When the Blues has the Blues

re-blogged from the best blog I have found on all kinds of music – here we have a muse about the blues – Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B B King (RIP) – hope you enjoy this as much as I have!

Good Music Speaks

Ray Charles Ray Charles

If I think back, I believe the first music I heard that could be classified as Blues would have been an old cassette tape of Ray Charles.  He was a giant in the world of music, with a musical voice all his own and became a foundational influence in the genres of Blues, R&B, and early Rock and Roll.  That old cassette had to be some sort of greatest hits compilation I’m sure, including such favorites as “Georgia On My Mind” and “What I’d Say”.  The one I remember as a straight up blues was a tune named “A Fool For You”.

Ray Charles, “ A Fool For You”

Robert Cray Robert Cray

I was coming of age in that transition period between vinyl records and the first compact discs.  Most new releases were available on record, cassette and CD all at the same time.  Stores were selling records for…

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Sing a Song of Summer – John Martyn

john martyn in concert 1978

john martyn in concert 1978

John Martyn is one these musicians that just live on in your heart.  He was part of my student years, and I actually saw him in concert a couple of times.

I bought the LP of The Tumbler (1968) and played it over and over – I still have it, but I also downloaded some of the songs from it years ago, and burnt a very amateur CD for myself, together with many other old songs that I already owned – when it was possible to use the old sharing websites – Oh LimeWire!

So this week, I dipped into the box and turned out one of my John Martyn mixes – and was captivated once again, by the young singer that hadn’t yet ruined his voice with drink and self destructive behaviour.  If you want to know more about him this is his wikipedia page and this is his official website, where I got the lyrics from.  He died in 2009, age 60, and had been ill for some time, but still played here and there.

Sing a Song of Summer is a gloriously hopeful and idiosyncratic song, cheerful and fantastical – the lyrics reflect the child in him – so here they are – together with the only original version straight from the Tumbler, that I could find – Enjoy!

Sing A Song Of Summer

If you go looking down in the summer
To the village at the bottom of the well
You’ll find nice things and butterflies’ wings
And policemen’s hats as well
The girlies there won’t hurt you
‘Cause they’re all so very nice
There’s cats and dogs and bats and frogs
And little pink sugar mice.

So come along and sing of summer
Sing of summer coming on
Come along and sing of summer
Summer’s coming on
Summer’s coming on.

And won’t you wear your silly trousers
And your funny feathered hat
To come home running down the road
Follow the Cheshire cat
Your friends they will all be there
And they will all be taking tea
So come on laughing down the road
Come on follow me.

Come along and sing of summer
Sing of summer coming on
Come along and sing of summer
Summer’s coming on
Summer’s coming on.

Won’t you leave behind your city shoes
And lose your bowler hat
Forget about your winter woes
And wipe your eyes on the mat
Won’t you leave your green wallpaper
And the clock upon the wall
And lock your doors up one by one
Come running down the hall.

Come along and sing of summer
Sing of summer coming on
Come along and sing of summer
Summer’s coming on
Summer’s coming on.

And if you go looking down in the summer
To the village at the bottom of the well
You’ll find nice things and butterflies’ wings
And policemen’s hats as well
The ladies there won’t hurt
Cos they’re all so very nice
There’s cats and dogs and bats and frogs
And little pink sugar mice.

So come along and sing of summer
Sing of summer coming on
Come along and sing of summer
Summer’s coming on
Summer’s coming on
Summer is a coming on.

I – is for Incidental Music – back to cat stevens – his old songs are still playing in my head!

II wrote about Cat Stevens song “Peace Train” on 31 March, just before the A-Z Challenge for April began, and have been wanting to slip the follow up post I’d already written, in somewhere – smile.  So this is nothing to do with Poultry or Crafts – its just for fun, and provides some incidental music, while I catch up with my orders – and – incidentally, I was amazed to get an order from Peru the other day, as well as the usual ones to the USA, UK & all parts of Europe!

‘Oh Very Young’

Cat_Stevens_Buddha_and_the_Chocolate_BoxThis is another one of the songs I have on the ‘Greatest Hits’ CD, I have for some reason,  been playing endlessly this week! (see “sometimes – the songs you you are humming – can tell you something“)

I had never seen this album cover before I found it on Wikipedia – it would seem that the roots of his conversion to Islam went back further than I’d realised!  This is an extract from their page …..

Oh Very Young” is a song composed by Cat Stevens. It was released on his 1974 album Buddha and the Chocolate Box, as well as several later “Best of…” and “Greatest Hits” albums.[1] This song that poses a question asked by future generations reached number 10 in the U.S. charts……..Actually that’s why this song is sticking around in my head – I’m not sure what the question is about?

