Sunday, 28 January 2018

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 'Bad Moon Rising'

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 'Bad Moon Rising'

Such a guilty pleasure of a song. My band played this yesterday at a show in Bristol, it's one of my favourite songs to sing. There's a euphoria in the suggested encroaching darkness that makes me want to pack my 'end of days' backpack and head to the hills.


I see a bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin'
I see bad times today
Don't go 'round tonight
It's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise
I hear hurricanes a-blowing
I know the end is coming soon
I fear rivers over flowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin
Don't go 'round tonight
It's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise
I hope you got your things together
I hope you are quite prepared to die
Look's like we're in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye


Oh don't go 'round tonight
It's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise
There's a bad moon on the rise

Lyrics by John C. Fogerty (1969)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Beth Rowley - 'Beautiful Tomorrow'

Beth has featured strongly on my playlist today. Such a hopeful song.

Beth Rowley - 'Beautiful Tomorrow'

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Jamie Woon - 'Night Air'

Headphones on, lights out, nothing else to do but play some euphoric Jamie Woon.

Best Lyrical Moment:

"Comfort of the world revolving / I can hear the earth in orbit"

Best Bass Moment:

The whole way through. This song does bass and deserves to be played loud for an all out appreciation. Wait for just over a minute in... simple yet low enough bass to create a deep intense bedfellow for euphoric keyboards and Mr Woon's beautiful falsetto.

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Big Thief - 'Shark Smile'

I wish I'd seen Big Thief play Bristol last November, what a band. I'm not going to write anything here that hasn't been written about them on any other website. Basically they're brilliant and you need to hear them, some of the best music I've heard in a while. There's something calm and knowing in her voice, there's something 90's about the guitar and bass, there's something magic connecting it all together.

The lyrics of 'Shark Smile' ooze pain. Singer Adrianne Lenker said it's "a story of a car accident in which one dies and one lives". "She recalls her lover leading up to the moment of the wreck, wishing she'd been taken into the next realm too."

'Shark Smile' is taken off their second album, Capacity released in June of last year via Saddle Creek. Big Thief are a Brooklyn based band.


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Queen - Space Travel and Folk Music





'39 penned by Brian May for Queen's fourth album, 'A Night At The Opera' is one of my guilty pleasures. It's one of the only space travel folk songs I know and if anyone could do this well then it would have to be the physicist and musician, Brian May.

In this song he sings of a group of "volunteers" who head out on a voyage. I imagine these volunteers are like astronauts and the ship that "sailed out into the blue and sunny morn" is actually a spaceship. The speed of their travel causes time dilation to happen (Einstein's theory of relativity), this means when they return to Earth they have hardly aged but the Earth has and their loved ones are long gone, "For the earth is old and grey, little darling went away/ But my love this cannot be/ For so many years have gone though I'm older but a year/ Your mother's eyes, from your eyes, cry to me" (think Interstellar). When they return all they have are messages left in the sands of time, the past. The 'volunteers' are effectively trapped in time and calling their loved ones but their call can't be heard, it's too late, "Don't you hear my call though you're many years away/ Don't you hear me calling you/ All your letters in the sand cannot heal me like your hand/ For my life/ Still ahead/ Pity Me". It's a sad old space travel folk song.

The moral of the story, don't go on a long and fast space mission if you want to see your loved ones again.

Lyrics

In the year of thirty-nine assembled here the volunteers
In the days when lands were few
Here the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn
The sweetest sight ever seen

And the night followed day
And the story tellers say
That the score brave souls inside
For many a lonely day sailed across the milky seas
Ne'er looked back, never feared, never cried

Don't you hear my call though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew

In the year of thirty-nine came a ship in from the blue
The volunteers came home that day
And they bring good news of a world so newly born
Though their hearts so heavily weigh
For the earth is old and grey, little darling went away
But my love this cannot be
For so many years have gone though I'm older but a year
Your mother's eyes, from your eyes, cry to me

Don't you hear my call though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand for the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew

Don't you hear my call though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
All your letters in the sand cannot heal me like your hand
For my life
Still ahead
Pity Me

My Twins Wish David Bowie A Belated Happy Birthday!


I went to a David Bowie birthday party last Friday. My 4 year twins thought I was going to a real birthday party and demanded I bring back cake and a party bag. On my way home I got them them chocolate brownies and stuck a couple of candles in for good measure, who doesn't love blowing out a candle? Then they sang the song in the video and shortly after they asked what David Bowie is doing now. We chatted about how he is dead but it's nice to celebrate his birthday, then they asked for their party bags. Someone had posted a couple of Star Wars themed party bags through the door for a party they had missed, it worked out well.
Happy birthday David Bowie. You are missed.

 
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