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 🙂



Daily Prompt: Ascend



Later tonight I will ascend the Caledonian Sleeper train at London’s Euston Station, and early tomorrow morning (having travelled 600 miles overnight) I will descend onto the platform at Inverness Station in the North of Scotland to spend the next fortnight visiting my family – woo-hoo!

These particular images from Euston and Inverness are from previous visits – it’s a trip I take regularly, so have a variety of shots from over the years.

I won’t be blogging at all while I’m away, so don’t worry if I’m completely incommunicado for a couple of weeks – I’ll be back in full flow at the end of the month, and will catch up with you all then 🙂

Daily Prompt: Ascend

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: 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! 🙂