Monday, 22 October 2012

Trafigura: The Toxic Truth

 

Six years have passed and the world has moved on but the truth is still incomplete.

Probo Koala?

Trafigura?

Ivory Coast?

Dumping of toxic waste?

Guilty verdicts?

I wrote endlessly – or so it seemed – trying to get truth from Trafigura and trying to highlight gaps in our known truth.  [my last posts – Dec 2011 – are here]

 

Now, at last, the closest we are ever likely to get to the truth is here.  A month ago Greenpeace and Amnesty International published a  brilliant 231 page report, “The Toxic Truth”.  [UPDATE:  This link was faulty – down to me – but is now working]

Devastating detail leaves Trafigura exposed but still they cling to their long-held position.  Unfortunately, Trafigura did not take advantage of the opportunity to comment on specific issues.  Their full response to the report is here but, in that, they state,

“In our view, the report does not set out a fair or balanced account of the Probo Koala incident, but is rather a report that has been designed to support the stated position of Greenpeace.”

 

The truth is toxic!

But Trafigura go from strength to strength!

Toxic but not toxic enough!

Monday, 19 March 2012

Thanks …….

 

………. to those few regular viewers and listeners who remain: you know who you are.

I have loved sharing ‘my’ music with you but the appeal is too small and the effort too great.  For the foreseeable future, whatever that is, my listening and viewing will be in private.

I leave you this last time with a video, from a very recent post, which says everything in its perfection.  Only a few days ago I wrote this,

Occasionally, only very occasionally, art turns one upside down, inside out, backsides forward, every which way.

For me this is one such occasion.  Everything about this is perfect, flawless.

The words, the music, the voices, the video: each adds to the atmosphere, the performance, the occasion.

Soon you’ll get your chance to see and hear how you are affected.

I had never heard of ‘The Civil Wars’, a very new group – formed in 2008 – of two singer-songwriters, Joy Williams and John Paul White, but now Grammy winners.  Later in the day I found them and wrote this post I saw them looking at me from the pages of the online Guardian here.

Enough of me.

Now you can experience

The Civil Wars                                                                     Poison and Wine

 

I hope you found this worthy of the hype.  If not then I’ll console myself with  the knowledge that we are all different and I will love this until the day I die …… which I trust is many years away.

[UPDATE @ 15 March 2012 23.15: I am consoling myself with the knowledge that we are all different and I will love this until the day I die …… which I trust is many years away.]”

 

Thanks once more and goodbye.  This is not a sad goodbye, however: I leave with my faith at a different level and I look forward to walking the rest of my life in God’s light.  Through all times I will look to Jesus and know I am not alone.

May you too experience Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 288 - Praise the Lord

 

This morning we have a very powerful hymn written by Charles Wesley although the treatment is modern.

Join me as I sing along.

 

Phatfish and Lou Fellingham                                               And Can It Be

 
And Can It Be

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain-
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, should die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

He left His Father's throne above
So free, so infinite His grace-
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race:
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray-
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed with righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, should die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

 


Thanks be to God.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 287 - Louis Vierne

 

Once more a new name to me but what an impact!  

Power! 

Drama!

Be prepared to be blown away as Michael Murray plays the final movement of Vierne’s 1st Symphony for organ.

 

Louis Vierne                           1st Symphony for Organ – Final Movement

[Michael Murray on the Grace Cathedral Organ 1973]


Are you still in one piece?

Friday, 16 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 286 – Aly Bain, Donal Lunny and Dezi Donnelly

 

We return to the fabulous Transatlantic Sessions with the House band featuring Aly, Donal and Dezi in a set of three great tunes.

 

Aly Bain, Donal Lunny and Dezi Donnelly            Kid on the Mountain Set

[The set is: Kid On The Mountain / Sleep Sound In The Morning / The Reconciliation]

[Transatlantic House Band is:  Aly Bain – fiddle; Dezi Donnelly – fiddle;  Donal Lunny – bouzouki;  Phil Cunningham – accordion; Donald Shaw – piano; Michael McGoldrick – uilleann pipes and flute; Jerry Douglas – dobro; Russ Barenberg – guitar; James McIntyre – drums; Todd Parker – double bass]

 

Now you’re awake!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 285 – The Civil Wars

 

Occasionally, only very occasionally, art turns one upside down, inside out, backsides forward, every which way. 

For me this is one such occasion.  Everything about this is perfect, flawless. 

