Fairport Convention – “Tam Lin”.

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Today I have another Fairport Convention’s song, and it is also a traditional ballad. I just love it in their version. It is a Scottish ballad and I’ve been familiar with it for quite a while. When I was younger and at home, Mum often used to read fairytales for me, which resulted in my love for them and for all kinds of myths, legends and folklore stuff. And she had one book with Scottish fairytales which I particularly enjoyed, and there was a fairytale about Tam Lin, one of my favourites i that volume. So I was very happy to see years later that one of my favourite female singers – Sandy Denny – made it with her band.

Fairport Convention – Reynardine.

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Haven’t posted any English ballads in a while, so today it’ll change. Here is an old English ballad, very popular in 19th century, of course known in very many interesting and less interesting versions, which is also one of the ballads in the Roud’s Ballads collection. I like it a lot. This version is my favourite and it is also one of my most favourite Fairport Convention’s, and Sandy’s, songs. In the next few days I suppose you can expect more music from Sandy Denny and the bands she collaborated with, I really think she deserves more attention, and not only in the UK.

Music Monday Blog Party – Fairport Convention – Fotheringay.

So now as I wrote all the belated posts from yesterday, time for theΒ 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. πŸ˜€ 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 toΒ  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.

Music Monday Blog Party – Emmelie De Forest – Hunting High And Low.

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Time for another Music Monday Blog Party

at the Bee’s and celebrating our lives and achievements.

Today is still pretty hot here, we haven’t had any rains or storms during the weekend, but at least it’s a bit more windy so you don’t feel the heat so badly. Today I’m celebrating my life with Misha, who is very sleepy and lethargic. I’m sipping ice coffee which is very yummy and very cold. I love ice coffee. Zofijka has made a sponge cake with jelly and whipped cream and strawberries before school, she had school pretty late today, and we all had a piece of it, it is so yummy. I love when Zofijka bakes something. It always tastes so zoficiously.

As for the piece of music, I have two for you today. It’s because it’s often so hard for me to decide, which version of the song I like more. And there are two versions of the same song I really like and would like to show you both. And I’m curious which one do you like more. Also it is a cover, so I’m curious whether you prefer the classic, original version, or this girl’s.

Emmelie De Forest is half Danish, half Swedish, and the song I want to show you comes from her newest album which came out this year. She took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, representing Denmark with the song “Only Teardrops”. The song I want to show you is “Hunting High And Low” originally performed by A-ha. I am not crazy about the original version, it’s pretty popular, often on the radio, and such songs rarely are my favourites, but it has an interesting harmony so I can say I quite like it, but Emmelie’s version is just great.

The first one is from her Youtube channel and the next one is from the album.

Ellie Goulding – Atlantis.

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Yeah today something a bit more mainstream. I actually like Ellie Goulding pretty much. Not all of her songs, but still. For some people it’s rather unbelievable that I can like any music that is more commercially popular. πŸ˜€ One of my friends was absolutely shocked when I told her I like Ellie, and Sia, and some others like that. She said it’s news of the year for her. πŸ˜€ But in fact I like a lot of popular music, I just rarely listen to it because everyone listens to it ALL the time so there won’t be any difference if ‘d be one of them, and there’s so many more beautiful pieces of music to discover. I’m sure though that if Ellie was less popular, less liked, haven’t made the song for “50 Shades Of Grey” and wouldn’t be so crazily promoted by all the radiostations around the world, I’d like her much more.

This is one of my favourite songs by her. One of the ways I know that a certain tune is really good if when I get those sort of tingles, like people get from ASMR, and to my great surprise, when I was listening to this song for the first time, I got quite a lot of tingles. This has never repeated with it but still for me it means it’s really a piece worth a lot of appreciation, so now it’s the time to share it with you guys. Personally I’ve never heard it on radio or listened by anyone else, so guess it’s not amongst Ellie’s most popular songs, so maybe some of you will hear it for the first time. I’m curious what your impressions will be like.

Music Monday Blog Party ath the Bee’s – Elin Bell – Grey Is All.

