An all-time favourite.
Everything is ephemeral, both that which remembers and that which is remembered. — Marcus Aurelius
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Reducing my 30-odd year love affair with the music of English singer-songwriter, Billy Bragg to a single song for Sarah’s 30 Days, 30 Songs has proved so difficult that it’s taken until Day 24 for me to stop dithering and make a selection.
The final, upbeat, track from an album of powerfully sad and angry songs. I will always associate this with the one time I’ve seen Billy Bragg play live — at the Auckland Town Hall in about 1989.
Sarah at Art Expedition is hosting 30 Days, 30 Songs. You can see her latest choice here.
I’ve loved the music of Scottish folk band Capercaillie since I first heard their 1991 album Delirium. Singer Karen Matheson has a voice I never tire of listening to, and there are a number of songs I could have chosen for 30 Days, 30 Songs. I’ve picked this, partly because it’s sung in English and I love the lyrics.
You paint me pictures that fade so fast
To try and fool me
You give me words that will never last
But you won’t rule me
I shield my skin from the stinging rain
My eyes I cover
I walk across these privileged fields
To the sound of the clumsy lover
If you think you can hold me down
I beg to differ
If you think you can twist my words
I’ll sing forever
You cannot change a mother’s love for her child
With the ill you bring
You’re sending gifts that nobody wants
With the cool fresh winds of spring
You change your shape and you change your face
So I can’t see you
You travel from a different land
But I can feel you
Cheating a bit for this week’s Six Word Saturday because I think this image works nicely with a song that’s on my 30 Days, 30 Songs list.
In my mind, it belongs to a time when the boy-child was a big fan of SingStar, which we seemed to play constantly for a while.
When we weren’t fishing.
This is a song of my childhood; one of those pieces of music that was memorable enough I could sing along to it, but which created no strong emotions or associations.
It wasn’t until I saw Kurt Cobain perform an acoustic version on MTV Unplugged that I really began to appreciate it.
Here’s the original Bowie release from 1971 as a comparison.
I’m running out of month in the 30 Days, 30 Songs challenge so today’s pick is as much about the singers as the song. Two of my absolute heroes (heroines) — Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin. Irresistible.
I found this on the ground; pulled off by accident before it was fully opened. I’ve played a bit with the sharpness and contrast and added a filter or two for fun.
Reading that post again today, I still feel the same way — just with more urgency now.
The very talented Sarah, at Art Expedition, is hosting 30 Days, 30 Songs during the month of June. I think her latest choice is one of the most beautiful versions of one of the most beautiful songs. Please visit to see if you agree.
Herbs is a NZ reggae band that formed in 1979 and is still performing — albeit with a much changed line-up.
Sensitive to a Smile was released in 1987, and I remember it mainly, in a fairly abstract way, as a political song. It wasn’t until the boy-child was born in 1998 that the political became personal.
When I found myself responsible for that tiny bundle, grown from the love between his father and myself, I realised how invested I had become in wanting a better world, not only for my child, but for all mothers’ children.
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