Friday, 31 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Hogmanay

The last ‘Music in the Morning’ of 2010: the Unthanks with thanks.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Thursday

A question for you this morning.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
                                              Creedence Clearwater Revival

Have you?

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Wednesday

A lovely Scottish song.

The Bleacher Lassie O’Kelvinhaugh               Rod Paterson

 

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Tuesday

Tchaivosky on Tuesday.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5  Horn Solo 2nd movement

[Horn: Stefan Dohr; Conductor: Claudio Abbado;
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
]

Monday, 27 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Monday

Tango today and tango away.

Carlos Gardel:  Por Una Cabeza                  Rococo Quartet

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Sunday Morning Coffee – Reprise of 2010 Music Part 4 (of 4)

Christmas is just past: I hope you all had, and continue to have, a great time.  Our 2010 Music Reprise programmes come to an end with another 10 videos from previous ‘Sunday Morning Coffee’ shows. [The previous 3 shows are here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3]

Coffee, seat, sit, relax, listen and I’ll start.  You all know the routine by now.

An incredibly beautiful white winter has been with us in Edinburgh for a few weeks now but this is nothing when compared with Itzhak Perlman’s performance.  Sit back and love.

Vivaldi: Four Seasons - Winter  II Largo   Itzhak Perlman

Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The beauty inherent in the Vivaldi’s notes is brought bursting to our ears with an apparent ease bordering on the ridiculous.

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I have loved John Prine’s music for more than 30 years but still I hear it as though it were new.  ‘Lake Marie’ continues to do everything for me.

Lake Marie                                                               John Prine

Aaaaaah!!!

Magical.

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This video captures the manic brilliance of Ian Anderson.

Songs from the Wood                                           Jethro Tull

I am a very late convert to Anderson’s music but I’m so thankful that I have got there at last.

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Mark O’Connor is a brilliant fiddler, violinist, guitarist and composer.  Here we feature one of Mark’s compositions and the magical interplay between O’Connor and his two friends.

Emily's Reel       Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor

My feet, legs, hands, arms and head were all keeping time.  Lovely!

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Ry Cooder is another of my favourites from my much younger days but his music is still extraordinary.  This track has a fabulous 3 minute instrumental in the middle. 

How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live  
                                                                                  Ry Cooder

Mmmmmm  Delicious

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We’ve reached the interval already.  You can take a break if you want.  I’m about to have a cup of coffee and something small – hopefully – to eat and then we’ll restart.

That’s my coffee half-finished, some biscuits absolutely finished and now I’m ready to go again.

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This may seem a strange choice but this version is perfect.  Relax and let this wash over you and I’m sure you’ll agree about perfection.

Across The Universe          Liam O'Maonlai & Eddi Reader

I love this.

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Seventh up is Warren Zevon.  Pay attention to the humming with which the song ends.

Desperados under the Eaves                      Warren Zevon

with Jackson Browne

Warren was a wordsmith of extraordinary skill but, thankfully, he leaves a significant body of work for us all to enjoy for all time. 

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Our third last video surprised me when I first listened to it and I got the same reaction this time.  Loved it to bits.  Elvis and Lou in great form.

Perfect Day                              Lou Reed and Elvis Costello

The previous Calum would have ridiculed this music.  Change at my age!  Amazing! 

Lou and Elvis – much more amazing!

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We have two artists and just under ten minutes of the mini-series to go but this is ten minutes to die for.

Glenn Gould rides shotgun to our last singer but a shotgun has never sounded so fabulous.  I say no more now, or after, in case I distract you.

Brahms: Intermezzo no:2 in A major Op. 118  
                                                                                Glenn Gould

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My whole body reverberates as Tom Waits sings.  He is one of my finds of the year.

Tom is a poet whose musicality can be hidden by the initial shock of hearing his voice but if ever shock was worth getting over this is it.

Never Let Go                                                           Tom Waits

Never let go?  We won’t, Tom!

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All the music in the mini-series is available through the Reprise playlist on YouTube – click here

If you fancy listening to more music by any of these artists or reading my original posts the Table below gives links for each post and for the equivalent YouTube playlist.

