From the Mission’s lovely 2004 album of lullabies Now The Day is Over. You’ll be asleep before it’s finished. https://am-records.com/2019/02/18/the-age-of-innocence-mission/
ON Sunday, services of remembrance will be held at war memorials in towns and villages all over the country, each with its list of names of those who died to … Continue readingO God Our Help in Ages Past
Cautionary tale about relationships between England and Scotland, from the 1990 album Freedom and Rain.
Excellent version of the Gerry Rafferty song, from 1969’s The Lonesome Boatman LP.
This was written by Burt Bacharach (music), Luther Dixon (credited as Barney Williams)and Mack David (lyrics). It was released by the Shirelles in 1961, reaching No 8 in the US … Continue readingThe Shirelles: Baby It’s You
Lovely sitar-based ditty from their 1967 debut album Mr Fantasy.
DURING my early years in journalism, I was lucky enough to interview a number of musicians. I have already described my meeting with the delightful Kevin Coyne, at which he … Continue readingIn praise of Bryn Haworth
Don’t knock on my door if you don’t know my rottweiler’s name . . . great stuff from WZ’s 1995 album Mutineer,
LAST week I wrote about Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), the Venetian composer sometimes called the King of Baroque. He was a major influence on Johann Sebastian Bach, who was seven years younger. … Continue readingBach Violin Concerto No 2 in E major BWV 1052
I spent a winter in Wallsend on Tyne in a three-bedroom flat with the only heating a one-bar electric fire in the living room. I have never been so cold … Continue readingLindisfarne: Winter Song