What I did on my holidays

It’s been a busy few weeks, if not round the blog. I’ve been enjoying the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, and generally feeling pretty damn tired as a result.

I have written a couple of bits for God Is In The TV zine, which I encourage you to have a look at: my Aretha Franklin obituary was written last Thursday, and you can find it here. I also contributed to the twenty best Madonna songs article on the magazine, and you can read mine and everyone else’s contributions here.

I’ve also enjoyed Mamma Mia Here We Go Again at the cinema- and should you be so inclined, here’s a piece I wrote in the very early days of the blog comparing Abba to Joy Division, and amongst other things, seen Pussy Riot and John Grant at the festival.

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel exhausted by the sheer amount of music that’s out there, new and old.

So, based on what I’ve written above, if you hear one track today, it should be this. Aretha Franklin’s recording of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from her gospel album Amazing Grace. Just fantastic.

Happy Easter

Whatever your beliefs or be they none, these gospel recordings are uplifting and worth hearing!

Edwin Hawkins singers -O Happy Day’

You’ll Never Walk Alone is one of those somg that is both a tear-jerker and uplifting. If this song does not move you in some way, then tere’s no hope for you. FACT.
Originally written for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel in 1945, it has been a hit single, a football chant and a reminiscence song, but I have yet to hear a version top this:

Aretha Franklin -‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’

To describe this as Gospel would be wrong – but this excerpt of a Congolese Mass, sung in Latin, is brief but very effective, and became popularised after being featured in If… amongst other things.

Missa Luba -‘Sanctus’

Happy Birthday to brother 17 Seconds

It’s my brother’s birthday tomorrow, and so this post is for him. these tunes aren’t about him, but stuff I know he likes, and stuff I think he will like… : ))

Miles Davis -‘So What.’ mp3

John Cale -‘Paris 1919.’ mp3

Love Is All -‘Make Out.Fall Out. Make Up.’ mp3

Red Hot Chili Peppers -‘Under The Bridge.’ mp3

Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci -‘Spanish Dance Troupe.’ mp3

Sparks -‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us.’ mp3

Holger Czukay -‘Cool In the Pool.’ mp3

Aretha Franklin -‘Rocksteady.’ mp3

James Yorkston And The Atheletes -‘St. Patrick.’ mp3

Jeff Buckley – ‘Hallelujah.’ mp3