I've got another song in my head which I just can't stop singing. It's Barcelona from Andy Burrows and Matt Haig and I'm absolutely loving it. Andy is former drummer with the band Razorlight and was also responsible for the music which accompanied the animated film 'The Snowman and the Snowdog'. Aaaah I loved that too.....especially 'Light The Night', my son and I used to sing that every morning in the car on the way to school, what great memory.
What is great is that Andy has collaborated with the great author Matt Haig on this song and his new album. Matt has written some brilliant books for adults and children If you haven't read 'How to Stop Time' you need to as it's a great book. He has also written a children's book called 'The Truth Pixie' which is aimed to help children with their worries. I hope he doesn't mind me just quoting from a page in this book which can also be found on his website too at www.matthaig.com
Yes the night has dark bits, but it has stars too,
And you'll feel when they shine,
That they shine just for you.
You will step outside, and see from the park
That the light is brighter
When it's next to the dark.
How lovely is that? No wonder I love the song Barcelona, two great inspirational people working together. Thank goodness for a bit of drunk texting as apparently that's how Andy Burrows approached Matt to see if he would like to work with him. You see fantastic things can happen from the old drunk text, relationships can be made not just broken. In my experience it's not been great but we won't go there. For most people it's a "I Love you I do' but maybe the text between these too was backed by a bit of dutch courage rather than some stalker approach, who knows but it worked.
Barcelona is available to download on all the usual downloady kind of platforms and the video can be viewed here on You Tube.....
Ha ha now it's in your head!! Enjoy......
Thanks for reading today, please do come back tomorrow for a bit of a chat about tea on Teapot Tuesday but for now I am off to listen to Barcelona just one more time or maybe more.
Take care everyone!!
Well what do we think to the new line up at Radio 2? Zoe ball is now in charge of breakfast....another 2 slices of toast for me love. Didn't she do well though? I bet she was so nervous, flippin eck I would be if I had to take over the most popular breakfast show, yikes, I wouldn't sleep for weeks. I think she is settling in quite nicely and I am enjoying listening to her.
I am just going to have a sneaky listen to Chris Evans on Virgin Radio, not so much to compare but just to see if he's ok and to give him some support on his first show, it seems only fair as I've listened to him since day one on Radio 2.
Zoe is a national treasure though and so much fun, very bubbly and gets you ready for the day. She's very refreshing to listen to and I think the BBC made a fine choice. I do love Sara Cox though later on in the day. She accompanies me while making the dinner and she makes me laugh my socks off. I can't help thinking whether I would have liked Sara at breakfast, it has happened a few times, just on the radio folks, she's never popped around in person although I have a brew ready and waiting.
No Sara is good where she is and although I did love Simon Mayo I do like a laugh with Sara. She's so down to earth and it's like having your mate round to chat while cooking. Overall I like what they have done with the station. I enjoyed listening to Rylan Clark-Neal on Saturday, he is also like a breathe of fresh air and also makes me giggle. I have followed Rylan, not in a stalking way but following him from Big Brother to now and he is also like the nice bloke next door with added cheekiness. Love him.
So it's all good, yes it's different and it won't please everyone but in life you can never please everyone all of the time. Some will tune in because Chris has gone and some will tune out and follow Chris to Virgin but that's the way the world works. I do wish everyone all the best in their new shows and here's to many more years of entertaining on the radio......I love my radio.
Tell me what you think? Are you listening to Zoe? Have you jumped ship to Virgin? As long as you are happy and enjoying your music it doesn't matter where you go. Thank you so much for reading today, come back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now you all take care now.
I woke up this morning singing Roar by Katy Perry. I know a bit random for an ear worm but no my fellow brewsters, not random at all, there's a new term about to start at Rock Choir and this is our first song.
Roar is now six years old, hard to believe eh? Only seems like yesterday when it topped the charts and I have to admit I really loved it when it was released. I'm not so sure now though, think I may have burnt my wild roar'ness out and not sure about singing it with choir either.
Oh but I've experienced this before when I've thought 'oh not sure it's a good Rock Choir song' and then it turns out to be my favourite song to sing ever. So let's all wait and see and not judge too much yet. It is a fun song, strong, powerful and when I do listen to it I feel I can go out and 'smash it', well not do any damage of course but that's what everyone seems to be saying these days.
Now this photo is taken from the video for the song and I do a bit of floristry so this is floral heaven for me. I know there is a solo part in the arrangement for Rock Choir so when it comes to a performance just give me a call and I will flower you up big time.
I've missed Rock Choir so much over Christmas, we have exhausted all the festive songs now and I enjoyed the performances we did but it's now time for a new year, my third year in fact. It's going to be busy and I'm sure we'll have a lot of laughs as usual. So here's to a new term and come on everyone let me here you ROAR!!!
If you fancy singing this song and would like to try Rock Choir you can take a free taster at your local session. You don't have to audition, just come along, it certainly makes me feel good, I have made lots of new lovely friends and if I'm still going after three years then it must be good. Go on give it a go!! Just go to www.rockchoir.com and search for your local session.
Thank you so much for reading, I will be back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now you all take care.
There was so much to say yesterday on Pass the Remote Sunday that I thought I would talk about the return of ITV's The Voice today, after all it is about music.
The first episode got off to a great start and I was pretty impressed with the first lot of auditions. I feel a bit sorry for the people who have to follow these already selected few as the standard seems to set quite high this year. Strong performances but a bit of heartache for those who didn't make it through. I think it's tough on the judges and the performers, the judges can't take everyone through which is a shame for those who have entered, who so want their dreams to come true.
There was an emotional moment when one chap gets a turn around from the great Tom Jones, Tom doesn't realise at first that he has actually turned for the son of the late Lonnie Donegan (google him kids). Basically if you are too young to know, Lonnie was a big star back in the 50's and 60's and wrote a song which Tom Jones performs. So what did they do? They only performed 'Never Going To Fall In Love' together and it was brilliant. What a moment for them both and I'm sure Lonnie had a bit to do with that, he must be looking down on his boy.
Some are saying it was a fix but I'm not sure whether I care too much as it was just a special treat for them both and for us to see. An exciting start to the new series and I particularly liked seeing the introduction of trios this year. Remember Mondays were the first trio to perform and I think they will be one to watch.
There were fabulous performers including Nicole Dennis who sang 'Never Enough' from The Greatest Showman, what a stunning voice. I may be the only one who thinks this but she is already having successful career in a West End Show and I like to see the people who don't have any other experience but that's probably just me. It's the old "strictly zone' when the professionals sneak through to these shows and I wonder whether that's right. Oh well we'll see and I still think she was awesome but I tend to like to see to folk who come from nowhere really.
I love the banter between the judges, they are so funny and it's nice to see Emma Willis presenting, she is perfect for this show. Generally great all round entertainment and for me it beats any other talent show, X Factor I think you're time is up. I wonder whether Tom can take the title of winning judge again this year, well we will have to wait and see.
The next episode of The Voice is on Saturday 12th January, ITV at 8pm so tune in, who will you turn for? No don't even try that, the judges have special electronic chairs, I'm not sure it will work with that new recliner you've just purchased from DFS. If any chair manufacturers are reading though, that would be such a brilliant chair to buy.
I will return tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now take care of yourselves.
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