Song of the day (17h September) – Lucy May Walker – “Safety Net”.

Here’s a song from a young British artist I recently discovered. Lucy May Walker is from Worcestershire, and so far I think I like her music, though I’ve only heard a few songs.

Celtic Woman – “Orinoco Flow”.

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Celtic Woman are one of my most favourite Irish/Celtic groups, yet I’ve only shared one song with you so far. I’ve recently seen that they released something new, including a newer version of “Orinoco Flow” that they also sang before, but I decided I like the older version more and will show it to you. It comes back from the times when they had their good old line-up, with Lisa Kelly, Meav and such, I liked them best at that time in the history of the band, though I still do like them a lot.

The song was originally song and composed by ENya and appeared on one of her earliest albums back in the eighties – “Watermark”. – If you know me and my blog at least a bit, you probably already know Enya has been one of my major music crushes over the years. Curiously however, “Orinoco Flow” is the only song of hers that I really, really don’t like, as much as I love all her other songs and compositions. It was played a lot and is still one of the most recognisable songs by Enya, I believe, and I knew it way before I started loving Enya and discovering her music. In fact, at the beginning I thought I disliked all of her music, it had to grow on me and it did very suddenly. But “Orinoco Flow”, despite my brave attempts to like it, remains the only song of Enya’s that I do not like, and almost hate. Why is that? I don’t even exactly know. πŸ˜€ Perhaps I have some bad associations with it that I don’t realise, which is very possible, in any case, for some reason it makes my sensory anxiety come up. Weird, given how relaxing Enya’s music is and how normally it’s very soothing to me. Anyway, I do like it by Celtic Woman, so maybe it depends on an arrangement or whatever. So, here it is. I hope you enjoy. πŸ™‚

Maja Francis – “The Last Days Of Dancing”.

Maja Francis is a young Swedish pop singer, and this is a song from her debut album. It’s in some way relatable to me, and I think to many people – not only at my stage of life which Maja Francis had definitely in mind when writing this song, as this is based on her own experiences, but also those who are at any point in life where things are changing in any way and they’re moving on to something different. – Because this song is about changing, or more exactly, not being ready for a change, and for the “last days of dancing” to come, despite you see people around you changing and growing and blooming. But you’re giving in to it anyway yourself as well. I like Maja Francis’ light vocals.

Lucy Ward – “A Stitch In Time”.

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I have a folk song for you today, there hasn’t been a lot of folk here lately, I guess. It’s from one of my favourite English folk singers – Lucy Ward. – Apart from being a great singer, Lucy also plays several instruments, mainly guitar and concertina. She performs traditional folk songs, as well as her own material. There’s something in her voice I like. I remember not liking her very much when I first heard her years ago, but somehow her music and her voice have grown on me. She is a very expressive singer in my opinion and you can hear her passion for what she’s doing on her albums, and she generally seems a very positive person. I also like the minimalism in her music, as well as the versatility of the topics of her songs. She’s not afraid of singing about death, violence, murders or protest songs but her music can also have a humourous feel. Lucy Ward was the BBC Folk Awards winner in 2009. The song I want to show you, comes from her debut album, called “Adelphi Has To Fly”, which I think is my most favourite album by her. And this song is a perfect example of what I’ve written about her not being afraid to dig in serious topics, since this song is about a woman living with her constantly drunken husband who was abusing her physically, but you can’t say it’s a serious song at all! Quite a clever idea to deal with the alcohol problem in the family, seems like it was successful! πŸ˜€ The song is based on a true story and written by Mike Waterson sometime in the second half of the 20th century.

Low Chimes – “Electric Blooms”.

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Here’s one of my newishly discovered British bands that I like. Low Chimes used to be known a while back as Hot Feet. I like their vocalist, Marianne Parrish, for her smooth and intriguing vocals (I’ve seen someone comparing her to Sandy Denny from Fairport Convention, I love Sandy! and there is some similarity but not that big that I would ever come up with it on my own) and interesting lyrics. I like the sound of their music overall, it speaks to me. And they even have a Jack in the band! But I forgot what his full name was… Jack… Google, help! Yeah! Jack Page! I knew there was some Led Zeppelin connection, hahaha. Jack is their leading guitarist. So, all that I could like in a band. πŸ˜€ Hope you’ll enjoy.

Felix Sandman – “Lovisa”.

