Music Monday Blog Party – Fairport Convention – Fotheringay.

So now as I wrote all the belated posts from yesterday, time for theย Music Monday Blog Party

at the Bee’s, which is a lot of fun, so do join us if you’d like to.

As for my celebrations, I’ve had a rough couple of days recently with lots of anxiety and stuff, so today I’m recovering. And feeling better so far. I did have only one hour of sleep though, which is extremely weird because as I went to bed last night I felt incredibly sleepy and exhausted and I dozed off immediately, but woke up after an hour and that was it. So I got up very early, had coffee with Mum, we had a very yummy breakfast of shortbread with some creemy cheese. I spend the day just chilling out, well you don’t feel up to much after an hour of sleep, I actually feel quite groggy already and would most willingly go to sleep but try to be disciplined and think that if I’ll do it now I’ll be awake at night and get another Zombie day. My Mum has made split pea soup for lunch which is spicy and very yummy and we also have some cocoa yeast cake and Zofijka and me had a little piece of it and it’s yummy as well, so today I’m celebrating with chilling out and eating yummy things. And that would be it.

As for the music, the song of the day for today is by the classic British folk-rock group called Fairport Convention. I am a big big fan of their former vocalist Sandy Denny who unfortunately passed away way too soon, just in her early thirties. I got to know Fairport Convention and Sandy and other bands with whom she collaborated during my crush on Vreeswijk and I must say I was really sort of concerned that she’s gonna dominate him and become my strongest musical crush, same situation was with Emilie Autumn back in the day but none of them succeeded finally to get there and replace him at that moment. ๐Ÿ˜€ But I still absolutely adore her music. I’ve first heard about her quite a while after I’ve become familiar with the world of Celtic music and British folklore and British folk music so I was deeply surprised I still didn’t know her and then even more surprised to realise that it was she who wrote the lyrics to many songs I’ve already known from other artists and really liked, and I was happy it was she who made them, she’s just so fantastic. Sandy was one of the first British folk-rock musicians. She was the vocalist in Fairport Convention, also founded the band Fotheringay, and released a few solo albums. As so many other great artists, she didn’t have a good life, poor thing, she was oscillating between manic and depressive states so guess she was bipolar, and abused drugs and alcohol. She tended to self harm by falling down the staircases and stuff like that which indirectly led toย  her death, she had some very severe brain injuries.

To be honest I looked at all the other albums of Fairport Convention and of Fotheringay, without Sandy, and I don’t like them at all. I mean I like a lot of British classic rock or folk-rock or folk, but they’ve just become colourless without her.

The song I want to show you was written and composed by Sandy and it’s called “Fotheringay” after the Fotheringay Castle, or actually about Mary Queen of Scots who’d been imprisoned there. And Sandy’s band – The Fotheringay – was named so after this song.

I think it is so beautiful and moving, and I like it also because I find the history of Britain fascinating, and because I am always interested in women figures from the past like queens for example, and I find Mary Stuart a very interesting character, well most people do I think.

10 thoughts on “Music Monday Blog Party – Fairport Convention – Fotheringay.”

  1. Hi there, thanks for taking part. Sorry, that I am little late with answering but I have started to do some decorating at home, so I can start teaching English and have not been in the blogosphere much. I hope you got some more sleep last night. I had many of those 1 hour sleep nights and know how it feels. And I had my share of anxiety lately to deal with too. Am sending you lots of good energy. It is great to celebrate with you and I love your music choices. They are always new to me and just so cool! Take care!

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    1. Oh I get it, home decorating can be very involving. Yeah, I got a lot of sleep last night and it feels great. That sucks you’d been anxious too recently. I also love celebrating with you and am always happy to do it, very glad you like my music choices. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you got lots of sleep and that you like celebrating with me. That is much appreciated! I have changed my attitude towards the “no-sleep-nights” in the end. I started to take them as chances to do be creative or care for my spiritual needs which changed a lot. Thanks for your kind words about my anxiety. It sucks but we just get on with it, don’t we? ๐Ÿ™‚ take care and have a great day!

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    2. I also love to be creative during sleepless nights, I feel like in some way our minds are working somehow different at night, you can be sometimes way more creative at night, or you can see things from a bit different perspective, that’s weird, but from what I know it’s not only me feeling it this way. Yeah, we have to get on with it, not much choice here. ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great day as well. ๐Ÿ™‚


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