The words, the music, the voices, the video: each adds to the atmosphere, the performance, the occasion.

Soon you’ll get your chance to see and hear how you are affected.

I had never heard of ‘The Civil Wars’, a very new group – formed in 2008 – of two singer-songwriters, Joy Williams and John Paul White, but now Grammy winners.  Later in the day I found them and wrote this post I saw them looking at me from the pages of the online Guardian here.

Enough of me.

Now you can experience

 

The Civil Wars                                                                  Poison and Wine

 

I hope you found this worthy of the hype.  If not then I’ll console myself with  the knowledge that we are all different and I will love this until the day I die …… which I trust is many years away.

[UPDATE @ 15 March 2012 23.15: I am consoling myself with the knowledge that we are all different and I will love this until the day I die …… which I trust is many years away.]

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 284 – Nollaig Casey

 

Nollaig plays two tunes with the fabulous musicians of the Transatlantic Sessions House Band but also with the precociously gifted Sarah Jarosz.

I found this comment at another Transatlantic Sessions video.

“The Transatlantic Sessions are as necessary to music as breathing is to life. They remind one of the pure power of music to heal, soothe or simply reaffirm the beauty in life. These sessions have allowed me access to musicians I would not otherwise have known and, quite? simply, made me fall in love with music all over. Thanks for posting.” [Utoober67]

My feelings exactly!

You have just under 3 minutes of  ……


Nollaig Casey                                                             Lios Na Banriona / The Cross Reel

[Sarah Jarosz - octave mandolin;   Aly Bain – fiddle;   Russ Barenberg – guitar;   Michael McGoldrick – flute;   Danny Thompson – double bass;   Donald Shaw – piano]


…. wonder!

I do make my first ever criticism of TS!   I love each tune in its own right but, for me, as a pairing they are ill-matched: ‘Lios Na Banriona’ displays a beauty which sweeps my heart to places wonderful but then I am tugged abruptly from this peace and forced to jump about and dance frenetically.

 

I finish by doing something I have never done before: I plug tomorrow’s music with two short quotes from the post. 

 

Occasionally, only very occasionally, art turns one upside down, inside out, backsides forward, every which way.”

I will love this until the day I die ….

 

Can you possibly miss this?

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 283 – Beth Rowley

 

For the second time Beth Rowley arrives to sing for you this morning [see here for her previous visit].

I am persuaded.  I think you will be too.

 

Beth Rowley                                                                      Almost Persuaded

 

Well?  Have you joined me?

Great!  Another persuaded.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 282 – Locatelli

 

Classical music and Pietro Locatelli (see his music 16 days ago here) return to welcome you on this Monday morning.  Locatelli’s ‘Introduzione teatrale for strings Op. 4 No. 5’ is in three wonderful movements (allegro, andante and presto).

Seven minutes plus of enjoyment.

 

Locatelli                                  Introduzione teatrale for strings Op. 4 No. 5

[The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra]

Even if your enjoyment was only 1/10th of mine, you loved this!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 281 – Praise the Lord

 

About 10 days ago my online friend Liz posted one of her favourite hymns.  I didn’t realise then that her choice was in my list for ‘Praise the Lord’.  Not only have we chosen the same hymn we chose the same version: only the actual video is different.

Be Thou My Vision

 

Thanks be to the Lord.

Amen

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 280 – Phil Ochs

 

The long-gone Phil make his first morning appearance with a a protest song.  How we need massive protest today!!!

 

Phil Ochs                                                         I Ain’t Marching Anymore

 

Thanks, Phil. We need you today!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 279 – Kathleen Macinnes

 

After yesterday’s sojourn to England via Canada we return to home – well my home – and Kathleen Macinnes sings a beautiful Gaelic song, Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór (Jimmy, My Treasure), with a gorgeous arrangement.

 

Kathleen Macinnes                                                    Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór

 

I understand not one word but I know the song intimately.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 278 – The Wailin’ Jennys

 

We return to Canada to find The Wailin’ Jennys who give a performance I can only describe as being brilliantly and quintessentially English …. I mean this as the highest possible praise!

Welcome to magnificence!

 

The Wailin’ Jennys                                                                       Bold Riley


This, I could listen to all day.  I have listened to this all day!

In case you wondered where their name came from I read that it is play on ‘Waylon Jennings’.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 277 – Rab Noakes

 

Another Fifer graces your ears with a First World War song although the last line stretches ‘grace’ beyond breaking point.  Mind you, given what these poor soldiers had to endure, that there is any grace is miraculous!

