Monday, 15 October 2018

Isabel Makes Love Upon National Monuments

Jake Thackray used to be a regular fixture on the BBC, but I don't remember this one ever being played. One of his racier numbers.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Stand By Your Man

The next few songs could be controversial, or maybe not, depending on your standpoint. This one upset the feminist movement when it came out in the late 60s, and possibly still does. Tammy Wynette spent the rest of her career defending it. And if a man sings it, well, that's another kettle of fish...

Saturday, 13 October 2018

I Got Stripes

Back home again, and a quick Johnny Cash song before the unpacking has to be done. Although he was credited as the writer, it is very much based on an older song, sung by Lead Belly and others.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Love Changes Everything

Show Tunes Friday, episode 4, and something from Aspects Of Love. And no, I'm not going to go for the Michael Ball big finish.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

True Love Ways

I suppose the songs from the van are the equivalent of campfire songs, and for some reason, The Everlys and Buddy Holly always seem a good fit. Here's another Buddy.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018


I can recommend Antje Duvekot, a superb songwriter. This one grabbed me the first time I heard it.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Without Love

Get ready for another few days of songs from the van. Today we have the added noise of cooking. If only you could smell it too - delicious...And it's another Nick Lowe song.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Stranger In The House

Elvis Costello wrote this for George Jones, and they recorded it as a duet. I think his own version ended up on a B-side, but it has always been a favourite of mine.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

You're A Lady

This is one from the "how did this get in?" pile. A song I remember stopping to listen to in 1972, because it sounded so different - there weren't too many brass bands in the charts then, or now.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Take It Out Back

A song by Chuck Brodsky, very under-rated, very entertaining, and well worth discovering. This one is for everyone who has their recycling collected today.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Withered And Died

A bit like Leonard Cohen (see last Sunday), Richard Thompson can be sad and reflective, positively gloomy even, and then the next moment as funny as they come. This comes from the slightly gloomy collection.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Short People

Back to just me today. A Randy Newman song which caused a lot of bother when it came out - a politician in Maryland tried to make it illegal to play it on the radio.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Goodnight Irene

Something a bit special today. For one day only, I have a band.
They are some of the ukulele players from all over the world who take part in a weekly online challenge called The Seasons Of The Ukulele. Each week one person sets a theme, and everyone else chips in with songs which fit the theme.
When I opened this song up to allcomers, they piled in with ukes of all sizes, harmonies, a mandolin, and a technical headache for me!
But after a lot of fiddling & mixing, here they are. On the left we have Ylle (Finland), and John (West Yorkshire, UK). Over on the right, Linda (Arizona, USA), Alan (Texas, USA), Mikkel (Denmark), and, popping up in the chorus, Brian (NSW, Australia).
I proudly present The Fabulous Seasonistas!