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So it’s Monday again and another opportunity to celebrate our lives and take part in the Bee’s Music Monday Blog PartyπŸ™‚

Yesterday was Zofijka’s 11th birthday. Unfortunately, the skunk slippers which I mentioned last week that I bought haven’t got through yet, but hope they will very soon. We still have some leftovers from Zofijka’s birthday and from Mother’s Day that is always on 26th May in Poland, so today I celebrated my life with the last piece of sponge cake with mascarpone cheese, jelly and strawberries, which was delicious, and with my favourite raspberry tea. Before I did it though, I did the Tibetan exercises. I thought I’d be stuck on five repeats for a while, but I’m doing 7 of which exercise now. I still don’t do them perfectly because of my Achilles tendons being messed up so that I can’t straighten my legs fully, but thought I’d increase the numer of repeats because I didn’t feel tired at all after those 5 repeats of each, so thought I can do more. And it’s going relatively well, anyway better than I would assume it could go with my legs and coordination, however I’m not experiencing any of these magic effects that my Mum seems to have.

And the song I’ve chosen for today is one that I fell in love with last autumn. It’s my favourite song by Elin Bell. Elin Bell – or actually Elin Petersson – is a Swedish artist making kinda electropop music. I think she’s really good.

Music Monday Blog Party – Danielle Lewis – Breuddwyd Yn Tyfu (Dreams Grow).

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So another week is gone, and to start another one in a positive way, I’m participating in Bee’s Music Monday Blog Party

. Let’s celebrate our lives together and enjoy some good music.

Today I am still celebrating not only my life, but also the fact my shitty exams are over, it’s still so exciting for me and I feel so relieved. Besides, as I wrote in the last coffee share post, I have just discovered those so called five Tibetan rites and we were doing them with Mum today in the morning. I’ve also had coffee and some yummy cookies today. I’ve also had psychiatric assessment earlier today, and hoping it’ll help me in a longer perspective to get more support, as well as understand myself better and be kinder to myself, and will lead me to focus on my mental health more than I did it for most of my life. I plan on getting new pedicure sometime in the evening, my Mum will do it for me, I have a fantastic, graphite nail polish. I love graphite colour and I like having my nails polished in some shade of black. In les than a week, there will be an occasion for celebrating Zofijka’s life, since it’s her birthday on Sunday. It’s her favourite day during the year. She is generally very focused on getting presents and always can’t wait to get her birthday presents. I got a very cool and funny idea as for what to get for her. Recently she fell in love with skunks. That’s so weird, but I must say I like it, I like when people have strange likes, and so far Zofijka has been a rather typical kid, but at the same time was often very upset if someone was doing something like her or liking the same things, or having the same clothes etc. So now she has her own passion, ’cause well, who likes skunks? She is a little embarrased anytime someone mentions it, but I try to convince her there’s nothing wrong i liking something no one else around you likes, people around you aren’t the only ones in the world and there are lots of other people who like skunks too who share her liking, but are too far away from her and too few to make her feel she’s one of many. And I can see why she likes them. They can be pretty charming, if not that smashing smell, don’t you think? We have lots of nicknames which we use while talking to each other and recently she even asked me very shyly whether I could call her Little Skunk sometimes. I did my best not to laugh. But the idea is fun, so now Sophie is my Little Skunk.

Anyways, what I wanted to talk about – no, I’m not gonna buy her a domesticated skunk. But one day I read a blog post for her of someone else who also likes skunks (she wanted me to look up online whether there is someone else as weird as her) and the lady who wrote that post mentioned that she had a collection of china skunks. That seemed so very original for me, and Zofijka became obsessed with them. SO I told her I’ll try to get her some skunk figurines for her birthday if I’ll find some and she was thrilled. But then she said that o, she doesn’t want figurines, she wants something more practical… PJ’s maybe? Naaah, there will be only a drawing on skunk on it, she wanted something in the shape of skunk. And then she said that she wants either skunk slippers or a skunk pillow. I thought that was soo creative.

So today when she went out to school I asked Mum to find something, whether such things actually exist and look nice. We searched for anything with skunks, but there were no slippers and no pillows. Then Mum searched speciffically for skunk slippers in the Polish language internet and there were a few, but they only had a skunk printed on them. So we searched in English and there were such fantastic skunk slippers, Mum said they seemed very comfy and soft and Zofijka has to have everything comfy, plus they were just like she wanted, well apart from an extremely long tail. Zofijka is a sort of designer and if she wants something, like clothes or stuff, she always has some image of it before in her head, therefore it’s often hard to satisfy her since such exact things may just not exist. But in case of skunks she seems to be lucky. So I ordered them and I hope she will like them.

OK, so now on to the music.

The song I have for you today, is actually two songs, because there is a Welsh and English version of it, so I thought I’ll share both. The lyrics are almost the same for both of them. I really like their lyrics. They’re sung by Danielle Lewis.

The Welsh version is not as widely available, so I’ll drop you the linkΒ  to my Dropbox and it will expire after a month.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4wzll4cz5q9rqzq/Danielle%20Lewis%20-%20Breuddwyd%20Yn%20Tyfu.mp3?dl=0

And here’s the ENglish version:

Music Monday – De Montevert – Rebel Yell.

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It is Monday, so it’s Music Monday Blog Party

at the Bee’s today.

And that means it’s time for celebrating our lives and enjoying some good music.

As you probably already know, I have two more exams ahead and I’ll be actually finished with my education for now. Can’t wait for this to happen, although my feelings about it are a little mixed. There is a two hours drive to the school where I pass them, so tomorrow I’ll have to get up at 4 AM.

Therefore I’m having a very lazy day today, trying to not think about the exams too much and just relax, after all these two shouldn’t be very difficult, althugh Polish oral exam is a little bit of a lottery unfortunately. I’m trying to distract myself and spending loads of time with Misha.

He’s been very cuddly lately, which is so good. He has various favourite places where he likes to sleep or hide, they’re very changeable, like one week he might prefer his cartonboard, the next he tends to rather sleep in his basket on my bed, then in Zofijka’s room and then again in the cartonboard, it’s a little unpredictable what his new hideout/sleeping place will be. You may think he’ll not use something any more to sleep in it and want to get rid of it and the next day you can see him laying in/on/under it. That’s actually very cute.

And now Misha’s favourite place to sleep seems to be the quilt on my bed. He looks so beautiful on it. I actually wanted my Mum to take a pic of him on it, it’s just so so sweet, but she was quite busy at the time he was lying here.

But you know what’s the cutest about it? That he also likes to lie here at night, and so when I am in bed, I can use Misha as my heater. I have chronically cold feet which can suck a bit at night so I definitely appreciate it, don’t have to make a termophore for myself, I have a living one which is warm all night long. πŸ˜€ Usually when Misha’s at night with me, which is often, he prefers to sleep in his basket on my bed. I’m absolutely OK with it, but I always try to encourage him to sleep with me in bed and always reward him for doing so even for just 15 minutes, since as I’ve mentioned a few times before he’s quite a private creature and likes to have a lot of his own space and feels unsafe being too close with any other being. So I am sooo happy he sleeps on the quilt so willingly now and long may it last.

So today I decided to jump on the chance ’cause only God knows how long this quilt trend will keep and lied with him on it for a long long time, reading a book and listening to his very silent purring and his breath, heartbeat and all the gurgles and hums inside him with huge contentment, I love doing it. It is very hot here, I don’t remember it to be so hot in May anytime in recent years, so I also went out on the terrace for a while with my Mum and we had a coffee. And as I came back into my room, I realised Misha is still asleep on my bed, so I laid beside him again. We didn’t have as much cuddling as today for ages, it’s really difficult with such a wild child as Misha is.

So that’s how my celebrations looked like today. πŸ™‚

And the song I chose to share with you today is from Sweden. This girl’s name is Ellinor Nilsson, but she’s known by her stage name – De Montevert. I must say there’s something special to her music. I rarely listen to the whole album and all tracks in order more often than once in a while, but I’ve been listening to her whole debut album five times this month and every time I discovered something new. It’s not like I’m very crazy about her music, but it really speaks to me in some way.

Here’s her song, Rebel Yell.

 

Jasmine Thompson – Lonely Together.

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Thought I’d put one more acoustic cover today, but this time from Jasmine Thompson, who is also known for her acoustic covers of trending songs and she also started with her own Youtube channel and singing on there, just as Madilyn Bailey, whom I showed you yesterday. Jasmine is ENglish-Chinese, and lives in London. I really like her voice.

The song I want to show you is originally performed by Avicii and Rita Ora – thought that would be a good choice because of Avicii’s passing away recently – and is called “Lonely Together”.