 

Rab Noakes                                                When This Bloody War Is Over

 

Rab featured in this series 14 months ago here.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 276 – Ronny

 

There are many versions of this sea shanty involving many ports.  This version is German and has Hamburg as the port.

Enjoy.

 

Ronny                                                                                         Rolling Home

 

It was after finding this song that I came across Roy Bailey singing a totally different ‘Rolling Home’ – MitM No. 256.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 275 – PJ Harvey

 

Another new artist – well, new to me and this series. 

Wikipedia had this to say about Polly Jean Harvey,

Among the accolades she has received are the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prize for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) and Let England Shake (2011)respectively—the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice—eight BRIT Award nominations, six Grammy Award nominations and two further Mercury Prize nominations.  Rolling Stone awarded her 1992's Best New Artist and Best Singer Songwriter and 1995's Artist of the Year, and listed Rid of Me and To Bring You My Love (1995) on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.  In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards.”

In my chosen video, the theme song from the film, ‘The Passion of Darkly Noon’, Harvey asks the question, “Who Will Love Me Now?”.

 

PJ Harvey                                                                   Who Will Love Me Now?

  Who Will Love Me Now

In the forest, is a monster
It has done terrible things
So in the wood, it's hiding
And this is the song it sings

Who will love me now?
Who will ever love me?
Who will say to me
"You are my desire, I set you free?"

(Who will love me now?)

Who will forgive and make me live again?
Who will bring me back to the world again?

In the forest, is a monster
And it looks so very much like me
Will someone hear me singing?
Please save me, please rescue me

Who will love me now?
Who will ever love me?
Who will say to me
"You are my desire, I set you free?"

Who will love me now?
Who will ever love me?
Who will say to me
"You are my desire, I set you free?"

(Who will love me now?)
(Who will ever love me?)

Who will love me now?
Who will ever love me?
Who will love me now?
Who will ever love me?
Who will love me now?
Who will ever love me?

 

 

Harvey leaves the question unanswered but, having recently found faith in God, I could answer.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 274 – Praise the Lord

 

Not for the first time, and definitely not the last, we sing God’s praise with Hillsong, the Australian church.  This morning we have Darlene Zschech leading an ecstatic congregation but we too can give ourselves up to Jesus.

 

Hillsong                                                                       How Great Is Our God


Thanks be to The Lord God Almighty and his son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth and died on the cross so that we sinners could be saved.

Amen.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 273 – Natalie MacMaster and Bela Fleck

 

Natalie is a brilliant Canadian fiddler.  This morning we hear her with banjo genius Bela Fleck for a traditional medley.

 

Natalie McMaster & Bela Fleck                                          Traditional Medley

 

The Lass of Corrie's Mill;  Lennox's Love to Blantyre;
Pottinger's Reel;  Reichswall Forest;  Mr. Bernard

 

Just over 3 minutes of fiddling magic!

 

Friday, 2 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 272 – Dominique Eade

 

When first I heard this song I was sure that it was an old song, a timeless song, a classic but …. no!   This is modern and was co-written by Dominique.

A current classic?  No!  But in time this will shine out.

 

Dominique Eade                                                           Go Gently to the Water



Magic, wasn’t it?

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Music in the Morning No. 271 – James Taylor

 

After yesterday’s music with new find, Eric Bibb, today James Taylor returns.  If the golden oldies are great enough there’s no reason not to let them loose again.

Close your eyes and let the music float from James and you.

 

James Taylor                                                               Carolina in My Mind

 

Oops!  Forgot to open my eyes!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 270 – Eric Bibb

 

Occasionally I come across an artist and I wonder how I’d managed not to come across their music.  Today is one of these occasions ….. and you are in for a treat!

I was blown away by Eric in this video.  I’m sure you’ll love this.

 

Eric Bibb                                                            I Heard the Angels Singing

Yea!!!!!

I could have held this back until Sunday’s ‘Praise the Lord’ slot but I wanted to get this great song out there asap!

 

Hope you agree.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 269 – Trombone Shorty

 

We have very different music this morning.  Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty), a mere 26 years old, is a phenomenal trombone and trumpet player.

 

Will you enjoy his music?   Probably not, if I know the musical tastes of my regulars but …….. listen on.

