Klezmer Music

Klezmer Music - Photo from «LvivKlezFest» in multinational Lviv

In 2014 to be precise, I discovered another world of music, the music of my own people, Klezmer music, East European Jewish wedding music from before the holocaust. Jewish life in Eastern Europe was hard: a lot of poverty and severe persecution. All they had was their holy books, traditions and music. They were not allowed to own land, go into professions or join guilds so trades were quite restricted. For some, money lending for … Read on…

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…

Herbert Grönemeyer

Herbert Gröenemeyer

Outside of German-speaking countries, Herbert Grönemeyer is most likely discovered in schools during a language lesson where the German teacher, weary of imparting the quite foreign vocabulary and definitely difficult grammar of her adopted tongue, would most gratefully play the pop singer-songwriter’s songs. They have depth and speak with feisty lyricism of social and human issues that transcend its original country’s borders (Marie, Sie magt Muzik nur wenn sie laut ist) and with warmth and serenity … Read on…

Doug Seegers: Going Down The River

Doug Seegers

Not many know better what it is to be a struggling musician like Doug Seegers does, who lived homeless in the USA until he was discovered by Swedish country singer and TV personality Jill Johnson. From singing on the streets to being nominated for a Grammis Award for Folk/Singer-songwriter of the Year, we can only expect more from this craftsman who pours it all through country music, his guitar and a voice that carries as … 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…

Simon Cousins’ music: Finding love in each stranger’s eyes

Simon Cousins is a musician that is open to people and true to his music and a real uncomplicated pleasure to listen to. He has his own style and his personality transpires in his music. His performances have a playful and conversational aspect to them that give a convivial spirit to his music and the impression that he is no stranger to his audience (and once he sings, he certainly is no longer one). He turns familiar-sounding songs into a new experience which makes one wonder if, in … 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…