Going For A Song: ‘Gimme Shelter’

The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

Recently I watched the music documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America, and wasn’t expecting to find it as good as I did. What struck me most was the devotion they inspired, and the high regard and love for them that exists still in the countries they visited.

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Going For A Song: ‘2/15’

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – 2/15

What I wanted to write about this week I’ve just not found the time to. Instead I’ve chosen this live version of a favourite song of mine, ‘2/15′. I discovered this version while looking for the Palace Brothers song ‘I send my love to you’ which I wrote about a few weeks back.

It’s a medley actually. ‘2/15′ is the first song and is off the Marquis de Tren and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy album Get on Jolly; the second song is Palace Music’s ‘New Partner’ from their album Viva Last Blues.

Going For A Song: ‘Heart Translation’

Art of Fighting – Heart Translation

Yes, it wasn’t that many posts ago I chose a song by Art of Fighting. No, I don’t see a problem; I’ve just listened to this song a few times this weekend. No reason why; no reason sought; just wanted to hear it; and I just wanted to acknowledge that.

Going For A Song: ‘Cheap Wine’

Charlie Parr – Cheap Wine

Every time I listen to a live recording of Charlie Parr it sounds like the most fun you can have at a gig with just one man and a selection of guitars on stage. At its best Parr’s music – the fast stompers or the slower songs – deeply involve the listener with the characters that populate them: like the liquor store owner narrator of ‘Cheap Wine’, his customers: the old ladies who “ain’t no better than all these bums”, and the kid, in the wrong place, who “wasn’t so bright, drunk all the time”.

Going For A Song: ‘I send my love to you’

Palace Brothers – I send my love to you

I’ve returned to this Palace Brothers’ recording a lot this week. It’s a song that demonstrates song’s ability to take a simple, perhaps overused, sentiment; one you might struggle to use outside of song, and forge it into something authentic to the moment.