Category: Sounds & Music

The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

Over the next few weeks we will probably posting a lot of items such as pictures, stories and little tidbits about Liverpool.

We enjoyed our tour of Liverpool so much.  A must see place, so much to see and experience.  I advise to wear flats for a more convenient and healthier meandering of the city centre.  I am pleased to report that most of the attractions are closed together.

The above statue ensemble of The Beatles was a popular tourists and visitors attraction.  Many wanted to take photos, as we did, and also take selfies with Paul, George, Ringo and John.

We were busy photographing everything that we were late joining the ‘talk’ about The Beatles.

We heard though that Ringo Starr used to live at Liverpool 8, an area in Liverpool which used to be notorious for its poverty and vandalism.

Apparently Ringo when living in Liverpool never had an indoor toilet.  He was from a very poor family.

It just goes to show that when Lady Luck smiles at you, she also grins and have a laugh.  This is so true in Ringo’s case.  He was a replacement drummer for the band originally occupied by Stuart Sutcliffe and even Pete Best.  Ringo was not the best drummer in the world but he joined the band just before it took off stratospherically.

In an interview, Ringo said that he did not really miss anything in Liverpool. 🙂  However, he made used of Liverpool 8 and even made an album about it.  The number 8 is inscribed in the heel of his shoe in his statue.

Regarding John Lennon, his statue is clasping a few acorns.  It appears this has something to do with his and Yoko Ono’s hope for world peace.

Apparently John and Yoko sent a couple of acorns to each of the 123 world leaders in the spring of 1969.  They hoped that the acorns are planted for world peace.

Our tour guide said that only two world leaders accepted the challenge.  They were Golda Meir of Israel and Pierre Trudeau of Canada.

Please, Please Me, The Beatles first hit in England!

 

Excellent Covers of Original Songs

Nita Resch, Photo by JMorton

The bust opposite is that of Nita Resch, wife of the sculptor, Conrad Dressler.  The bust is now proudly displayed at the V&A Museum.

 

I chose this art as the statement photo for this blog, because Nita looked like she was trying to listen to something. 🙂

Anyway back to the real topic of this blog; almost every time the original singer of the song or tune is the best one to give rendition to song, I supposed the producer choose a song that best suit the singer’s voice and personality that song and singer become one.

But once in a while some other artists can be as good or even surpass the original performer.  Some songs are so great and melodious that it is rebooted over and over again in almost every generation.

Here are my choice of covers, which is a still a work in progress:

Excellent Covers of Original Songs

Moon River, original – Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast in Tiffany; cover Clapton & Beck

It’s So Quiet, original – Betty Hutton (1951); cover Bjork

Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland for The Wizard of Oz; cover Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Bee Gees original, cover – Al Green

The Greatest Love of All, George Benson, Cover – Whitney Houston

Nothing Gonna Change My Love for You, George Benson; cover Glen Maderios

Please Please Me, The Beatles original; cover Matt Dusk

Love, Nat King Cole, cover Joss Stone

 

 

1001 Most Romantic Songs

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) Hill Garden – Nr Hampstead Heath
Photo by PH Morton

1001 Most Romantic Songs

This is Global Granary’s all tie most romantic music compilation, which is a work in progress.

Our list currently includes the following:

YVES MONTAND – Les Feuilles Mortes

Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

Bobby Darin sings “Beyond the Sea”

Charles Trenet – La Mer

Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin-Dream Lover

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Peter Frampton – Baby I Love Your Way (’76)

All of Me – John Legend

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn

Giant projection slide of Vera Lynn on the iconic white cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th  Birthday.

During World War 2 (WWll) Vera Lynn was known as the ‘forces sweetheart’ and was massively popular.

Born in London 20th March 1917, she became an actress singer and songwriter. During the war years, her songs  “We’ll Meet Again“, “The White Cliffs of Dover“, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England“. became iconic and a tonic for troops and forces fighting in the war. The white cliffs of Dover were the last part of Britain troops saw as they departed on ships across the Channel to fight. Also the cliff were a  welcoming sight on their return home.

My late father was a WW2 soldier in the British army(known as Desert Rats) fighting in Egypt.

Vera Lynn undertook concert tours in Burma, Egypt and India for the troops. She remained popular after the war, appearing in movies and on radio & TV.  At the age of 92, Vera became the oldest artist ever to top UK music charts with a melody of her famous songs. She outsold outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and the Beatles.

My favourite rock group Pink Floyd even had a track about her in their superb album ‘The Wall’.

Vera

Whenever my wife hears anything about Vera Lynn she would burst into song of We’ll meet again

Happy Song Collection

flower meadow, photo by JMorton

There are songs that makes you feel instinctively happy regardless of the lyrics.  I think it has to do with the tempo of the song.

I felt a lightness of being.

