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July 17, 2011 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Friends, Mrs D, New News, Photography, The Dugs, The Who, Video | | 5 Comments

Anniversary Day

June 29, 2011 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Friends, Jazz Vocal, Mrs D, Photography, Video | | 1 Comment

Who Put The Boot In 35 Years On

It is frightening to think that it was 35 years ago today that I first saw The Who live in concert and which turned out to be the only time I got to see them with Keith Moon.

£4 I call that a bargain the best I ever had.

This clip from the film “The Kids Are Alright” was filmed a year later but remains representative of the night at Celtic park where the laser show could be seen from miles around.

June 5, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Friends, The Who, Video | | Leave a comment

James Grant Part Two

Following on from yesterday’s posting on James Grant and Fraser Spiers’s appearance at The Fox and Hounds in Houston (see HERE) all I can say is pure brilliance!!

Here is one of my favourite songs from the set taken from the 2009 album “Strange Flowers”

“Scarecrow Song” – James Grant

To buy the music of James Grant click HERE

He also did a cover version of this great Tom Waits song from the 1986 album “Rain Dogs”

“Clap Hands” – Tom Waits

To buy the music of  Tom Waits click HERE

November 21, 2010 Posted by | Friends, Old Music | , , | 2 Comments

James Grant

Tonight I am off to see James Grant who is appearing at my good old local “The Fox and Hounds” in Houston, hopefully, babysitter permitting with Mr & Mrs Big Rab.

I have already posted on the career of James Grant (click HERE) as well as a specific post on his great album “Strange Flowers” (click HERE) but this will be my first experience of seeing him live.

“You’re Not The Only One” (Live) – James Grant

To buy the music of James Grant click HERE

James is playing tomorrow night with the legendary Fraser Speirs who last year spent a fair amount of time on the road as a member of Paolo Nutini’s touring band.

Fraser has been a session player and live musician for so many artists but you can buy a CD of him live with some friends titled “About Time”

To buy click HERE

November 20, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Friends, Old Music, Video | , , | 6 Comments

Happy 50th Birthday

“I Still Miss You…….A Little Bit (Live)” – Bryan Adams

i still miss you…a little bit

you said you’d always keep me happy
you said that you would always be true
you said you’d always keep me warm at night
i didn’t know there’d be someone else there too

ya i still miss you…a little bit
don’t mind me i’ll get over
learn to live – live to love another day
i’ll be my old self in a week or two
until then i’ll be sad and blue
yes i admit i still miss you…a little bit

you said you’d always be my lover
you said you’d be with me til the end
you said we’d always be together
i wasn’t counting on you sleeping with my friends

To buy the music of Bryan Adams click HERE

November 12, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Family, Friends, New Music, New Releases | | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – You’ve Got A Friend

“When you’re down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothin’, nothin’ is goin’ right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night”

 

When you’re down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothin’, nothin’ is goin’ right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come runnin’ to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend

If the sky above you
Grows dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind begins to blow
Keep your head together
And call my name out loud
Soon you’ll hear me knockin’ at your door

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come runnin’, runnin, yeah, yeah,
to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, yes I will

Now ain’t it good to know
that you’ve got a friend
When people can be so cold
They’ll hurt you, yes, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them
Oh, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come runnin, runnin’, yeah, yeah, yeah
to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, yes I will
You’ve got a friend,
you’ve got a friend,
ain’t it good to know,
you’ve got a friend,
ain’t it good to know,
ain’t it good to know,
ain’t it good to know,
you’ve got a friend,
oh yeah now, you’ve got a friend,
yeah baby, you’ve got a friend,
oh yeah, you’ve got a friend.

July 7, 2010 Posted by | Friends, Video | , | Leave a comment

A Big Thank You To You All

It has been running close over the last few months but June 2010 saw more than 50,000 hits in a month for this blog, 54,445 to be precise.

Now this is very small in comparison to most sites on the web but for me it gives me some satisfaction that my wide musical taste is being tapped into by others and if only one person discovers a liking for a song, album or band that has passed them by for whatever reason then it is all worth while as I myself have benefited from such surprise discoveries.

