Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #34 – 7 Seconds

Earlier, I posted on our music blog, Songshine Sounds, a track which was a big hit in Europe in the mid-90s. In France, it broke the record for the longest time spent at #1.

So if you’d like to hear some Euro-pop, why not head on over?

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Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.

7 Seconds is a duet from Neneh Cherry and Youssou N’Dour, released in my mid-twenties (1994), which stormed the charts in Europe. In French charts, it stayed on the top spot for 16 weeks, which was a record at the time. In the UK it reached #3, but it was very much a Euro-hit, because in the US, it only just broke into the Hot 100. So this song will be wonderfully fresh to US readers.


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Reblog: Flashback Friday #33 Summertime

My co-host KK, on our music blog Songshine Sounds, presented a Janis Joplin track earlier.

I didn’t recognise Joplin’s version until I actually played KK’s track, but yeah, I heard that voice before.

Satch and Ella did a version of this Gerschwin original, a version I’m far more familiar with. Intrigued to hear it?

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Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.


Could it really be time to say goodbye to summer again in the northern hemisphere? Is it just me, or is summer the shortest season of the year?

Amazing Mezzo-soprano, Janis Joplin revived the 1935 operatic song “Summertime” in 1968. The song retains a sadness of the things lost, of life passing more quickly than expected, and the brevity of youth found in the original score. Joplin died just two years after the release of this track of a heroin overdose. She was just 27 years old, her short summer of a career over too soon.


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Reblog: Where Were You Tuesday #7

Anybody fancy sharing what they get up to in the tub?

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Now that live music resumed across the globe, I thought I’d mix things up a bit by presentingWhere Were You Tuesdays?Each Tuesday, I will present a memory, and song I associate with this memory then ask you to share your musical memory as well.


One of my happy places is in the tub. Whether I take a shower or bath, I always enjoy listening to great music while I refresh and unwind. Sometimes I read (if I have a book I can’t put down), and sometimes I write (if I have a story I can’t stop working on), but most times I have a playlist and I go to my happy place.

So this week, I’m asking you to share a song you enjoy listening to in the tub. A soaking song or a scrubbing tune, whichever you prefer.

This tune can get you going or mellow…

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Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #32 – The Carpenters

Any of you enjoy Karen Carpenter?

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Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.

I heard The Carpenters a lot as a boy, they were very popular on the radio stations my parents listened to, but I was so young, it was just music. Insignificant. I was fourteen when Karen died, and I was meh – a singer 5,000 miles away in LA was a far cry from me in provincial Liverpool.


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Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #31-Hotblooded

Do any of you fancy taking on a haiku this weekend?

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Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.


Hot Blooded” is a platinum-selling single by the British-American rock band Foreigner released June 1978.  I don’t know about the summer of ’78 but this summer has been a real scorcher here in the U.S. So much so, that I thought I’d feature the burning guitar riffs of today’s flashback track and issue a scorching challenge to go with it. So, where did this hot single come from, anyways?

Lead Singer Lou Graham tells us that the song came from the band goofing off and experimenting with sound.

When Mick (Guitarist Michael Jones) started playing that riff, I remember saying, “Wait! Stop! What’s that?” Mick said it was just another riff. So, I started singing along to…

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Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #28 – Streets of Philadelphia

On the Songshine Sounds music blog I host with KK, we just posted this excellent Springsteen track.

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Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.

Do you remember last week, I chose Marc Cohn? I had in my mind a question about walking, and set looking through my music collection for a good fit.

One of the other tracks I came across was Streets of Philadelphia – it is years since I listened to this wonderful, haunting song. but do you remember the video? Springsteen walking through Philly?


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Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #27 – Walking in Memphis

Earlier today I posted Marc Cohn’s Walikng In Memphis on Songshine Sounds, the blog I share with co-host KK, alongside a challenge to write about a walk *you* went on.

I was my typical self – I posed the question before thinking how I might answer it, but let’s see what I can come up with overnight. I’ve got an idea it might not be a stroll in the park 🤣

Any takers?

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Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.

The thing I found interesting about Walking In Memphis was that it is about a trip Cohn took (to Memphis!) in 1985, specifically to overcome writer’s block. Even then, this track about the experience was years in the making but was finally released in 1991.

So, all you budding writers out there take note. When you hit a block, get yourself to Memphis!


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Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #25 – Got to Give It Up

I posted this excellect track by Marvin Gaye on the blog I co-host with KK.

Anybody feel like taking on a prompt question for the weekend?

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Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.


The other week I mentioned my love of reggae, which originated in Jamaica. I wanted to stay on that side of the Atlantic this week and briefly mention my love of Soul music. Soul is a halfway house over here – it obviously is not as big as in the USA, there is no dedicated R&B chart, but it has quite a large following here, we invented our own brand of Northern Soul, plus we had ready access to much of the music coming out of America.


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