Songs from the Past: The Pogues and Kirsty McCall – A Fairytale in New York

We’re almost at the end of the year and my participation in Hughs 51 Songs from the Past in 51 weeks has fallen off a cliff – sorry Hugh!

So for week 49, Hugh has asked for our second favourite Christmas song – and as week 48 was supposed to be our first favourite, I thought I’d post that too, albeit a little late 🙂

My first favourite is The Pogues with Kirsty McCall from 1987 with A Fairytale in New York. I love the change in tempo, and the way it reminds me of the kind of New Year family get-togethers where everyone drinks too much and sometimes a couple of otherwise-very-different individuals pair up to sing a duet in the same kind of odd way that this song somehow works, even though it probably shouldn’t… 🙂

And for my second favourite Christmas song it has to be Nat King Cole from 1961 with The Christmas Song…

I just love listening to Nat King Cole all year round, but this particular song reminds me of my early childhood Christmases in the 1960s ❤


Songs From The Past: Andy Stewart – Barnyards O’ Delgaty

This week’s Song from the Past is a real blast from my very long ago past! Hugh has asked us what song would be top of our Halloween play list, but to be honest I’m not really into Halloween, or any other kind of celebratory parties for that matter.

But what did come to mind was the spontaneous impromptu family get-togethers of my childhood, where friends and neighbours all simply got together in someone’s house bringing a bottle (or two!) and a bite to eat to share and we all made our own entertainment for the evening.

Mum played the accordian, so would usually play a medley of whatever was requested with everyone else singing along, and as the festivities flowed along with the whisky Dad would put on his favourite Jimmy Shand Scottish Country Dance music, or Andy Stewart singing traditional songs from the North East coast of Scotland.

One of my favourite sing-along bothy ballads of that time has to be ‘Barnyards O’ Delgaty’, so that’s my song from the past for this week. It’s sung in the Doric dialect, so don’t worry if you can’t follow it, but with bothy ballads the tunes are always easy to pick up and have a simple repetitive chorus. The theme is always farm-related, and the lyrics usually quite tongue in cheek 🙂



Songs from the Past: American Pie

For week 37 of his series ’51 Songs from the past in 51 weeks’ Hugh has asked us which song we would love to record ourselves, given the chance.

For me, it just has to be ‘American Pie’. The original from Don Maclean (in 1971) is an absolute classic for me, and gained a new lease of life when Madonna released her version in 2000. I don’t honestly know why I like it so much, but it brings back lots of memories of enjoyable nights out in the pub – sooner or later as the evening wore on, someone would put this on the jukebox and we’d all sing along with gusto… 🙂

Songs from the Past: Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby

This week’s song of choice for me when joning in with Hugh’s ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks‘ with a theme of including some uncomfortably questionable lyrics is the lovely Eartha Kitt from 1953 with ‘Santa Baby’…

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the catchy tune and the sensual cheekiness of it but yet it still feels plain wrong on so many levels! It smacks of the old traditional male-meal-ticket expectation and female-sexual-exploitation dynamic as if Santa is some kind of benevolent indulgent sugar daddy, but still I find myself singing along even though I disagree with every sentiment behind the rather dubious-to-me lyrics 🙂

Songs from the Past: Dancing in the Street

Oh no, I’m way behind when it comes to keeping up with Hughs 51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks, now at week 35 – eek! – but as this week’s theme is duets how could I not join in with one of my all-time favourite duets, Mick Jagger and David Bowie from 1985 singing (and dancing along to) ‘Dancing in the Street’

This song was first a hit in 1964 for Martha & the Vandellas – I also love the original Motown version, but somehow the chemistry between Jagger and Bowie having such obvious fun making their video version always makes me smile that much more… 🙂

Songs from the Past: Cee Lo Green – Forget You

OK, so this week Hugh has asked for our favourite song to work out to – ha ha ha ha ha… work out? Me? Nope, traditional gym bunny I am not! But when it comes to motivational songs to do the housework to, Cee Lo Green always does it for me with ‘Forget You’ from 2010.

I mean, seriously, the video is such fun and what’s not to love with lyrics like:

‘Yeah I’m sorry I can’t afford a Ferrari

But that don’t mean I won’t get you there

Guess he’s an X-Box, I’m more an Atari

But the way you play your game ain’t fair’

Actually, my preference is for the original lyrics of ‘Fuck You’ (perhaps because it’s the version of the song I heard first), but for public consumption (like here on my blog), I can appreciate that perhaps the more widely-played clean version may be more appetising for everyone else, so have included links to both – feel free to take your pick! 🙂


Daily Prompt: Symphony

Hmmm… Today’s Daily Prompt word of symphony made me think immediately of classical music, and one of the first names to spring to mind was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who wrote loads of symphonies (and a whole lot else for that matter) in his relatively short lifetime – the composer died aged only 35.

But even so my favourite piece of Mozart’s music is not actually a symphony but is from what turned out to be his final Requiem Mass, and there’s even dispute over how much of that piece was written by Mozart, who died in 1791 before it could be completed. I have to admit in general I’m not so keen on choral music, but whoever completed it, I find there’s something about the melancholy haunting ‘Lacrimosa’ I just love… ❤


Songs from the Past: Darius – Colourblind

This week Hugh’s theme for his series ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks‘ is to share a favourite song by someone from a reality show, so I’ve chosen Darius (originally known as Darius Danesh but he now goes by Darius Campbell) who reached the finals of UK TV talent show Pop Idol in 2002.

Darius had an immediate hit with his single ‘Colourblind’ released in 2002, which I happily sang along to, but the main reason I remember him so clearly is neither from his Pop Idol nor pop star days but from his run playing Billy Flynn in the West End musical ‘Chicago’ – for me he excelled in that role, he completely owned the character and I was really impressed with his entire stage performance – bravo Darius!  🙂