Monday, June 25, 2012

Beachwood Sparks - Talk About Lonesome

Every Summer I load up the mp3 player with Beach Boys and Beachwood Sparks, get out my 12 string guitar and pretend I'm in a soft rock band with country pretensions. It has been so long since the last Beachwood Sparks EP that I've worn out the vinyl and am on my second CD. Perhaps I shouldn't take them to the beach. This might not be up for long so grab the sunshine whilst you can.

Listen: Beachwood Sparks - Talk About Lonesome

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rave on John Donne

Gosh, it's been so long that blogger has a whole new look and now you've got to put forced breaks in, the lot. Still, things are looking a bit different these days.

Suffice to say that it's been a time, or, as Van says, time down through the weeks of ages.

Don't knock early 80s Van. I've had this on repeat for months now. Howard is staging an intervention.

Rave on words on printed page.

Listen: Van Morrison - Rave on John Donne

Buy this slice of Van here - it really is a swoony celtic belter.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dusty Springfield - What are you doing with the rest of your life?

Did you check the Tammy St John youtube below? I'm still looking for an mp3 - let me know in the comments if you have one.

For today here's both a vid of Dusty stills and an mp3 of what might be my very favourite Dusty song - somehow both uplifting and melancholy at the same time. The shifting chords of large blocks of strings under the sung melody, hints of harp - luscious orchestration.

Listen: Dusty Springfield - What are you doing the rest of your life?