Oliver Thompson

Oliver Thompson, Uppsala, 9th of August 2013, Photo: Lennart Wennberg

This is my photo of the talented guitarist Oliver Thompson, taken at Bryan Ferry’s outdoor concert, the lovely evening, 9th of August 2013 in Uppsala, Sweden.

This video clip is less than a week old when I post it. Brilliant Oliver!

Another video with Oliver Thompson is this BBC recording from 2007. Enjoy!

Tanita Tikaram

Our first four children arrived within a time span of five years, 1989 to 1994. During those years I spent several hours, around the clock, carrying crying babies around in the living-room. The television set was often tuned to MTV.

One music video that really swept me off my feet was this one, and Tanita Tikaram was from that point forever in my personal Music Hall of Fame.

Just beautiful isn’t it?

My wife liked this song more, mostly because of the oboe part… A true Classic.

The years went by and these two songs were the only ones of TT that I knew of. Early 2009 when I was working away from home I came to think about Tanita and checked on YouTube, and Wow! This woman is a true genius, poet and musician! The list of her masterpieces just goes on and on and on…

 

These three music videos must be some of the classiest ever done, if you ask me.

Some people claim that Tanita sometimes is too moody and melancholic and if you just take this song they will not be contradicted… At least she is not just trying to get cheap points.

 

Love is always a theme in Tanita’s songs but love in her songs is never simple.

Well, I wrote this during a train-ride home for the weekend. Tanita is often in my earphones when I travel. I hope that this post inspires you to discover the wonderful world of music, signed by Tanita Tikaram, for yourself.

http://www.tanita-tikaram.com/

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Don’t Leave Me This Way

Well Friends, some songs are simply just better than others. This one is definitely one of my favorites. Let’s start with this version with Thelma Houston  from 1977. Classy!

 

Next version, from 1986, is perhaps the best known. It’s just as good. The Communards, Jimmy Somerville vocals and Richard Coles on piano, featuring Sarah Jane Morris. (BTW: Sarah Jane Morris was born just six days before me! 1959 was a good year.) The combination with her deep, and his high-pitched voice, is just brilliant! June Miles-Kingston is playing the drums.

 

Another version from the 80s: Jimmy Somerville together with Caroline Buckley. June Miles-Kingston is still on the drums, but who are the two backup singers?

 

From Thelma Houston to Sarah Jane Morris. A powerful version.

 

This post was written during a train ride from Stockholm to Örebro…

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