Music is in the soul it helps make a person who they are it heals and it lets you release tension. Music has played a major part in my life for many years now and I have no thoughts of ever cutting music out of my life. In sharing the kind of music that I love I hope other people will find great new music. I try not to talk too much about each music selection as I really think that listening does so much more, just click and try.
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Echo Town, Be Strong Troop On, 2016
Made up of two brothers Echo town mix funky blues riffs with nice beats and the didgeridoo.
These guys have been performing with each other for a while now and have a great sound to them.
This song is one of there most recent and was selected to showcase there sound.
We had the please of hearing these guys when we where at the Cider in the Barn festival in September.
You may prefer some of there older stuff that really reminds me of Seasick Steve but with a twist.
Latin Rock, Jazz Fusion, Blues Rock
Santana, Oye Como Va, Abraxas, 1970
Carlos Santana is one of the guitar greats. Santana was born in Mexico in 1947, he later moved to San Francisco
where he formed his band Santana. Mixing Latin American music with rock produce a fusion of music that set Santana aside from other artist.
Carlos features in Rolling Stones list of 100 great guitarists at number 20 and the man has numerous awards including 10 Grammy’s.
I have chosen this song as it really brings out the Latin vibe with that great blues guitar.
Dire Straits, Tunnel of Love, Making Movies 1980
This is confess is not my favourite Straits song but the guitar solo at the end really finishes the song off.
I have always been a big fan or Dire Straits and although not everyone’s cuppa tea I think
Mark Knopfler has a great voice and ability to write a nice song.
Paul Weller, Wild Wood from the album Wild Wood, 1993
This song is a master piece written and performed by a master.
The woods are well written and the guitar although simple works really well, add that with Weller’s voice and you have the makings of a great song.
Paul Weller has been making music for many a year being part of The Jam as well as the style council.
The Jam were one of the bands that really summed up the feeling of a generation with many iconic songs.
They will be in next weeks blog me thinks.
Doves, One of these Days, Some Cities 2005
I was on the hunt for more music from the late 90’s and early 2000’s that I might have missed
and came across this band. These guys were active 1998-2010 and produced 4 studio albums.
Jimi Goodwin takes the lead vocals and does a good job, parts of there music reminds me of Elbow or Kasabian.
Joan Baez, Diamonds and Rust, from the album Diamonds and Rust 1975
Joan was part of the original folk scene in the 1960’s and early 70’s.
Baez was the voice and face of the folk movement with a voice that could melt the heaviest of souls.
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez did a duet at the Monterey Music Festival in 1963.
From that point on they did many performances together and became more than just friends.
Baez help Dylan reach a greater audience and it is often said that taking Dylan on tour with her help drive his carer forward.
Traditional Pop, Jazz
Bing Crosby, Swinging on a Star, 1944
Bing Crosby’s voice was next to none. He was a major voice in the 1940’s big band era.
These song was written by the song writer Jimmy Van Heusen who while at Crosby’s house heard him say to one of his kids
“If you don’t go to school, you might grow up to be a mule. Do you wanna do that?”.
This as the story goes was becase the young child did not want to go to school the next day.
Jimmy thought it was a great line for a song and so he got to work.
The song then featured in the film Going My Way.
Since then many artist have covered this song but I still love Bing’s voice.
Please note all music videos posted are show as recommendations of great music that I have grown up with and think other people will appreciate, please show your support for these bands by purchasing their music, music can only ever grow if we show our support