I know I should feel more excited about my one-hundredth post coming out on this blog, but I think I’m a little sad about it because a large part of me holds myself responsible for how late this has been.
Anyway, turns out I’ve had this blog going for longer than I’d remembered (since 2014!), and for that, I do feel really glad. I’ve enjoyed every bit of writing this over the years, am glad I began doing it, and I hope to continue until I run out of songs to share.
Let me give you playlist #100 now.
This is probably my first Cliff Richard share here. I decided to give you a catchy number called Wired For Sound.
Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of his music. But that said, he is an incredibly talented musician and I’ve found myself enjoying a good number of his more upbeat songs. Wired For Sound is one.
You’ve got to appreciate the lyrical quality and uniqueness of that melody line. I remember having a conversation with my Dad the first time I heard this song. I was confused and needed to clarify- “Dad, is it just me or is he singing about speakers?”
Turns out he really did sing about speakers.
I now have a really fun track by Fleetwood Mac called Forever.
I’ve known this song a while but heard it recently and felt like adding it to this playlist.
I find it so interesting how vibrant in sound Fleetwood Mac were. On the one hand, Lindsey Buckingham brought a different colour to their music, and then there was Peter Green with a more bluesy approach to the song writing and musical arrangement itself.
I can’t take a side.
How many different versions/covers of Wonderwall have you heard?
Well as many as those may be, I hope you haven’t yet heard Ryan Adams’ version of it, because that’s what I’ve got for you right now.
I think I discovered Ryan Adams in all his raspy-voiced glory on Jango Radio’s mellow summer music station. Of all his music I heard, I liked this cover the best.
It’s come to the point where I prefer this version over all others, and am considering covering it myself.
Something smooth again, with Ilya, the English downtempo and electronica geniuses.
This track is called Soleil Soleil.
So here’s something interesting about this group-
Ilya have often been compared to Zero 7 and other post-2000 downtempo acts, whilst also being considered as continuing the trip hop tradition, originated in Bristol in the 1990s.
The pair has been self-producing most of their music ever since then, in their home studio near Bristol.
I’m still unsure if this was a good idea or not, but something told me, as a musician, and this being my 100th, I should share something by … well … me.
I’m sharing with you my cover of Up Where We Belong.
Here’s the story- I’d recorded this video and cover for my Dad (who loves this song) for his birthday not so long back. I suddenly decided on the morning of his birthday’s eve that this is what my gift would be, hurriedly looked for sheet music, and then put together a voice and piano rendition of my own (several tweaks were made all along the song to suit my vocal range, ability to play and sing; and those general alterations you make as you go along trying to cover something.)
The original song is written by Joe Cocker (one of Dad’s favourites) and Jennifer Warnes.
I hope you enjoy listening to this.
And that’s the one-hundredth playlist for you.
Happy Listening Folks!
Whoot! We Made 100!