I Write The Songs 65

I Write The Songs 65 has as a theme the importance of voting, and as featured singer-songwriter, Mr Steve Pledger with new superb album Matches In the Wind! I Write The Songs 65 – part 1 Gabrielle, Dreams (Gabrielle, Tim Laws) Manic Street preachers, Umbrella (Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Terius “Dream” Nash, Thaddis Harrell, Shawn Carter) Steve Pledger, People who care http://www.stevepledger.co.uk/ The Corrs, Everybody hurts (MTV Unplugged) (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael … 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…

I Write The Songs 57

I Write The Songs 57 – Theme: International women’s day – Human first – dedicated to our sisters, mothers, daughters and wives around the world; from me to my mum who, along with 6 other phenomenal women, created the Association Against Violence Against Women in Cameroon to fight the upsurge of violence against women (brought more to prominence by the 1991 happenings in their environment), of the attackers’ impunity, the people’s complicity, and the victims’ powerlessness. They are … Read on…

WSS 2014 Playlist

Every year brings its lot of music goodies. Below are the ones that we had the privilege to hear and enjoy. As usual, the list is edited by Mateo James with the input of everyone at the WSS team. Going Down to the River, Doug Seegers (USA) Releasing your debut album late in life infuses the record with experiences and maturity. Doug Seegers’ debut solo album is raw, rootsy and emotionally charged. A brilliant 62-year-old singer … Read on…

Linda Perry: I Write The Songs 51

This playlist, Linda Perry: I Write The Songs 51, features songs by songwriter of the week Linda Perry as well as other musical gems. Linda Perry: I Write The Songs 51 Christina Aguilera, Beautiful (Linda Perry: – songwriter of the week) Colin Hay, Overkill 4 non-blondes, What’s up Marvin Gaye, What’s going on Tiki Black feat. Jo Bywater, Free like smoke Linda Perry: I Write The Songs 51 – part 2 Ellie Goulding, Your song (Elton … 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…

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…

I write the songs #28

For the first 2014 playlist, we had a best of 2013 and where the songs were missing we put the artists nonetheless, with a previous one of their lovely tracks. Rowing Song, Patty Griffin, 3:26, 2004, USA Nobody told me / Talk me down / Carry on, Willy Mason You know, Laura Marling, 2013, UK You’ve got the trees, Alex Highton, 2013, UK Back to the River, Lily and Madeleine, 2013, USA Where are we … Read on…

Marina Florance shares her own little piece of the sky

Marina Florance

It is difficult to review the artistry of a musician whose voice and melodies just sit you gently in the arms of comfort. It is pure indulgence and luxury to listen to the velvet vocals of Marina Florance and to let yourself go into her own little piece of sky. Her performance alone is a lullaby blending the maturity of her musical experience with the gentleness of her musical sensitivity. That quality of voice resounds … Read on…