 

Trombone Shorty                                                      Backatown  &  Suburbia

Troy Andrews - trombone, trumpet, vocals; Tim McFatter - tenor sax
Pete Murano – guitar; Mike Ballard – bass; Joey Peebles – drums
International  Jazz Week 2011  Burghausen, Germany, 2011

Well ?

Monday, 27 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 268 – Archie Fisher

 

He’s getting a bit long in the tooth now but Archie Fisher still has a great voice. 

Enjoy.

 

Archie Fisher                                                                Will Ye Gang Love

A guid Scots song gets me every time!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 267 – Praise the Lord

 

Today’s praise is the 23rd Psalm sung to the wonderful tune, Crimond.

Sung at my father’s funeral, hopefully it will be sung at mine too but, God willing, that will be many years away.

 

23rd Psalm: The Lord’s My Shepherd                                             Crimond

 

This wonderful version is from Beverley Minster for the BBC series, Songs of Praise.

 

And in God’s house for evermore, my dwelling-place shall be.”

 

Thanks be to God.

Amen

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 266 – Locatelli

 

Bizarre music today. 

The 6th (in G major) of 6 trio sonatas in his Opus 5, ‘Bizarria’, for flute, violin and double continuo.  This piece has 5 short movements in its 7 mins plus.

Relax and enjoy.

Locatelli:  Bizarria, Op. 5 n. 6 - Trio sonata for flute, violin & double continuo in G major

Go on yersel, Pietro

Friday, 24 February 2012

Scottish Independence: The Moore the Messier!

 

Michael Moore dabbles in areas which are not his responsibility!

Many – Unionists! – will disagree but read and view on and you’ll see that Moore actually agrees with me!

 

A few days ago Moore, the Secretary of State for Scotland within the UK Parliament, attempted to put pressure on the Scottish Government to bring forward the date of the referendum on independence.  The Scottish Government in its consultation document identify Autumn 2014 but the UK government wants an earlier referendum. 

Moore suggests here that the referendum could take place in September 2013 without compromising in any way the necessary process.  The Scottish Government disagrees.

 

But why is Moore getting involved in areas that have nothing to do with him?

 

Watch this, a BBC interview with Moore on 9 May 2011.

 

In case you missed, this is what he said,

"But the decision on when and if to have a referendum is clearly a matter for the new Scottish Parliament"  [Michael Moore, 9 May 2011]

 

Michael, heed your own advice ….. and butt out!

Music in the Morning No. 265 – Suzanne Vega

 

Amazingly this is the first time Suzanne has ‘appeared’ here.  A massive oversight!

 

Suzanne Vega                                                                                     Gypsy


Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm !

Thank you, Suzanne.  I’ll see you soon.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 264 – Costello, Reed and Waits

 

Three one-offs!  Elvis, Lou and Tom with a great Tom song.

 

Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Tom Waits                             Memories of What



Yes!

Greatness!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 263 – Miles Davis et al

 

I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but this is ………………..

……….. just everything!

Miles Davis: trumpet
John Coltrane: tenor sax
Bill Evans: piano
Julian Cannonball Adderley: sax
Paul Chambers: bass
Wynton Kelly: piano
James Cobb: drums
 

Miles Davis (et al)                                                      Flamenco Sketches


My teacup overfloweth!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 262 – Vivaldi Once More

 

He’s becoming a regular is Antonio Vivaldi.  Here we have the first movement from his Concerto for Mandolin (or so it’s titled on YouTube). 

What I do know for certain is that this music is from the heavens: no matter how often I listen my hearing is overwhelmed by the vitality, the sheer beauty, the complexity but, perhaps strangely, the unity.  This is magical.  It’s as though my heart strings were being plucked in time to the music.

After this build-up I hope you’re not disappointed.  You won’t be!

 

Vivaldi:      Concerto for Many Instruments RV 558  Movt 1 Allegro Molto


[Europa Galante]

 

Great wasn’t it?

Bet you’re ready to face the day!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Sun on Sunday

 

From today’s Sun:

 

SunonSunday

 

 

I have it on good authority that this reply was received,

 

SunonSunday2

Life in the Carr Family

 

If life were meant to be easy we’d come into this world on an armchair!

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t worry!  On an even keel now!

Music in the Morning No. 261 – Neil Young

 

A golden oldie from a 1971 BBC show brings your good morning cheer.

