Friday, 31 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 424 – Tartini


Brilliant music penned by Guiseppe Tartini brings you into this Friday morning.   Close your eyes and listen to the first movement of his violin concerto in G major.

Violin Concerto in G major (D78) Mvmt 1  Allegro                      Tartini


How have I managed to miss this until now?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 423 – Marillion


We go back almost 30 years to find ‘Kayleigh’.

Kayleigh                                                                                   Marillion


Delighted to meet you again, Kayleigh.  I’d forgotten how beautiful you are.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 422 – Zelenka


The music of Jan Dismas Zelenka makes its first appearance.


Featured are the first 4 movements of Zelenka’s ‘Missa Votiva’.  Wikipedia says this,

The Missa Votiva is a mass composed by the czech baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka in 1739, Dresden. Complete, the Missa Votiva is about seventy minutes long, with the twenty parts making it up ranging from the length of forty five seconds to over seven minutes.

Most of the composition is very festive and played with vivacity, the last movement being set to the tune of the first and many of the other arias being in a major key. Zelenka scored this work for a standard Baroque orchestra of strings, woodwinds and brass instruments, with the choral parts sung by a choir featuring several soloists who sing their own arias besides the parts for the whole choir. Even though a mass, the work is regarded as a highly complex musical composition, featuring "polyphonic formality" as well as operatic expression.

The third and fourth movements in this video each last about 45 secs.


Missa Votiva in E Minor ZWV18 - Mov. 1-4/20                    J D Zelenka



Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Music in the Morning No 421 – Martin Simpson


Today’s music was very close to being dumped from my playlist!

Martin is a brilliant folk guitarist but his rendering of three Celtic airs was too classical, taking the music too far from its normal style.  I could appreciate the playing but it was wrong.

Fortunately, I realised that I was wrong: I had constrained the music by stating how it should be played.  I wanted it as I had always known it.  How closed was I.

Relax and let the music speak as though I had never heard the airs before. 

I was free and the music was now free to weave its magic within me.

What will it do for you?


Medley of Celtic Airs                                                         Martin Simpson

[The 3 tunes are: 'Rosie Anderson', 'The Shearing's Not For Me', and 'Bogie's Bonny Belle'.]


A level of beauty never before revealed.

That was close.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 420 – Nerina Pallot


Today sees another newcomer – to this series – grace our ears.


Love is an Unmade Bed                                                            Nerina Pallot


Thanks, Nerina.   Hear you again soon.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 419 – Praise the Lord


Father, Your Son died on the cross for me.  For those, like me, who feel unworthy of Your love it is incredibly hard to write that first sentence.  I know it is true!  But I struggle not because I doubt You or Your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord.  I struggle because of me.

It’s easier to say that Jesus died for all of us, that You love all of us, because I’m just one of many but when it becomes personal, when it becomes about me, then ….


Antonio Caldara                                                              Crucifixus à 16 voci

[Performed by the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor and Ensemble   Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock]


…. how could this Crucifixus fail to move me towards the Lord?


Father, I bow down in my shame but in Your Love.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 418 – Planxty


The story of ‘Little Musgrave’ is your welcome into this Saturday morn.

Little Musgrave                                                                                    Planxty

Ah!!  Fine!!   Very fine indeed!!!

If you think the words are familiar that may be because the words to ‘Matty Groves’ are very similar.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 417 – Veronika Skuplik


Veronika is one of three musicians today but since, twice already, she has appeared as a soloist within a group I thought she should get top billing.  Her previous appearances are here: 2010 and February 2014.

Unknown                                                                           Veronika Skuplik

[Note: the first 5 minutes are taken up with a spoken introduction in German and so we start as the music begins.]

Along with Veronika are Adrian Rovatkay on dulcian [a Renaissance woodwind instrument] and Tobias Götting on cembalo [‘cembalo’ is normally translated as a harpsichord but this one is more organ-like].


Unknown the music may be but brilliance and beauty are present.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 416 – King Charles


No!  This one’s very much alive.  Born Charles Costa, King Charles is different.  Is he too different for you?

Remember my sole criterion for inclusion here is that I MUST love the music.

