A Relaxing Start to the Day

I’d kind-of decided that I would wind down just posting links to music videos, but I heard this one the other day and thought you might like it.

I’d never heard of Ane Brun but when I went looking, I saw she has been active for all of this century and has seven albums under her belt. If anything, a testament to how little I know about modern music. Anyway, this was on my “unplugged” playlist and I thought it was lovely.

The Worst Song Ever?

I am just watching an old music show from the Sixties, and I think they just played the worst song ever written.

This is a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Some of you might remember then for the hit I’m the Urban Spaceman. It was a hit in the UK, at any rate, and I thought it was a pretty decent song.

But I’m not talking about that song. I am talking about one released in 1968 called Canyons Of Your Mind.

Before I show you the video (which shows the lead singer picking his nose) here are the first few lines of lyrics:

In the canyons of your mind [- fine so far]
I will wander through your brain [- if it were me, I’d steer clear of brains]
To the ventricles of your heart [- eek]

If you don’t believe me, the link is below. That sound you heard partway through was me collapsing onto the floor. If those lyrics happened to float your boat, you’ll be pleased to hear the rest of the song because it is full of them.

I don’t know about you guys, but when I write stuff on here, I’m under no illusion that I am anything other than an absolute amateur, and most of what I write is rubbish. I do it ‘cos I enjoy doing it. But thank goodness we have the professionals…

Togetherness

This song (another unplugged version, but by a different artist, I think) is featuring on a UK commercial at the moment. (I’m not sure how good the commercial is, when I can remember the song but not the product – I’m sure somebody will comment what it’s all about).

I’d settled on my musical tastes by the mid-Eighties, but there was a sweet spot in the mid-Nineties, when new music became worth discovering again. Mostly, the Cool Britannia stuff, but this song (released in 1994, by The Wannadies) crept in. This version, however, was released by a bamd called The Macarons Project just last year. No, I never heard of them either but this is a decent listen.

It’s funny, I hear a lot of “unplugged” stuff on tv now – I’m sure the advertisers have worked out that this formula is a winner.

Thank You

I’ve got the bit between my teeth with this “unplugged” thing. Here is another, courtesy of my Spotify playlist.

I always liked this song but was never particularly a follower of Dido, so never knew this version existed. It’s funny, there was a guy on SLS who used to like posting links to her songs, and so I went listening to her. Listening in batches of two or three songs at a time was very pleasant, but after that, they sounded a bit samey to me. But this one, on its own, is pleasant.

Haunting

Last week I had comments such as “haunting” and “ethereal”, so I thought I’d share another song which ticks those boxes.

This was oreiginally a hit for UK band Tears for Fears in 1983, but a guy called Gary Jules recorded this version, years later. This version was a hit in the UK – I’ve still got the CD single – so you’ll probably know it too. It also featured in the movie Donnie Darko. Excellent movie, excellent song.

and the original: