Music for Mondays: Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

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Morning and welcome to another Monday…why can’t the weekends last longer as today has come around way to quickly!  To start the week off, I’m sharing another song that I can’t get out of my head.  Actually, this morning, I’m sharing three because I didn’t know which one to pick.

The band is Martin Stephenson and the Daintees who have been around since I was a teenager (on and off) and who it’s a Christmas tradition to go see with my husband and best friend, not just because I love the music and like a bit of nostalgia but because Martin Stephenson is a funny man who tells stories to go with the songs.  Can there be anything better than a night of singing, dancing and laughing?  If you haven’t checked them out before, I can highly recommend it.

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Music for Monday: The Next Storm by Frank Turner

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One of the things I love most about Spotify is that I feel like I am always discovering new to me artists, either through the related artists section or because I am willing to give a musician “a go” whereas previously I might not have bought an album.  I say new to me because the artists I’m discovering aren’t always new to everyone; in fact, some have been around for years but they have passed me by.
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Music for Monday: Ghost Town by The Specials

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This weekend we were away, doing all types of Halloween-y things, including dancing one too many times to The Time Warp and Monster Mash.  It was fun though and, at first I was going to share one of these songs with you today.  Then, yesterday, whilst carving pumpkins and talking ghosts I started singing Ghost Town by The Specials.  And now it’s stuck in my head and I can’t get it out.  I know technically it’s not a spooky song (given it’s about how crappy life was in the late 70’s if you were unemployed in Britain – though maybe that makes it a scary song?) but it’s got ghost in the title so it fits – kind of – with the season….
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Music for Monday: Road to Nowhere

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This week, it feels like I have been bumping into Talking Heads – there music has in the movies my daughter has been watching (yes, kids movies) and it’s been on the TV shows I’ve been watching (well one – Mindhunter, which you should definitely check out).

Talking Heads are a band I used to love but seem to have forgotten about.  The same with David Byrne, who I have seen live two or three times and think is brilliant as a live act.  Not anymore.  They have been on repeat on Spotify this whole last week and the vinyl has been dug out and danced along too.  I have missed them!

This was the song that started it, so I thought I would share…

What do you think – are you a Talking Heads fan? And what have you been listening to this week – let me know I’m nosey and need to know!

Enjoy!

Emma x

Music for Mondays: El Camino by Elizabeth Cook

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So one of my not-so-guilty secrets is a love of country music, mainly female country singers with a bit of attitude.  Every now and again, I have to spend an afternoon listening to them, songs that are always so damn catchy and lift my spirits, even if the subject matter isn’t always sunshine and flowers.

Feeling a bit blah about the state of the country and the world at the moment, a pick-me-up is just what I’ve needed this last week and so I’ve been listening to old favourites on my runs.  This one, El Camino by Elizabeth Cook, has one of those choruses that always finds me singing along.

What about you – what music is on repeat on your playlist this week?

Enjoy!

Emma x

Music for Mondays: I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

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So this week’s Music for Monday does seem like a bit of a no brainer in that I’ve picked Tom Petty, who – sadly – died last week. Tom Petty is one of those artists that I feel like has been around forever and whose songs I seem to know all the words for, though I don’t own all his albums. Even if it’s a song you don’t know, you do instantly know it’s Petty as soon as you hear the first few bars. His music was distinctive, as was his voice.
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Music for Mondays: Black Hole by Charlie Bliss

record-336626_1920One of the things I love almost as much as books is music.  I listen to it – a lot – and worship at the alter of Spotify.  I also have an addiction to vinyl, which I still buy when I can because, well, there is nothing like it really – the feel, the sound, the experience of playing a record.  Still, I digress.  This is a long way of getting round to saying I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of my favourite songs, ones I can’t get out of my head or have recently (re)discovered.  Hopefully, you’ll love them too…or not.
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