Is this just about a teenage girl (it doesn’t sound like he’s talking to a son, or that his father is talking to him) who wants to leave home? – I doubt if he had a daughter that old in 1974.

I even wondered whether it might be about a dying child, or miscarriage?  Does anyone know?  There are very very strange allusions in the lyrics, and whilst I love the link between ‘patches’ and ‘daddy’s best jeans’ how on earth are they relevant? – or should I just say, they allude to the sky & heaven?

These are the lyrics, there are two videos below them…..one of the mature Yusuf Islam playing at a concert in The Netherlands in 2011, and one of the original version of his song.

Oh very young

What will you leave us this time?
You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while
And though your dreams may toss and turn you now
They will vanish away like your daddy’s best jeans
Denim blue fading up to the sky

And though you want them to last forever
You know they never will
You know they never will
And the patches make the goodbye harder still

Oh very young
What will you leave us this time?
There’ll never be a better chance to change your mind
And if you want this world to see a better day
Will you carry the words of love with you?
Will you ride the great white bird into heaven?

And though you want to last forever
You know you never will
You know you never will
And the goodbye makes the journey harder still

Will you carry the words of love with you?
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Oh very young
What will you leave us this time?
You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while
Oh very young
What will you leave us this time?

 

Songwriters
YUSUF ISLAM, CAT STEVENS: Published by Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

This video is the older Yusuf Islam performing the song live at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands on 20 May 2011.

and this is the original version

I’m not sure why the videos aren’t showing in full here, but just click on the links – they work!

Which version do you prefer?

I know which one I like best – let me know in the comments what your preference is – smile.

sometimes – the songs you are humming – can tell you something…..

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

you must have had that feeling – there you are doing the washing up – walking down the street – or whatever – and you find yourself humming a tune – one you didn’t like much – or one you loved a long time ago – and it keeps coming back!

Well this is what I have been humming, even whistling, for the past week, or more.  Cat Stevens – I ask you – from back when?

I found an old compilation album I had – 1975! – and have been playing it endlesley the last few days – trying to write down the lyrics – silly me – you can just look them up on the internet these days – but I also realised why, when feeding the chickens every day last week, I was whistling this – because I found that the first verse of this was what my subconscious was trying to tell me –

Now I’ve been happy lately – and I have!

listen to it yourself – and don’t blame me if you find yourself humming along to it – smile! This video is from a 1976 tour – doesn’t he look young!

Peace Train Lyrics

from Saturnight

Cat Stevens - lyrics Saturnight Other Album Songs


“Peace Train” is track #1 on the album Saturnight. It was written by Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens.

Now I’ve been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun

Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Some day it’s going to come

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train
Oh, peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Now I’ve been smiling lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on the peace train

Get your bags together
Go bring your good friends too
‘Cause it’s getting nearer
It soon will be with you

Now come and join the living
It’s not so far from you
And it’s getting nearer
Soon it will all be true

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Peace train

Now I’ve been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating
Why can’t we live in bliss

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train
Oh, peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on, come on, come on
Yes, come on the peace train
Yes, it’s a peace train

Come on the peace train
Oh peace train

 

Greensleeves

Featured Image -- 558Do you remember Greensleeves – or that was what I thought this song was called – its a Tudor Ballad, that we used to sing at school.

“Apparently, this song was said to be written by Henry VIII, but I hugely doubt that, and research says not too!¹”

I was so impressed with this account of the sources of the song, that I thought I’d pass it on – do click to read the original, as it has a video that you can play and listen to it – in case you’ve never heard it……

Taking a Walk Through History

Greensleevesis one of my most favourite historic folk songs ever.

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rocking all over the world (the acoustic status quo)

p0296gjfI’ve never been a fan of Status Quo – I’ve enjoyed their hits, like anyone else, and I enjoyed their cameo roles in Coronation Street – and it occurred to me much later, that I once shared a car with one of them on a trip to London with a drummer friend of mine – and I hadn’t recognised him! But I’ve just had the biggest laugh in ages, watching these ‘old men’ playing acoustic versions of their hits, including Rocking All Over the World on a repeat of their 2014 concert at the Roundhouse, which was filmed for the BBC and shown tonight on BBC4. No I wasn’t laughing at them – the sight of them sitting down, with an orchestra and violins – was funny enough, but the laugh aloud moment came for me, when the camera showed the audience of oldies (sorry) singing along with them and having such fun – it was great to see!  (You might be able to catch it on BBC’s iPlayer if you want to see the whole concert.) I just looked to see if I could find a clip for you, the photo is from that concert – and look what I found instead!