Pete Seger: Turn Turn Turn

RIP Pete Seeger (3 May 1919 – 27 Jan 2014). He turned Ecclesiastes 3 into Turn Turn Turn. At this concert when he was 93, he said his wife Toshi had made up a few extra verses for their children. Like the rest of the song, they contain matching and contrasting words: work – play […]

Kate Rusby

Musical discovery in Chris’ advent calendar (thank you!). Her Christmas albums Sweet Bells and While Mortals Sleep are taking Helmut and me both back to our roots, which is truly puzzling, because our roots are so very different and nowhere even remotely near South Yorkshire. Perhaps time to take a trip there?

Christmastime’s a-comin’: Bluegrass, Ska, Cajun

Bill Monroe sings Christmastime’s A-Comin’ (lyrics below), then Bob Marley sings White Christmas, followed by Harry Fonteneau with a Cajun rendition of Silent Night. by Tex Logan Oh, Christmastime’s a-comin’ Christmastime’s a-comin’ Christmastime’s a-comin’ And I know I’m goin’ home Snow flake’s a-fallin’ My old heart’s a-callin’ Tall pine’s a-hummin’ ‘Cause Christmastime’s a-comin’ Can’t you […]

Cassandra Wilson: Winter Solstice Nights

Cassandra Wilson: Winter Solstice Nights Let me rest my head upon your shoulder Let me lie my body in your bed Oh, I’m longing for to see you On these winter solstice nights when the stars are shining bright Won’t you please leave on your lights of gold and red? Won’t you please leave on […]

Michael Kiwanuka: I’m Getting Ready

A soul prayer from Michael Kiwanuka (2012). Thank you, Christoph. Oh my, I didn’t know what it means to believe Oh my, I didn’t know what it means to believe But if I hold on tight, is it true? Would You take care of all that I do? Oh Lord, I’m a getting ready to […]