• Variations on a theme #2

    10 Feb 2011, 11:27 by magnuscanis

    As with the last time I wrote a journal entry here (quite some time ago!), I have been listening to multiple versions of a single song on spotify.

    This time the song in question is Bold Riley, a traditional sea shanty (as far as I know).

    I have been familiar with this song for many years in the version performed by the Oysterband, which is still my firm favourite. More recently I have come to know the Kate Rusby version, which sadly isn't available on spotify at the moment.

    My play queue for this morning consisted of 9 versions of the song, including the Oysterband one. I don't recall having heard any of the other versions here before, although several of the artists, including The Wailin' Jennys, Tim van Eyken and Louis Killen, are familiar to me.

    There was quite a nice range of treatments, from traditional a cappella shanty singing (such as Killen's version and the one by Holdstock & MacLeod), through to fairly modified arrangements such as the one from Rising Gael…
  • 29 years ago today...

    19 Nov 2007, 00:23 by mrtim1420

    ...over 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. The Reverend Jim Jones led a cult called the Peoples Temple, and essentially all of his followers were forced or coerced into drinking poisoned Flavor-Aid.

    In remembrance, here's 3 songs about other man-made catastrophes:

    1) Louis Killen -- The Trimdon Grange Explosion

    In 1882, 300 miners were killed in an explosion in England.

    God protect each lonely widow,
    Help to raise each drooping head;
    Be a Father to the orphans,
    Never let them cry for bread.
    Death will pay us all a visit;
    They have only gone before.
    We may meet the Trimdon victims
    Where explosions are no more.

    2) When the Tigers Broke Free

    In 1944, 9900 British, German, and American soldiers were killed in a battle in Italy to hold one particular bridgehead.

    And the Generals gave thanks
    As the other ranks held back
    The enemy tanks for a while.
    And the Anzio bridgehead
    Was held for the price
    Of a few hundred ordinary lives.