Felix Sandman is a popular singer in Sweden right now, though I haven’t heard him or about him anywhere outside of Swedish media or Swedish playlists on Spotify. I quite like this song from him, not because it’s anything exceptional, but I think it has a nice melody, and also I really love the Swedish name Lovisa. I think it’s an easily likeable song, though that Lovisa from it seems not to be a particularly nice person.

Jac Richards ft. Clary Saddler – “Only Love”.

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Today I have something very very unusual for you! In some respects, I think it’s more out of the box than anything I’ve ever shared with you in the song of the day series. It actually appears so niche that I had a little bit of doubt if I actually should. But, while even BBC was writing about him on their website, and he’s been talked about a little bit around the Internet, it feels like the echo wasn’t too big, so I thought it deserves sharing, even just to show what sort of things disabled people can do with the right support, I know for many people that would seem unbelievable.

But what am I talking about. Jac Richards is a 22-year-old boy from Llangennech, Wales (yeah, a Jac from Wales, that’s my territory) who has a severe form of cerebral palsy. In his case, that means he can’t walk, speak, sit or use his hands. He is though well developed intellectually and his senses function properly. Jac has always loved music and going for concerts and his biggest dream was to be able to make music. His dream has become achievable thanks to Forget-Me-Not Productions, who are an UK organisation helping disabled people to express themselves through arts with the use of assistive technologies. They made it possible for Jac to study music and film production and he is able to create music using his eye muscles.

The funny thing is that I read about Jac yesterday… on a Polish website! πŸ˜€ Really! I’m always into quirky music undertakings that people make so I just had to look his single up, and read more about him. You can read more about him here

and here.

By the way, I’ve recently noticed some particular tendency that there are quite a few inspirational disabled people in Wales that have been talked about recently in media or such, even in Polish media, although it could be just that I pay more attention to it or something.

Anyway, Jac wrote the lyrics to his song – which is called “Only Love” – he also composed and produced it, and played all the virtual instruments. The director of Forget-Me-Not Productions is a vocalist in this piece.

I must say that it felt rather odd to me when I listened to it for the first time. It feels highly electronified (does such a word exist? Don’t care πŸ˜€ ) which shouldn’t be a big discovery since of course all the instruments in there were electronic and it’s bordering on R&B, but, even though I do like some electronic music, even very electronic at times, what exactly bothered me in it the first time I listened to it was that it felt kind of overdone. Like, too much of everything at once, a bit chaotic, I’d say subtly aggressive even! But there was something haunting about it! I sometimes have such songs that I don’t really feel convinced to but still there is something that will make want to listen to them again. And so I had a few listens to it so far, and I must say it’s grown on me. I guess the impression of it being overdone was just temporary. There’s indeed plenty of strong emotions (how couldn’t there be, it’s Jac’s first single and I can imagine that, not being able to speak, music is now a huge emotions releaser). So, while it doesn’t feel exactly my style, and doesn’t strike exactly that special chord in my brain, I do like it! And, since that single was made last year, I’d really like to hear something else from him, I really hope we will be able to enjoy more of his music, and that more people will know about him.

Song of the day (15th July) – Lisa Hannigan ft. Damien Rice – “9 Crimes”.

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Sorry for my very long absence on here! Lots of catching up ahead! Firstly, I have a song for you. I believe it’s got some popularity some time ago in Poland, I at least have heard it around much earlier than I started to be really interested in Irish music, Celtic or not Celtic, and before I learnt that this song is by Lisa Hannigan, who is one of my most favourite Irish non-folk singers. I always kinda liked this song. I guess what I like the most about it is the melody. It’s also very emotive, as I’m sure you’d agree with me.

Song of the day (1st July) – Grant – “Waterline”.

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I have a song for you that I want to show you that comes from great young Swedish artist – Grant, artist name for Alma Caroline CederlΓΆf. – She’s debuted last year, and this is actually her debut single and the first song I’ve heard from her. I heard it for the first time at the beginning of this year and it really, really spoke to me. And I think it’s going to speak to many people who struggle with mental illnesses, or any mental health issues. Her voice is powerful and magnetic, and the lyrics are raw, brutal and honest, but also positive. Hence I think it’s one of the best songs from my favourite artists tackling this subtle topic. Grant herself has been battling with anxiety, and her music has helped her to take back the control over her own life and deal with it. Here is this powerful piece.

Song of the day (27th June) Cornelia Jakobs – “Late Night Stories”.

Here’s one of my more interesting discoveries of this year – Cornelia Jakobs. – I really love her strong, hoarse voice, and her expressiveness! She’s from Sweden, though all of her music so far has been in English, but I’d love to hear her singing in Swedish. And this is one of my favourite songs by her.

