I Write The Songs #25

including a Leonard Cohen Special Somewhere Only We Know, Lily Allen, 2013, England Side, Travis, Scotland Coucou, Charlotte Dipanda, Cameroon Slip Sliding Away, Paul Simon, 1977, USA Picking Up The Pieces, Paloma Faith, 3.33, 2012 7 Seconds, Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry, 5.03, Senegal/Sweden You Know, Laura Marling, 2.31, 2013, England You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Eddie Vedder (Lennon-McCartney) You’ve Got The Trees, Alex Highton, 2.02, 2013, Tapestry, Carole King, 3.15, 1971, Walk … Read on…

I Write The songs #24

RIP Lou Reed with a double bill of him at the end A Woman’s Worth, Alicia Keys, 5.30, 2002, USA You Make It Real, James Morrison, 3.31, 2008, UK Woman, Neneh Cherry, 4.10, 1996, Sweden To Hide Your Love Away, Eddie Vedder (Lennon-McCartney cover), 2.08, USA Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple 3.44, 2005, USA Streets Of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen, USA — Your Song, Ellie Goulding (Elton John cover), 3.00, 2011, England Sunday Morning, Maroon 5, 4.01, … Read on…

Franco-Folk

The most common reference to Franco-Folk is the word Chanson. Chanson is a French word literally meaning “song”. The term has been continually used since the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to denote lyric-driven French art or folk song with French lyrics, usually polyphonic or secular. It has gradually evolved throughout the decades both musically and lyrically to become what we know today as chanson. In effect, French chanson covers a wide range of different … Read on…

Re-Introducing Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg

Introducing Gainsbourg… Serge Gainsbourg is a singer-songwriter of Russian Jewish descent adopted by France then the world twice, first when fleeing the 1917 Russian Revolution that dressed his family in the yellow star garments that the Nazi regime reserved for Jews and second for his profound talent, versatility and “je m’en fous-t”ism i.e. the “I really don’t care” mentality, no doubt born from the disillusions of the first 30 years of his life. In 2010, … Read on…