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…

I Write The Songs #47

Main theme – Under your skin Underneath your clothes, Shakira – Columbia Umbrella, The Manic Street Preachers Jockey Full of Bourbon, Youn Sun Nah (Tom Waits) – USA, Korea An exquisite interpretation of Tom Waits’ 1985 superb first single from his album Rain Dogs. The songstress is Jazz vocalist South Korean Youn Sun Nah and also our cover of the week. Keep her in mind, she will surely come back to showcase her vocal prowess that … Read on…

I Write The Songs #40

Ode to my family, The Cranberries (Dolores O’riordan and Noel Hogan), 1994, Ireland So long Marianne, Leonard Cohen, Canada All I want, Joni Mitchell, 1975, Canada Red velvet box, Krista Detor, 3.56, 2014, USA Tapestry, Carole King, USA Easy, Sheryl Crowe Crossroads, Tracy Chapman Elderflower fall, pitch feather Skyfall, Adele Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springteen Le festin, Camille (Michael Giacchino) New, Paul Mccartney Royals, Lorde Streets of London, Ralph McTell In the middle, Lily & Madeleine, 2013 … Read on…

I Write The Songs #39

Crossroads, Tracy Chapman, 4.11, 1989 Grace, Jeff Buckley, 5.21, 1994 No more I love yous, Annie Lennox, 4.49, 1995, Scotland Ashes, Ben Harper, 3.51 Still, Macy Gray, 4.13, 1999, USA I need a dollar, Aloe Blacc, 4.03, 2011, USA Somewhere only we know, Lily Allen Everybody’s changing, Keane Beautiful that way, Noa, Israel Complainte de la butte Rufus Wainwright, Canada Confusion, The Zutons, England Feel it all, KT Tunstall, 3.46, 2013 Carolina on my mind, James Taylor, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #36

The sensual world, Kate Bush, England Full steam, David Gray & Annie Lennox, England/Scotland Toxic, Yael Naim (Cathy Dennis), UK/Israel Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye, 1982, USA Easy, Sheryl Crowe, 2014, USA Easy, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, 1977, USA Your song, Ewan Gregor (Elton John), 2001, UK Behind the wall, Tracy Chapman, 1.46, USA Something stupid, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman, 2.50, USA/UK Complainte de la butte, Rufus Wainwright (Jean Renoir, Georges Van Parys ), … 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 #26

Dolly Parton

Save The Last Dance For Me, Dolly Parton, 3.45, 1983, USA It’s growing, James Taylor, 4.07, 2009, USA Eye in the sky, Noa, 4.15, 2003, Israel A l’ombre du coeur de ma mie, Debademba, 2.58, 2011, France Billie Jean, Civil Wars, 4.09, 2012, USA Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John, 3.14, 1973, UK Baby Can I Hold You, Tracy Chapman, 3.11, 1988, USA Come As You Are, Nirvana, 3.38, 1992, USA Wet Boy, Camille, 2.28, … Read on…

Singer-Songwriters

Traditionally, Singer-Songwriters are artists-entertainers who perform the musical material they compose (melodies) and write (lyrics, where relevant) often accompanying themselves on an instrument.  In their musical creations, the singer-songwriter tend to explore a wide array of issues, from topical ones to those common across time or space. These might be political, pertaining to fantasy or realistic/pragmatic, introspective (sometimes sensitive or even confessional) or relational including romantic or the opposite. In looking for common grounds among … 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 #15

Talking About The Revolution, Tracy Chapman, 2.56, 1988, USA Umbrella, Manic Street Preachers, 3.28, 2008 UK Billie Jean, The Civil Wars (Michael Jackson cover), 4.09, 2012, USA The Black Rider, Tom Waits, 3.21, 1993, USA Sorry, Karine Polwart, 4.22, 2008, UK Crippled Inside, John Lennon, 3.47, 1971, UK — Chasing Cars (live), Natasha Bedingfield, 4.13, 2007, UK Zucchero, songwriter of the week – Il Volo, Zucchero, 5.28, 2004, Italy – Senza Una Donna, Zucchero and … Read on…