Achinoam Nini aka Noa, the wild flower

Achinoam Nini aka Noa in Maremma, Italy - Photo by Michela Nunes

Achinoam Nini aka Noa It would be a crime to box up Achinoam Nini aka Noa as a world artist whatever that means. There is seldom a musician with more variety in their music, calling her roots at times, or just having a hint of them in the back of a song, but always first singing a song not a genre. She sings fluently in English, Italian, French and Hebrew, goes from Folk to Pop … 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…

Yael Naim: New Soul

Yael Naim

Yael Naiem is more than just the Israeli-singer-songwriter and pianist of Jewish Tunisian descent who provided the soundtrack (‘New Soul’ for the Apple MacBook Air advertising in 2008 which propelled her in the US top 10, a first for any Israeli music artist. Her apparently voluntarily husked voice has lent itself to beautiful covers and some no less beautifully self-penned songs. The charm is in the voice, whether in English, French or Hebrew, from its delicately … 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…

Playlist 27 I Write The Songs

Playlist 27 I Write The Songs aired on Canalside Community Radio and presented/produced by Tiki Black Cold, Cold Heart, Norah Jones, 3.37, 2003 Carolina On My Mind, James Taylor, 3.56, 1976, USA Coat Of Many Colours, Dolly Parton, 3.30, USA You’ve Got The Trees, Alex Highton, 2.02, 2012 Fire On The Mountain, Asa Turn Your Lights Down Low, Bob Marley & The Wailers Englishman in New York, Sting, 4.25, 1998/1988 True Colours, Glee Cast, 3.31, … 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…

I write the songs #23

Feeling Good, Nina Simone, 2.53, 1965, USA Here comes the sun, George Benson, x ,USA Lady Weeping At The Crossroads, Carla Bruni Walk Us Uptown, Elvis Costello and The Roots I Try, Macy Gray, I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash, Every Single Night, Fiona Apple, All Along The Washtower, Bob Dylan, Sorry, Karine Polwart, You’ve Got The Trees, Alex Highton, Fire On The Mountain, Asa, Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Coat Of Many Colours, Dolly Parton, Grace, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #19

Willow, Joan Armatrading, 4.47, xxxx, x Planet Telex, Radiohead, x.xx, xxxx, x Eye In The Sky, Noa (cover), x.xx, xxxx, Israel/UK Chemical World, Blur, x.xx, xxxx, x Littlest Things, Lily Allen, x.xx, xxxx, UK x, x, x.xx, xxxx, x As, Stevie Wonder, 3.27, 1976, USA My Kind Of Love, Emile Sande, 3.16, 2012, Scotland Redemption Song, Richard Bona (Bob Marley cover), 4.53, xxxx, Cameroon/Jamaica Everybody Hurts (unplugged), The Corrs (cover), 5.15, 1993, x The River, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #15

Talking About The Revolution, Tracy Chapman, 2.56, 1988, USA Umbrella, Manic Street Preachers, 3.28, 2008 UK Billie Jean, The Civil Wars (Michael Jackson cover), 4.09, 2012, USA The Black Rider, Tom Waits, 3.21, 1993, USA Sorry, Karine Polwart, 4.22, 2008, UK Crippled Inside, John Lennon, 3.47, 1971, UK — Chasing Cars (live), Natasha Bedingfield, 4.13, 2007, UK Zucchero, songwriter of the week – Il Volo, Zucchero, 5.28, 2004, Italy – Senza Una Donna, Zucchero and … Read on…