Eddie Cochran – 50 Years Gone

A beautiful Eddie Cochran

It’s 50 years since Eddie Cochran died in April 1960 in a car accident, aged 21, he died before I was even born so no chance of ever seeing him perform his music, oh to have a time machine like H. G. Wells (see his book)
I first noticed him in my teenage years through Marc Bolan of  T. Rex doing a cover of Summertime Blues, I read he’d carried Eddie Cochran’s guitar … lucky, lucky man! Eddie’s music is as popular now as it was 50 years when he died, I’ve selected some of the songs that I love the most, give them a whirl 😀

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Sofas and Smoothies

Well,

I was writing a completely different post earlier and this kinda just popped into being all by itself
So this one is first, as it’s about home comforts and food.
Being the Taurean lady that I am; a comfy sofa is the ultimate in pleasure for me 😀

My other sofa – bless, is looking a little tired and it just wasn’t long enough (it’s an important consideration as I have long legs), even though I have fallen asleep on it a million times and squished too many people on it!
It was time for a change

So it comes to the time when a new sofa is to be acquired, luck would have it that my sister was selling hers and I said to her first dibs on it.

It was my birthday last month and my dear dad helped by getting it shipped down to me (we live 300 miles apart)

So after scrubbing the floor and moving the other sofa (might put it in my therapy room, need to measure it to see if it fits first) I haven’t contemplated how I’m going to get the other sofa up the stairs…. eeek
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Mirror, Mirror

Ahhh Epiphanies great things they are, when the “baseball bat of Life” finally hits you and the jigsaw pieces actually fit.

I was listening to  Get it on by Grinderman this morning – Friday 28th May, just an ordinary day, nothing special as I was getting ready for work and then it suddenly hit me
It’s so bloody obvious and I already had the knowledge – I had used it before and had forgotten about it, how we all get so distracted by the drama of life ( I just needed reminding again, it’s great when you are clear and just know what the next step is)

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Barbican – Isobel Campbell with Mark Lanegan


Barbican – Isobel Campbell with Mark Lanegan
September 10  2010 / 19:30
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FAB

This will be the first time I get to see these two perform live; I’m beside myself…
I’ll be off down the M40 towards London, as not sure where else they are playing so off to the Barbican again I saw Ute Lemper there last year
I miss London as the music scene is great, but me blasting down the motorway in my Zed is so worth it

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Cerati ~ Strength and Love To You xxx

Gustavo Cerati performing in Caracas ~ Saturday May 15th 2010

This post was on hold for a few days while we concentrate on Gustavo’s birthday events
I’ll be resuming updates here as usual from 12th August xx

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See comments for new updates – it’s updated regularly ♥♥

  

On Cerati’s Health Status:

I don’t post rumours or gossip, if it’s not official or from a close family member, it won’t be here. Patience and strength are needed! Gustavo is very ill and it will take quite some time for him to recover

I’m happy to post videos, blogs, stories, comments from fans and of course updates from friends and family members that celebrate him and encourage his recovery

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Latin American Music – It’s not what you think Part 2

Gustavo Cerati

Argentina
Now Argentina is a wonderful place for great music, the first artist I want to talk about is Gustavo Cerati. He used to be in a band called Soda Stereo I like some of their songs but I absolutely adore his solo work much more especially the first album I heard Amor Amarillo, the songs from that album are amazing.

I love the way he weaves words to make songs that are more like poems, what I can understand and what I’ve learnt from others as I’m still learning Spanish and what I get from the feeling of the songs makes my heart sing; I’m so happy and grateful that I was introduced to him by a man whose perception and understanding taught me a lot; especially to appreciate and adore Cerati’s songs/writing. My favourite song is A Merced, there is something magical about that song, it just makes me really happy. I also love Amor Amarillo too and many others.

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Latin American Music, it’s not what you think ~ Part 1

Gustavo Cerati on the cover of his album Bocanada

Ecuador

Jayac

A lot of people I know, think Latin American music is salsa (I have learnt the basics of salsa dancing, so being familiar with the music helped a lot) or Andean flute music  like Jayac from Ecuador (whom I saw in Bristol in 1994) that was my first taste of Latin American music and I love their music to this day Jayac’s Website
The first album I bought by Jayac was Camino de mi Pueblo (1989) on tape!  I’ve also have the album Luz de mi vida

There is so much more to Latin American music, especially in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico (I’ve not really explored any of the other countries yet, any recommendations would be appreciated) Contact me via my lastfm profile as I’m on there a lot Last Fm Profile

Colombia
I was first introduced to rock music from Colombia;  the song was Florecita Rockera by a band called Aterciopelados I couldn’t even pronounce or spell Aterciopelados at first, (it means the velvety ones) now it’s a breeze. I really like Aterciopelados songs. The ones  I adore are El Estuche , Bolero Falaz, Complemento and my favourite  Baracunatana and especially the singer Andrea Echeverri’s solo album, aptly titled Andrea Echeverri Songs from that album I love are – the beautiful Fulgor, A Eme O and Amortiguador and many more.


Héctor Buitrago and Andrea Echeverri

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Schöne Marlene

Marlene Dietrich by Photographer Don English 1932 ~Shanghai Express

Marlene Dietrich ~  Dec 27th 1901 – May 6th 1992   Wiki Article

This has to be the ultimate diva for me, she was an actress and singer  I won’t go into her life history as it’s documented very well already. I want to tell you what songs I like and why I like her

Songs
My favourite  song by Marlene is Wenn Die Beste Freundin (Marlene Dietrich, Oskar Karlweis, Margo Lion) (1928)  then a close second is Ich Hab’ Noch Einen Koffer In Berlin (1954)  then Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt (1930)

She has a style that no one today can touch, a classy elegance – it’s not the same now perhaps it was managed well by the movie companies the allure of mystery about her (it certainly was for Marlene, her privacy was very important to her)

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Spring – Taking care of yourself

Lillies in my Kitchen ~ April 2010

I love lillies always have, maybe it’s the fragrance that hangs around my house for days, I can smell the aroma the minute I walk through the front door, it’s very welcoming.

Today has been rather lovely, I spent a lot of it under a tree reading a biography on Rimbaud by Graham Robb in the sunshine, quietly enjoying the first real stirrings of Spring.

I also love riding my lovely bike ( a Marin Point Reyes) as to get to this lovely secluded spot away from noise and people I needed to ride there, so I gathered up the essentials (a book,  a picnic of sandwiches (which funnily enough even had cucumbers in it… how delightfully British of me…) , juice, yogurt and ginger cake)

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Appreciation Today

For a wonderful lady

PJ Harvey

Polly Jean, has been a companion on the road of music with me since her album Dry (in the early 90’s) The woman’s vocal range and her emotional strength that come from her songs is mind blowing. Her Wiki

I’ve been playing her most of the day, since I managed to to get out of bed… (going to bed at dawn didn’t help) and having my fab Squeezebox with all her songs on it makes it so much easier and I can get on with other things too. Continue reading