Track

Artist Post Playlist

1

Itzhak Perlman Post 1a and 1b Playlist 1

2

John Prine Post 2 Playlist 2

3

Ian Anderson / Jethro Tull Post 3 Playlist 3

4

Mark O’Connor Post 4a and 4b Playlist 4

5

Ry Cooder Post 5 Playlist 5

6

Liam O'Maonlai & Eddi Reader Post 6 Playlist 6

7

Warren Zevon Post 7 Playlist 7

8

Elvis Costello – Spectacle Post 8 Playlist 8

9

Glenn Gould Post 9 Playlist 9

10

Tom Waits Post 10 Playlist 10

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Thank you to all who have listened throughout the year.  You have played a massive part in keeping the shows going.

Two weeks ago the show passed its first anniversary and only two weeks were missed.  I have surprised myself.

More surprising has been the enjoyment I have found through listening, culling, listening, writing and listening.  I had no idea that music was so important to me nor did I expect to have embraced so many artists and genres which were beyond my experience.

Next week we have the first show of 2011.  Let’s make the new year as musical as 2010.

Once more, many thanks for tuning in.  You have been brilliant.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Music in the Morning for Christmas – Christmas Day

Two carols and one lovely song to wish you Merry Christmas.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 

Away in A Manger (Instrumental)

 

I Find Your Love                               Beth Nielsen Chapman

 

My Christmas beckons now.  I’m off to enjoy myself.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Music in the Morning for Christmas - Christmas Eve

 

Joy to the World 
           Renée Fleming and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Early, But Unwanted, Christmas Present

Early this afternoon I got my feet wet – in the kitchen!

Huge flood of water!

Fuck!

Just about leaving to take YC to hospital appointment.

This was bad but …… might have been much worse.

I traced the flood to the drainpipe from the kitchen sink to the main drain.  This drainpipe was blocked – frozen; the water backed up into the kitchen and leaked from the joint where the plastic internal pipe met the cast iron external.

Within 10 mins I had rodding covers off the external pipe and all the water which was backed up poured out – outside.

But I have about 15 ft of iced up drainpipe which I need to tackle tomorrow – hopefully - before we’re back to normal.

Normal?

Abnormal is my normal but that is an old story.

A present?  Yes

Unwanted?  Yes

Is there a lesson?  Yes but I’m not interested in learning it now.

I will comfort myself with the thought that this might have been much much worse.  I might have gone out and left the washing machine on.  Doesn’t bear thinking about.

Also this problem is solvable with a bit of effort but many are those whose problems cannot be solved or cured.  My thoughts go to them.

Music in the Morning for Christmas - Thursday

Bert brings his talents to Christmas.

In the Bleak Midwinter                                        Bert Jansch

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Season of Goodwill?

There are those for whom there is no goodwill but instead a year-long season of ill-will.

Who amongst us could be like this?

The NHS and quasi-medical bodies have systems through which patients, who have suffered, can have their complaints listened to, and dealt with, professionally.

That’s the theory.  Reality is far far from this.

Through both direct and indirect experience I know that there is a system of denial, delay and obfuscation which extends suffering and denies justice.

Hopefully, in 2011, should a particular case be resolved, I’ll be able to expose the details of obscene behaviour by so-called complaints’ professionals.

Goodwill?    Bullshit!

Professionals?   Fucking lying hypocrites!

Music in the Morning for Christmas - Wednesday

A gorgeous instrumental carol.

Stilla Natt  Ale Moller

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Music in the Morning for Christmas - Tuesday

A beautiful carol beautifully sung.

O Holy Night                                                                 Hillsong

 

Monday, 20 December 2010

Music in the Morning for Christmas - Monday

A carol for Monday.

O Come, All Ye Faithful            King’s College, Cambridge

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Dale: Not Worth the Effort

A doubly apposite title.

Iain Dale gave up “full-time” blogging not a moment too soon.  Very early this morning I read his article in today’s Mail (and highlighted on his blog) and decided to fisk it.  Now that I have some time to do so I find that the comments at the Mail and on his blog are so negative that my fisking the article is “Not Worth the Effort”.

Doubly apposite?

Yes!

Dale’s article was “Not Worth the Effort” taken to scramble apparently random words but I’m sure the fee was very much worth the effort.

A pathetic attempt at an article.

If he ever had the golden touch it has deserted him now.  Stay retired, Iain.

Sunday Morning Coffee - Reprise of 2010 Music Part 3 (of 4)

Less than a week to Christmas and we’re already at the third of the mini-series in which I reprise music from 2010.  The last two shows featured music from my ‘Music in the Morning’ posts (Part 1 and Part 2).  Today and on Boxing Day I reprise music from ‘Sunday Morning Coffee’. 

