“I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.”
Elbow – Great Expectations
This week, I have mostly been listening to… Elbow. In fact, you can call me obsessive if you wish, but I don’t think I’ve listened to anything but Elbow during the entire month of October! This little ditty, taken from the 2005 Leaders Of The Free World album, stood out like a sparkling diamond in a sea of very sparkly things. It also contains the immortal words ‘The Stockport supporters club kindly supplied us a choir’, so how could it possibly be anything but a gem?
Iona – Chi-Rho
Mr Munday reminded me about a band called Iona – they’re a Christian/Celtic band, but don’t let that put you off. Joanne Hogg, the lead singer, has a superb voice and the rest of the band aren’t bad either. Chi-Rho is a Christogram made up from the first two letters of Christ’s name, in ancient Greek (Chi and Rho). Still with me? Well, Wikipedia has a lot to answer for. Anyway, even if, like me, you’re not religious, you have to admire the ability of the band and the uplifting-ness of the song. No, you do, really.
Fitkin/Wall – Snow Clamp
I was lucky to spend the heatwave in Cornwall. On a cliff walk at Logan’s Rock I came across a little cafe selling CDs from minimalist composer Graham Fitkin. I believe in serendipity, so – never having heard of him before – I bought one. Here’s a sample, which is quite earwormy when it gets going at 1:15.
Visage – Fade to Grey
The ‘Toy’ theme sent me back to Visage, and any excuse will do to revisit Fade to Grey, one of the great singles of an era that was marked by great singles, the early 1980s. Driving electro beat, mysterious French muttering – what’s not to like?
Camille Bazbaz – Hors de Prix Titles
This comes from the closing credits for the film “Hors de Prix”. I don’t really know why it makes me smile so much (maybe it’s Audrey Tautou on the back of a motor scooter) but I find this irresistible. Perfect for morning coffee or a sunlight afternoon tea.
Pyotr Leschenko – Miranda
I only bought a CD by Pyotr Leschenko “the King of Russian tango – June 1898 to July 1954” because Amazon said he did a version of Gloomy Sunday and I must have every possible version of that song. Sparing you this delight – and it is a delight to me – may I offer “Miranda” which is about, well, I expect it’s about Miranda. It might take two or three listens but you’ll like this. No, you will. I tried it, I liked it.
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