Lily Allen: It’s not me, it’s you

Lily Allen

Cheeky and outspoken London singer-songwriter Lily Allen looks the part of a carefree party girl ready for a night out on the town so it is hard to imagine her, even a little, as the forlorn mum she feels like. Sometimes the plain speaking is disconcerting for the politically-correct-verging-on-hypocritically-intolerant listener but the no-nonsense audience will filter through the not-always-comfortable form. Lily says it as she feels it and means it, and so she writes and sings it. So what sometimes … Read on…

I Write The Songs #68

part 1 Katherine Jenkins, Bring me to life Paul Simon, Sounds of Silence Krista Detor, Bridges kristadetor.com George Benson, Walk on by (instrumental) (Burt Bacharach) Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers, Island in the stream (Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb) part 2 James Taylor, Line’em up Lily & Madeleine, Back to the river Bob Marley & The Wailers, Redemption song Pitch Feather, Elderflower Fall Otis Redding, Dock of the bay Alex Highton, You’ve got the trees … Read on…

I Write The Songs 66 featuring Labi Siffre

I Write The Songs 66 featuring Labi Siffre – Part 1 The Bangles, Eternal Flame (Susanna Hoffs, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg) Michael Andrews feat Gary Jules, Mad world (Roland Orzabal) Lorde, Royals Father John Misty, Bored in the USA Hozier, Take me to church lyrics of the week from Hozier’s Take me to church there is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin Sting, Mad about you I Write The Songs 66 featuring Labi Siffre … Read on…

I Write The Songs 63

I Write The Songs 63 – part 1 London Grammar, Strong (Caught in the middle) (Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman, Dominic ‘Dot’ Major) Tom Jones, Tower of song (Leonard Cohen) Yael Naim & David Donatien, New soul Le vent du nord, L’échafaud (from the album Têtu) >>> Beth Orton, Best bit I Write The Songs 63 – part 2 Cat Stevens, Moonshadow Noa, Eye in the sky Youssou N’Dour, Chimes of freedom (Bob Dylan) Beth Orton, … Read on…

I Write The Songs 62

I Write The Songs 62 features music from Nina Simone (!) and many more beautiful pieces. I Write The Songs 62- part 1 Nina Simone, My Baby Just cares for me (music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Gus Kahn) Beth Orton feat Terry Callier, Lean on me Gregory Porter & Laura Mvula, Water under bridges Manu Dibango, Soma Loba Alannah Myles, Black Velvet I Write The Songs 62 – part 2 James Taylor, Carolina on … Read on…

Katie Melua I Write The Songs 53

Katie Melua I Write The Songs 53 – part 1 Kate Bush, Wuthering heights, 1978, 4:26 David Gray & Annie Lennox, Full steam Katie Melua, The flood 2014 3:37 songwriter of the week Gotye feat Kimbra, Somebody I used to know Little liar (aka Maya Yanni), Incomplete 2014 4:53 Lo-fang, you’re the one I want Katie Melua I Write The Songs 53 – part 2 Katie Melua, The closest thing to crazy (Mike Batt) John … Read on…

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…

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…

WSS Playlist – Best Of 2013

The various contributors at WSS give you a taste of 2013 music by Singer-Songwriters worldwide. The list is edited by Mateo James and is also available as a Youtube Playlist. Every single night, Fiona Apple Fiona Apple takes the time to mould her songs from her inner complex riches and it echoes in the precise instrumentation, the sleek lyricism and the integrity of the delivery. Honest and witty introspection triumphs. Tiki I Ride at Dawn, Ben … Read on…