Thursday, 20 November 2014

No Music in the Morning on Friday

Computer off for repair and so won't be able to post.

MitM will return when my computer does.

Music in the Morning No. 441 – John MacLean


John MacLean is not the performer but the subject.

John Maclean (24 August 1879 – 30 November 1923) was a Scottish schoolteacher and revolutionary socialist. He is primarily known as a Marxist educator and notable for his outspoken opposition to the First World War. Maclean is regarded as one of the leading figures of the Red Clydeside era. His imprisonment for agitation against the war earned him an international reputation [Wikipedia]

‘John MacLean’s March’ – written by Hamish Henderson – describes MacLean’s return to Glasgow after his release from Peterhead Prison.

John MacLean’s March                                                   Alistair Hulett


O, for more with his principles!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 440 - Jimmy Shand


Mr Accordion brings his unique style to Scottish Country dancing.  Jimmy, he died in 2000, was a Fifer by birth, but he’ll always be known as being from Auchtermuchty.  Every Saturday night we’d get Scottish country dance music on the wireless and even my young ear could detect Jimmy’s music.

‘Bluebell Polka’ is his signature but more than that it’s been the signature of my beloved Pars for as long as I can remember.

Bluebell Polka / Northern lights of Old Aberdeen         Jimmy Shand


Jimmy, you’re music will last forever. 

Thank you!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 439 – Mozart


Mozart’s music has made far fewer appearances than Mozart’s fame and output might have suggested.  Today I feature the first of his horn concertos which I came across probably 40 years ago.  Then I had no interest in classical music but my brother bought an an LP of the four concertos …. and I loved them!

Sit back, relax and love 9 minutes of perfection!

Mozart: Horn Concerto No 1 in D major KV 412: I – Allegro; II- Rondo

[Soloist: Radek Baborák; Conductor: Seiji Ozawa with the Mito Chamber Orchestra]

What a great idea to go back into my memory banks!

Monday, 17 November 2014

There’s NO Agenda: It’s Our Glasses!


How foolish of us to think, even for a second, that the MSM was biased  against Yes in the referendum.  We were wearing Yes-tinted glasses, weren’t we?

And so we are wearing the same glasses today when we look at how a new Survation poll is reported.

One of the questions asked was,

When, if ever, do you think there should be another referendum on Scottish independence?

And the results?

  Immediately 14%
Before 2019 21
2019 to 2014 13
After 2024 12
Never 28
Don’t know 11


60% think there should be another referendum

28% think there should not be another referendum


The headlines?  Must flag up the 60%!


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Especially worthy of note is the Herald with,

34% want rerun within a decade

The data shows 48% want another referendum within a decade [14% now, 21% 2014-19, 13% 2019-24].  The Herald has ignored the 14% who want another referendum now!


But there is NO agenda: it’s our glasses!

Music in the Morning No. 438 – Gerry Rafferty


One of our great singer-songwriters, Gerry was still earning £80,000 a year from his biggest hit, ‘Baker Street’ 30 years after its release.  Today we go. not with that, but with the song he wrote about his mother.

Rafferty was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, an unwanted third son. His father, Joseph, was an Irish-born miner. His mother, Mary Skeffington, whose name would provide a Rafferty song title, dragged young Gerry round the streets on Saturday nights so that they would not be at home when his father came back drunk. They would wait outside, in all weathers, until he had fallen asleep, to avoid a beating. "If it wasn't for you, I'd leave," Mary told Gerry. Joseph died in 1963, when Gerry was 16. [Source]

Mary Skeffington                                                           Gerry Rafferty


Thanks, Gerry.  You were a master.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 437 – Praise the Lord


Father, I am unworthy.
My sin is immense and it is what I have.
Father, I am unworthy and You love me.
My praise is paltry but it is what I have.
Father, I am unworthy and You love me.
Father, You love me.

Today I give my paltry praise with my heart and soul.


Ave Verum Corpus                          King’s College Choir, Cambridge

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 436 – Giazotto & Albinoni


This morning’s music was written almost exclusively in the 1950s by Remo Giazotto based upon a tiny manuscript fragment (consisting of a few opening measures of the melody line and basso continuo portion) from a slow second movement of an otherwise unknown Albinoni trio sonata. 