Somehow I have managed to reduce the possibles down to the twenty I needed for the two shows.  I should say that I selected on the basis of how the music affected me now and had nothing to do with how I felt when first featured.  I hope you enjoy my choices.

If you’re new then you need to know the process.   Get yourself a coffee, find a comfortable seat, sit down, relax and prepare to let the music enter your soul.

Ready?

Let’s start then.

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I defy you to sit still as the brilliant Galician piper, Carlos Nunez, leads his band in this bright, bouncy and brilliant number.

Pasacorredoiras                                               Carlos Nunez

Fabulous!  My hands, feet and legs were on the go keeping time.

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We move to the sublime with Julian Bream’s rendition of a lovely Villa-Lobos composition.

Villa-Lobos:  Gavotte Choro  from Suite Populaire Bresilienne                                                          Julian Bream

Each note is perfect as the piece tiptoes its magical path.  The word that slips forward to describe this is ‘serene’, not a word I often use but which is so appropriate ….. for me as I listen to this again.

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Of all those featured in the ’Sunday Morning Coffee’ shows, Rod Stewart was, in many ways, the most surprising.  I had dismissed Rod and his music to the bin, never to be pulled out.  When, for reasons I can’t remember now, I made myself listen my views were transformed: I loved the songs, the performances and the sheer joy of the concerts.  I was out of my seat – coffee placed safely – pumping my arms and singing loudly.

I felt the same way when I listened again to his music for this show.  Enjoy Rod again with me.

Reason to Believe                                              Rod Stewart

[There is an edit jump at 52sec in – don’t worry.]

Wow!

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Ah, time to sit down quietly now and appreciate the much more subtle talents of this lady.  It’s a pity about the rambling Jonathan Ross at the beginning and end of the video.

Verdi Cries                                                 Natalie  Merchant

The man in 119 takes his tea alone.
Mornings we all rise to wireless verdi cries.
I'm hearing opera through the door.
The souls of men and women, impassioned all.
Their voices climb and fall; battle trumpets call.
I fill the bath and climb inside, singing.

He will not touch their pastry
But every day they bring him more.
Gold from the breakfast tray, i steal them all away
And then go and eat them on the shore.

I draw a jackal-headed woman in the sand,
Sing of a lover's fate sealed by jealous hate
Then wash my hand in the sea.
With just three days more I'd have just
about learned the entire score to aida.

Holidays must end as you know.
All is memory taken home with me:
The opera, the stolen tea, the sand drawing,
The verging sea, all years ago.

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Fifth up is the late John Martyn who displays really deep emotion as he reflects on the break-up of his marriage.  The first few bars say so much about what follows but listen out too for the 3 minute guitar solo with which Martyn finishes this classic.

Hurt in Your Heart                                             John Martyn

It takes a big man to write, play and sing like this.  Thanks, John!

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The half-time whistle has gone.  You can turn round now if you want but if you feel the need for a wee break please feel free to take the time you need.  I’ll be ready to start when you come back.

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Right.  Let’s restart with a great singalong.  I want you singing!

Molly Malone                                                     The Dubliners

Singalongs don’t come any better than this.

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Seventh up is our only choral piece: a magical Bach composition.

Bach - BWV 147 - 1 - Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
       Choir Unknown; Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

I love this so much.  The beauty sweeps me up and takes me towards peace …. for a few moments …. only.

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Only three tracks left but that is still more than twenty minutes of magic for you.  Richard Thompson is a brilliant songwriter  - a poet - and guitarist.  Here is his poetry at its best.

Dimming of the Day                                Richard Thompson

I wish I could write words like this.  No chance, he’s a master.

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This time last year I would never have listened beyond the first few bars but my openness to music has increased so much that not only do I listen to this I can’t get enough of it.  Here we have the absolutely wonderful Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (tragically he passed away in 2005) playing with Chris McBride.  Sit back, close your eyes and let the music wash in, through and over you.

Bye Bye Blackbird      
           Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Chris McBride

Words fail me!

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Too soon, far too soon, the show must end but there can be no finer way than with this masterpiece – Bruch and Perlman. 

Concerto No 1 – Mvt 2                                 Itzhak Perlman

[Unfortunately the audio is slightly hissy]

Again I have no words to describe this, not because I cannot find them but because there are NO words in the English language!

