Sunday, 12 December 2010

Sunday Morning Coffee - Reprise of 2010 Music Part 2 (of 4)

Hi and welcome to the second show (of four) in my December mini-series. This completes the reprise of music from ‘Music in the Morning’. [Last week’s show can be found here.]

The last two Sundays this year see the mini-series completed with a reprise of music from previous ‘Sunday Morning Coffee’ shows.

Choosing just 20 tracks from about 200 'Music in the Morning’s has been difficult and I hope you enjoy the second batch of 10 tracks today.

I’m almost ready so whilst I make my final preparations why don’t you get a coffee, find a comfortable seat, sit down and relax.  The music is almost here.

We start with a song from the BBC religious programme – Songs of Praise: the wonderful Eddi Reader with ‘How Great Thou Art’.

How Great Thou Art                                             Eddi Reader

The simple arrangement allows the words to ring loud and, as usual, Eddi does the words and music proud.

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‘Music in the Morning’ usually features gentle music but The Pogues break that pattern with a more upbeat rendition …. but the words are …. just so.

Shane McGowan is a magician with words and feelings.

A Rainy Night in Soho                                          The Pogues

I've been loving you a long time
Down all the years, down all the days
And I've cried for all your troubles
Smiled at your funny little ways
We watched our friends grow up together
And we saw them as they fell
Some of them fell into Heaven
Some of them fell into Hell

I took shelter from a shower
And I stepped into your arms
On a rainy night in Soho
The wind was whistling all its charms
I sang you all my sorrows
You told me all your joys
Whatever happened to that old song
To all those little girls and boys

Now the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
But there's a light I hold before me
And you're the measure of my dreams
The measure of my dreams

Sometimes I wake up in the morning
The gingerlady by my bed
Covered in a cloak of silence
I hear you in my head
I'm not singing for the future
I'm not dreaming of the past
I'm not talking of the fist time
I never think about the last

Now the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
Still there's a light I hold before me
You're the measure of my dreams
The measure of my dreams

This jumps up, grabs me and pulls me in. Thanks, Shane.

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We continue with a mere youngster – just turned 24! – with a song which  has a lightweight feel but which still manages to massage my heart.  And so in it goes.  Enjoy Kate Voegele.

Forever and Almost Always                           Kate Voegele

Mmmmm!   Lovely!   I feel so much better now!

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Classical music enters and this is a real treat.  Pietro Locatelli (1695  -1764) – another Italian composer from the baroque period – meets up with Elizabeth Wallfisch and the Locatelli Trio for one of his violin sonatas.

Locatelli: Sonata  No. 4 Op. 8 in C major -  Allegro

[The Locatelli Trio: Elizabeth Wallfisch, baroque violin; (Paul Nicholson, harpsichord); Richard Tunnicliffe, baroque cello]

The cello provides the stage on which Wallfisch’s violin dances.  Superb!

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The halftime whistle approaches but first we have the opportunity to hear the words and voice of Brandi Carlile, another American singer / songwriter.  I know you’ll love this.

Turpentine                                                        Brandi Carlile

Brandi doesn’t have a classically good voice but she uses it brilliantly to bring her lyrics to life.  I’ve listened to this 5 or 6 times as I prepared for the show and it’s fresh each time..

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If you want to go on without a break that’s fine I’ll continue for you but if you’d rather stretch your legs and have another coffee I’ll wait for you.  I need a cheese roll to keep my strength? up but this won’t interfere with the programme.

Ready?

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I’m not going to introduce the next music nor make any comment about its brilliance.

Mozart:  Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466: II. Romance
                                                                         Mitsuko Uchida

Put your thoughts here.

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I stumbled across Beth Rowley on YouTube when I was looking for something else: I never did find what I had been looking for.  Beth, who was born in Peru to British parents, teamed up at a young age with the jazz saxophonist ben Castle, son of Roy.  She started writing her own material and with Ben’s encouragement released three EPs [Wikipedia].

Sit back and love this.

Oh My Life                                                            Beth Rowley

Oh my life … is richer for that!

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Only three videos left before the Reprise of ‘Music in the Morning’ is complete but there’s class still to come.  Eighth up and the only person to appear twice over the two weeks is Kate Rusby with a haunting song.  This song reflects old beliefs that a woman remained betrothed to a man even after his death and to survive him she had tasks to perform.

I wonder if a man remained betrothed to a woman after her death.   No, Calum, don’t be silly.

Let the the nightingale from Barnsley haunt you with this.

Unquiet Grave                                                      Kate Rusby

Beautiful.

Beautiful lyrics sung beautifully.

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As a contrast to the simple arrangement and almost personal message in our first video (How Great Thou Art, Eddi Reader) we have now ‘Thine Be the Glory’ with all the majesty and pomp Handel could muster.

The devil doesn’t have all the best tunes.

Handel:                                                       Thine be the Glory

MAGNIFICENT!!

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The last song from our ‘Music in the Morning’ reprise was posted only two and half weeks ago but I couldn’t miss it out. 

After a varied life, but a life where music was important,  John Wright moved to the Borders as a shepherd and his music career consisted of singing around the farm.  Fortunately he was “discovered” and his talents made available for many more to appreciate.  Sadly John died in 2008 at the relatively young age of 61.

I know you will love this song.

Reconciliation                                                     John Wright

I posted the words previously and I make no apology for doing so again.

When summer time has gone
And autumn winds are threatening
To blow our love away 
Tis then love will be tested.
Arm in arm we'll stand,
Side by side together
To face the common foe
That would tear our love asunder.

Tura lura lie
Tura lura laddie
Tura lura lie
Tura lura lay

You fair weathered friends
Where are you now I need you
Unlike the autumn winds 
On cold December mornings
When hard times come around 
Like cold and stormy weather
There's only you and I, my love
To shelter one another

Tura lura lie
Tura lura laddie
Tura lura lie
Tura lura lay

Now there's a time to flight,
And there's a time for leaving
As the sun melts the snow
On warm, bright April mornings.
Our fight has run its course
Now’s the time for healing
So let us all embrace
Sweet reconciliation

Tura lura lie
Tura lura laddie
Tura lura lie
Tura lura lay

If only our world could follow the last four lines of the song we would inhabit a much safer home.

Our fight has run its course
Now’s the time for healing
So let us all embrace
Sweet reconciliation

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I hope you enjoyed the show.  Next week we have the first of two shows dedicated to replaying some of the music which featured on ’Sunday Morning Coffee’.  I look forward to seeing you again at the same time next week.

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The playlist for this week’s and last week’s shows is here.

My YouTube channel is here.

5 comments:

  1. All good but can't go past that first one, of course.

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  2. psychic Calum does it again
    :)
    I scroll down to find Eddi Reader as the first on the list with How Great Thou Art
    how did you know I needed that at this precise moment?

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  3. Thank YOU!

    I love the music. I love presenting it. I love the thanks.

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  4. Mitsouko...........

    I saw her perform this piece and had a first class view. Words fail ....

    then, then, I went backstage and she graciously honoured me with a handshake...those heavenly hands....

    this lady is beyond genius. (If you've not seen her live, please go and watch her - it's an experience of a lifetime...)

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