Today I’m playing Keane’s 2004 song Somewhere Only We Know. It was covered by Lily Allen and used in the 2013 John Lewis Christmas advert (I’ve already played this year’s John Lewis song!) I hope you enjoy this song. If it’s your first time on the site, find out why I’m playing a tune a day here or see all of my November songs.
Today I’m playing Think Of Me, a lovely song by British singer songwriter Jo Hamilton. I don’t know much about the song but I discovered a couple of years ago on Spotify and immediately loved it.
Today’s song is Coldplay’s Fix You from 2005. This beautiful song became a tribute to the victims of the 2005 London bombings, and was also performed by the band at the memorial service for Steve Jobs. I’ve loved the song for many years, particularly the chorus, and I hope my performance does it justice.
Today I’m playing Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me, the title song from her 2002 album. This is a lovely 3/4 jazz ballad which was released as a single in 2003. I hope I’ve done it justice.
It seemed only right to play this song on the last day of September. Released in 2005 as the fifth single from Green Day’s album American Idiot, Wake Me Up When September Ends became a hit single, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 8 on the UK charts. The song became closely associated with Hurricane Katrina which struck the Gulf Coast on 31 August of that year and a video featuring footage of the aftermath of the disaster accompanied by the song went viral. Green Day subsequently performed the song at a relief concert organised by MTV.
There’s only one tune suitable to play today and that’s the theme from the brilliant US TV show, The Amazing Race. Since discovering this show on iTunes about a year ago, we’ve binge-watched around fifteen seasons of it, and the first episode of Season 28 was shown last night in the US, ready for us to catch it on iTunes as prime-time Saturday night viewing. I hope you enjoy my piano version of the great all-action theme tune written by John M. Keane.
Today’s piece of music is from the soundtrack to the 2001 film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet had been planning to commission Michael Nyman to write the score for the film, but while driving with his production assistant he heard a CD of music by Yann Tiersen and immediately bought Tiersen’s entire back catalogue. Soon after Tiersen was commissioned for the soundtrack, using some existing music and some newly composed pieces.
I’m playing La Valse d’Amélie for my colleague Katie who celebrates her birthday today. Joyeux anniversaire!
Today’s song is Andrea Bocelli’s Mille Lune Mille Onde (“A thousand moons, a thousand waves”) from his 2001 album Cieli di Toscana (“Tuscan skies”). It was written by Francesco Sartori, Claudio Corradini and Lucio Quarantotto, the same writing team behind the beautiful Con Te Partirò. I had never heard this song until last week when my mum mentioned it! Curiously it is the official song of all the Barilla pasta TV adverts – conjuring up images of moon-shaped pasta and wavy tagliatelle…
Here’s today’s song: it’s Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved from 2004. This song topped the charts in Australia, the US, Belgium, Venezuela and Israel, and did pretty well pretty much everywhere else too!
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