Coming Soon – julzcraftstore.com

I’ve been rather busy for the last month or two, and haven’t got round to posting anything on ‘the spare’ for a while now!

I was about to talk about some music – I’ve just been playing some of the old compilations I put together on discs sometime ago – finding out which ones still play!

my discs aren’t actually broken – but if they don’t play, they might as well be!

It’s really irritating when the disc you suddenly NEED to hear, seems to be defective!

I do have some of the original files I downloaded all those years ago from Limewire on my i-player – but at the time I had a old desktop computer that didn’t have the amazing amounts of storage space that’s possible these days.  So, I transferred lots of the music onto discs, and now I’m finding that some of the discs won’t play!

Anyway – I didn’t want to resort to finding something on U-Tube, as I have done every time I write about a song or the singer and thought I’d copy the file here.

But I can’t find out how to do it!  I haven’t used i-player for ages, I’m sure I used to be able to send files by email once upon a time – but when I hit copy on a particular song – and try to paste it here – nothing happens!

Does anyone know how to do it?  Can’t find a ‘share’ button either!

So instead:

I thought I’d tell you about the new website! (thinks – am I making a mistake by linking ‘broken discs’ to my new venture?)

Am being lazy here, and copying the newz from julz email I sent out to the people on my mailing list yesterday – with some edits – smile

 

After a really long build up – it’s taken me ages to put it together – my new website
 
will be up & running by 28 February – a year after the landslip!
 
if you are already on my mailing list, I will be sending you a coupon code for
 
10% off all orders to celebrate!
 
Anyone who isn’t already on my mailing list can register before 28 February.
So if you’d like to get the 10% off offer
 
you can register thro my other blog – julzcrafts.com
 
by filling in the questionnaire HERE
OR
 
keep an eye on this blog (julzcards.wordpress.com) I will be putting up
a coupon code for 5% off all orders
 
when I finally take julzcraftstore.com live.
 
I look forward to seeing you there!
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Hmm – some of the spacing I put in isn’t working!
Sorry about that!

Janis Ian – Tea & Sympathy

janis ian as she looks these days

Sometimes – I wrote a post a while back about how sometimes songs pop into your head and you have to work out why – well I haven’t worked this one out yet!

But I have been humming this one all week, and the only thing I could remember was the first line – so I decided I had to look it up – I didn’t even remember it was called ‘Tea & Sympathy’, or that it was so suicidal – but then it was written by the Janis Ian who wrote ‘At Seventeen’, and yes, I still have the album, on vinyl, Between the Lines, from 1975 altho, for all these oldies but goodies, I no longer have a record player – so I couldn’t just put it on!

I had to look up what the song was on her website http://www.janisian.com/ – and then find it on u-tube to listen to it.

I have to say its still a beautiful song with a lovely melody, and her voice was full of nuance.

I wasn’t even sure if she was still going, but it seems she is going strong, and has been singing with another real favourite of mine, Tom Paxton, recently.  There are still some dates this year if you want to check her website – I would love to see them both, but all the gigs are in the USA – a bit far away for me in Wales – smile.  I did find something from their performance to listen to, its a bit different!

The Last Thing on My MindI really am wallowing in nostalgia!

So back to Tea & Sympathy …

Its really strange to be able to jump 40 years back, and still love what I loved then – no – I’m not feeling suicidal – and I never was when I used to play this all those years ago – but I think I am looking forward to some changes in my life – that I’m planning, but that haven’t yet come to fruition, and, maybe that’s why …..

“I don’t want to ride the milk train any more”

…… is resonating with me so strongly just now!

If you want to click on these pictures, they take you to Janis Ian’s site and list the songs on each Album …..

Strictly SoloBetween The LinesLive On The Test 1976

click on the u-tube link to listen to the original recording:-

https://youtu.be/_8cmEMIM7So

Tea And Sympathy

Janis Ian

I don’t want to ride the milk train any more
I’ll go to bed at nine, and waken with the dawn
and lunch at half past noon
Dinner prompt at five
The comfort of a few old friends long past their prime

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days long gone
Let’s drink a toast to those who most
believe in what they’ve won
It’s a long long time ’til morning
plays wasted on the dawn
I’ll not write another line,
for my true love is gone

And when the guests have done
I’ll tidy up the room
I’ll turn the covers down
and gazing at the moon
will pray to go quite mad
and live in long ago
when you and I were one, so very long ago

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days long gone
Let’s drink a toast to those who most
believe in what they’ve won
It’s a long long time ’til morning
plays wasted on the dawn
I’ll not write another line,
for my true love is gone

And when I have no dreams
to give you any more,
I’ll light a blazing fire
and wait within the door,
and throw my life away
“I wonder why?” they all will say
And now I lay me down to sleep,
forever and a day

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days are dead
Let’s drink a toast to those who best
survived the life they’ve led
It’s a long long time ’til morning,
so build your fires high
Now I lay me down to sleep,
forever by your side

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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.

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