I Write The Songs 55

I Write The Songs 55 was first aired on Canalside Community Radio 102.8FM and is a special covers (theme) featuring among other renditions those specifically of singer-songwriter of the week Bob Dylan. I Write The Songs 55 – part 1 Adele, Make you feel my love (Bob Dylan) The civil wars, Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) Jeff Buckley, Halleluyah (Leonard Cohen) Sinead O’Connor (1990), Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince) Johnny Cash, Hurt (Nine Inch Nails) I … 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…

Playlist 29 I Write The Songs

Special superb covers Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen covered by musician KD Lang in 2004 Canada/Canada Lilac Wine written by James Shelton in 1950 and rendered by Jeff Buckley, 04.29, 1994, US A whiter shade of pale (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher – English band Procol Harum), Annie Lennox, 05.16, 1995, Scotland Fire, Des’ree and Babyface (Radio Edit, Bruce Springsteen cover), 03.47 Man in the Mirror, James Morrisson (Michael Jackson cover), UK Toxic, Yael Naim (Cathy … Read on…

I Write The Songs #26

Dolly Parton

Save The Last Dance For Me, Dolly Parton, 3.45, 1983, USA It’s growing, James Taylor, 4.07, 2009, USA Eye in the sky, Noa, 4.15, 2003, Israel A l’ombre du coeur de ma mie, Debademba, 2.58, 2011, France Billie Jean, Civil Wars, 4.09, 2012, USA Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John, 3.14, 1973, UK Baby Can I Hold You, Tracy Chapman, 3.11, 1988, USA Come As You Are, Nirvana, 3.38, 1992, USA Wet Boy, Camille, 2.28, … Read on…

Talent

“Without technique, a talent is nothing but a bad habit” Le Mauvais Sujet Repenti, Georges Brassens, 2006. Translated from “Sans technique, un don n’est rien qu’une sale manie”

Singer-Songwriters

Traditionally, Singer-Songwriters are artists-entertainers who perform the musical material they compose (melodies) and write (lyrics, where relevant) often accompanying themselves on an instrument.  In their musical creations, the singer-songwriter tend to explore a wide array of issues, from topical ones to those common across time or space. These might be political, pertaining to fantasy or realistic/pragmatic, introspective (sometimes sensitive or even confessional) or relational including romantic or the opposite. In looking for common grounds among … Read on…

Franco-Folk

The most common reference to Franco-Folk is the word Chanson. Chanson is a French word literally meaning “song”. The term has been continually used since the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to denote lyric-driven French art or folk song with French lyrics, usually polyphonic or secular. It has gradually evolved throughout the decades both musically and lyrically to become what we know today as chanson. In effect, French chanson covers a wide range of different … Read on…

I Write The Songs #17

______, The Cranberries (O’Riordan Dolores), 2.58, 1994 Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel, 4.51, 1970, USA A Whiter Shade Of Pale, Annie Lennox Back To The River, Lily & Madeleine, 2013, USA Besame Mucho Desafindo, Astrud Gilberto & George Michael, 3.17 Save Tonight, Eagle-Eye Cherry, 3.56, 1998, Sweden Who’d Have Known, Lily Allen, 3.56, England Patience, Take That, 3.19, 2006, England Il Lila, Alessandro/Andrea Belli and Franco Meliopaoli, France/Italy ____, ____ ____, x.xx, xxxx, … Read on…

Georges Moustaki, the Metic

Georges Moustaki

In the title track of his debut album, Georges Moustaki describes his face as that of a metic, a wandering Jew, a Greek shepherd, a thief and a vagabond. Maybe so. But his melodic strumming of the guitar and his understated voice have overflown these appearances, his overgrown beard and that stereotype. If anything, that image only promotes the depth, mystery and serenity surrounding his voice and the rhymes it creates, it has no reason … Read on…

Re-Introducing Georges Brassens

George Brassens

Intro French singer-songwriter and poet Georges Brassens was born 22nd October 1921, in Sète, a small harbour town on the French Mediterranean coast from a notoriously anti-cleric dad and a strictly catholic mum. It is one of his teacher that introduces him to poetry, and the rest is history. Georges Brassens is as well-known in France today as The Beatles are in England. People whistle his melodies on the streets, pass them on through generations. … Read on…