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If you fancy listening to more music by any of these artists or reading my original posts the Table below gives links for each post and for the equivalent YouTube playlist.

Track

Artist Post Playlist

1

Carlos Nunez Post 1 Playlist 1

2

Julian Bream Post 2 Playlist 2

3

Rod Stewart Post 3 Playlist 3

4

Natalie Merchant Post 4 Playlist 4

5

John Martyn Post 5 Playlist 5

6

The Dubliners Post 6 Playlist 6

7

Choral Post 7 Playlist 7

8

Richard Thompson Post 8 Playlist 8

9

NHOP Post 9 Playlist 9

10

Itzhak Perlman Post 10a and 10b Playlist 10

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Thank you for listening.  When next we meet Christmas Day will have passed but on Boxing Day the final part of my 2010 Music reprise will feature 10 more tracks from ‘Sunday Morning Coffee’.

Have a great Christmas and I’ll speak to you again in 7 days time.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Helping Hand at Christmas

 

HelpingHand

Music in the Morning for Christmas – Saturday

A carol for this good Saturday.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                                       Enya

Friday, 17 December 2010

Music over Christmas and New Year

My music posts will continue uninterrupted:

Music in the Morning will appear every day - except Sundays - including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Sunday Morning Coffee will appear each Sunday including Boxing Day and January 2nd.

Frozen

Posting is very difficult at the moment and is likely to remain so for quite a few days for the reasons I describe below.

I am frozen.

My brain is frozen.

My keyboard is frozen.

I’m only managing to type this because I poured boiling water on the keyboard to melt the ice.  Worked a treat.  Hope it continues to do so.

Should I pour boiling water onto my brain?

Music in the Morning - Friday

We have a country Twit(ty) for you this morning.

Almost Persuaded                                         Conway Twitty

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Thursday

Nine minutes of lovely music!

Valentini: Concerto Grosso A minor Op. 7 No. 11
Mov 1 & 2 of 7                       I -  Largo;   II -  Fuga: Allegro

Performed by Musica Antiqua Koln, Directed by Reinhard Goebel

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Wednesday

Dancing time this morning as a simple, but lovely, waltz arrives for you.

Margaret’s Waltz                                               Bryan Sutton

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Tuesday

Durante drops in – not Jimmy but Francesco.

I hope you like this music. 

My internet connection is running so slowly that I can’t view any video. This video is one I ‘playlisted’ a couple of months ago which means I liked it then but unfortunately I have no idea what the piece is like.

Durante:  Concerto No 8 for strings in A major "La Pazzia"

Monday, 13 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Monday

Haydn makes your morning bright.

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto  3rd mvt     Tine Thing Helseth

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.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Saturday

Harmonious visitors bring a few minutes of magic.

Into the Blue                           Drever, McCusker, Woomble

Providing harmony vocals is Heidi Talbot who appeared on Wednesday.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Trafigura: Why Did the Telegraph Use This Picture?

I have just posted on the Looney-Trafigura court case and if you read the original article you’ll see it headed by a photograph which ….. Well go and have a look - here[Update @ 10 Dec 2010 22.30 – hyperlink at ‘here’ now corrected]

For copyright purposes I won’t display it in this post but it is similar to this one – but without the gloves.

oily hands

What message is the Telegraph trying to convey?

Perhaps there is no message.  I’m probably wrong.

Trafigura: Kieran Looney’s Day(s) in Court

Trafigura and Kieran Looney are having their time in court!

Earlier this year I reported on Trafigura’s attempt to seal the court papers in Kieran Looney’s £6m claim against Trafigura for breach of contract.  The original post gives details of the claims and of Trafigura’s defence as well as putting the court papers online.  If you wish to view the original papers I do advise you that they are very dry.

Rowena Mason in today’s Telegraph has an article which reports on some of Thursday’s court dealings.

She says,

“Kieran Looney, a one-man-band training guru, is seeking £6m in a primary claim and potentially compensation of up to £77m, after alleging that Trafigura breached his contract.

He was hired to improve communication and working practices of senior management at the commodities trader, but the relationship later broke down after less than a year.

Trafigura strongly denies any breach of contract, having paid Mr Looney £3m for one year out of a three-year training contract, plus a £1m termination fee.

Pierre Lorinet, the finance director of Trafigura, argued in court on Thursday that Mr Looney's training programme "lacked structure" and that the consultant was "difficult to work with".

