If you’ve been reading Song of the Week for a while you’ll know that I have some left-ish political views. I’m not a “raving, loony, left-wing hippy” (to quote Billy Bragg) but for whatever reason, that’s the way I lean. And whilst not wanting to cause an argument, I do find it slightly ironic that a recent Nobel Peace Prize winner is involved in bombing the living daylights out of Libya. I acknowledge that force may now be required to safeguard innocent Libyans but it is a shame that it had to end up at this point.
I don’t know any Libyan songs, although I do have a live Painters & Dockers LP where they claim that one of their tunes is a “Libyan love song”. It isn’t. But I do know plenty of songs about changing the world.
Steve has a new album coming out later in the year. You can bet you’ll hear about it from me. I reckon he does a great job for a former heroin addict who’s been married seven times! I guess that gives him plenty of starting points for songs.
I found out last week that my daughter likes this next song. Maybe there is hope for Gen Y after all. Great song.
Check out that twin neck guitar. I toyed with buying one a few years ago but good sense got the better of me. These days I don’t care as much, I’m happy to be a poser!! I promise that if I ever get one I won’t be playing Stairway to Heaven on it.
The triathlon season is almost at a close. For me there is one race left in a week’s time. That’s probably a good thing as parts of my body are starting to protest and I could do with a sleep in! It seems a very long time since I began training for Ironman at the end of April 2010. I did have a week off in December after the race though!
If anyone out there can help me with a method of deciphering what opera singers are actually singing (when it’s in English) just let me know. And if no-one can then leave me and my very heavy metal with guttural vocals alone! I can understand them just fine.
This next tune has one of my favourite guitar solos in it. You might be surprised.
Angus’ cricket team won their grand final last weekend. The season is over and they are the champions. It was fabulous to see a team gel so well, especially when they are all about 12. When I look back on my childhood, none of my friends or I were nearly as skilled as what I see at rugby and cricket with Angus. Hopefully his beloved ACT Brumbies can pull off a win tomorrow night against NSW.
There was a guy who lived next door to me at university who was very much into the next band. I didn’t realise how much of it had seeped into my sub-conscious until I heard a track the other day. The vocal delivery is fantastic and there is some great guitar work as well.
Let’s finish with something fairly recent. I wouldn’t want you to think that I was stuck in some kind of musical time loop. I first made a conscious effort to listen to this band a couple of weeks ago. After a few listens their music began to grow on me. A new Seattle sound maybe. You be the judge.
Where do paw-paws come from? Dog-dog plants.
Have a good weekend,