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 #32

Special Female Singer-Songwriters All I Want, Joni Mitchell, 3.33, 1971, Canada Oh No Not My Baby, Carole King, 2.57, 1972, Canada Mercedes Benz, Janis Joplin, 1.45, 1971, USA Malaika, Miriam Makeba, South Africa [not played :(] Wow, Kate Bush, 3.42, 1979, UK My Baby Just Cares For Me, Nina Simone, 3.36, 1958, USA Rowing Song, Patty Griffin, 3.21, 2008, USA Why, Carly Simon, 3.29, 1982, USA Underneath Your Clothes, Shakira, 3.44, 2002, Columbia Thank You, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #16

Theme: The many faces of love Love Is A Losing Game, Amy Whinehouse, 2.35, 2007, UK Lilac Wine, Jeff Buckley, 4.32, 1994, USA Never Is A Promise, Fiona Apple, 5.54, 1996, USA Love Is Like A Butterfly, Dolly Parton, 2.20, 1974, USA L’amoureuse, Carla Bruni, 3.04, 2008, France/Italy Mad About You, Sting, 3.53, 1991, UK Music Box, Mariah Carey, 4.58, 1993, USA Back To The River, Lily & Madeleine, 3.55, 2013, USA Orinoco Flow, Enya, … Read on…

#I Write The Songs 11

Suzanne Vega

Luka, Suzanne Vega, 3.51, 1997, USA x,The Zutons, Who Killed…… The Zutons, 3.31, 2004, UK Waiting To Reach You, Travis, 3.41, 1999, UK New Soul, Yael Naim and David Donatien, 3.44, 2008, France Linger, The Cranberries, 4.34, 1994, Republic of Ireland Coat Of Many Colors, Dolly Parton, 3.02, 1971, USA Turn The Light Down Low, Bob Marley feat. Lauryn Hill, 3.39, 1977, Jamaica, USA Layla, Eric Clapton, 4.47, 1970, UK Love Is A Losing Game, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #10

(MANDATORY CREDIT David Montgomery/Getty Images) Nigerian-British singer Sade Adu or Sade, circa 1980. (Photo by David Montgomery/Getty Images)

Your Love Is King, Sade, 3.38, 1984, UK My Valentine, Paul McCartney, 3.13, 2012, UK White Flag, Dido, 3.59, 2003, UK Side, ( Fran Healy ) Travis, 3.54, 2001, Scotland Coucou, Charlotte Dipanda, 3.45, 2012, Cameroon Yellow, Coldplay, 4.29, 2000, UK Make You Feel My Love, Adele ( Bob Dylan Cover ), 3.30, 2008, UK/USA Tower Of Song, Tom Jones ( Leonard Cohen cover ), 3.57, 2013, Canada/UK Love Is A Losing Game, Amy Whinehouse, … Read on…