Song of the day (10th May) – Hanna Nutti – Hold Me Like I’m Her.

So the song for yesterday is by Hanna Nutti, who is a Sami girl from Sweden, based in Kiruna. She started her career as a contestant in the Swedish version of “Idol”. I really like this song.

Cathy Jordan – In Curraghroe.

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The song for today is from Ireland. Cathy Jordan is a quite well-known artist on the Celtic music scene, I believe, mainly because of her career as a singer and leader of the Celtic band called Dervish. She also released some solo music though and that’s one of her solo songs. I fell in love in it immediately as I’ve heard it last year for the first time.

Catatonia – Road Rage.

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It’s definitely the time for sharing something by Catatonia – one of most popular and talked about Welsh bands outside of Wales. If anyone who isn’t particularly into British music, or Welsh music, knows some names of Welsh rock artists, Catatonia is probably something that comes first to mind, or maybe straight after Manic Street Preachers.

Catatonia was a bband which made music pretty hard to classify. Some say it’s indie rock/pop, some that it is Britpop, there are lots of opinions about it, their style is pretty distinctive. I love their vocalist, or rather past vocalist since the band doesn’t exist anymore – Cerys Matthews. I just love her style and voice and she is one of my favourite British female singers. Now she has her own show on BBC 6 and when I have some more time on my hands I like to listen to it. Our views on many things may differ and I might not be a big big fan of everything she plays, but I just like to listen to her and there are often some very interesting people whom she invites to the show. She has also a few solo albums and I will also show you something from her solo career later on, it’s more folky.

This song – “Road Rage” is also a very famous song and probably the most famous by Catatonia, so even if you maybe don’t recognise the title, you still may recognise the song.

 

Cara Dillon – There Were Roses.

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So today I have another song by Cara Dillon for you, the last one in that Cara Dillon little series. It’s a very popular and, as far as I know, a widely known Irish song.

It was written by the Irish singer and songwriter Tommy Sands and it’s based on a true story. It’s about the situation during political conflict in Ireland referred to as “the troubles”. During that time there was a particular clash between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, apart from having different beliefs they had differing political views which as far as I know led to a lot of misunderstandings and issues between these two groups. But despite of that, Tommy Sands describes the story of two friends (whose names are changed in the song), who were still friends despite different beliefs and views and they both were also Sands’ friends. Until the one of them who was protestant was killed by republican paramilitaries. Loyalist paramilitaries wanted to do the same in retaliation for a catholic, and ironically, one of the friends who was Catholic – Sean – was killed by them.

That’s a sad story, but the song is beautiful and I love Cara Dillon’s version, actually this is the only version of this song I’ve ever heard.

Cara Dillon – “Here’s A Health”.

So as I told you guys today I also have for you a song by Cara Dillon. This one is also a traditional Irish song, apparently was particularly popular in Ulster, in modern times it was popularised by the band called The Chieftains. I really like Cara’s version.

Cara Dillon ft. Sam Lakeman – Dubhdara.

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Today I will most probably share with you two songs, so, be prepared, but for now, here is a song from Cara Dillon. Also I’d like to do a little series with Cara’s music, since there is more than one song I’d like to share with you, and, as always in such cases, it’d be a crime to pick just one, so in the next few days you can expect me to post some more songs by Cara.

Cara Dillon is from Ireland, she is a sister to Mary Dillon, who is also a singer and a leader of a Celtic folk band Deanta. Cara is also in a relationship with a musician Sam Lakeman, with whom she’s been collaborating, for some time under tHE NAME Polar Star. She is known for interpretations of popular Irish traditional songs and for her clear, youthful and melodious voice which I really am a fan of.

If you’re curious what Dubhdara means, it’s a Medieval Irish name meaning “dark oak”.

Callum Beattie – Some Heroes Don’t Wear Capes.

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I showed you one song by Callum Beattie on Easter, now it’s time for something more by him. I absolutely adore this song, it’s so moving and… well just have a listen. πŸ™‚

Frances – The Last Word. Frances – The Last Word.

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Today I have for you a very nice song I discovered quite recently. Frances is a rather new artist to me. She is from UK, was born in Oxford, now lives in Berkshire. Her full name is Sophie Frances Cooke. Here’s the song. πŸ™‚