He said he had originally wanted a "pushy" character like Mr Looney, because he wanted to "shock the company" and its senior staff into changing their behaviour.

"We were under pressure, because our colleagues on the board wanted us to improve performance," he told the court. More Trafigura executives are expected to give evidence this week.”

A “one-man band” and he has a claim for £6m   I’m a one-man-band and I couldn’t sue anyone for 6p!

I’ll keep my eye on this and report back when I have more information.

Music in the Morning - Friday

A great songwriter drops by.

If I Needed You                                        Townes van Zandt

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Hammer and Chisel …. and Fool

The last thing I thought I’d be using during this freeze was a hammer and chisel – years will go by without use – but today out they came.

My rones – metal ones and not the plastic ones which simply clip into a plastic bracket – were close to coming down, the curved metal brackets bent towards straight.  They were full of ice but, more than that, two or three times that volume was hanging on their outside – including three foot long icicles. 

I’d been out for milk, came back and started immediately to clear the ice: no gloves, no waterproofs.  Old fool!  After a couple of minutes of removing snow from the roof I was soaked but two and a half hours later I finished clearing ice from the most damaged rones.  Knackered, cold, wet but pleased that I had prevented more damage. 

A few minutes after finishing I heard a whoosh and a dull thud.  An avalanche had cleared almost all of that roof.

Oh, by the way, I fell off my steps: they toppled to my left, I to my right.

Old fool!

Music in the Morning - Thursday

Two magnificent P’s.

Puccini: E lucevan le stelle   Luciano Pavarotti

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Trafigura: Leigh Day Costs Case

An article in The Lawyer describes the start of the case to apportion costs in the case brought by Leigh Day on behalf of Ivorians.

Leigh Day claim £105m, Trafigura only £14m.

Judgment is expected early next year.

Music in the Morning - Wednesday

I’ll stay to listen to this again.

If You Stay                                                            Heidi Talbot

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Snowmobile ?

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Music in the Morning - Tuesday

Edinburgh is blanketed in fog this morning but it’s only ‘Misty’ with you.

Misty                                                                          Stan Getz

Monday, 6 December 2010

Music in the Morning - Monday

Two stars perform only for you.

Turn Out the Stars   John McLaughlin / Herbie Hancock

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sunday Morning Coffee - Reprise of 2010 Music Part 1 (of 4)

Welcome to the first in a mini-series of four December shows: today and next Sunday we reprise a selection of music from the 200 or so ‘Music in the Morning’ posts and then on the 19th and 26th I reprise music from the last year’s ‘Sunday Morning Coffee’ – about 50 shows and more than 350 tracks.  As is normal now each show will have 10 tracks.

The selection has been incredibly difficult but I’ve listened to hundreds of tracks and let those which really grab me now float upwards towards the final cut.  I’ve tried to ignore previous feelings about the music so that the selection is as fresh as possible.

I hope you enjoy the shows.

I’m sure you know the routine – that hasn’t changed.  Get a coffee, a comfy seat, sit down, relax and let the music transport you to …. wherever.

 

Our first music is the gorgeous second movement of one of Albinoni’s oboe concertos. Wikipedia says this:

Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (8 June 1671 – 17 January 1751) was a Venetian Baroque composer. While famous in his day as an opera composer, he is mainly remembered today for his instrumental music, some of which is regularly recorded such as the concertos.

Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 2:
II. Andante                                Oboe  -  Jacques Chambon

Chamber Orchestra of the Sarre Radio conducted by Karl Ristenpart

This piece has a simple contemplative feel but as though one is contemplating a life which is fulfilled.  I’m probably wrong although, I guess, it means whatever it means to each of us.

A lovely gentle start to today’s programme.

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We continue with another gentle piece, this time Bach.

Bach:   Chorale for organ "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"                                                  Bernard Foccroulle

Waves of sound vibrate through my body.  I could listen to this all day but I have little time to waste.

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Next up is  a lovely Stephen Foster song, Slumber My Darling. 

According to Wikipedia, Foster (1826 – 1864)[was] ’known as the "father of American music", was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century. His songs — such as "Oh! Susanna", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "Hard Times Come Again No More", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Old Black Joe", and "Beautiful Dreamer" — remain popular over 150 years after their composition.’

Slumber My Darling
Alison Krauss, Mark O'Connor, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer

Four brilliant soloists plus Foster, of course, touch my heart.

