Love Is A Losing Game (Amy Winehouse)

One of my very favourite lyricists and performers, Amy Winehouse, writes so well about how “love is a losing game“* and sings it so emotionally that it certainly appears to be so: you must give in some space in your bed and suddenly your capacity to stretch with impunity has limitations. There is another to consider, another to acknowledge, another to mind, another not to hurt with our usual individual now almost selfish-feeling habits. But … Read on…

Amy Winehouse, at home with Ray

Amy Winehouse

You can always get stuck in her beehive or be taken aback by some of her manners. However, in so riding on the surface of the lady, you will be losing out on the real deal, the real her. She’s not just a voice, she’s a feeling, unapolegitically betraying and exorcising every string of raw emotion within, no matter how unpretty and almost, seemingly, brushing against the derisory. She’s not a simple technique but an … Read on…

I Write The Songs #35

Karine Polwart - Comissioned Image take by Eamonn McGoldrick Tel: 07810 482491

Sorry, Karine Polwart Confusion, The Zutons, 2004 one of us, joan osborne ( Eric Bazilian’s cover; from the hooters) Everybody’s changing – keane (written by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes) once covered by Lily Allen, 2004 Bridges, Krista Detor, 2014 Creep, radiohead Your love is king, Sade Talk to me, Babyface and Eric Clapton, 1996 Picking up the pieces, Paloma Faith , 2012 walk us uptown, elvis costello and the roots Ironic, alanis morrissette, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #12

Your Song, Ellie Goulding (Elton John cover), 3.00, 2011, UK Sound Of Silence, Paul Simon, 3.04, 1966, USA True Colours, (Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly cover), 3.31, 2010, USA Eye In The Sky, The Alan Parsons Project, 4.36, 1982, UK No Meu Pais, Dom La Nena, 3.05, 2013, Brazil More Than Words, Extreme, 3.42, 1991, USA Still, Macy Gray, 4.13, 1999, USA You Make It Real, James Morisson, 3.31, 2008, UK Picking Up The Pieces, … Read on…

I Write The Songs 1

Adele

I Write The Songs 1 – part 1 Skyfall, Adele, 4’49, 2012, UK Tower of Song, Leonard Cohen, 5’35, 1995, Canada Your Song, Ellie Goulding (Elton John cover), 3’10, 2012, UK I write the songs, Barry Manilow (Bruce Johnston), 3’43, 1975, USA Where are we now, David Bowie, 2013, 4’08, UK Twist in my sobriety, Tanita Tikaram, 3’53, 1988, UK Dust on my shoes, Tanita Tikaram, UK You give me something, James Morrison, 3’31, 2006, … Read on…