Just because I miss an old friend’s radio show for which he used this song as the opening theme tune every Saturday night….plus I get the greatest kick out of listening to something that should be on and would on God’s Jukebox!
Little Girl Blue ~ Laura Mvula (from 12 Years A Slave OST)
I have been singing the praises of Ms Mvula for a few years now but this tune from the great movie, 12 Years A Slave, is a killer. You ear is seduced by her choice phrasing, no huge push to create some kind ofmelismatic anthemic commercialized hunk of nothing! Sublime, sound that brushes your ears and mind with the hand..voice..of a master. The arranging is so perfect too, piano that talks not plods or pounds, bass to the minimal side and percussion that is fitting and clear. I guess you can tell I like this one…sorry perhaps it was the movie, the song but I know this is a great song and the original is nothing to be sneezed at either by Nina Simone no less. So here you have my offering for the Sunday Soundtrack of Lives Lived from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner! Peace, love and yet more love, y’all!
Well, this was the very first “Southern Soul” record I ever purchased. I love this song to pieces and that’s a fact borne out by the 12 or so copies of it that I have replaced over the years. I still have the original because it’s Arthur’s way of grabbing you with such pleading, down at it, vocals. He’s got the phrasing that someone can never learn. So for that and a zillion good fingerpoppin’ reasons it’s the Saturday Got Soul selection from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner. Peace, love and sassafras tea, y’all!
Oh that was a tricky thing you did to my memories at the beginning of this song….I do liked this one when Guy Garvey played a snippet of it to us over the airwaves. Then liked it even more when I watched Mr. Albarn return to his old neighbourhood roots in Leytonstone! Now, after several listenings it still works as a subtle anti-anthem of our cocooned lives here in the big crush that is London. I like his reaching out here to whisper just a little wish. Oh, the opening…why that’s Lord Buckley whom I got to meet as kid when I ran away to New York, to visit my aunt who worked for Vogue in those days, oh yes!
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) ~ The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Sometimes you just gotta run to the turntable and play a whole evening’s worth of classics of the day…this is one of my numero uno tracks! I’m lucky enough to have seen Jimi and the band do it…..oh so well and though it’s sometimes overplayed…if you leave it for awhile, comeback to it…it blows the doors off in a good way for my old ears! Dust cleared…this is the Thursday Got Classic Nuggets for You selection from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner. Peace, love and wah-wah pedals y’all!!!!
Okay, so there is no way that 1974 was the best year of my life…but this song..oh yes this song reminds me of a wild, raging love affair that was burning me to the quick that year. And this song….she said my smile caused her to ache! So on that note I offer my fellow countryman’s fine song up as the Wednesday is Wild like a burning passion as the selection of the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner. Yes, I would whisper the lyrics to her after we burned our love into the darkest hours of the night…..
He said, “I locked you in this body, I meant it as a kind of trial. You can use it for a weapon, or to make some woman smile.”
I've been a bit tuckered this week and though I made it to FB for an idle moment or three...feel like I've been away from the editor-at-large's desk for eons here at the Flimwell Papers! I'ts partially the new regimen of much healthier pursuits -- I have to lose a few kilos before surgery -- new meds and back to work three days full on..whew....leaves me a bit tuckered. But I'll get there and my energy will see me here more in the future. Cheers y'all thanks for all the great and wonderful vibes...grins!
For a moment there back in the mid-50’s they stagnant end of the century as we did a crumbling sleepwalk through the days of Emperor Ronnie days, Jazz returned to the screen in a big moment! I remember the afternoon I saw this movie as my son had been ill and I took back to his Mum’s and I had a whole rest of the day with nothing planned. I took in this little gem by Bert Tavernier. I loved the masterstroke of casting Dexter Gordon in the lead role – a man whose exhausted gait tells of a life lived on the road, his every cracked whisper rattling with pure jazz static – backed by a Herbie Hancock-led ensemble delivering real live chops. The undeniably emotive score bagged an Oscar, but it’s Gordon’s heart-rending portrait that seals the deal for me! So it’s the Sunday Got OST time from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner….and the Sarah Vaughan vocal track isn’t nothing to be sneered at either…peace, love and groovy sax to y’all!
I have always been a good fan of Mr. Conley’s early Soul offerings and I saw him live a few times back in the day….sadly he often was trapped by the forces that be…told to be more Otis, more Sam, more anybody but Arthur Conley. Here his carefree and easy style shows and it’s a great little track. He could really work an audience not unlike the great Otis Redding. I also got to chat with him a few years ago on a trip to Amsterdam as he had changed his name and landed there. He was a fine fellow and I got to tell him that I was always proud that this song climbed to the top ten of my home city’s charts. So the Saturday Got Soul choice from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner….Frances you rock!
For me Beck is a relatively new like in listening. We both had to grow I guess before I could find his music in my ears. I love the poetry of this rather Lennon/McCartney’esque little gem of a tune…there is a touch of Moody Blues thrown in too! But it’s all Beck in the stance and delivery. So it fills the bill for Friday Fresh Outta The Box selection from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner. Peace, love and buttermilk pancakes, y’all!
Well, Wednesdays always seem to offer up something different…there is change in the air and wind that bears favour……perhaps a lesser played Neil Young tune but much loved by this author. It fills the brief for the off beat and dream like world it recreates so easily…I love the poppin’ logs on the fire too….ahhh…feels like just me and my love around the campfire of life…..so this be it the Wednesday’s Wild or Off the Beaten Path selection from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner! Peace, love and hot fudge, y’all!