A few new songs I’ve found in the last couple of months:
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Thursday 24 November 2016
If you’ve watched a BBC nature documentary recently (with perhaps the exception of the Attenborough documentaries), you’ll probably have heard some of James Reynolds’ work in the background. It is how I first found him, after asking Mr VP to use an app to work out what the song was that was playing as some mayflies danced just above the surface of a river. He is a young but gifted piano composer whose pieces are often used by the BBC (and probably others). You’ll enjoy it if you have a penchant for minor keys, twinkly piano pieces or film scores (or all three, like me!).
Saturday 30 May 2015
I haven’t ever written about Staphan O’Bell on here except for adding his last single, Five Years Went Fast, to my autumn 2014 playlist. I really should have mentioned his music before as I have a bit of a musical crush on him! His back-catalogue is upbeat and catchy with plenty of indie folk thrown in, and catchy melodies masking his lyrical poignancy. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I can definitely detect a hint of the Damon Albarn in there, particularly on his song From My Rooftop (no link as it doesn’t seem to exist online!) and like Albarn, O’Bell’s songs seldom fail to elicit a smile and definitely provide something to bob your head to. It seems that Swedish songsters are innately capable of making really great pop songs. I’m not sure if it’s something in the water, or whether all of those long, dark winters make their songwriters overcompensate by writing really upbeat stuff, but whatever it is, I like it (and I’m sure you will too)!
Wednesday 20 May 2015
This has been on rotation for quite a while now and I must say that I find a lot of solace in Nils’ piano compositions, but particularly this new one. Each time I listen to it I find something else I like, but I think I really like it because it reminds me of the sea and the rolling waves. What picture or memory does it evoke for you?
I am similarly smitten with his song Hammers, which epitomises the busyness and industriousness of Spring to me. It makes me think of birds rushing backwards and forwards to their nests and insects on the wing, darting to and fro. Both songs make a perfect mid-week pick-me-up.
Thursday 16 April 2015
To celebrate Nils Frahm’s World Piano Day, Ed Harcourt sat down in his studio for a couple of hours and composed a piece to celebrate the piano. Its theme was one piano in particular, the last grand piano in Gaza, that was part of a BBC documentary. The documentary spurred Ed to write this song, with a live video stream of the whole composition process. It’s a fascinating watch, not least because you get to see inside Ed’s pretty amazing studio, but also because you get an intimate glimpse into the process of producing a song from idea to completion (from my favourite singer-songwriter!).
Ed subsequently released the single, titled Restoration after the BBC documentary, via his Bandcamp page. You can go there to listen to and purchase the song (it’s a pay-what-you-like affair), with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity that is restoring the piano. Pretty amazing, right?
Monday 30 March 2015
The sun is shining up here in Northumberland after a blustery weekend of sunshine and showers (and a lot of wind!). The blackbirds, jackdaws and great tits are all singing and chirping outside. What better time than for a bit of music? I fell in love with this song by Woodlock immediately and knew it’d be my new Spring song.
I’ve been struggling to get the chance to do my photo challenge as I had hoped, so I’m going to continue on with it but at a slightly slower pace! ;-)
Friday 20 March 2015
Apologies for the photo challenge not going up as planned – I found out at the weekend that my SD card has stopped working (thankfully not losing any photos as I’d backed them all up!) – it’s the first SD card I’ve worn out! Until I can find my other memory card reader (it’s a dual card camera and uses memory sticks as well), I can’t post any of the photos I’m taking. But rest assured, I am taking them, but I will be a bit delayed in posting!