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Are we fourth up already?

We hear Paul Robeson singing about Joe Hill who has a place at the head of those who fought for workers’ rights.  On the anniversary of his murder Harry Giles, in a long post, said

“He was killed 95 years ago today, murdered by government firing squad for a crime he didn’t commit. But he never died.”

To read more about Joe, please visit Harry Giles here.  The story is well worth reading and repeating.

Joe Hill                                                                Paul Robeson

Unfortunately, we still need Joe Hill but we are lucky to have his memory …. but then he never died.

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We reach half-time with one of the best voices to come out of the folk revival in the 60’s – Sandy Denny.  Sandy was taken from us far, far too early: she died in 1978 a few weeks after a fall down stairs.  She too lives on through her music and we celebrate her life with this wonderful song.

Who Knows Where the Time Goes? 
                                              Sandy Denny  and The Strawbs

A legend!

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You can take a break now – I have.  We’ll restart when you’re ready.

That’s me waiting for you now; a roll, a mug of coffee, a stretch of my ageing legs is enough …. oh and some biscuits now!

You’re sitting comfily with a top-up? Let’s go again.

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The second-half kicks off with another folk-singer, Kate Rusby, who has featured three times on “Music in the Morning”.  She has been dubbed the “Barnsley Nightingale”  and you’ll understand why the second word was chosen when you hear her award-winning song, “Who Will Sing Me Lullabies”.

Who Will Sing Me Lullabies                                Kate Rusby

Lay me down gently, lay me down low,
I fear I am broken and won't mend, I know.
There’s one thing I ask when the stars light the skies,
Who now will sing me lullabies,
Oh who now will sing me lullabies.

In this big world I'm lonely, for I am but small,
Oh angels in heaven, don't you care for me at all?
You’ve heard my heart breaking for it rang through the skies,
So why won't you sing me lullabies,
Oh why won't you sing me lullabies.

I lay here; I'm weeping for the stars they have come,
I lay here not sleeping; now the long night has begun.
The man in the moon, oh he can't help but cry,
For there's no one to sing me lullabies,
No there's no one to sing me lullabies.

So lay me down gently, oh lay me down low,
I fear I am broken and won't mend, I know .
There’s one thing I ask now the stars light the skies,
Who now will sing me lullabies,
Oh who now will sing me lullabies
Oh, lullabies!

Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me to sleep
Who will sing me

Ah!  Beautiful!

Who amongst us doesn’t have the need for the occasional – or more often – lullaby? 

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The last four choices are all classical pieces and the first of these is a baroque piece from the hand of the now virtually unknown Maurizio Cazzati (1616 – 1678).  Don’t be put off by his obscurity, you’re about to hear a great performance of a great composition.

I loved this when I first heard it and I love it now.  Magical!

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Our eighth piece is a very, very well-known Liszt composition  - Liebestraum - played by sister and brother.  I hadn’t realised until now that Liebestraum  - dream of love - actually referred to three poems put to music.   Three different stages of love are: exalted (religious) love, erotic love and unconditional mature love.  In common usage Liebestraum links to the third piece – “mature love”.

Two lines (translated, of course) from this poem are,

Love as long as you can!
The hour will come when you will stand at the grave and mourn

Liszt:  Liebestraum for cello and piano
                                    Selli (cello) and Kalle (piano) Toivio

The cello gives this so much depth and  emotion.  Wonderful …. again.

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Oh no!  Just two more to go.  This week has simply disappeared before my keyboard.

Second last for us is a self-conducted chamber orchestra – Boston’s ‘A Far Cry’  - with one of the three famous concerti by Francesco Geminiani (No. 3).

Geminiani: Concerto Grosso no.3 in C major,
I. Adagio & II. Allegro                                             A Far Cry

Sheer brilliance; subtlety and complexity.

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The show reaches its endpoint with a rousing rendition of the famous “Pa-pa-pa-pa” which shows a situation which could only arise on the stage.  Fabulous!

Mozart:  Pa-pa-pa-pa from the Magic Flute
                                      Cecilia Bartoli and Bryn Terfel

Cecilia and Bryn are perfect in this “silly” aria which brings our show to a close.

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Next week we continue with the final 10 videos selected for the Reprise from my “Music in the Morning” series.  I can guarantee brilliant music.

Thank you for visiting and staying to the end of the show.  I hope to see you again next Sunday.