The result is simply breath-taking.

Adagio in G Minor                                                         Giazotto and Albinoni


Genius from the 18th and 20th centuries combined to bring us a timeless piece.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 435 – AJ Lee & The Tuttles


Hi AJ: glad you popped over.

Hickory Wind                                                                  AJ Lee & The Tuttles

Oh, yes!


Tomorrow will bring?

Drop in and see.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 434 - Déanta


On Monday I posted saying I had lost any inspiration to find more music and that MitM wouldn’t appear on Tuesday.  Wednesday saw nothing either but today, still without inspiration, the series returns for a much bigger reason, a reason I must keep to myself.  One other will know why.

We welcome Déanta with a gorgeous song.

Where Are You (Tonight I Wonder)                                           Déanta


Not bad for one with no inspiration!   Even if I have to say this myself!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Lack of Inspiration


There will be no ‘Music in the Morning’ today.  As the title suggests I am lacking inspiration.  My playlist has 50+ videos but none is right for the series.


Hopefully tomorrow will see a return.

Music in the Morning No. 433 – Kathleen MacInnes


When I first heard today’s song – about 1 hour ago – I knew I’d have to upload it to YouTube: the BBC version was so good but it wasn’t embeddable.  That done, I can put the post up.

I’m sure you’ll think the effort was worthwhile.

Enjoy this hauntingly beautiful song.


A' Ghrian                                                                       Kathleen MacInnes




Sunday, 9 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 432 – Praise the Lord


4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
    no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
    no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”

                                                                                                            [Psalm 142 v 4 - 5]

8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.
                                                                         [Psalm 143 v 8 – 10]


The Lord gave me these words this week.  Oh, how I needed them!  And they’ve been an enormous benefit. 

The Lord is my shepherd.   How could I ever forget or doubt?  But the Lord never forgets me.


Let us worship Him now.


At the Cross                                                                               Hillsong

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 431 - Zoë Conway & John McIntyre


Once again I welcome musicians to MitM.  I first heard Zoë Conway and John McIntyre just a few minutes before writing this.  I loved their music and in they had to go.

A YouTube commenter wrote,

Too jazzy...stick to the melody.  Technically brilliant but not Irish Traditional Music,

but the label is irrelevant.  I love their music.  That’s all I need to know.

Trip to Gort                                                Zoë Conway & John McIntyre


There are so many I want to bring back and so many still to make their first appearance.  You’ll need to be patient.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 430 – Rachel Sermanni


A lovely Scottish lass  - Rachel, from Carrbridge (a few miles beyond Aviemore) - sings for you this morning.  


Eggshells                                                                           Rachel Sermanni


Think we’ll hear a lot more of you, Rachel.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Red Poppies Shamed


It should be no surprise that the British Legion used an anti-war song to head up their Poppy Appeal.

But to take one of the most powerful anti-war songs, disembowel its message and leave an empty saccharin-filled corpse is a massive disgrace.

Eric Bogle’s ‘No Man’s Land’  - aka ‘Green Fields of France’ – captures the horror of war.  When sung properly the pain, horror and the obscenity of war are clear.  This is how we should hear it.

No Man’s Land (Green Fields of France)      Davey Arthur & The Fureys



But too many of Eric’s words didn’t fit with message the British legion wanted to put over.  What they ripped out was:


Or are you a stranger without even a name,
Enclosed in forever behind the glass frame,
In an old photograph, torn and battered and stained,
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame?

The sun now it shines on the green fields of France;
There's a warm summer breeze that makes the red poppies dance.
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds
There's no gas, no barbed wire, there's no guns firing now
But here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land 
The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man.
To a whole generation that were butchered and damned.

Ah young Willie McBride, I can't help wonder why,
Do those that lie here know why did they die?
And did they believe when they answered the cause,
Did they really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain,
The killing and dying, were all done in vain.
For Willie McBride, it all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again.



The words left and the production shames the red poppy and does a massive disservice to all those who died.

I’m not prepared to show the entire British Legion video but I show only enough to demonstrate their disgraceful work.


Red Poppies Shamed                                                              British Legion


Obscenity portrayed as glossy and glitzy!

Shame on the Royal British Legion.

Withdraw your song NOW!


