Since the end of November, I have been choosing my favourite songs which are from famous movie soundtracks. I have shared my thoughts about why I love I Have Nothing from The Bodyguard, I’ve Had The Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing and now for January, I have chosen Love is All Around which is by Wet Wet Wet and is from the 90’s cult film Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The main reason why I have chosen this song is not only because I love listening to it so much (even today), but it was one of the first pop songs that I ever learnt to play on the piano. It spent a ridiculous amount of time at number one in the charts and the band are famous for asking it to be removed as they got fed up of hearing it played everywhere!
Star of Game of Thrones and Netflix Sex Education Hannah Waddingham is the latest principal cast member to be annouced for a star-studded charity gala performance of Boublil And Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen at The London Coliseum on Sunday 23 February, 2020.
Waddinghams 20-year theatre highlights include Kiss Me Kate, A Little Night Music, Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Wizard of Oz). She will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth I and will join the previously announced Rachel Tucker (Olivier nominee for Come From Away, Wicked), Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall and Matthew Pagan from Collabro.
The one thing I love about social media, is how it has the ability to connect you with artists from all over the world.
I recently decided to open a dedicated twitter account for my blog (follow at jemgirlatpiano) and the first artist to connect with me there is multi-platinum record producer/hit mix engineer BiG JooN. Below, he tells his story of how he creates his song mixes and why…” to “Below, he tells his story of how he engineers artists’ songs and why.
LONDON / TORONTO, 7 JANUARY 2020 – Bluesound, the premium audio brand and MQA, the pioneering music technology company, are teaming up with two influential music organisations, Jazz re:freshed and British Underground, to present “The Master Sessions.” The Master Sessions is a series of live concerts, streamed in real time using MQA sound, to over 100 audio retailers around the world through Bluesound’s premium hi-res audio players. Music fans will be invited to share in a live audio experience like no other, featuring some of the UK’s leading jazz acts performing from renowned studio locations. To mark the campaign launch, a dedicated microsite TheMasterSessions.com has been published with full details on the participants and activities.
Majella Yorston is delighted to announce the release of her long-awaited new EP Majella featuring a selection of her personal favourite Country music songs. Favourites such as Dixie Road, Majella’s first single release, written by Don Goodman, Mary Ann Kennedy and Pam Rose. Recorded by Lee Greenwood. It went to number 1 in America in 1985; You’re My Best Friend written by Wayland Holyfield and recorded by American country music star Don Williams. The song was the second No 1 hit for Don Williams on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart reaching No 1 in 1975 and also reaching the UK Top 40; and Half of My Mistakes written by Radney Foster and Bobby Houck. The song was inspired by the words of Benjamin Disraeli the British Prime Minister 1868 and 1874.
“I’m inspired by songs which tell stories and the best songs for this have roots in Country and Folk music” Majella said. “Most of them are already familiar to many and I hope that by introducing them to a new, younger demographic, they’ll find new fans too.”
Majella is that rare breed of talent that was born into an Irish family, with roots in County Derry, Northern Ireland where music was an important part of family life. The family formed a band and subsequently performed under the name of Majella and the Derry Airs.
14 February 2020 – Eddie ‘Tan-Tan’ Thornton releases his Fur Elise (single), one of Beethoven’s popular pieces, taken from the forthcoming “The Reggae & Ska Nostalgia Album” on Handspun Records. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven.
Fur Elise (Single) taken from The Reggae & Ska Nostalgia Album
I hadn’t intended to post anything else this year, but this particular song kept growing on me so much so that I felt compelled to share it here, as it definitely needs to have more recognition. The song is the pianoforte version of singer Rick Astley’s super hit song Never Gonna Give You Up.
If like me, you are old enough to remember the original version of Never Gonna Give You Up, you will know that the song released during the 80’s and was a very romantic, upbeat (almost party) number. The brand new pianoforte version is, however, a much more laid back, mature version of the song yet somehow Rick’s vocals have managed to not just stay the same, but sound even better over time.
Continuing the theme of selecting my favourite songs from popular movies, this month I have chosen the popular, romantic track (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers) and Jennifer Warnes which featured in the movie Dirty Dancing.
Dirty Dancing was a film that had a real craze attached to it thanks to its charming and good looking actor/dancer Patrick Swayze, and this song is truly a cult favourite of not just mine but a lot of people who have enjoyed the film.
This week’s New Music Monday features my review of the latest release from my artist discovery of 2019 Jack Savoretti.
Jack has released a Christmas song for the very first time and the song is called Christmas Morning. As he has explained at the Magic at Christmas concert, the story of the song is dedicated to his children and all children who enjoy Christmas time. He did forget to tell us just how emotional the song is for anyone who dearly loves their parents.
Christmas Morning is definitely one of those songs that leave you with a lump in your throat and I remember feeling like that the very first time I heard it. It has a beautiful lilting, melody and Jack sings with such emotion that carries the song until its end. I was fortunate enough to see Jack perform the song for the very first time at the Magic at Christmas concert in November.
On Sunday 24th November, I attended the Magic at Christmas concert (hosted by the Magic radio station) at The London Palladium.
This was a concert which had a multi-artist line up (with an initial total of 6 artists, but sadly James Morrison had to pull out due to ill health).
Martin and Shirley Kemp
Concert hosts: Harriet Scott and Martin Kemp
The main reason I attended the concert, was to see my two favourites Jack and Mick, perform live on stage. This is now the second time that I have seen Jack live and is the very first time I have seen Simply Red.