The blog was never set up to seek popularity it’s key objective was and remains to provide some “therapy” for me away from the stresses and strains of normal life, if along the way people find some pleasure or interest in the music that I promote, the news I spread or the occasional bit of humour I deliver then that is a big bonus.

With the recent passing of Alex Chilton this seems so more appropriate.

“Thank You Friends” – Big Star

Thank you, friends
Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you
I’m so grateful for all the things you helped me do.

All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Thank you, friends
I rejoice to the skies
Dear ones like you do the best I do
As far as can see my eyes

All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Without my friends I got chaos
I’m often a bead of light.
Without my friends I’d be swept up high by the wind

do, do…….

All the ladies and gentlemen (I said all)
All the ladies and gentlemen (I said all)
All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Thank you friends (thank you again)
Thank you friends (thank you again)
Dear, dear friends (thank you again)
Thank you friends (thank you again)
And again, and again….
Never too late to start

To buy the music of Big Star click HERE

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Family, Friends, New News, Old Music | , , , | 2 Comments

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.

To buy the music of The The click HERE

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

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

The above song hit a big note with me in the autumn of 1982 when it was regularly played at Akram’s night club, St Mary’s Way, Dumbarton.

My long standing girlfriend of the time had gone off on holiday with her friend to give us some “space” the lyrics to the song perfectly captured my doubts about the relationship which was without doubt at a crossroads.

In the end despite several pints of strong lager and slow dance snog with some girl at the end of the night and against my better judgement I decided the answer was “stay”.

By November she decided it was “go”, she did return seven years later and we were married, six years later she was off again this time for good, somtimes you should always go with the head not the heart.

Another crossroad looms ahead, yet again I remain unsure but I will need to reach a conclusion soon.

Oh yeeeeeaaaaah

Wooh!

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I’ll be here ’til the end of time
So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

Always tease tease tease
You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day is fine, next day is black
So if you want me off your back
Well come on and let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An’ if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know!

This indecision’s bugging me
Esta indecision me molesta
If you don’t want me, set me free
Si no me quieres, librame
Exactly who’m I’m supposed to be
Dime que tengo que ser
Don’t you know which clothes even fit me?
¿sabes que ropas me quedan?
Come on and let me know
Me tienes que decir
Should I cool it or should I blow?
¿me debo ir o quedarme?

Split!
Yo me enfrio o lo sufro

Should I stay or should I go now?
yo me enfrio o lo sufro
Should I stay or should I go now?
yo me enfrio o lo sufro
If I go there will be trouble
Si me voy – va a haber peligro
And if I stay it will be double
Si me quedo es doble
So you gotta let me know
Pero me tienes que decir
Should I cool it or should I go?
yo me enfrio o lo sufro

Should I stay or should I go now?
yo me enfrio o lo sufro
If I go there will be trouble
Si me voy – va a haber peligro
And if I stay it will be double
Si me quedo es doble
So you gotta let me know
Pero me tienes que decir
Should I stay or should I go?

Should I Stay or Should I Go” is a song by  The Clash, from their album Combat Rock.

It was written in 1981 and featured Mick Jones on lead vocals. It became the band’s only number-one single, a decade after it was originally released after being used in a jeans commercial.

In November 2004, it was ranked at 228 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 In 2009 it was ranked 42nd on VH1’s program 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.

The tune leans towards more of a retro punk rock sound than most of the other tracks on the album. Though many legends have arisen about what the song is about (one of which is Jones’ impending dismissal from the Clash in 1983), it is actually about a rocky personal relationship between Jones and singer Ellen Foley that would soon implode. The lyrics seem to reflect ups and downs concerning the relationship and the dilemma of sticking with or ending it.

The Spanish backing vocals are courtesy of Joe Strummer:

On the spur of the moment I said ‘I’m going to do the backing vocals in Spanish,’…We needed a translator so Eddie Garcia, the tape operator, called his mother in Brooklyn Heights and read her the lyrics over the phone and she translated them. But Eddie and his mum are Ecuadorian, so it’s Ecuadorian Spanish that me and Joe Ely are singing on the backing vocals.
—Joe Strummer, 1991

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Friends, Video | | 1 Comment

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