The red poppy will forever be the symbol of human sacrifice and the obscenity of war.

Music in the Morning No. 429 – Flook


Nothing to say but enjoy!


Tir Rafartaigh/The Road To Errogie                                             Flook


See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

How Do You See the Homeless?


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We all see the homeless but what do we see?


Scum?  Filth?  Dregs?

Deserving?  Unfortunate?  There but for the Grace of God?

From a different planet?

Just like me?

Need to avoid?

Want to help?


But do we see them differently if we see their talents?  Can they have talent?


                                                                                                Ryan Arcand

Ryan is self-taught and has always felt an affinity with the piano.  He has a problem with drink, has been homeless for 30 years and, despite his recent fame, is still without a home.


Do we view Ryan any differently now?

He’s in the photo.  Do we view the others any differently now?


Would we change if we saw one with an obviously trained talent who somehow has ended up on the streets?

Pachelbel: Canon                                                                     Nathan Pino


Do we see Nathan differently now?

He’s in the photo.  Do we view the others any differently now?


Do we care any more because some have musical talent?

Do we care at all?

Or do we simply gawp and move on …. unmoved?


Does Danny change how you view those who sleep on the streets?

Christian musician Carlos Whittaker was in Atlanta shooting a music video for his new record "God of Second Chances," and as he was singing the song, a homeless man [Danny] walked up, knelt down, and started crying and putting his hands in the air.

To everyone's surprise, the homeless man started singing praises in Reggae without missing a beat to Whittaker's singing and guitar rhythm and melody. [Source: The Gospel Herald]

God of Second Chances                            Danny and Carlos Whittaker


Despite looking and wanting to help, Carlos hasn’t found Danny again.


Do we see Danny differently now?

He’s in the photo.  Do we view the others any differently now?


Three homeless men with a musical talent. 

Does this change how we view them?

Does this change how we see all who are homeless?

Why should having a musical talent change our opinions?

Are we looking for something, anything, which lifts some above others, makes some more deserving than others?


BUT none is above another in front of God.  None is more deserving than another before God.  We are all sinners: rich or poor, homed or homeless, Christian or atheist.

The photos aren’t of the homeless: they’re of you and me.

God loves us all.


Danny, more than most and more than Carlos, understands.

In the end, Whittaker told the homeless man whose name is Danny, "Keep trying to make it man."

And Danny looked at Whittaker in the eye, cocked his head sideways with a confused look on his face and said, "Trying to make it? No man. I'm making it. Jah puts His soldiers everywhere. He says, Yea though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death so He places some of us in that valley."  [Source: The Gospel Herald]


He is where God wants him to be.  Unlike Carlos, he has no material home but, like Carlos, he is in God’s home.

I'm making it. Jah [Jehovah] puts His soldiers everywhere. He says, Yea though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death so He places some of us in that valley.


Later, Carlos almost got it.

…. every single time I’m in Atlanta I drive to the park and sit on a bench, hoping that angel walks back by. [Source]

He knows Danny was an angel but the angel’s work was done that day and need not return.


Remember Danny.  We are all loved by God. We are all placed by God.  It’s God’s work we need to do …. not ours.


How do you see the homeless now?



Music in the Morning No. 428 – Sharon Shannon


Just over two weeks ago Sharon Shannon shared the limelight with Mundy.  Today she’s back with the Transatlantic Sessions band.

Neck Belly Reel                                                                   Sharon Shannon

[Sharon Shannon - Button Accordion; Michael McGoldrick - Whistle; Gerry O'Connor - Banjo; Todd Parks - Bass
Jim Murray - Guitar; Phil Cunningham - Piano Accordion; Jerry Douglas - Dobro; James Mackintosh - Percussion]

Oh, I love Transatlantic Sessions!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Music in the Morning No. 427 – Dittersdorf


Once more this morning brings you classical music and a composer of whom I had never heard. 

Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: one couldn’t forget this name!

The first movement of his oboe concerto in G major is your treat.  Sit back, close your eyes and open your ears.


Oboe Concerto in G Major L42 Mvmt I: Allegro Non Molto 
                                                                       Karl Ditters von Ditterdorf

[Oboe: Heinz Holliger]


A cracker of a name and a cracker of a piece.