Little Sparrow – Katie Ware is Sending the message

Katie Ware takes you with the lovely film of her voice, the gentle strum of her guitar and accompanying bowed strings to a magical world where you tumble gently down the music hole. The Flame feels like the most exquisite burn and the message she is sending comes out like a spell. Her enchantment is such that the recordings match the live performances, each perfectly testifying of her stage name “Little Sparrow”. Her music has … Read on…

I Write The Songs #70 featuring Enya

Songwriter of the week:  Enya part 1 Enya, Orinocco Flow, Ireland Pink Floyd, Hey You (Roger Waters) Noa, Mishaela, 3.09, Israel Damon Albarn, Everyday robots, 2014 Suzanne Vega, Luka Cat Stevens, Moonshadow part 2 Enya, Watermark Lo-fang, You’re the one that I want (John Farrar) Daria Kulesh, Right here Ultravox, Contact, 2012 Karine Polwart, Follow the heron, Scotland John Denver, Take me home country roads part 3. Enya, Only time, 2000 All Saints, Pure shores, … Read on…

Roland Orzabal is sowing the seeds of love

The artistry of some performing songwriters sometimes get drowned in the advances of technology or the frills of popular music. It certainly does not seem to be the case for the lyrics and melodies of Tears For Fears’s songwriter Roland Orzabal. At first sight, the public may more easily find the soul of the Tears for Fears’ music in the more acoustic and live versions of their tracks, from the notable original Woman in chains (impeccably lifted … Read on…

I Write The Songs #46

Paul Simon

Main Theme: “One-story” tellers across borders Coat of Many Colours, Dolly Parton, USA – 7 seconds, Youssou N’dour/Neneh Cherry (N’Dour/Cherry/McVey/Sharp), Senegal/Sweden, 1994 Neneh Cherry revealed that “7 Seconds” tells about first seven seconds in the life of a newborn, arguably unaware of problems in the world. ” Neneh Cherry Online – Biography”. Retrieved 12 Jul 2009. The song appeared on N’Dour’s album The Guide (Wommat) and Neneh Cherry’s album Man as well as on the soundtrack of the 1998 … Read on…

I Write The Songs #45

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

Main theme: A playlist of some singer-songwriters, something old, something new, something borrowed, something new Follow the heron, Karine Polwart, Scotland Walking man, James Taylor, USA You know, Laura Marling, England A l’ombre du coeur de ma mie, Debademba, Mali / France borrowed from French singer-songwriter Georges Brassens, lifted with the accents of Mali It ain’t me babe, Bob Dylan Wind cries Mary, Jimy Hendrix Clown, Emeli Sande – Scotland Ashes, Ben Harper – USA Back … Read on…

I Write The Songs #44

Play dead, Bjork, Iceland Save tonight, Eagle Eye Cherry, 3.56, Sweden Full steam ahead, David Gray and Annie Lennox, England All fall down, Ultravox, 1986, UK Who will save your soul, Jewel, USA Everybody’s changing, Keane, England The sweetest thing, Lauryn Hill, Jamaica You give me something, James Morrisson, 3.35 Underneath your clothes, Shakira, Columbia The girl from Ipanema, Frank Sinatra, USA Sleep like breathing, Alison Moyet (featuring David Freeman), 4.20, 1987 Eyes wide open, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #43

Burt Bacharach

Special Burt Bacharach and Brazil World cup 2014 Dream a little dream of me, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (music: Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt; lyrics by Gus Kahn cover), from c.1931 Somethin’ stupid, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman (written by C. Carson Parks and best known in the hit version by Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra) These are the days, Jamie Cullum (Ben Cullum), 2003, England Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple Royals, Lorde, 2013, New Zealand … Read on…

I Write The Songs #42

Main theme: Guitars Bye, Bye Baby, Janis Joplin a song written by Powell St. John, interpreted by Big Brother and the Holding Company on their first album, featuring Janis Joplin) 1966 – Angel, Jimi Hendrix – This garden, Jo Bywater, 2013, England – Wind cries Mary, Jimi Hendrix, 3.21, 1967, USA – You know, Laura Marling, 2013 – Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen, USA Against All Odds, Phil Collins, England – Elderflower Fall, Pitch Feather, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #39

Crossroads, Tracy Chapman, 4.11, 1989 Grace, Jeff Buckley, 5.21, 1994 No more I love yous, Annie Lennox, 4.49, 1995, Scotland Ashes, Ben Harper, 3.51 Still, Macy Gray, 4.13, 1999, USA I need a dollar, Aloe Blacc, 4.03, 2011, USA Somewhere only we know, Lily Allen Everybody’s changing, Keane Beautiful that way, Noa, Israel Complainte de la butte Rufus Wainwright, Canada Confusion, The Zutons, England Feel it all, KT Tunstall, 3.46, 2013 Carolina on my mind, James Taylor, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #36

The sensual world, Kate Bush, England Full steam, David Gray & Annie Lennox, England/Scotland Toxic, Yael Naim (Cathy Dennis), UK/Israel Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye, 1982, USA Easy, Sheryl Crowe, 2014, USA Easy, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, 1977, USA Your song, Ewan Gregor (Elton John), 2001, UK Behind the wall, Tracy Chapman, 1.46, USA Something stupid, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman, 2.50, USA/UK Complainte de la butte, Rufus Wainwright (Jean Renoir, Georges Van Parys ), … Read on…