After yesterday’s Neighbours retrospective, here’s another song from that era: Kylie and Jason’s Especially For You. I hope this brings back memories of school Christmas parties in 1988!
On logging on to Facebook this morning I was surprised to see that 25 years ago today at 5:30pm most people my age were watching Charlene and Scott’s wedding on Neighbours. The only song I could possibly play today therefore was Angry Anderson’s Suddenly, which shot (almost) to the top of the charts as a result of being featured as the wedding song in this episode of the soap opera. And which song kept Suddenly off the top spot? Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan’s Especially For You, coming soon to 365Songs…
Today’s song, Me and I, is from the 1980 ABBA album Super Trouper. It tells the story of someone with a split personality, including the line “I am to myself what Jekyll must have been to Hyde”. According to ABBA biographer Carl Magnus Palm, the song’s “split personality theme combined with Frida’s forceful delivery put a welcome darker spin on ABBA‘s largely bright and wholesome universe”. I find the song interesting because of the way it moves between A, E and B, and there’s a great modulation bringing it into F# major. It’s one of the rare songs which is written with clear C# major chords, and probably one of only a handful which features E# notes!
I’ve pianoified Me And I a bit and made it a bit more of a ballad. I hope you enjoy it. If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project or see all of my October songs here. If you’re looking for more ABBA songs, have a listen to my Tribute to ABBA album or check out this year’s ABBA songs from my archives.
Today I’m playing Jessie J’s Flashlight from the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack. I hope you enjoy it!
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Today I’m playing the most well-known of Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Träumerei. Kinderszenen is a set of thirteen pieces which evoked memories of childhood for the composer, and No.7, Träumerei, is probably Schumann’s best-known work for piano. It was used as the opening and closing title music for the 1947 film Song of Love in which Katharine Hepburn played Clara Schumann.
If it’s your first time on the site, find out why I’m playing one song a day for the whole of 2015 or see all of my September songs here and my growing list of October songs here.
Today I’m playing The Air That I Breathe, a song written in 1972 by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, but made famous by The Hollies in 1974. I hope you enjoy my slightly different version of this song.
Today I’m playing Billy Joel’s 1993 hit All About Soul, the second single from the River of Dreams album.
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Today’s song is Queen’s Radio Ga Ga, or at least my ‘swing’ version of this song! Radio Ga Ga dates from 1984 and was written as a lament to the demise of radio over TV, and the rising importance of the music video over the song itself. Queen drummer Roger Taylor who wrote the song said “That’s part of what the song’s about, really. The fact that they [music videos] seem to be taking over almost from the aural side, the visual side seems to be almost more important.”
I hope Queen fans aren’t offended by my swingification of this piece!
Today’s song is George Ezra’s 2014 Budapest. Apparently Ezra had never visited the city before writing the song. He was in Malmö at the Eurovision Song Contest and was due to be travelling to Budapest the following day. However, he ended up at a party and by the morning wasn’t quite well enough to travel, so instead he wrote the song about being miles away from Budapest!