Happy Song Collection

My list comprises of the following:

Day Dream Believer, the Monkees – this song always gets me clapping in tune with the music.   Happy clappy indeed.

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Gangnam Style, Psy

Blue, Eiffel 65

Hey Ya, Outcast

Where is the Love, The Black Eyed Peas

Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani

Push the Button, Sugababes

Mickey, Toni Basil

Girls Just Want to have Fun, Cyndi Lauper

Rasputin, Boney M

Numa Numa, Dragostea Din

Barbie Girl, Aqua

Nobody, Wonder Girls

Coming Around Again / Itsy Bitsy Spider – Carly Simon

Fugees & Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly

Best Korean Drama Original Soundtracks

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What makes a KDrama special?  In my opinion the choice of soundtrack is very important.  Heartstrings, a Park Shin Hye  & Jung Yong Hwa drama is memorable to me because of the songs.  Step step by Suran also made Jealousy Incarnate that extra special!

Here are my collection of original (official) soundtrack of Korean dramas that I have watched. Many of them 🙂  so again this list is a work in progress.

Best Korean Drama Original Soundtracks

You’ve Fallen For Me – Jung Yong Hwa, from drama Heartstrings

Because I Miss You – Jung Yong Hwa of CNBlue, from drama Heartstings

Stay With Me – corroboration of Chanyeol & Punch, from drama Goblin

Run to You – Lasse Lindh, from drama Angel Eyes

Step Step – Suran, from drama Jealousy Incarnate

Beautiful Sad – Han Soo Ji, from drama Angel Eyes

Million Roses – Comeback Madonna, from drama I am Legend

Beautiful – Crush, from drama Goblin

Hallucination – Jang Jae In ft NaShow, from dram Kill Me, Heal Me

Hush – Lasse Lindh, from drama Goblin

That Man – Hyun Bin & That Woman – Baek Ji Young, from Secret Garden

Fool – Kim Jong Kook, from The Man Living at our House (aka Sweet Stranger and Me)

Angel Eyes – Han Soo Ji – from Angel Eyes

Thumping – Kim Min Seung, from She Was Pretty

Years – Ryu, from I have a Lover

I Choose to Love You, from The Rascal Son, sung by Seo in-Guk and Park Hye Soo from Introverted Boss but the original was from the Korean singing Superstar, Hyorin

Heartbeat, Suran, from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Three Things I Have Left –  Baek Ah Yeon – (Angel Eyes OST)

Mamamoo – Double Trouble Couple, from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Now & Forever – Jo Jung Hee, I Need Romance 3

Lee Hyori – Don’t Cry, I Need Romance 3

 Love Story, Park Min Ha, I Need Romance 3 :Hyerim, Miho, Ahn Soo Bin Version

Saddest Heartbreak Songs

Photo by PH Morton

Saddest Heartbreak Songs

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
—Beethoven.

Music can say a lot.  It can make you blissful, can be energising and can be heartbreaking.

Below is a list of my heartbreaking songs.  It is a work in progress because there are just too many songs out there that can melt your heart and brings tears to your eyes. hu hu hu! 🙁

The songs are not in any order of any significance 🙂 Clicking the song will bring you to youtube.

Please suggest a song to be added to the collection, thanks.

Wherever you Will Go – The Calling

Eric Carmen – Never Gonna Fall In Love Again (’76)

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Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton

Because of You – by Kelly Clarkson

The Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page

Don’t Cry Joni – Twitty Conway

I’m not In Love – 10CC

Walk Away – Matt Monro

Harry Nilsson – Without You 1972 (HD)

I will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

RITA COOLIDGE We’re all alone (1977)

Elvis Presley & Norah Jones – Are You Lonesome Tonight

Old Shep – Elvis Presley

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) – Sue Thompson

The End of the World – Brenda Lee

All Alone Am I – Brenda Lee

Answer – Sarah McLachlan

How do I live – LeAnn Rhimes

Love Takes Time – Mariah Carey

You Don’t have to Say you Love Me – Elvis Presley

Against All Odds – Phil Collins

Every Breath You Take – The Police

Lovefool – The Cardigans

Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young

Missing You – John Waite (Version with Allison Krauss)

Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary McGregor

One Summer Night – Chelsea Chan

BOBBY GOLDSBORO =HONEY=

Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again (1974)

No Promises – Shayne Ward

Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

Matt Monro – Softly As I Leave You

Dream Girl Band

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Dream Girl Band

I was doing tonnes of ironing today and to make it more fun and makes the task goes faster and easier, I always listen to Mariah Carey’s No 1 album.

I could always rely on good old Mariah to make my iron sing and glide silkily into pile of wrinkled cottons (ah I hate them).

Anyway, while mist from the vapour iron gently sprays the clothes and evaporate straight into my face, it sent me into my wonderful world of daydream. I thought if you can make a dream team from a football most capable players why not have my own dream team for a girl band.

