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‘Between the Wars’ by Billy Bragg is so relevant (always)

On a playlist for the ‘Age of Austerity’ My friend Beth messaged me ask whether I’d heard of ‘Between the Wars’ by Billy Bragg.  She had it on a partly tongue-in-cheek playlist about being poor, along with Ill Manors.   On… Continue Reading →

Songs for Broken Britain Pt. 3: Mick Jagger gets political and quotes Marie-Antoinette?

Then and now… Speed was important for Mick Jagger when he wrote and released these two songs of protest that you’ll read about here…  “I didn’t want to wait until next year until they might lose any impact or meaning.”… Continue Reading →

Songs for Broken Britain Pt 2: Liar Liar by Captain SKA

This broken country… “The fervour of the music matched the energy of the streets, as racism, poverty and violence ran rampant.”…  Wrote Heather Augustyn, author of Ska:  The Rhythm of Liberation.  She was describing Britain in the 1960s when Ska… Continue Reading →

Songs for Broken Britain Part 1: Plan B

What is Music for Broken Britain? Music for Broken Britain is music that resonates with how I feel about my country of birth right now.  For me it is part of a grieving process.  It is also an expression of… Continue Reading →

The bluesy words and spell-binding tales of Big Bill Broonzy (Music for Friday)

Found again Blues lyrics haven’t really jumped out at me before, though I’ve loved the raw instrumentals and expressive, soulful tunes. Perhaps this has changed now… We recently watched a documentary on Big Bill Broonzy, not a blues musician that… Continue Reading →

The lyrics of Lily Allen are words worth listening to. (Music for Friday!)

What is it about Lily Allen? It’s the words… I love words and those that she writes are brilliant.  Not only that, but she delivers them so clearly that even I can get most of them by ear.  (I often… Continue Reading →

From Serge Gainsbourg to Kurt Cobain: More music for Friday (just!)

There is a connection Chatting in the kitchen this evening, we went from the French singer Serge Gainsbourg to Kurt Cobain.  I don’t know Gainsbourg well, but was intrigued after watching a documentary about him a couple of years back. … Continue Reading →

Friday is for Learning Language through Music: Victor Jara (Chile)

A feature for Fridays One thought led to another the other day, beginning with when I wrote about using lyrics to practise speaking skills. Next my thoughts led to another blogging idea. Why not start featuring blog posts on music I… Continue Reading →

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