“NOT FADE AWAY”
For many years now (and doubtless for many to come) the early days of February usually find me contemplating the life and tragically early death of Buddy Holly. When the anniversary comes around I’m given to considering what might have been. He was aged 22 when he died, leaving behind a fine body of work, a testament to which is the fact that many of his songs have become standards, spawning multiple cover versions all still heard today along with Holly’s original recordings. The big unanswerable question is of course what might he have become?…Read
THIS IS OUR LAST DANCE…
First an apology. It’s been a month since David Bowie died and if you’re suffering from Bowie fatigue then trust me, it’s not my intention to add to your misery but I just feel the need to add my piece to the Everest of tributes. Many hundreds of thousands of words have been uttered in his honour across every conceivable forum, many by people who in some cases knew him or worked with him for forty years or more. My blog for February had already been written when the news broke but I decided to park that one and start again.
The alarm on my phone sounded at 7.15 on the morning of January 11th and I scrambled across the darkened room to silence it. When I picked it up my attention was immediately drawn to the notification scrolling across the top of the screen – “Guardian Music : David Bowie dead at 69”. It took a moment to fully register with me, blinking, re-reading the headline and then clicking through to the full article to make sure I’d read it right. But there it was….Read
The Most Depressing Song Of All Time…
Over the course of a year I’ve been writing about the 100 most depressing love songs of all time, so if you haven’t killed yourself by now or maybe want that suicidal three minute tune to set you running for the nearest noose then you might want to read the following.
‘Without You’, a song made famous by Harry Nilsson, strangled by Maria Carey and murdered for good measure by Celine Dion is without doubt the saddest song devoted to love in the history of music.
Over the top? …. Read on.Read
“I’ll carry on doing this until I drop”…
Of the many marvellous aphorisms ascribed to Oscar Wilde there’s one which rings particularly true. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all”. As ever with this kind of thing Oscar nailed it and when I’m at a loose end it leads me to the bookcase to shake the dust off some volume hitherto untouched since, well, since the last century in some cases. Last month it was “Tomorrow is too late”, Ray Moore’s autobiography. I bought it and first read it back in April 1989, I know this because I’d scribbled the date inside the front cover.Read
Season’s Greetings one and all!
A couple of months back I was considering ideas for this, the December blog. Something suitably yule-themed was the obvious line to pursue and what better way to do it than to write about Christmas songs we have known and loved. Easiest assignment ever I thought. It’s the blog that writes itself, and so it proved too as I set off at a whirlwind pace. So far so good then, that is until I reached what I would consider the half-way point. The “obvious line” it seemed to me was straying ever wider of the mark to the extent that I was well on the way to writing an Anthony Beevor sized tome, more or less starting with “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (still the greatest, folks!) and getting to 1973 and Slade’s blockbusting “Merry Xmas Everybody” before the realisation dawned that Slade’s song alone is worthy of a blog or book in its own right….Read