Aislin Evans – “Feel About You”.

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This is a new artist to me, and I’d assume she’s generally rather new to the music scene because I’ve only found two or so of her songs so far. She’s from London, and I really like her lyrics, she seems to always write them very emotional, so far at least. I also like some synthpop like hers once in a while, so Aislin Evans is definitely one of my non folk British faves right now.

Song of the day (24th May) -Naomi Pilgrim – “No Gun”.

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Haven’t posted any music in a little while, so here is another Swedish stuff for you. Well, actually, Naomi Pilgrim is Swedish-Barbadian, if we want to be exact, and sings in English. She’s my brand new discovery, and, oddly enough, I’ve just found out that she used to do backing vocals on concerts for Kent, the popular Swedish band I showed you recently. Her own style is quite different from Kent’s though. She has a very skillful singing voice and I’d say her music is something in between pop, soul and R&B. Like her vocals are very soul-like, but her music is very R&B-like, to me. I’d like to show you two songs from her that have caught my attention, the first one is pretty interesting musically, and the lyrics are very intriguing and ironical. I also have an impression that Naomi Pilgrim has a way with harmonies, she knows how to make them feel unique and interesting. A bit like one of my Norwegian favourites – Fay Wildhagen – but in a completely different way, their styles are as different as they can be, which only shows how eclectic my style is, I guess, because I feel a conection with harmonies of both of them. πŸ˜€

Miriam Bryant – “Black Car”.

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Mainstreamy today. Mainstreamy, and from Sweden again, but in English. This singer is very popular in Sweden, and this song was song of the year 2016 in Sweden, so a real hit and you can still hear it quite often in the media. If I lived in Sweden, I’d probably be sick of it, but since I don’t, and haven’t heard it too often randomly, I still like it. What I actually like most about it is Miriam Bryant’s slightly husky and powerful voice. By the way, is it just me to whom it sounds a bit like Pink’s voice? I prefer Miriam to Pink though.

Jade Bird – “Cathedral”.

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Another newish to me singer songwriter today, and also from England. Her name is Jade Bird and she is 21, and is also a really good lyricist, writing about stuff that matters to herself and about her own experiences. It’s hard to classify her music to any particular music genre, but I’d say it’s something in between indie, a bit of a folk pop, like this new wave folk kind of, alternative, and maybe a bit of Americana. The album from which this song comes is by the way called “Something American”. So here’s “Cathedral”. Enjoy. πŸ™‚

Grace Petrie – “Iago”.

This is a relatively new artist for me, she is a folk vocalist, and she seems to write very interesting lyrics, often about politics or social stuff that – I think – aren’t too easy to write about in songs. Grace Petrie is from Leicester, and she is also an avid Shakespeare fan, and this song has been inspired by Shakespeare’s play “Othello”, more exactly the main antagonist Iago, the one who was supposed to be Othello’s best friend and manipulated him. The Iago in Grace Petrie’s song is more like a metaphor, it’s about insecurities that people struggle with in their love life, and Iago is a personification of those insecurities, so it’s like each of us has our own Iago who’s telling us bullshit. I really like this Shakespeare inspired metaphor! And the song is fabulous!

Lisa Kelly – “Lift The Wings”.

I guess I haven’t yet posted any (or not many anyway) songs from one of my absolute favourite Irish Celtic folk bands, Celtic WOman, nor any of their soloists. So here is one of them that I like the most – Lisa Kelly! – I think she’s gorgeous, just as all of them are. Celtic WOman is an Irish band performing Celtic folk music. The line-up has been changing a lot but the soloists are all women, and all are very talented. From what I know, Lisa Kelly is no longer with them, I guess she went on to make some dance-related project with her husband. I think she has a very clear voice and I like to listen to her. So here’s her solo song, “Lift The Wings”.

Song of the day (18th April) – Lauren Aquilina – “Way Too Good”.

Lauren Aquilina is my old-new discovery. I’ve known her and her music for a while but only recently I started to listen to her more and like her more. She has some really cool and often very wise lyrics I think, and a very nice voice too. Many of her songs are actually relatable for me, possibly because Lauren has been through the depression, or maybe simply because I can connect to her music. Here’s her song “Way Too Good”.

KT Tunstall – “Suddenly I See”.

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Practically it’s very recently that I’ve learned about this singer, but actually she’s not that unknown and soon after I learned about her I realised that I know one of her songs since many years, and I have really good associations with her. It’s also generally very cool and KT has an interesting voice, so this is my pick for today.