What better song to play on Hallowe’en than Michael Jackson’s Thriller? A 14-minute Hallowe’en-style video version was released in 1983 and this was followed by a single released in January 1984. I’ve “swingified” this a bit and I hope you like it.
Today I’m playing one of my favourite ABBA songs, I Let The Music Speak from the 1981 album, The Visitors. This song is described as one of the most theatrical ABBA songs, an early foray into the musical storytelling which developed further in Chess and later in Kristina från Duvemåla. The main message of the song is regardless of good times and bad times, music will never let you down.
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 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.
Today’s tune is Octobre, a beautiful song by Francis Cabrel taken from the 1994 album Samedi Soir Sur La Terre. To this day it’s Cabrel’s best-selling album, and the 2nd best-selling album in France of all time.
Today’s song is Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall, the song from the latest Bond movie Spectre which premières tonight in London. It was the first ever Bond theme to reach #1 in the UK charts, and received mixed reviews in comparison to other Bond themes, many linked to the speed with which it was written. Sam Smith and his collaborator Jimmy Napes apparently wrote it in under half an hour and recorded a quick demo. They were so pleased with Smith’s vocal they decided to use this demo vocal on the final release of the single.
Earlier this year I did a special James Bond week, so make sure you check out those pieces too. 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.
Today’s song is from a fairly rare (and unfortunately not very successful) musical by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird. It was first produced in 1991 in the Prince Edward Theatre in London.
Today’s song is a beautiful piece from the musical Chess. It’s known simply as Lullaby, but in the US version of the show it’s sung in Hungarian as Florence is reunited with her Hungarian father. As I’ve been trying to find out a bit more about this song I’ve discovered a version of the song performed by Gemini who worked closely with Benny and Björn and performed many of their post-ABBA compositions. This version is called When I Close My Eyes Tonight. I do think it works better as the Lullaby in Chess, but it was nice to discover a new version I hadn’t heard before!
Here’s my version of George Michael’s first solo hit, Careless Whisper, dating from 1984. Careless Whisper knocked Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Two Tribes off the #1 spot, and went on to become the fifth best-selling single of 1984, along with Two Tribes, Relax, Do They Know It’s Christmas and I Just Called To Say I Love You.
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.