 

Neil Young                                                                              Heart of Gold

[Note: music ends 1m before end of video]

 

Great ‘Music in the Morning’!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 260 – Praise the Lord

 

This Sunday morning I have no idea who brings you our praise for the Lord …. but what really matters is that we praise Him..

At the time of writing this has less than 600 views.  How!

 

I Know that My Redeemer Lives

 

Thanks be to God

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 259 – Sandy Denny

 

The wonderful but tragic Sandy Denny bids you farewell this winter’s morning. 

Although more than 30 years have passed since her untimely death, Sandy’s music and reputation lives on.

 

Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention                         Farewell, Farewell


 

Sandy, your music will live

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun’

Friday, 17 February 2012

Family Outing !!

 

Yes!!

We all went out this afternoon.  Mrs Carr too!!  Had a great time except for about 10 minutes: I’ll let those minutes pass.

 

Outside

Fresh air

Walking

Climbing – not me

Looking

First time

Geocaching!

Finding

Logging

Replacing

Smiling

 

Had to keep an eye out in case muggles were around.

 

May well be back out tomorrow.

Music in the Morning No. 258 – Julian Bream

 

Mmmmmm!

With Julian you’re guaranteed brilliance and with Vivaldi …. well!

Vivaldi: Lute Concerto in D Major                                        Julian Bream

 

Magnificent.

If you want to hear more from Julian Bream you can find him on my ‘Sunday Morning Coffee’ show here.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

A Rangers Fairy Story

 

A fairy story, I'm sure. Real life couldn't be as simple as this!



Why would your company raise £24M pounds against 4 years' sales?

Because your business desperately needed that funding to survive a difficult period.



Why would your company not pay VAT and PAYE for months and run up a total HMRC debt of £9M?

Because you didn't have the capital to pay this.



But how could there be insufficient funds when £24M pounds was raised ?

Because the £24M never went in to the company's accounts but into a parent company account.



But why would you not make the £24M pounds available?

Because you wanted the company to go into administration.



But why would you want to put your company into administration?

Because you would make a profit exiting administration with a debt-free company would which be attractive to purchasers.



But if you wanted the company to go into administration why would you raise £24M secured against future sales?

Because you wanted to take money out of the company before you put it into administration and to remove that as possible source from which the company's debt (or some of it) could be repaid.


 

As time goes on and more truth emerges I'm sure we'll look at my words here and say, "What Calum wrote was only a fairy story!"

Music in the Morning No. 257 – John Fogerty

 

A Bluesy morning. 

John Fogerty on guitar and vocals with Jerry Douglas on dobro bring a you great music. 

Only complaint?  It’s too short.

 

John Fogerty                          Swing Blues No.1 (My Baby Got Something)



Yea!!!!!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Daily Mail, Alan Fraser, Lauriston Park 1690 and Fitz

 

What links these four?

What links CalumCarr to these four?

 

Let’s take the first two – Daily Mail and Alan Fraser

I discovered today that Alan Fraser is a Daily Mail sports journalist – through this article - No Rangers? It is simply unthinkable.  There’s nothing unusual in this: many journalists are writing about the falling - or should it be the ‘driving’ - of Rangers into administration.  He starts as follows:

“‘What team do you support?’

Other than polite enquiries about health, there is probably no question more frequently asked when two Scottish strangers meet for the first time.
It demands one of two answers. There is little point replying ‘Raith Rovers’.

‘Yeah, but what team do you support?’ the questioner would insist. There would be no need to provide the prescribed alternatives, Rangers or Celtic. The stark choice is implied. Deep down, it is said, you have to be one or the other, Rangers or Celtic, protestant or catholic. For this is not just about football. This is about religion and, completing the holy trinity, politics.

The Rangers-Celtic rivalry forms part of Scottish life based on a twisting of religious preference dating back centuries. Prejudice has endless stamina.”

This just sets the background for what follows.  What made the difference for me was Fraser’s mention of ‘Lauriston Park 1690’.  He continued,

“While a student in Edinburgh almost 40 years ago, I played football for a team called Lauriston Park 1690. 1690? The year of the Battle of the Boyne, where, in the words of a song still sung by Rangers supporters, ‘the Orangemen with (King) William did join’."

 

Now this is where I come in.

 

I too played for ‘Lauriston Park 1690’ in the early to mid 1970’s.

 

What an admission!

How did I reach this low?