Ivory Road                                                                             King Charles


Have I sailed away without you?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 415 – Brian Finnegan


According to Wikipedia, Brian is incredibly versatile being both an Irish flute and tin whistle as well as being a player.


But we’re only interested in his music.

Fly                                                                                         Brian Finnegan


Thanks, Brian.  You’re welcome back any time.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 414 – Jack Savoretti


Another newcomer greets you this morning.  I wonder what you will make of him.

Written in Scars                                                                   Jack Savoretti



Monday, 20 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 413 – First Aid Kit


Today we welcome sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg.  Sit back and relax as this Swedish duo brings you the title track from their most recent album.


Stay Gold                                                                                  First Aid Kit


What a lovely addition to this series!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 412 - Praise the Lord


A traditional hymn is our worship this morning but let us not forget that worship is so much more than the words, the music and our singing. 

Are our hearts truly with the Lord?

Do we bow down before the cross?


Father, may I bring myself before You and show myself for whom I truly am.
My distance from You is what I omit. 
Oft times I fool myself but not You.
Today, Father, may I not be a fool.
In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, I pray.


Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven         Choir of Westminster Abbey



Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me His praise should sing?
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favour
To our fathers in distress.
Praise Him still the same for ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Father-like He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows.
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Widely as His mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore Him;
Ye behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
Dwellers all in time and space.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise with us the God of grace.



May the Lord be with you today and every day.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 411 – Mundy and Sharon Shannon


Whilst I’m in the same place as yesterday here’s a piece which will have you moving …. possibly more!  Mundy and Sharon Shannon play Steve Earle’s ‘Galway Girl’.


Galway Girl                                                      Mundy and Sharon Shannon


Oh yes! 


Oh no!  I’m so unfit: I can hardly last this out.

Friday, 17 October 2014

No Woman Can Resist



“No woman can resist being promoted to head of something


Not my words!!!

I came across the words this morning in a post on Nourishing Obscurity, the story being that Ukip will lose funding from the European Parliament because, with the promotion of Iveta Grigule, there grouping does not meet funding criteria.  Here is the relevant part of the story.


The highlighted sentence is irrelevant to the story or so one would imagine.

It’s inclusion says more about the author than about the target.


I’ve ‘known’ James, the author, online for 7 years.  Our politics are very different: he’s of the right and I’m of the left.  Many times we’ve had run-ins over his labelling of the left.  Others have accused him for his attitudes to women.

In light of this I left a comment this morning which did not last long before James binned it.  Unfortunately I have no copy but it was along the lines of,

‘No woman can resist being promoted to head of something.’  Labelling again.  Perhaps the labels others have used of you are correct.’

Not content with removing my comment, James felt the need to preface another post with his views on me and my words. 

Can you make sense of them?

NO 2


Somehow, I don’t think James has cleared himself of charges.  Do you?

Music in the Morning No. 410 – Ray Bonneville



I know.  Ten minutes ago I didn’t know of Ray but a few bars was enough to bring him to the top of my playlist.  I’m not saying anything about him or his music.  You’ll need to listen!


I Am the Big Easy                                                                    Ray Bonneville


Top man!  Thanks, Ray!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 409 – Shovels and Rope


This great husband and wife team - Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst - return for a second outing [first here].


After the Storm                                                                    Shovels and Rope


If this series continues then you’ll hear more from Cary Ann and Michael.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 408 – Mozart


Hope you have time this morning for 16 minutes plus of ‘magic’.  Aligi Voltan plays all three movements of Mozart’s bassoon concerto in B-flat major.

Mozart Bassoon Concerto B-flat Major KV 191                     Aligi Voltan


Sheer brilliance!  Beauty beyond all understanding!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 407 - Raziel Mérida


Oh, you’ll enjoy this!

This morning we go back almost 98 years to the Mexican revolution.  Wikipedia has this to say,

"Jesusita en Chihuahua” is a Mexican polka which was written by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés while he was serving as a Lt. Colonel in the Mexican Revolution and directing the military band in Puebla.  Its premiere was held on Christmas Day 1916 and it has since been covered by a multitude of artists, under a variety of names. The composition became a trademark of the Mexican Revolution and was Pancho Villa's favorite musical piece to have his bands play during combat.  The piece centers around soldaderas; women who accompanied the revolutionaries, tending to their needs and on occasion even taking up arms to participate in combat.

