Going For A Song: ‘Hungry Heart’

In Bruce Springsteen’s recent interview for Desert Island Discs he tells interviewer Kirsty Young how the E-Street band’s snare drum sound was based on the snare sound on Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’. If you compare the snare drums on ‘Hungry Heart’ and ‘Hound Dog’ you discover he isn’t being disingenuous.

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Going For A Song: ’22nd Century’

Nina Simone – 22nd Century

To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago – Michel de Montaigne

Nina Simone didn’t live – nor did she expect to – to see the twenty-second century. I don’t think it concerned her. I won’t live to see it either and I’m ok with that as well. Her song ‘22nd Century’ sounds improvised. Over a few acoustic guitar chords, scattered percussion, Nina Simone takes us from the twenty-second century, to the twenty-first, to the twentieth (”the dawn”). She uses the verses to sing a list of tragedies, progressions, achievements and failures; and the chorus to always remind us, from her position of authority, how fast they all appear and then disappear to history:

Tomorrow will be the 22nd Century, believe me. It will be. It will be. It will be.

Going For A Song: ‘So Much Wine, Merry Christmas’

Andrew Bird – ‘So Much Wine, Merry Christmas’

So from their earliest years carols have always been the music of the people first and the church second. Which begs the question what are the contemporary carols? Are they just the hymns we sing in church each Christmas or do pop songs count as well? Is White Christmas a carol, and what about Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody?

Alexandra Coghlan, Author of Carol’s From King’s

and what about ‘So Much Wine, Merry Christmas’?

Going For A Song: ‘Shenandoah’

Richard Thompson – Shenandoah

I’m allowing myself to be led by data this week. For according to Spotify this version by Richard Thompson of the traditional folk song ‘Shenandoah’ is my most played song of 2016. I’m not surprised. It does feel like I’ve listened to it quite a bit. That I was trying to learn to play it might have swelled the figures somewhat. But that aside, it has become one of those songs I return to repeatedly.

Going For A Song: ‘Welcome To My Castle’

Self Provoked – Welcome To My Castle

Last week found me asking if anyone was producing music that drew attention to the current landscape shaped by the new media. Self Provoked came to mind.

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Going For A Song: ‘T.V.O.D.’

The Normal – T.V.O.D

Along with ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by The Buggles The Normal’s claustrophobic ‘T.V.O.D.’ offered a critique of an omnipresent media. Are there are any records comparable being released now that offers up the same critique of our current New Media? Or is it to be believed as The Buggles lament: “We can’t rewind we’ve gone too far”?