 

I was doing my PhD in Chemistry at Edinburgh University and 5 or 6 colleagues stayed in a flat in Lauriston Park.  Many of us played football each week for the Chemical Society but, in the summer term, there was a different competition and some of those from the Lauriston Park flat formed the team named after the street and the Battle of the Boyne.  It’s straightforward really if you are a diehard Rangers fan …. as some were.

For my sins I was a Pars fan – Dunfermline Athletic; a delighted Pars fan because we’d just had our most successful years ever.   I should state that I didn’t see any religious bias within the team, strange as that may seem, nor even within their flat. 

I digress though.

Clearly Alan Fraser and I played in the same team but, although the name is familiar, I can’t place him with certainty.

Many of us, in those days, were known by nicknames.  One of the organisers who lived in Lauriston Park was ‘Renard’ and named after the fox.  Somehow, I can’t understand how this came about, mine was ‘Strop’.

Now we’re getting closer to this post’s title.

Another nickname was ‘Fitz’ – no idea where this came from – and I think that was Alan Fraser’s nickname.

I’ve looked for photographs of Alan Fraser and the only one I can find I can’t publish here unless I’m prepared to have Getty Images come after me.  I’m not and so I can only link to the pic.  The picture will mean  nothing to you.  It means little to me …. except this could be Fitz aged almost 40 years.

 

I think we deserve to know the answer to this question.

 

Is Alan Fraser, of the Daily Mail, the Fitz who played for Lauriston Park 1690?

Music in the Morning No. 256 – Roy Bailey

 

Who?

I had never heard of Roy until a few days ago.  I was listening to videos with the same title as one of Roy’s. 

Wow!  Get him in!

I listened, listened and listened much more, even punching the air during the chorus. 

Roy is a socialist folk-singer.  Is there more than one?  For certain, this John Tams song fits with his politics?

Will this touch you?  Have a listen.

 

Roy Bailey                                                                               Rolling Home


 


Rolling Home                           

Round goes the wheel of fortune
Don't be afraid to ride
There's a land of milk and honey
Waits on the other side
There'll be peace and there'll be plenty
You'll never need to roam
When we go rolling home, when we go rolling home.

Rolling home, when we go rolling home
When we go rolling, rolling, when we go rolling home


The gentry in their finery
Do prosper night and morn
While we unto the fields must go
To plough and sow their corn
The rich may steal the power
But the glory's ours alone
When we go rolling home, when we go rolling home.

Rolling home, when we go rolling home
When we go rolling, rolling, when we go rolling home


The frost is on the hedgerow
The icy winds do blow
While we poor weary labourers
Strive through the driving snow
Our dreams fly up to glory
Up where the lark has flown
When we go rolling home, when we go rolling home.

Rolling home, when we go rolling home
When we go rolling, rolling, when we go rolling home


The summer of resentment
The winter of despair
The journey to contentment
Is set with trap and snare
Stand to and stand together
Your labour's yours alone
When we go rolling home, when we go rolling home.

Rolling home, when we go rolling home
When we go rolling, rolling, when we go rolling home

Rolling home, when we go rolling home
When we go rolling, rolling, when we go rolling home


So pass the bottle round
And let the toast go free
Here's a health to every labourer
Wherever they may be
Fair wages now and ever
Let's reap what we have sown
When we go rolling home, when we go rolling home.

Rolling home, when we go rolling home
When we go rolling, rolling, when we go rolling home

Rolling home, when we go rolling home
When we go rolling, rolling, when we go rolling home

Rolling home, when we go rolling home
When we go rolling, rolling, when we go rolling home

 

 

Were you out your seat? 

Were you left unmoved?

I can’t explain why some songs, music and lyrics, have such a massive effect on me.  I don’t care.  I love being moved and this moved my large frame enormously but that is as nothing alongside the movement in my soul!

One regret.  I don’t know who was playing and singing with Roy.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 255 – Bach and Organ

 

Magical music from Rob Stefanussen and his virtual organ (of the Hinsz organ in Kampen, Netherlands).

Beauty and power combine in Bach’s Fugue in G Major.  Let the music overwhelm you this good morning.

 

J S Bach                                             Fugue in G Major ("Gigue")  BWV 577

Yes!

That should be you set up for the day!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 254 – Darrell Scott

 

A brilliant song and a brilliant voice is your treat today.

Darrell Scott                                                                         The Open Door

Yessssss!!!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 253 – Praise the Lord

 

A simple song, a beautiful song this morning. 

‘Simple Gifts’, a Shaker song written in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett,. is brought brilliantly to life.

Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma                                                     Simple Gifts

Music which seeks out our soul.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 252 – John Prine

 

I found John Prine 40 years ago, lost him somewhere but, fortunately, I found him when I started ‘Sunday Morning Coffee’. 

John is a genius!   I don’t exaggerate in the slightest.

Today’s song I heard for the first time just a few days ago and it leapt ahead of hundreds of  songs I have lined up.

If you don’t enjoy this then I’m afraid you are dead!

John Prine                                                            Some Humans Ain’t Human

 

 

Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm

Some humans ain't human
Some people ain't kind
You open up their hearts
And here's what you'll find
A few frozen pizzas
Some ice cubes with hair
A broken Popsicle
You don't want to go there

Some humans ain't human
Though they walk like we do
They live and they breathe
Just to turn the old screw
They screw you when you're sleeping
They try to screw you blind
Some humans ain't human
Some people ain't kind

You might go to church
And sit down in a pew
Those humans who ain't human
Are sittin' right next to you
They talk about your family
They talk about your clothes
When they don't know their own ass
From their own elbows

Jealousy and stupidity
Don't equal harmony
Jealousy and stupidity
Don't equal harmony

Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm

Have you ever noticed
When you're feeling really good
There's always a pigeon
That'll come shit on your hood

Or you're feeling your freedom
And the world's off your back
Some cowboy from Texas
Starts his own war in Iraq

Some humans ain't human
Some people ain't kind
They lie through their teeth
With their head up their behind
You open up their hearts
And here's what you'll find
Some humans ain't human
Some people ain't kind

Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm
Mmmm Mmmm

 

Friday, 10 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 251 – Richard Galliano

 

A first time for me!  Jazz accordion!

Enjoy the music of the Richard Galliano Tangaria Quartet.

 

Richard Galliano                                                                   Autumn Leaves


There is an undoubted Gallic air to this.      Gorgeous!      

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 250 - Runrig

 

This morning’s music is not what you expect from Runrig but is a very gentle thoughtful song.

Relax, listen and love.

Runrig                                                                                          One Thing

 

Is there no end to the music I love?   Most of the musical universe remains unexplored …. by me!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 249 – Vivaldi

 

What a 10 minutes is waiting for you: Vivaldi at his best with his Piccolo Concerto in C major!

Open your ears and your hearts.

 

Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto In C major P78:                   Ensemble Amarillis

Loved it!

Love it!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Scottish Independence: Nature in Favour ??

 

Must be true because I found this in the Telegraph!

 

Nature Favours Independence

 

Alex, you’re some man to have won over this support!

Music in the Morning No. 248 with Arcangelo Corelli

 

This morning brings you sheer brilliance from the pen of Corelli and the bow of Chiara Banchini.

Corelli                                             Sonata No.1, Op.5 in D Major 1st Movmt

 

 

I don’t have words to describe how great this is!  Perhaps you have.

Monday, 6 February 2012

More Fear from Mail on Sunday

 

I missed this yesterday.

DailyMailPage 5 More Fear

 

I can’t find the words to describe how afraid I am !!!!!!!!!!!!

How could anyone vote for independence?

 

Easiest decision of my life!

Let’s get out of this abusive relationship!

Music in the Morning No. 247 – David Gray and Others

 

Not just Music in the Morning with David Gray and others but ‘In the Morning’ with David Gray and others.

Not just any others with David Gray but Ray LaMontagne and KT Tunstall.

David Gray                                                                                 In the Morning



What a start!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Cameron Blueprint to Punish Scotland

 

This is the headline on the front of today’s Scottish edition of the Mail on Sunday.

All three images below are available as a pdf file here.

DailyMailFront20120205

 

Before going on I should say here that the copyright remains with The Mail on Sunday.

Turning to page 5 we get

DailyMailPage5 20120205_0001

 

And on page 27 this

DailyMailComment 20120205

 

 

I’m not even going to fisk this: there is no need. 

 

If there is truth within then Scotland needs to be free of its abusive partner!

If there is no truth then Scotland still needs to be free.  The threat of violence cannot be tolerated.

Guardian, Make Up Your Mind

 

C’mon Guardian! 

Where exactly is the snow?

Too difficult?

 

I’ll make it easy for you.

Where approximately is the snow?

Still too difficult?

 

Let me make it easier still!

Is it England?

Is it Britain?

Is it the UK?

 

Three different answers in this little header!

