, dad.
you know we’ll have a good time then.

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June 24, 2010 Posted by | Art, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – The Footba’ Referee

(Matt McGinn)

Chorus:
Why did I ever become a footba’ referee
I coulda been an engineer or a sailor on the sea
Whenever there is a fault to find they always pick on me
Why did I ever become a footba’ referee

I used tae play at center half when I was very young
And sticking out for fair play I never could hold my tongue
The men at the top were watching and they quickly spotted me
They said, Now there is a decent man we’ll make him a referee

Chorus

When first I took my whistle out I did feel very proud
I played it like a fluter and I smiled at all the crowd
I gave them two decisions then I heard a terrible boo
For fifty thousand voices roared, Coconuts to you

When Rangers played the Celtic I was stuck oot on the field
I’d only been there a minute or two when the crowd began to squeal
The half o’ them said, He’s a Fenian wi’ a heart to Ireland
The others said, He’s a bull-nose and he’s had the shake o’ the hand

Chorus

The game had run on half an hour when two began tae fight
I tried tae separate them and tae tell them who was right
They bashed me and they battered me and they left me nearly lame
The crowd all roared, Go bury him and let’s get on wi’ the game

Chorus

They brought me o’er to Italy as a very honoured guest
Between Milan and Roma I did my level best
But the crowd they didnae fancy me I could tell by the way they squealed
They’d to bring a helicopter in to get me aff a’ the field

Chorus

June 23, 2010 Posted by | Footbal, Humour, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning….at The Rock

“Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning” – Cowboy Junkies

Sun comes up, it’s tuesday morning
Hits me straight in the eye
Guess you forgot to close the blind last night
Oh, that’s right, I forgot, it was me

I sure do miss the smell of black coffee in the morning,
The sound of water splashing all over the bathroom,
The kiss that you would give me even though I was sleeping,
But I kind of like the feel of this extra few feet in my bed
Telephone’s ringing, but I don’t answer it
’cause everybody knows that good news always sleeps till noon

Guess it’s tea and toast for breakfast again
Maybe I’ll add a little t.v. too
No milk! god, how I hate that
Guess I’ll go to the corner, get breakfast from jenny
She’s got a black eye this morning, `jen how’d ya get it? ‘
She says, `last night, bobby got a little bit out of hand’

Lunchtime. I start to dial your number
Then I remember so I reach for something to smoke
And anyways I’d rather listen to coltrane
Than go through all that shit again

There’s something about an afternoon spent doing nothing
Just listening to records and watching the sun falling
Thinking of things that don’t have to add up to something
And this spell won’t be broken
By the sound of keys scraping in the lock

Maybe tonight it’s a movie
With plenty of room for elbows and knees
A bag of popcorn all to myself,
Black and white with a strong female lead
And if I don’t like it, no debate, I’ll leave

Here comes that feeling that I’d forgotten
How strange these streets feel
When you’re alone on them
Each pair of eyes just filled with suggestion
So I lower my head, make a beeline for home
Seething inside

Funny, I’d never noticed
The sound the streetcars make as they pass my window
Which reminds me that I forgot to close the blind again
Yeah, sure I’ll admit there are times when I miss you
Especially like now when I need someone to hold me
But there are some things that can never be forgiven
And I just gotta tell you
That I kinda like this extra few feet in my bed

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June 22, 2010 Posted by | Photography, Video | , | Leave a comment

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