It was not really hard to choose my squad my a a multitude of talents and utter gorgeousness because I can my girl band in my mind’s eye.

I can imagine Mariah and and Whitney outdoing each other for the high notes.  While Carly is full of humour and gumption.

Agnetha Folstog would be the blonde ice-queen, posing for her life.

Blondie is the coolest!

And JLO, she will be gyrating to the music like no one can!

Yes my squad will be like no other!


David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie

David Bowie,the legend had died yesterday at the age of 69, still relatively young and gone too soon by 21st Century norms.

David was a man of Past, Present & the Future.

You could say he was also  A Man for All Seasons.

His legacy will live on.

He was a London lad  like me and only nine years older.

I grew up to David”s music; from his beginings as a pop star to becoming a well respected world renowned culture icon.

He influenced modern music & videos, particularly the New Romantic era of the 1970s/1980s.

To see him on stage with another legend and musical genius Freddie Mercury was sublime.

My favourite songs of his were Space Oddity, Ashes to Ashes (cool video), Spiders From Mars and Jean Genie.( I sing terribly to my wife!)


He easily adopted new personas such as Ziggy Stardust, for which became famous for and much copied.

He was also a decent actor. I enjoyed his movie ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth‘ seeing it twice as well an 80s classic, The Labyrinth. 🙂

He cornered the market in style.

David was flamboyant and cleverly used androgyny in different personas he created with his music which influenced next generations of musicians and singers.

His final song and atmospheric video  Lazarus (the title says it all) released on his 69th Birthday showed how David wanted to go out of this world, say Goodbye…His way.

Magnificent. groundbreaking and unique all the way. His own epitaph, his own way.

The world is a little less colourful now that he is gone.

Farewell Major Tom & Thanks for the music and cool videos…and being you.

Enjoy the Great Gig in the Sky…Starman

Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

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Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

As an wedding anniversary treat from the hubby, he took me to see Miss Saigon as I have been longing to see it for a very very long time, since its original inception back in 1989, but have not had the opportunity.

Though I really wanted to see it, I was moaning at Peter for booking it.  I don’t understand myself sometimes. LOL

Anyway, in the end, I truly enjoyed the show, very much so. It was much, much better than I thought.

The Prince Edward theatre was in the heart of London’s famous West End so called theatre land. It is not the biggest venue and thus it is more intimate that you see the cast with no problem.

All seats were taken  ; a ‘full house’ as they say in theatres.

I was  quite surprised as it has been running for over a year already.  We did not see any empty seats. Miss Saigon is a hit!

It was very realistic.  the opening scenes was surprising,  seeing  women cavorting in their underwear, simulating sex & erotic dancing made me feel rather a bit of a voyeur, but I got used to it quickly as the show has no ‘lows’ it was just one amazing act after the others. You must go and see Miss Saigon if you can.

It was actually different and better seeing acting and singing  live to an audience rather than watching flat celluloid/movies.

I applaud the actresses to be going out night after night in their skimpy costumes, doing all manners of acrobatics, mainly sexual! lol  Nice!

The orchestra was conducted well too to keep the singing and music flowing to the story.

But the night or probably night after night,in my opinion, the stage belongs truly to  Jon Jon Briones.  He makes  Miss Saigon the hit it is.

His singing is powerful.& he owns the stage when appearing. Everytime he was on it. you only concentrate on him.  He has humour, he has pathos, he has salaciousness, he has deviousness and he was able to bring out the motivation of the situation he was portraying.

It is all about the American Dream as most Filipinos and Asians long for. Jon Jon easily connected to this aspiration.

Of course the rest of the cast are also brilliant. I was expecting the cast to be made up mostly of Filipinos but there are plenty of Korean actors.

Newcomer, Eva Noblezada, whilst no Lea Salonga (the original lead Kim),  has that vulnerability required for her role.  Her singing is sweetly pure with a touch of purring a la Britney Spears, I thought!

Gigi was well played by Natalie Mendoza who gave the role sassiness and very overt sexiness and wantonness.

Chris Peluso’s Chris, I thought, was rather weak. Perhaps his character was not fully realised. What came out was a very dorkish man, who is too dramatic and not really know his mind. It was really hard to sympathise with him.

I thought Sangwoong Jo’s Thuy was more fanciable. Kim should have gone with him and not kill him but probably Kim is really after her own American Dream all along by way of Chris or any G.I.

Overall the stage effects, music, singing, dancing and acting were superb and standing ovations to the cast and crew were given by us the appreciative audience. We saw why it had won many awards and critical acclaim,

Miss Saigon is of course based on the consequences of the Vietnam war .  Its theme  was partly based on one of my favourite Puccini operas ever – the ‘Madame Butterfly’. I want to see next!.