"Jesusita en Chihuahua" came to be known by some as the "J.C. Polka" for short and overtime this developed into the "Jesse Polka" (or the "Jessie Polka").

Jesusita en Chihuahua                                                        Raziel Mérida


Told you! Brill? Eh?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 406 – Praise the Lord


Many worship songs are bouncy and bright.  This is not.  This is deep!


Communion Hymn                                                          Stuart Townend



Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,
Slain for us: and we remember:
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.
So we share in this Bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice,
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King.

The body of our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
Torn for you: eat and remember
The wounds that heal, the death that brings us life,
Paid the price to make us one.
So we share in this Bread of Life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King.

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin,
Shed for you: drink and remember
He drained death's cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God.
So we share in this Bread of Life,
And we drink of His sacrifice,
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King.

And so with thankfulness and faith
We rise to respond: and to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As His body here on earth.
As we share in His suffering,
We proclaim: Christ will come again!
And we'll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King.


Father, thank You for Your Son.
In Him, and through Him, is our salvation should we choose to give ourselves.
We choose but so often we distance ourselves from Him.
Father, we try but come up short time after time after time
But still you are patient where You see us strive and struggle.
May You see and hear us meeting with You and Your Son as we worship and as we receive communion.
Father, in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, we pray.


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 405 – Dominique Dupuis


Better stand up because you’re going to want to move as Canadian Dominique plays a bright medley.

Unknown                                                                           Dominique Dupuis


Phew!  Now I can sit for a rest.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 404 – Bach


JS returns with a brilliant ‘Little’ fugue.

Fugue in G minor, "Little", BWV 578                                             J S Bach


‘Little’ but large in brilliance!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 403 – Eva Cassidy


The wondrous Eva Cassidy graces our hearing.  Famous only after her death, Eva’s voice is phenomenally pure.  An angel?

Fields of Gold                                                                            Eva Cassidy


The voice of an angel: Sting’s song has never been sung better!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 402 – Beethoven




Variations on a Theme from Mozart's Don Juan                        Beethoven

Joakim Dam Thomsen - 1st oboe; Rixon Thomas – 2nd oboe; Sven Buller - English horn  
Royal Danish Orchestra Oboe Trio


And you did!




Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 401 – Bert Jansch


Most play the guitar, few are the guitar.

Bert Jansch was.

Angie                                                                                       Bert Jansch


Oh! How he was!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 400 – Dubliners



Just 3 days back and I’ve reached another milestone.


I’m still hurting from 18th September.  I couldn’t play a Scottish song without crying.  This is the closest I can get, Luke Kelly fronting the Dubliners.

Song for Ireland                                                                     Dubliners


Thanks, Luke. 

Our time will come!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 399 – Praise the Lord


This Sunday morning we praise the Lord by singing along with Matt Redman.

Mercy                                                                                      Matt Redman



I will kneel in the dust
at the foot of the cross,
where mercy paid for me.
Where the wrath I deserve,
it is gone, it has passed.
Your blood has hidden me.

Mercy, mercy,
as endless as the sea.
I'll sing Your hallelujah
for all eternity.

We will lift up the cup
and the bread we will break,
remembering Your love.
We were fallen from grace,
but You took on our shame
and nailed it to a cross.


Mercy, mercy,
as endless as the sea.
I'll sing Your hallelujah
for all eternity.

May I never lose the wonder,
oh, the wonder of Your mercy.
May I sing Your hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Amen.
[repeat 3x]

May I never lose the wonder,
oh, the wonder of Your mercy.
May I sing Your hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Amen.

I will kneel in the dust
at the foot of the cross,
where mercy paid for me.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 398 - Gabriel Fauré


Once again, after a break of a few months, this series returns.  For how long none knows but I suspect the days will be few.  Better make the most of this while you can!

This morning there is music from beyond this earth.


Requiem op 48 Mvt VII. In Paradisum                          Gabriel Fauré

[Ensemble Musique Oblique, La Chapelle Royale, Philippe Herreweghe and Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Louis, Ensemble Musique Oblique]

I heard this for the first time only a few hours ago and I was driven to rstart this series on the basis of this one piece.