 

Snow Go UK

 

They’re all synonyms?

 

FFS!

Snow-go Britain! Not Here!!!!

‘Snow-go Britain!’  shouted the Daily Mail

‘Severe Snow and Ice Bring Britain to a Standstill’ shrilled the Telegraph.

 

Not in this part of Britain. 

No snow here!

No ice here!

Temperature well above freezing!

No standstill here!

 

But then, to the Mail and Telegraph, those parts affected by snow and ice probably constitute Britain.

Music in the Morning No. 246 – Praise the Lord

 

Sunday morning and we praise the Lord.

Stuart Townend                                     How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

 

Thanks be to God.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 245 – Carlos Kleiber

 

Another new name to me this morning.  Wikipedia has this to say about Carlos Kleiber.

“Kleiber's performances were meticulously rehearsed but often considered to be spontaneous and inspired. In the opinion of many of his colleagues and audiences, Kleiber was an eccentric genius who was amongst the greatest conductors of all time, .…”

Here we hear – see what I did there? – Kleiber with the Bavarian State Orchestra in 1986 with ‘Unter Donner und Blitz’ by Johann Straus II.

This is a brilliant rendition. I’m sure you will enjoy.

 

Carlos Kleiber                                      J Strauss II  Unter Donner und Blitz

 

I was right!  You did enjoy!

See you tomorrow.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 244 – Linda Thompson

 

What wonders await this good morn!

Linda Thompson, formerly married to Richard Thompson but incredibly talented in her own right, sings a song of the most exquisite beauty.

 

Linda Thompson                                                      I Live Not Where I Love

     
 

I Live Not Where I Love

Come all ye maids who live at a distance
Many's the mile from off your swain
Come and assist me this very moment
For to pass away some time
Singing sweetly and completely
Songs of pleasure and of love
For my heart is with him altogether
Though I live not where I love

When I sleep I dream about you
When I wake I take no rest
Every moment thinking of you
My heart is fixed in your breast
Though far distance
May be of assistance
If from my mind your love remove
Well my heart is with you altogether
Though I live not where I love

All the world shall be of one religion
All living things shall cease to die
If ever I should prove false to my jewel
Or any way his love deny
World shall change
And be most strange
If from my mind your love remove
For my heart is with you altogether
Though I live not where I love

So farewell lads and farewell lassies
Now I think I've made my choice
I will away to yonder mountain
Where I think I hear his voice
And if he beckons I will follow
Round the world that it is so wide
For young Thomas he did promise
I should be his lawful bride

O, come all ye maids who live at a distance
Many's the mile from off your swain
Come and assist me this very moment
For to pass away some time
Singing sweetly and completely
Songs of pleasure and of love
For my heart is with him altogether
Though I live not where I love

 

 

 

Ah!  

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Music in the Morning No. 243 – Iris Dement

 

Welcome, Iris, to this morning’s music slot!  You’ve been here before – Sunday Morning Coffee – and so you’re no stranger.  Enjoy yourself because we’re going to enjoy listening.

 

Iris Dement                                                  There’s A Whole Lot of Heaven

There’s a whole lot of heaven in Iris and her music!

There’s a Whole Lot of Heaven

There’s a lot of people talking bout getting in a glory land way
They’re walking straight and narrow cause they’re trying to get to heaven some day
But I’ve been saved by the love of the people who’re living right here
There’s a whole lot of heaven shining in this river of tears

We don’t got a prophet who can tell us what the future’s gonna hold
We only got each other and the love we carry in our soul
‘Cause this world’s full of trouble; exactly what was never quite clear
There’s still a whole lot of heaven shining in this river of tears

There’s a whole lot of heaven shining in this river of tears
If you pull back those curtains, those diamonds appear
You can have your streets of gold if you want ‘em, he mentions so dear
I'll take the whole lot of heaven shining in this river of tears

This life that we’re living is like a ship that don’t wanna be sailed
I’m awake this morning thinking I could buckle ‘neath the weight of my own fears
It’s a pain, it’s a strain, it’s a struggle that I burst of fear
There’s a whole lot of heaven shining in this river of tears

There’s a whole lot of heaven shining in this river of tears
If you pull back the curtain, those diamonds appear
You could have your streets of gold, if you really wanna, your magic so dear
But I'll take the whole lot of heaven that's shining, I'll take the whole lot of heaven that's shining
I'll take the whole lot of heaven that's shining in this river of tears